Three Community Q&A

There are a lot of questions about Three our New Luxury Condominium. We’ve gathered them and placed them here, enjoy!

 

 

Why does Lenox go to sale so early?


At Lenox we are proud of our robust personalization program. Going to sale early allows our buyers to select the finishes that best fit how they live, and what they want their home to look like. We work hand in hand with our homeowners to select appliances, lighting and plumbing fixtures, smart home features, paint colors, shower enclosures, surrounds, counters, and flooring.

What’s within a 10-Minute Walk?


LESHER CENTER: 6 MINUTE WALK Arts and culture are essential to the fabric of the Walnut Creek community. According to its website, Lesher Center puts on 900 productions a year and welcomes 350,000 guests annually. This local cultural gem is owned and operated by the City of Walnut Creek, and features three theaters, and the Bedford Art Gallery.

 

FROM FARM TO TABLE WALNUT CREEK FARMERS MARKET: 10 MINUTE WALK Nestled on Locust Street between Cole Ave. and Lacassie St., it’s a perfect place to meet a friend for coffee or to start the day off with your family. You’ll find many of your grocery needs at your fingertips, including fresh loaves of bread, cheese, dips, honey, jams, meats, and olive oil.

 

What is the Limited New Home Warranty?


10-year coverage on structural elements of the home.

4-year coverage on the workability of the plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and other mechanical systems.

1-year coverage on materials and workmanship and the warranty is transferable.

 

What are the HOA dues?


HOA Dues for the Three community is currently $680 / month

 

Can I Transfer my Tax Base?


Yes! On November 4, 1986, the voters of California passed Proposition 60 to provide to qualified homeowners the transfer of the base-year value of their principal residence to a replacement dwelling located in the same county, provided you meet the age requirement.

 

The Advantages of Single Level Living

If you’re looking for a beautifully crafted new single-story home to accommodate all your family’s needs, Olivia Lane in Concord is just what you’ve been looking for.

Planning for the future

From small children to disabled and special needs family members to an aging couple, the simple act of taking stairs out of the picture can do wonders for day-to-day life. No more worrying about tumbles falls or climbing all the way up to bed after an evening snooze on the couch. Your home flows seamlessly from room to room and generally feels more welcoming to all.


Indoor Outdoor Living

Each single-story home at Olivia Lane is situated on a large lot, Take advantage of that by adding French doors, folding doors or retractable sliders.


Easy Cleaning and Maintenance

Maintaining and cleaning a single level house is drastically easier than with a two-story home. Many retirees enjoy taking care of their homes, but age and physical limitations can get in the way of that. Not being able to properly clean and care for their homes can lead many older homeowners to feel less confident and capable, which is why a single-story home is such a smart choice.


uninterrupted living space

Since there’s no need for a staircase to take you from the living area to the sleeping area, more space can be freed up in a single-story home.


No noise from upper-level traffic

Without a second floor, there’s no noise from occupants walking about upstairs. 


Lower Heating and Cooling Costs

A single-story home is an excellent return on investment when it comes to heat and air conditioning. With just one floor to heat or cool, single-story homes are more cost and energy-efficient.


Maintenance is So Much Easier

Do you know what’s not fun? Carrying a vacuum cleaner up and down a set of stairs every week. Everything is on the same level in a single-story home, so there’s no need to run up and down floors carrying laundry or cleaning supplies. This is true for outside your home too. Washing your windows, cleaning your gutter, or painting is all easier when there’s only one floor to deal with.


Easier evacuation

Should there ever be a fire, escaping from the home is much easier and safer from the main level. If the fire blocks off any exits from an upper level in a two-story home, evacuating can be much more difficult if not impossible without being rescued from a second-story window. 

Planting your own Vegetable Garden

Take a deep breath, put down the remote and get busy outside. Growing your own vegetables is both fun and rewarding. All you really need to get started is some decent soil and a few plants. But to be a really successful vegetable gardener — and to do it organically — you’ll need to understand what it takes to keep your plants healthy and vigorous. Here are the basics.

 

• Plant and harvest at the right time

Not too early or too late. Every vegetable has its own planting dates so be sure to check the seed packet. See the Almanac’s Best Planting Dates—a gardening calendar customized to your local frost dates.

 

• Plant in a sunny location

Most vegetables need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. The more sunlight they receive, the greater the harvest, the bigger the veggies, and the better the taste.

 

• Plant in good soil

Plants’ roots penetrate soft soil more easily, so you need nice loamy soil. Enriching your soil with compost provides needed nutrients. Proper drainage will ensure that water neither collects on top nor drains away too quickly.

