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San Elijo Hills Towncenter Update from San Elijo Hills Development Company & Ambient Communities
Dear San Elijo Hills Residents,
As an update to last year’s town hall meeting (during which we shared the designs that you’ve seen reflected on the banners in the Towncenter), we are happy to report that we have been working cooperatively with Ambient Communities, and the City of San Marcos toward finalized designs and approvals for the second phase of San Elijo Hills Towncenter.
In that effort, we are very hopeful to receive a Site Development Permit before the end of March. Assuming we and the City are able to meet this important milestone, we intend to process the Precise Improvement Plans starting in March so that we can begin grading by early June. Vertical construction is planned for September, with the first shops opening their doors around April of 2018.
Ambient has been actively considering leasing interest for the past many months and looks forward to announcing the first businesses by mid-Summer of this year. A sincere thank you to many of you who have referred the Towncenter to businesses you would like to see open shop here in your community.
As we progress over the next several months, we will continue to provide updates to our efforts and refinements to these anticipated timelines.
San Elijo Hills Development Company & Ambient Communities
SAN MARCOS — Land that has sat vacant for years in the commercial heart of the San Elijo Hills community may sprout shops, restaurants and two dozen townhomes, possibly by late 2017.Residents and city officials have waited for years for the right project to complete the community’s Town Center, a retail hub that was supposed to serve the thousands of homes built in the sprawling master-planned development in southern San Marcos.HomeFed, the publicly traded company that manages San Elijo Hills, has teamed with Ambient Communities to build a two-phase project on the empty 5-acre space.The plan calls for 33,000 square feet of restaurants and retail throughout seven single-story buildings, with 24 condos — three-story units with rooftop decks.Jeff O’Connor, director of operations for HomeFed, said last week that he is “definitely excited about this because it’s going to complete the Town Center — and the residents will be the beneficiaries of that.”No specific proposals have been submitted to the city yet; that is expected within weeks.
READ MORE VIA Source: San Elijo Hills center may grow again | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com
Last month, the San Elijo Hills Development Co. announced it was in talks with working with a retail developer regarding the second phase of the Towncenter.
SAN MARCOS — For more than a decade, as rooftops went up around them, three high-profile lots in the commercial heart of the master-planned San Elijo Hills community have been vacant — and residents of the affluent south San Marcos neighborhood have waited for a change.
Now, there is at least a sign that the dirt could give way to development.
Late last month, the San Elijo Hills Development Co. — a subsidiary of developer HomeFed Corp. — posted an online announcement stating it was “thrilled to share that we are working with an experienced and proven retail developer toward an agreement to build the second phase of the Towncenter.”
“We realize residents of San Elijo Hills have been waiting a long time… and we are excited to tell you about this progress,” said the announcement, on sanelijohills.com.
READ MORE VIA Source: Development coming to center of San Elijo Hills? | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com
Here is a Video of the aftermath of a traffic accident in November 2014 at the Corner of San Elijo Road and Elfin Forest Road in the San Elijo Hills Town Center.
Congestion, speeding, and safety have become a growing issue in San Elijo Hills.
More than 70 New Homes Sold in San Elijo Hills’ Four Neighborhoods During the First Half of 2013
San Elijo Hills, the hillside community with an established towncenter, more than 1,000 acres of open space and parks and ocean views from most neighborhoods, reports the sale of more than 70 new homes at four neighborhoods in the first half of 2013. Prices currently range from the mid $400,000s to more than $900,000.
Lennar has sold 31 homes this year at Belmont, a neighborhood of 131 detached homes priced from the mid $400,000s. Recently, they released nine homes for sale and sold them all within two weeks. They are expecting the same sales pace for Phase 11, opening this month. Belmont features four floor plans ranging from 1,459 to 2,072 square feet with three or four bedrooms. Highlights include designer-inspired gourmet kitchens, master suites with deluxe walk-in closets, convenient upstairs laundry rooms, an array of energy-saving features and attached garage. Residents of the gated neighborhood enjoy a private community pool.
D.R. Horton has sold 19 homes at Altaire, a neighborhood of stately two-story homes ranging from 2,625 to 3,505 square feet with three to five bedrooms and up to four baths. Prices start in the $700,000s. The interiors offer a combination of dramatic open space design and practicality, with a full complement of money-saving, energy-efficient features. Altaire homes are designed with an array of highly desirable amenities, including central air conditioning, granite slab countertops in the kitchen, GE appliances, three-bay tandem garages and full front yard landscaping. One plan features a downstairs master suite. Altaire homes are situated on large lots, averaging 8,000 square feet.
has sold 15 homes at Bella Vista, its award-winning collection of elegantly styled single-family homes that start in the low $800,000s. These impressive homes, ranging from 3,461 to 3,776 square feet, contain five bedrooms and four to 5.5 baths. They are distinguished by dramatic outdoor rooms that add to the homes’ livability, spaciousness and glamour. Many homes at Bella Vista feature panoramic views of the countryside and Pacific coastline.
Lennar also sold the final six homes at Terraza West, a neighborhood with two-story floor plans ranging from 2,513 to 2,726 square feet and priced from the $600,000s.
