Pacific Shores in Huntington Beach, Calif., by Christopher Homes combines shoreline scenery with resort-style living.
By Carina Calhoun
Photography by Christopher Mayer
Just blocks away from the worldfamous waves in Huntington Beach, Calif., also known as Surf City USA, resides the resort-style community of Pacific Shores. Christopher Homes, Inc., is an award-winning private home builder with a long-standing history of building in the city of Huntington Beach. This is why it came as no surprise when the chance to purchase an infill property with entitlements and architecture approved, Christopher Homes did not pass on the opportunity to continue their commitment of creating quality-crafted homes at a coastal location. “Like most infill sites, this was a diamond in the rough,” stated Christopher C. Gibbs, president and CEO of PLC Land Company and Christopher Homes, Inc. Gibbs continued, “When we purchased the property, we knew upfront that the existing plans from the previous developer had to be reworked.
I challenged my team to re-envision this project as a luxury lifestyle community and to make it a resort-like destination to come home to.” Christopher Homes proceeded to revise the floor plans, elevations, interior specifications and common area amenities to execute their new vision. The result: a private, gated community with a collection of casual and contemporary townhomes and luxury, attached courtyard homes.
Pacific Shores consists of two distinct neighborhoods in one community — The Villas and The Bungalows. The Villas offers a trio of three-story floor plans ranging from approximately 3,527 to 4,142 square feet, including four- to five-bedrooms, four-and-onehalf to five-and-one-half baths and a three-car, attached garage. Mark Scheurer, principal of Mark Scheurer Architect, the lead architect of The Villas, stated, “The primary appeal of this project is that it is not your typical attached townhome building, but looks and lives like a single-family detached home. The attached portion is carefully designed to make the least impact on each home.” According to Scheurer, each home in The Villas neighborhood includes a large and private outdoor space not normally associated with townhome living. The outdoor space is designed to be connected to primary indoor rooms to help expand the feel of the home, and bring the vacation lifestyle of the area to the home enabling residents to take advantage of coastal living comforts.
The Bungalows is a stylish collection of two- and three-story townhomes ranging from approximately 1,480 to over 2,600 square feet, including two- to four-bedrooms and up to four-and-one-half baths. “[The community] has multiple elevation styles for individual character and buyer identity; many horizontal offsets for elevation to create depth and multiple roof heights for a varied sky-line,” Mark Rohling, principal of Lim Change Rohling & Associates, Inc., (LCRA) explained of the architectural style of The Bungalows. Though LCRA was not the original designer of the homes, Rohling improved the efficiency of designs in light of a changing buyer market. Each plan embodies the relaxed and contemporary feeling of today’s beach lifestyle.
Enhancing outdoor living, the homes incorporate a private patio or courtyard. “We designed the spaces to seamlessly flow between the inside and outside,” said Phil Yasskin, vice president sales and marketing at Christopher Homes. Residents of Pacific Shores can also enjoy a variety of community amenities that will enhance their sought-after coastal lifestyle, such as a 60-foot long, heated swimming pool and relaxation deck, outdoor shower and restrooms, as well as a 2-acre public park and walking trails throughout the community. “It’s been almost 10 years since there was a sizable townhome development along the coastal areas of Huntington Beach,” Yasskin continued, “The market has changed considerably, as have our buyer’s needs and wants. While the coastal location has always been a draw, we have seen a significant shift in buyer preference to have homes that live and breathe all that the coastal lifestyle has to offer.” According to Gibbs, Christopher Homes felt very strongly about spending the extra money inside the home to include a high-quality spec line that delivered on the builder’s promise for luxury living. The builder spared no expense when it came to delivering a distinct architectural design with a custom home-like interior.
From move-down empty-nesters to the moveup young families, the homes at Pacific Shores bring in a diverse range of buyers. Gibbs stated, “We found strong and diverse demand for luxury attached living that enabled our buyers to live the beach lifestyle without the maintenance or great expense that would come with a new detached home in the same location.” In the spirit of environmental consciousness, Christopher Homes went above and beyond what is required to make Pacific Shores an exemplary green community. Pacific Shores enables residents to reduce their individual carbon footprint with a host of energy-efficient features allowing residents to lower their energy consumption and their utility bills.
The community has earned the government’s Energy Star label and meets the strict guidelines set by the U.S. Env i ronmen t a l Protection Agency (EPA). The homes are sealed to reduce holes and cracks in the envelope which reduces homeowner’s utility bills and improves the comfort and indoor air quality of the residence. Other eco-friendly elements included are dual pane windows with low-E glass, low-VOC paint used throughout, watersaving fixtures and tankless water heaters.
The Villas Residence Three was the winner of the coveted Platinum Award at the first annual Professional Builder Design Awards. Residence Three was also the Gold Award winner for “Architectural Design — Attached Home Plan” at the Nationals at the International Builders Show by the National Home Builders Association (NAHB). Most recently, the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) Gold Nugget Awards honored both The Villas and The Bungalows with “Multifamily Housing Project” and “Residential Project of the Year — Attached Product with a Suburban Setting” Merit Awards. Yasskin commented, “It has been years since we experienced [this many] accolades from our industry professionals.”
When complete, the community will consist of 123 townhomes at The Bungalows and 78 attached homes at The Villas. Yasskin added, “Our floor plans, elevation styles and community amenities have been designed to deliver the casual elegance of resort living at the beach.”
Carina Calhoun is an editor at Builder and Developer. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.