The Back Story Behind The Alisal, Carmeno, and Solano Models in the
Villas at Rancho San Joaquin
Back in 1978, the Irvine Pacific Development Company, walked away from an annual competition held by west coast home builders from thirteen western states with six awards for a single project: the Villas at Rancho San Joaquin. The recreation-oriented community earned awards for both mixed and single use land planning, and three of the models were singled out for excellence in design.
The Best Single Family Attached Home Award for a plan under 1200 square feet was awarded to the Alisal model--a single story which has two bedrooms (or one and a den) with one and a half baths. The living room spreads around a huge fireplace and is topped by a high beamed ceiling. Both the master suite and kitchen open to a sunny atrium.
The Solano plan, was awarded a Grand Award for the Best Single Family Attached Home in the 1,200 to 1,600 square feet category. This plan was eventually selected for the builders' top honor, Home of the Year for 1978.
A two-story, two bedroom home, the Solano, has a plan that is both practical and dramatic. Multi-level ceilings and archways,reflect the sunlight that pours in from an interior atrium. The kitchen dining, and living areas share views of the atrium, and a den (which can be converted into a third bedroom, is adjacent to a brick entry courtyard.
On the upper level, an interior bridge joins the two bedrooms and provides a view of the two-story living area below through a graceful arched opening. The master suite, entered through double doors, extends almost the full length of the home, and looks out to the atrium The second bedroom included a private bath.
A third model, the Carmeno, won a merit award for the Best Single Family Attached Home under 2,000 square feet. In this plan, a sweeping staircase leads from the entry to an elegant master suite adjacent to a loft that can be used as a library or converted into an additional bedroom. The master suite features vaulted ceilings and a dressing area. Kitchen and living areas share atrium views.
There is a fourth model which is called the Portola model which is a one-story model with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and is almost 1,300 square feet. Both the living and dining rooms have volume ceilings with lots of light streaming in from the multiple clerestory windows. The kitchen is large enough to acommodate a breakfast table and instead of an atrium, this model has a wrap-around yard.
Some of the homes have 2-car attached garages, while others have 2-car detached garages depending upon the location.
The Villas at Rancho San Joaquin are designed for people who are accustomed to gracious living. Along with condominium ownership, the Villa buyers enjoy a recreational center with a pool and spa. The neighborhood is designed as part of the larger community in Rancho San Joaquin.
The town homes are arranged on small cul-de-sac streets, lined with trees and walkways bordered with low hedges. A private tennis club at the Raquet Club of Irvine has a variety of tennis lessons for all skill levels, fitness classes and a swim club). There is a Senior Center, and the Irvine Historical Society nearby.
The home is located a couple of blocks from the Wholesome Choice shopping center, places of worship, and freeway access. Moreover, it is in the award-winning Rancho San Joaquin Middle and Nationally ranked University High Schools, and close to U. C. Irvine. and the public Rancho San Joaquin golf course surround the Villas neighborhood.