 

• Plant in a stable environment

You don’t want to plant in a place that’s prone to flooding during heavy rains, or in a place that tends to dry out a lot. You also don’t want to plant somewhere where strong winds could knock over your young plants or keep pollinators from doing their job.

 

• Water properly

Watering your plants the correct amount—neither too much nor too little—will give them the best chance at producing well-formed, mature vegetables. Learn more about watering vegetables.

Limited Home Warranty and Customer Service

We provide a limited home warranty and customer service program for each of our Homebuyers that exceeds the standards of the homebuilding industry. Our goal to deliver a high-quality home that lasts the tests of time and continues throughout your homeownership. The experience begins at the initial planning stage and continues far after close of escrow.

 

During Construction 

During the construction period, your new Lenox home is routinely inspected by our Superintendents to ensure that the workmanship and materials meet Lenox high standards. In addition, private third-party inspectors check the home at various stages of construction items that need attention. Any defects or work not meeting Lenox’s level of building standards and finishes are corrected or replaced as required. When the home is completed, Lenox’s Superintendent performs a detailed inspection of the construction and finishes prior to the final Building Department inspection.

 

Building Inspection

Once the Building Department inspection is completed and signed off, the Lenox quality control and customer service department conduct a 150 point evaluation noting any items in the home requiring further correction. Lenox personnel makes the corrections and ensures that the home meets the Lenox standard. At this point,  a scheduled 2 to 3hour thorough “Orientation” is carried out with the Homebuyer and members of our Quality Control and Customer Service Department. Each feature of the home is demonstrated and the Homeowner has an opportunity to ask questions and gather further information about the operation of their new home.  In the event that any additional items needing further correction are found, they are listed and corrected.

 

Limited Home Warranty

Your home is covered under the Lenox 10 Year Limited Home Warranty. The Warranty recognizes the requirements of the State SB 800 Legislative Act addressing the functional standards in new homes, procedures for correcting construction defects and the rights/duties of the Homebuyer. Lenox provides its new Homebuyer with the assurance of 100% compliance with SB-800 which includes a through Fit and Finish Warranty for the first year of homeownership. After the first year, the 10-Year Limited Warranty continues. Details of this warranty are outlined in the Homebuyer’s documentation provided by Lenox along with the Maintenance Manual and Customer Service Procedures.

 

After Closing

After escrow closing, our Customer Service Manager will schedule a 30-day warranty appointment to follow up on items that may need correction. Although we strive for a 100% defect-free home, the Homeowners may discover minor items that need adjustments or corrections. Our service representative will schedule an appropriate time to make the service call after your move-in is completed. During the warranty period, our in-house Customer Service Department will handle your service needs under both the product and building warranties. On building deficiencies or problems, we will contact you to correct the item. Lenox remains your contact point and will follow through to ensure your problem is corrected and the job completed in a professional and prompt manner. Our goal is to reward our Homebuyer with years of comfort and satisfaction in their new home.

 

We hope you enjoy the peace of mind that this warranty affords you throughout your experience in your new Lenox Home!

 

FOR FULL DETAILS, PLEASE CONTACT LENOX HOMES SALES CONSULTANT.

Olivia Lane Community Q&A

There are a lot of questions about Olivia Lane our new home community in Concord. We’ve gathered them and placed them here, enjoy!

 

Why does Lenox go to sale early?


At Lenox, we are proud of our robust personalization program. Going to sale early allows our buyers to select finishes that best fit how they live, and what they want their home to look like. We work hand in hand with our homeowners to select appliances, lighting and plumbing fixtures, smart home features, paint colors, shower enclosures, surrounds, counters, and flooring.

 

What schools are assigned to the Olivia Lane Community?

 


The schools currently assigned are:

Ayers Elementary School

Pine Hollow Middle School

Northgate High School (unassigned)

Clayton Valley Charter High School (unassigned)

 

How Large are Lots 6 and 7?


Lot 6 is approx. 18,316 Sq. Ft. and Lots 7 is approx. 27,687 Sq. Ft.

 

What are the HOA dues?


HOA Dues for the Olivia Lane community is currently $235 / month.

 

What is the new home warranty


• 10-year coverage on structural elements of the home.

• 4-year coverage on the workability of the plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and other mechanical systems.

• 1-year coverage on materials and workmanship and the warranty is transferable.

 

Does Lenox Homes have a preferred lender?


Yes! Paulette McLelland with Homestreat Mortgage and Lennox Byer with Wells Fargo.

