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Buyer Interest High in Meadows Homes
Only the first few houses in the Meadows development are taking shape, but already 350 potential buyers have expressed interest in purchasing one of the 36 planned homes, according to the developers.
Meadows homes under construction near Oakmont Drive and Highway 12 (Photo by Marty Thompson)
“There has been an extreme level of interest,” said Alexandra Heath-Rihl, sales and marketing vice president for Willow Glen Homes. “People are excited about the location.” Nine single family houses have been under construction since late August—six on spec and three furnished model homes that builders hope to complete by early next year. Prices have not been set, but Health-Rihl said she expects most homes in the Meadows to ultimately be priced in the range of $500,000 to $800,000. She said the 350 prospective buyers appear to be seeking energy-efficient new construction. “People really want move-in ready new homes,” Heath-Rihl said, adding that the new floor plan designs planned for the Meadows seem to be very popular. Work on the Meadows, the final large development in Oakmont, is expected to last at least two years. Heath-Rihl said that the early interest in the new homes should not dissuade people from contacting sales office. “Please come and see us,” she said.
It’s a New Look For OVA Events
Oakmont Village Association 6575 Oakmont Drive, Suite 7 Santa Rosa, CA 95409-5906
Fall Bounty at Our Farmer’s Market
OVA-sponsored events are getting a makeover
“We need more fun,” says association manager Cassie Turner. She and Marsha Zolkower, the new events coordinator, agree it is time to try something new and different and to put an end to sponsoring the same events year after year. They are experimenting with ideas and not all will appeal to everyone. “The only way to find out what will draw people is to try new things,” Turner says. Zolkower already has two successful experiments to her credit. The first was a dog show contest on the grass at Berger Center that attracted 200 observers cheering l00 well-behaved dogs competing for prizes. The second, for which Berger Center became a comedy club, was a performance by comedienne Kat Simmons that had Oakmonters laughing at themselves for an hour. Now, Zolkower is focusing on giving a new look to the annual Octoberfest on Oct. 26. Berger Center will be transformed into a German beer garden with round tables arranged so partygoers can socialize more easily and enjoy traditional fare. For a nominal fee, beer, bratwurst and pretzels will be available. Entertainment will be provided by a musician, garbed in liederhosen, playing an Alpenhorn. That’s a curved, wooden, powerful sounding horn from five to 12 feet long, or more. Zolkower notes that sign-up at the OVA office closes Oct. 20. See new look on page 3
Shopper Sandy Throne looks over the ample fresh produce in a booth at the Oakmont Farmer’s Market in September. The market is open every Saturday, year-round, 9 a.m. until noon, in the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot. (Photo by Patty Ouimette)
Planning on Track for New Park Area by Central Pool
nNoel Lyons, Ad Hoc Pickleball Committee
It’s Oktoberfest! WHAT: OVA Event Oktoberfest WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 26 TIME: 1–3 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ENJOY: German sausage and potato salad from Café Europe, beer; an alphorn concert and music by Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Non-Marching Band A $15 lunch ticket must be purchased in advance from the OVA Office no later than Monday, Oct. 20 in order to be admitted. The lunch ticket includes two beers. Soft drinks will be available. Open seating, arrive early.
October 15, 2014 • Volume 52, Number 20
Banned: Mexican Feather Grass
nMary Patricia, Architectural Committee
Mexican Feather Grass, or Nassella tenuissima, has been added to the OVA Architectural Committee’s list of banned plants. It naturalizes and reseeds very quickly. If this grass is presently planted in your yard, keep it cut back and seriously think about removing it. PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323
What began as a modest proposal for a couple of pickleball courts has evolved into a plan for a new park for Oakmont’s Central Rec. area, with OVA seeking city permits to begin construction. The park will include a poolside picnic area, a multi-sport court for volleyball, basketball, and badminton, an improved petanque court, and five pickleball courts. This spring, after authorizing the temporary use of one tennis court for pickleball for 18 months, the OVA Board appointed an ad hoc committee to investigate a permanent site. The committee, with representatives from tennis, petanque and pickleball, learned that pickleball, although over 40 years old, has become the nation’s fastest growing sport. Fitness-minded seniors are embracing the sport and senior communities are responding by making pickleball a featured amenity, the committee learned. See new park on page 11
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