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ALISO VIEJO, CA (January 12, 2000) With an ideal location just four miles from the beach and a host of wonderful community amenities nearby, MBK Homes is already 1/2 sold out of the architecturally distinctive residences at Soleil in Aliso Viejo, which is quickly becoming known as one of South Orange County's best new-home values.

"It's no wonder these homes have sold so well; where else can you buy a home with this much style and a great yard this close to the ocean in the low $200,000s?" asked Stefan Markowitz, president of MBK Homes Ltd. "Buyers who've made detailed comparisons have concluded that Soleil gives them the most for their home-buying dollars."

Along with the neighborhood's many close-to-home attractions, including Aliso Viejo's state-of-the-art schools, world-class library, abundant shopping, extensive recreation facilities and friendly restaurants, Soleil's value advantage is enhanced by the unique design of the homes themselves. Priced from $215,000 to $289,000 with some locations providing spectacular views, Soleil's richly detailed European cottage-style architecture is highlighted by arched entries, decorative shutters and a variety of intriguing exterior accents which sets it apart from the majority of today's new homes.

Inside, the design excellence continues with an array of fine appointments, including cozy fireplaces, ceramic-tile entries, built-in media niches and walk-in master-suite closets. In addition, laundry rooms are conveniently located upstairs near bedrooms and baths, and built-in tech centers are designed to make the computer accessible to every member of the family.

Those are just a few of the price-included extras that heighten the appeal of Soleil's four comfortable two-story floorplans, which range from approximately 1,234 to 1,891 square feet, including two to four bedrooms and two and one-half baths. Inviting living and dining rooms are elegant yet casual, and convenience is always on the menu in kitchens that feature ceramic-tile countertops, striking oak cabinetry and General Electric appliances. In most plans, the kitchen joins with a large family room to create a spacious activity hub for the entire household, and in the largest plan, a food-preparation island with built-in sink and dishwasher facilitates mealtime cleanup. Along with their richly detailed architecture, exteriors are highlighted by two-car garages with roll-top metal doors, and charming front porches in selected plans. Large courtyards between the homes combine with cul-de-sac streets to create an intimate village-like ambiance.

With its outstanding amenities and wonderful quality of life, Aliso Viejo has been California's best-selling master-planned community for five consecutive years.

One of Aliso Viejo's most compelling attractions for families with children is its excellent schools. Youngsters who live at Soleil will attend either Foxborough Elementary School, which has its own computer lab and library, or Wood Canyon Elementary School, which focuses on performing arts and technology curricula. As their education progresses, students will be able to take advantage of the modular computer stations in Smartlab 2000 at Aliso Viejo Middle School, and advanced fiber-optic technology at Aliso Niguel High School, which is one of the most sophisticated high school learning centers on the West Coast. Both Aliso Viejo Middle School and Aliso Niguel High School were named California Distinguished Schools in 1996, when they both became the youngest schools (only three years old) to earn that designation.

In 2001, high school graduates will have the opportunity to continue their education close to home when the new Soka University of America opens its Aliso Viejo campus. The four-year liberal arts college will focus on Pan-Pacific research and distinguish Aliso Viejo as a prestigious college community.

Residents also have convenient access to 18 parks and sports fields and the pristine natural beauty and rugged hiking and biking trails of Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park. Golfers may tee off at Aliso Viejo Resort and Golf Club, a 27-hole Nicklaus designed public course that will be enhanced by world-class hotels and amenities.

MBK Homes Ltd. Combines a lasting tradition of fine homebuilding and real estate development expertise with the financial stability of Mitsui & Co., Ltd. Each community is the result of extensive research and professional experience, reflecting MBK Homes' unwavering commitment to complete customer satisfaction. MBK Homes continues to expand its homebuilding activities throughout Southern California. Today, families can experience the satisfaction of owning an MBK home in some of the region's most desirable locations. In addition to Soleil, MBK is currently building homes at Annandale at The Landings in North Fontana, The Enclave in Newhall, The Highlands at Hillcrest in Castaic, Saratoga at Hillcrest in Castaic and Traditions and Heritage at The Oaks in Murrieta. Adding to the success of its immensely popular Visions neighborhood in South Corona, MBK Homes is now previewing at Wisteria, a new community in The Corona Valley, in the coming months. For more information on any of these communities, please call (888) 943-HOME or visit the Web site at

To discover the unbeatable value of Soleil, exit the San Diego Freeway (I-5) at Alicia Parkway and drive south. Turn right on Aliso Creek Road and left on Pursuit and follow the signs to the sales center.

From the San Joaquin Hills Toll Road (73), exit at Aliso Creek Road and drive south. Turn right on Pursuit and continue to the sales center, where furnished models are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Additional information is available by calling (949) 831-6600.

Posted on January, 12th 2000

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