 

Can I transfer my property tax base?


Yes! On November 4, 1986, the voters of California passed Proposition 60 to provide to qualified homeowners the transfer of the base-year value of their principal residence to a replacement dwelling located in the same county, provided you meet the age requirement.

 

What is the Biofiltration Area on Lot 1?


The Biofiltration System captures, stores, and cleans the stormwater from the roof and other impervious surfaces on the property. The planter operates by filtering rainwater through the specially engineered soil in the planter. Biofiltration is used for flood prevention, improving the water runoff quality, and the aesthetics of the community.

Home School During Covid-19

School closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak mean parents and guardians are now faced with the task of educating their kids at home. We’re here to help you with a few tips in this uncertain time! 

 

Let kids be apart of the decision making


Many schools have set up online learning platforms or sent kids home with packets of schoolwork to complete. Beyond these requirements, parents can give their children a say in what else they’ll learn. Possibilities include math and chemistry through baking; botany through gardening, basic carpentry, or learning about space through the NASA app.

 

Make a schedule


Once you and your children have identified the subjects they will study, make a schedule and display it prominently so everyone in the family knows what’s coming and when it’s over. Most kids work off a schedule in their classrooms, so recreating something similar at home can ease the transition to a different learning environment for the foreseeable future.

Build-in recess and breaks


All traditional school programs incorporate some sort of recess or outdoor time, and a homeschool schedule should be no different.

 

Get crafty


Art is an important part of education, and homeschooling also provides parents with an opportunity to get creative with crafts.

Bennett Place Community Q&A

There are a lot of questions about our Bennett Place new home community in Santa Rosa. We’ve gathered them and placed them here, enjoy!

 

Why does Lenox go to sale so early?


At Lenox, we are proud of our robust personalization program. Going to sale early allows our buyers to select the finishes that best fit how they live, and what they want their home to look like. We work hand in hand with our homeowners to select appliances, lighting and plumbing fixtures, smart home features, paint colors, shower enclosures, surrounds, counters, and flooring.

 

What schools are assigned to the Bennett Place Community?


The schools currently assigned are:

Brook Hill Elementary School

Herbert Slater Middle School

Montgomery High School

 

How deep are the backyards in Phase 1?


The backyards range anywhere from 18 ft. to 45 ft. deep.

 

What is the Limited new home warranty


• 10-year coverage on structural elements of the home.

• 4-year coverage on the workability of the plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and other mechanical systems.

• 1-year coverage on materials and workmanship and the warranty is transferable.

Speak to our sales consultants for terms and limitations >>

 

Does Lenox Homes have a preferred lender?


Yes! Kevin Smart with Exchange Bank and Matt Cua with Guild Mortgage.

 

Can I transfer my property tax base?


Yes! On November 4, 1986, the voters of California passed Proposition 60 to provide to qualified homeowners the transfer of the base-year value of their principal residence to a replacement dwelling located in the same county, provided you meet the age requirement.

 

Why Lenox Homes?


• Functional spaces designed for the way you want to live

• Personalization – Create a home uniquely personalized for you

• Quality – We have the highest level of included finishes

Personalization Program

Design a home that makes you feel good when you walk through the door.

 

At SIX, our recently completed community in Lafayette, our homeowners purchased their homes early in the construction process, which enabled them to select the finishes that best fit how they live and what they wanted their home to look like. They worked with their sales representative to select appliances, lighting and plumbing fixtures, smart home features, paint colors, and shower enclosures.

Then they went to our design center to select counters, flooring, and shower surrounds. We are very proud of how these homes came together.  We hope you get inspiration for your next home. Take a look…  Preview Gallery>>

 

The Great Great Room
A great room combines the roles of several more traditional rooms into one space. This is a classic Lenox great room:

 

~ The kitchen flows into the dining, which flows into the living room. Ideal for entertaining.
~ All one flooring surface
~ Oversized windows allowing for plenty of natural light
~ 10′ ceilings
~ 5 1/4″ baseboards
~ Plenty of LED lighting

 

 

A Chef’s Kitchen Buyers visit our cabinet showroom to build the kitchen that best fits their needs.

~ Stacked cabinets reaching all the way to the ceiling
~ Pot filler above the range
~ Large island, we feel the minimum size an island should be is at least 4′ x 6′, which seats three people
~ Floating shelves for a minimalist feel
~ Wine fridge
~ Pull tabs for a clean look
~ Backsplash all the way to the ceiling
~ A variety of cabinet styles and finishes to choose from.  Modern lacquer finish, painted, stained, or Thermofoil cabinets.  If it exists, we can source it.
~ Under-cabinet lighting

 

INDOOR / OUTDOOR LIVING

We believe in bringing the outdoors inside.

