Builder & Developer: Sea House Community " Breaks the Mold"
WEDNESDAY 10 DECEMBER, 2014
Strengthening its reputation as a customer-centric producer of
shelter, Irvine, Calif.-based MBK Homes has pushed the
development envelope once again. This time, delivering an entirely
new type of housing option to the orange county market with Sea
House, a unique for-sale infill community in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Appealing to millennial buyers, the contemporary collection of 33
three-story detached residences feature rooftop decks (all with ocean
views), three open floor plans, two-car attached garages, and first
floor live/work zoned space. It's this innovation in design and
attention to detail that make MBK Homes' Sea House Builder and
Developer's Community of the Year for 2014.
Situated on a 1.6-acre infill lot on the corner of West 18th Street and
Coastal Way, construction at Sea House began in July 2013 and was
completed just 16 months later in November 2014. At 20 dwelling
units per acre, the highdensity community delivers the benefits of
single-family living in an urban locale and within a burgeoning
neighborhood of Westside Costa Mesa. Sea House is one of several
new housing communities that will be popping up in the area in the
"When Sea House was in the design stage, there wasn't anything
else in Orange County where this type of high density product was
available," Vice President of sales and marketing of MBK Homes Rick
Fletcher said. "Sea House helped address the high demand of buyers
looking for an urban-type of product in this up and coming area."
Demand was so strong, all 33 residences sold out after only 11
months on the market. The first homes released started at $570,000.
The final model phase of homes were sold at prices approaching
"The success of Sea House solidifies MBK Homes' confidence in the
housing market and our commitment to providing a unique standard
of quality homes and customer service to our buyers," Fletcher said.
Designed by Fallbrook, Calif.-based Summa Architecture, the homes
have an urban industrial look that fits within the fabric of the
surrounding community. The outdoor common areas have an inviting
design that creates a space for homeowners to relax together in the
MBK Homes teamed up with San Diego, Calif.-based landscape
architect group, Howard Associates, to create a series of eclectic
gathering spaces, overhead trellis structures, and ornamental
grasses and succulents to soften the landscape and provide a warm
and inviting environment.
"It breaks the mold in terms of what people typically picture newly
constructed homes in Orange County looking like, which is appealing
to a wide variety of buyers searching for the convenience and energy
of an urban environment, yet still wanting the laid-back carefree
lifestyle that is synonymous with Coastal Orange County," Fletcher
Residences range in size from 1,587 to 1,785 square feet and include
two full baths and two half baths, up to three bedrooms, rooftop
decks, and two-car attached garages. Less than a mile from the
Newport Beach coastline, the homes come with ocean views. The
first floor was zoned for living and/or a working environment, giving
the homebuyers the option of running their businesses from home.
The interior spaces boast high quality standard features including
stainless steel energy star appliances, granite countertops; advanced
wiring with RG6 and CAT5 cables for high-speed connections; multimedia
flat panel TV connects in the family rooms; a USB charging
station in the kitchen; and electric vehicle conduits in the garages.
Optional features include a flat screen television conduit for
balconies, and Nexia home automation on front door lock and
Beyond the homes' visible features and techoriented details,
environmental engineering and wellness is also an integral part of the
homes; something MBK calls the "MBK Quality Difference." This
includes materials like high-end Stego Wrap Moisture barrier under
floors to help avoid moisture damage; concrete tile roofs with a 25-35
year life expectancy; Therma-Tru entry doors with weather stripping;
raised panel interior doors; and rain gutters.
"At MBK, we pride ourselves on a high standard of quality," Fletcher
said. "Whether they are readily seen or not, we are committed to
using the best materials available in order to provide buyers the
Through its LifeWise program, MBK Homes also invests in a variety
of earth, health, water and energy-friendly features including:
dualglazed vinyl windows, with efficient, low-E, energy-saving glass;
energy efficient tankless water heaters; water-conserving toilets and
faucets; fluorescent lighting; fully insulated exterior walls and ceilings;
sealed duct systems during construction; range exhaust fans vented
to the outside of home; and low VOC interior paint that reduces
ozone-depleting chemicals with little odor.
MBK Homes uses engineered wood products to reduce the harvest of
large trees including flooring from sustainable and recycled materials
like bamboo, cork and carpet made from recycled soda bottles.
Sea House is a few miles away from some of Orange County's best
shops and entertainment venues including: South Coast Plaza, The
LAB Anti-Mall and The CAMP, Costa Mesa Fairgrounds, Verizon
Wireless Amphitheater, Angel Stadium, Honda Center, and
Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The community is also less than one
mile walking distance from major employer headquarters including
Hurley, World Industries, volcom, and RVCA. About 15 minutes from
John Wayne Airport and Irvine's business hub, Sea House, is one of
the most ideal locations to live in Orange County.
MBK Homes is an active developer of for-sale single and multifamily
housing communities, rental housing, apartment property acquisition,
and distressed asset renovation. Through its various housing
solutions, their mission is to provide top quality shelter to residents in
California. Throughout its nearly 20 years, MBK Homes has earned a
reputation for delivering award winning customer satisfaction in
housing that is innovative in design, comfort, sustainability and
craftsmanship at an excellent value.
MBK Homes offered three other for-sale communities in Southern
California in 2014 including: Aragon in Signal Hill; Vineland Metro in
North Hollywood; and Jacaranda in Stanton. MBK also launched a
new division, MBK Rental Living, with two new apartment
developments currently underway: Ocean Air in Torrey Hills and
Palisades at Sierra Del Oro in Corona. The developer also plans to
open an additional seven communities (both for sale and for lease)
within the next year.
Lacy Allen is the editor for Builder and Developer magazine. She may
be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org