When complete, the community is planned for 3,400 attached and detached homes in 31 neighborhoods.
The heart of the 1,920-acre, well-established community is a picturesque towncenter that features shopping, eateries, two award-winning schools, urban-style residences, a traditional town square and the 19-acre San Elijo Hills Park, which is the trailhead for 18 miles of community trails.
The San Elijo Hills Visitor Center, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is located at 1231 Elfin Forest Road West, Suite 111, San Marcos. For more information on San Elijo Hills, visit sanelijohills.com or call toll-free 888-SANELIJO (726-3545).
San Elijo Hills Buy Local and Demand Quality
Our local San Elijo Hills neighborhood is one of the building blocks of a more sustainable world. Shop where you live. Support local artisans. Do at least one thing to connect with your neighborhood merchants and, in doing so, you will build a stronger community with great merchants. Sounds like a plan? Yes it does.
I’m sure most of our readers read the UT article that implied some blame on San Elijo Hills (SEH) for the rumored closing of Lowe’s in San Marcos. We don’t think the blame should be placed on SEH, but rather on the housing boom and bust. But we feel this is a healthy discussion for San Elijo Hills to ponder. Are we supporting our local merchants? We should shop at San Marcos Costco rather than the Carlsbad location to keep the sales tax revenue local.
Do we think the city of San Marcos has been remiss in over “Big Boxing” San Marcos and not feeding a new breed of artisan soul in San Marcos? We see a trend in this county of quality hip goods and services produced with care and local support, mico brews, artisan baked goods, bikes and boards all manufactured in the USA. Hey, even Apple is onshoring some manufacturing.
As publishers of San Elijo Life we sense and read a lot of angst about our SEH Towncenter. We laugh and think back to the excitement we had when the Chevron opened and we could get milk at the gas station mart. In this last couple of years we have added Relm, The Hills Family Dentistry and recently both Chase and Pacific Preschool and Kindergarten. That is real progress from just the café and gas station.
We talk to some folks who have never shopped in the towncenter and choose to shop only in San Marcos or on the coast. We also hear from others who would like to see a Subway and others who call out for a health food store. Look at The Village in Rancho Santa Fe, where merchants have never really cashed in on the daily trips passing through and high rent for quality construction has made it hard for The Village to support anything but banks, brokers and yah one famous restaurant.
Some businesses have thrived in San Elijo Hills and some are anemic and yearn for more daily trips as originally forecast. Not sure SEH locals are looking for more traffic. Some of the SEH merchants are expensive with poor service or value. We need ovens in SEH not toaster ovens! We all need to shop where we live and please tell the merchants how they can do better. Do at least one thing to connect San Elijo Hills and, in doing so, connect with San Marcos and North County. By our connecting San Elijo to San Marcos, others will think of us as a place to stop for quality service and goods.
Any discussion on brick and mortar must consider “The Amazon effect”. Good service and quality save trips to a big box. We sure have some of the best UPS drivers here in SEH. How would a local entrepreneur combat the Amazon effect: Start a business that is based on quality design and service and let Amazon deliver such commodities as a new HP printer. The Lost Abbey, King’s Paddle Sports, Stumblefoot Brewing, Cowan Bikes are the merchants and manufactures of the future, and some of these will pull shoppers from all over San Diego County and even the world. Big box and premium fast food are going to contract in the next recession; we are burnt out on premium fast food and big box stores. We don’t need four Five Guy’s in North County and another Lowe’s in Carlsbad to replace the one “maybe” closing in San Marcos.
We spend time thinking about what type of restaurant would work in SEH, a restaurant of quality and coastal charm. We eat at Beach Fire Bar & Grill the perfect restaurant in San Clemente and enjoyed the eclectic coastal art on the walls, the warm fireplace, bar and quality food; and we thought hmm we would drive to San Clemente just to have this experience again. Would people drive from Carlsbad, Rancho Santa Fe and La Costa to have a quality dining experience like this in SEH? This San Clemente restaurant has a 90’s dated logo and is not polished but it works and the service is solid. Sadly two other expansion locations they tried in Talega and Ledera Ranch planned communities have failed. Talega is extremely similar to SEH. Thus we need small town business operators who will create a buzz and soul without grand expectations at the start.
We look at the plans for the new La Costa Town Square and are disappointed that the nice open space mesa where we have taken family dog walks, mountain bike rides and played with our RC cars would be another grocery store and pharmacy and we would guess yet another Chipotle. We don’t need another Chipotle in this area!
We have always enjoyed driving through neighboring Elfin Forest and recently we were sad to see the torn down chicken ranch and the gentrification of slopes with chain link fences to keep rocks off the road. The funky shacks in the s-turn and even a few rocks in the road made this a fun drive as you drifted east away from our groomed community. Sadly as we have more building and retail closing in on us some of the charm we had just outside our doors will fade. We realize the Elfin Forest residents must have felt somewhat the same way when SEH was built.
Do we sound conflicted? We are. But we would like to see quality-smart small town operators because we are a small town here in San Elijo Hills. Let’s work together to make that happen. Please share your ideas and opinions.