Multi-slide pocket doors expand your living space to include your backyard.

We offer various patio sizes so you can customize your backyard to fit the way

you want to live.  At Six, we went the extra mile and did a more modern horizontal fence.

 

For more inspiration, check out our gallery under the “about” tab under “past communities.” 

A Day In the Life at Three

As a developer, we spend a lot of time talking about the homes we build. For Example At Three, our Walnut Creek condo building, we focus on the modern architecture, the large open floor plans, and the views.

Those are important, but what will life actually be like for our buyers at Three? In 2015, Lenox completed construction on a 12 unit condo building one block away from Three. We decided to interview the buyers who currently live at 1756 Cole to find out how their lives changed once they moved in.

The first thing we found is that people had a renewed sense of community. The building is small enough that all of the homeowners know each other, and that matters. From a simple hello to making sure a package is safe when they are out of town, it feels good to know all of your neighbors.  Some even have become close friends and dine out often as a group. The other finding is that people are loving Downtown Walnut Creek and everything it has to offer.  We wanted to organize their most visited locations based upon distance from Three.


Within a 10 minute walk

Lesher Center: 6 Minute Walk

Arts and culture are essential to the fabric of the Walnut Creek community.  According to its website, Lesher Center puts on 900 productions a year and welcomes 350,000 guests annually. This local cultural gem is owned and operated by the City of Walnut Creek, and features three theaters, and the Bedford Art Gallery.

 

Walnut Creek Bart: 7 Minute walk

With multiple trains departing each hour, BART is the most convenient way to get to San Francisco and the rest of the greater Bay Area.

For more than 45 years BART has provided fast, reliable transportation to downtown offices, shopping centers, Airports, entertainment venues, universities, and other destinations.

 

 

 

Get your endorphins going Orange Theory Fitness: 8 Minute Walk

Whether you’re an athlete looking to cross-train, someone looking for the first step toward their fitness journey or coming back after an injury, Orange Theory Fitness is for you. Live life all-out and book your first session today. For those who want a more traditional gym 24-hour fitness is a 15-minute walk.

 

 

FROM FARM TO TABLE Walnut Creek Farmers Market: 10 Minute Walk

Nestled on Locust Street between Cole Ave. and Lacassie St., it’s a perfect place to meet a friend for coffee or to start the day off with your family. You’ll find many of your grocery needs at your fingertips, including fresh loaves of bread, cheese, dips, honey, jams, meats, and olive oil. Enjoy live music from local musicians while you shop in the bustling market every Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm.

 

Broadway Plaza: 10 Minute Walk 

Broadway Plaza is an open-air shopping center with more than 80 specialty shops, services, and restaurants, and is anchored by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Macy’s department stores. Broadway Plaza has been voted “Best Shopping Center” in Diablo Magazine’s “Best of the East Bay” issue.  With the Apple Store, the Amazon Bookstore, and William Sonoma, it’s easy to know why.

 

Dinner Options: no matter your cravings

Walnut Creek restaurants feature cuisine from every corner of the world, including American, Indian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Thai, Chinese, Korean, Mexican, Italian, Latin, Vietnamese and more. Find the perfect setting for your meal out at intimate bistros, award-winning steakhouses, or fan-friendly sports bars. Whether you are planning a special date night or a family night out, discover menu options for all appetites.

A few local favorites all within a 10 Minute Walk:

• Massimo Ristorante

• Scott’s Seafood and Restaurant

• Walnut Creek Yacht Club

• 1515 Restaurant & Lounge


 Within a 10 Minute Drive

Heather farms: 8 Minute Drive from Three by Lenox 

Tucked behind a hill on the outskirts of Walnut Creek, Heather Farms is a 102-acre oasis of shade trees, green grass and flower gardens. Meandering paths

connect the picnic and nature areas with the swim center, tennis courts, and athletic fields.

Shell Ridge: 10 Minute Drive from Three by Lenox

Shell Ridge is the city’s largest open space area of parallel ridges and valleys. There are plenty of hiking, biking, and horseback riding opportunities along ridge tops, creek ways, and hillsides. Most importantly it’s Pet-Friendly!

Lime Ridge: 10 Minute Drive from Three by Lenox

Lime Ridge is located on the eastern edge of Walnut Creek leading to Mount Diablo. It contains some of the last remaining chaparral in Walnut Creek and a rich diversity of plant and animal life. There are many hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing opportunities. Pet-Friendly! 

