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CASTAIC, CA– Saratoga by MBK Homes is celebrating its much-anticipated model grand opening on September 16th and 17th. Sales and interest has been very strong for these generously-sized homes which present exquisite architectural styles combined with dramatic mountain and valley views. Situated on large, pool-sized home sites, Saratoga is located within the Hillcrest community in Castaic.

Buyers are especially attracted to Saratoga's location, at the very top of the hill in Hillcrest where views are unbeatable. Most popular are the largest homes within the neighborhood. A steady stream of interested shoppers have been touring MBK Homes' Saratoga and discovering that this unique collection offers a fabulous opportunity to own a spacious home on a large lot at a very affordable price. "The value that Saratoga offers is phenomenal considering homes the same size, on smaller lots, in nearby Stevenson Ranch and Valencia sell for tens of thousands of dollars more," said Tim Kane, vice president of MBK Homes. "Homeshoppers are encouraged to visit now and see what a special value Saratoga is."

Saratoga residents will benefit from a convenient freeway-close location and the opportunity to live within a highly regarded school district. Saratoga's expansive two-story designs offer 2,742 to 3,266 square feet with four to seven bedrooms and three baths. Priced from the low $300,000s, every plan will include a standard three-car garage.

School-age children at Saratoga are within walking distance of the elementary and middle schools, enabling them to enjoy a more leisurely pace getting to school. The highly regarded Castaic School District administers the elementary and middle schools while the award-winning William S. Hart School District administers the high school.

Huge gourmet kitchens with center islands kitchens, large fireplace-warmed family rooms, formal living and dining rooms and sumptuous master suites with expansive walk-in closets top the list of the rooms with special design elements. Varying plans will take on the added dimension of a handy loft, a secluded den or an optional bonus room, and every plan gives buyers the opportunity to transform a section of the garage into an extra bedroom on the first floor that's ideal for overnight guests.

Designed by the architecturally renowned architect Danielian Associates, these homes will create a dramatic first impression with a variety of architectural styles, including California, Mission, Mediterranean and Tuscan-influenced, while selected plans will be accented by charming design elements such as, front porches or split-design garages that frame an inviting entry courtyard. These special design-enhancing features are what lead many homeshoppers to be drawn in by Saratoga.

Situated next to the Saratoga community is the highly regarded Highlands at Hillcrest neighborhood. These successful homes are selling quickly, but still have residences available with prices starting in the low $200,000s. Homebuyers may choose from three spacious, two-story floorplans ranging from approximately 1,955 to 2,253 square feet. Homes include three to five bedrooms, two and one-half to three baths, formal living and dining rooms, and fireplace-warmed family rooms.

Located within the secluded setting of the new master-planned community of Hillcrest, Saratoga is just minutes from the freeway, making shopping, commuting and traveling convenient. Saratoga is also located near the beautiful Castaic Lake, a 9,000-acre state recreational park that features both power boating and water sports activities and a peaceful lagoon for non-power boats and swimming during the warmer months.

With its keen attention to detail, MBK Homes Ltd. is dedicated to delivering superior craftsmanship in every home it builds. MBK chooses its locations carefully, building its neighborhoods in family-oriented communities within well-respected school districts. Strengthened by the reputation and financial stability of its' parent company, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., MBK Homes is committed to providing its customers with the best value their homebuying dollar can buy and to building homes to last a lifetime.

MBK Homes continues to expand its homebuilding activities in some of Southern California's most desirable locations. MBK neighborhoods include: Soleil in Aliso Viejo, Wisteria in The Corona Valley, Annandale in North Fontana, The Highlands and Saratoga at Hillcrest in Castaic, Heritage and Traditions at The Oaks in Murrieta and MBK Homes at Emerald Square. For more information on any of these communities, please call (888) 943-HOME or visit the company's website at

To celebrate the model grand opening at Saratoga, take Interstate 5 north and exit at Hasley Canyon Road. Hasley Canyon Road is located approximately 9 miles north of Valencia. Take the overpass over Interstate 5, and then turn right onto The Old Road. Continue approximately one-half mile and turn left onto Hillcrest Parkway. Follow Hillcrest Parkway to the sales center at the top of the hill on the left. As and added convenience, MBK now welcomes brokers. Furnished models are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and additional information is available by calling (661) 702-9995 or by visiting the website at

Posted on September, 17th 2000

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