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OC Register: “Construction crews staying busy in Yorba Linda with housing construction”

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Jan. 28, 2016


Yorba Linda has seen a spike in the construction of new houses and apartments throughout the city, reflecting the uptick in home building across Orange County.

There are more than a dozen major housing projects under way in the city, ranging from three-story townhomes to single-family homes to affordable multi-family apartments.

“It’s very active,” Greg Rehmer, senior planner for the city of Yorba Linda, said. “It’s probably the most active year we’ve had in the last 10 to 15 years.”

About half of the new housing popping up is related to zone changes that were passed in 2012 by Yorba Linda voters, said David Brantley, the city’s community development director.

One such project being built on land that was rezoned is Covington, an enclave of 51 luxury townhomes on Yorba Linda Boulevard, just across from the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum. Priced from the low 600,000s, the development by Brandywine Homes is near completion.

Amalfi Hills, an enclave of 315 single-family homes near Bastanchury Road and Village Center Drive, is near completion. The development by Toll Brothers has several subdivisions, including Cortese starting at $999,995.

Oakcrest Terrace, a 69-unit apartment complex, is under construction in Savi Ranch.

“When the recession came through, there was a pause,” Brantley said about residential developments, “but Orange County is a pretty desirable place to be and Yorba Linda is, I think, one of the desirable places within the county.”

Mike Balsamo, chief executive of the Building Industry Association-Orange County, said the housing boom in Yorba Linda is consistent with the trends that are occurring within the county.

“There is a strong, strong demand for housing in Orange County,” Balsamo said. “This is a high demand location for people to want to live.”