John Muir Hospital: 9 Minute Drive

A leader in health care in the San Francisco Bay Area, John Muir Health is a not-for-profit integrated system of doctors, hospitals and other services. We make a commitment to provide the highest quality patient care to our patients every day through the contributions of our physicians, employees and volunteers.

 

 

 

Three Things Buyers Regret Overlooking in a Home

Selecting where you will next reside is one of those major decisions in life that has lasting consequences. Three of the most commonly overlooked aspects of the decision-making process are the:

Walk score


The downtowns of large cities are becoming more populated. However, the number of roads, freeways, and for the most part parking spots, are staying the same. Having the ability to walk to your destination not only prevents you from fighting traffic and praying to the parking fairy but is also healthy for you. The Walk Score algorithm, which is owned by Redfin, awards points for each destination that is between 1/4 mile and 1 mile of the subject residence. A study completed in 2009 showed that a 9 point increase in a San Francisco Walk Score, equated to a 4.7% increase in housing value. That is approx. .5% increase in value per Walk Score point.

The lack of affordability in large urban downtowns like San Francisco and Oakland has pushed many homebuyers East. Many once-sleepy suburban downtowns have been revitalized and offer many opportunities to live in a high Walk Score location, without having to deal with crime and compromised schools.

age


Everything in the home has an average lifespan. If you are about to buy an older home you need to find out the age of the components within the home.  If the owner didn’t keep good records, you will be living with several ticking time bombs. Here is the average life expectancy of:

  • Air Conditioners- 10 to 15 years
  • Furnaces- 15 to 20 years
  • Decks- 20 years
  • Carpet- 8 to 10 years
  • Electrical fixtures and controls- 10 years
  • Kitchen Cabinets- 50 years
  • Roofs- Clay/ Concrete 50 years, asphalt shingles 20 years, fiber cement shingles 25 years
  • Most Landscaping Elements- 15 to 20 years

When you need to replace a component within the home, your best bet may be to secure a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC). Consult your tax prepared, but the interest paid on your HELOC may be tax deductible.

Replacement Cost


One way to avoid the aforementioned ticking time bombs is to get out in front of them and hire a contractor to remodel your home. You get to ditch all of the dated counters, cabinets, and flooring, and select materials that match your style. However, the be prepared for it to take longer and cost more than you expect.  To prepare you for the cost, here is a list of the estimated costs for some commonly remodeled items:

  • Higher End Kitchen Remodel: $40,000 – $60,000
  • Average Master Bathroom: $30,000 – $65,000 (basic labor only)
  • Roof: $10,000 – $30,000
  • Tankless Water Heater: $800 – $3,000 materials only
  • Refinish Wood Floors: $2,000 per 1000 sqft.
  • Electrical Rewiring: $6,000- $20,000
  • Windows: $10,000 – $15,000
  • Exterior Siding: $10,000 – $25,000
  • Foundation: $80,000 – $200,000
  • Water Pipes and Supply: $5,000 – $15,000
  • Sewer Lateral Pipe Replacement: $7,000 – $14,000
  • Underground Electrical Service Upgrade: $29,000
  • High Efficiency Furnace: $13,000 inc. labor
  • Seismic Upgrade: $5,000 – $10,000

The work then needs to be up to current code and inspected by the Department of Building Inspection, which opens you up to the whim of the inspector’s given mood the day of the inspection. You’d also need to consider where you reside while the remodel is ongoing?  If you live elsewhere, then you are paying for two housing payments. If you live in the home during the average 4 to 6 month remodel, you are exposing yourself to the fumes, dirt, and debris as well as the hassle of not being able to use the rooms under construction. In addition, filing for a building permit may trigger a reassessment from the Assessor’s office, increasing your property taxes.

Lenox Home is offering brand new residences with a good walk score.  The Lenox Solution is:

Three by lenox


The majority of the new construction in the San Francisco, Oakland, and Walnut Creek downtown areas are for rent apartment complexes. However, Lenox is building 12 large two bed / two bath condos in Downtown Walnut Creek. The building is called Three. Buying at Three has:

  • No ticking time bombs: Buying a new home not only ensures everything in the home is brand new, but you get the added security of a limited 10-year Warranty
  • No remodeling: Buyers currently have the ability to select all of their desired finishes
  • A Great Walk Score: Three has a score of 82. It is nestled within steps of shopping, restaurants, theaters, and BART.

Visit THREE by Lenox >> to learn more

Sources: Building SF | CEO’s For Cities | National Association of Home Builders