Friday, August 21, 2015

Last month I visited the sold out community, Pavilion Park in Irvine, CA (Pictured above). I was pleasantly shocked to find the community amenities included a greenhouse with huge ficus lyrata trees, communal herbs for its residents and "free air" pump stations. The outdoor seating area is designed with recycled materials including bike tires, reclaimed wood and aged metal. The outdoor area was reminiscent of 6th grade camp but made for adults with industrial modern taste. The visitor center included a touch screen map developed by interactive designer Sara Geissen. You can tell that there is a bit of a disconnect between the hip, unique, community area designed by SB Architects versus the homes themselves which seemed much more traditional looking on the exterior.

Having been quite impressed with Pavilion Park, I visited the grand opening of Beacon Park, the 960 unit new neighboring community which opened on August 15, 2015. Beacon Park is extremely well planned out. On grand opening day, shuttle buses were arranged to take visitors from the parking lot to the community where you were greeted by informational pamphlets, beach ball souvenirs, bottled mini waters and one-time-use sunscreen packets. Seriously, how thoughtful, I didn't bring any of those things! I felt like I had just entered an amusement park, except my eagerness to ride roller coasters was replaced by an attempt to visit all 15 home collections by 10 builders (K. Hovnanian Homes, Lennar, Pulte Homes, Richmond American Homes, Ryland Homes, Shea Homes, and Taylor Morrison, Standard Pacific and DR Horton).  In terms of amenities, the community pool is large enough for an athlete to swim laps, the platform treehouse is like nothing I've seen before, and there is plenty of inviting seating areas complete with an outdoor pizza oven. Conclusion: as an adult, home shopping is just as tiring and exciting as spending an entire day riding carnival rides.

I snapped some quick photos below of the interiors that you can also check out on my Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter accounts. I would definitely recommend home decor enthusiasts to pay a visit for inspiration or if you just wanted to spend an entire day looking at homes from the top community builders in the U.S.

Model Home One Stop Shop - Beacon Park Grand Opening in Irvine,California
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Model Home One Stop Shop - Beacon Park Grand Opening in Irvine,California