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CASTAIC, CA–Families that have made the move to MBK Homes' The Highlands at Hillcrest in Castaic enthusiastically applaud the community's exceptional environment and its convenient schools. "My husband David and I have been very pleased with our decision to purchase at The Highlands," stated Marie Tello, mother of two school-age children. "The environment is wonderful and we feel safe here, plus, our oldest son can walk to school a block away."

Those sentiments were echoed by Art and Laura Gallegos, who have four children. "It's a wonderful place to live," Laura said. "It's close to beautiful lakes, as well as the freeway and shopping, and it's an excellent place to raise a family."

Frank Monaco and his wife Brenda, parents of two youngsters, joined the chorus of praise for The Highlands. "It's great living here, we like the community, we like our home, and we like the schools," Frank said. All three families also said value was a key factor in their decision. "The homes are very spacious and well-priced, and the yards are much larger than you can get elsewhere," commented Laura Gallegos, while Frank Monaco observed, "The size of the homes and the big back yards make The Highlands an excellent value for the price."

The Tellos, Gallegoses and Monacos are among a growing number of families that have discovered that The Highlands has it all: spacious, family-sized homes on large pool-sized lots, a scenic hillside setting with beautiful views, award-winning elementary schools within walking distance of the neighborhood, and an ultra-convenient location that's just five minutes from the I-5 freeway. And The Highlands makes all those advantages attainable with prices starting in the low $200,000s.

Homebuyers may choose from three spacious, two-story floorplans that are designed for maximum comfort and livability. Ranging from approximately 1,955 to 2,253 square feet, including three to five bedrooms and two and one-half to three baths, living areas include formal living and dining rooms for elegant entertaining, as well as fireplace-warmed family rooms that join with convenience-oriented kitchens and nooks to set the scene for a variety of fun-filled household activities. Kitchens also feature gourmet islands or peninsulas that double as casual dining bars.

Versatility is also built into each home with optional extra bedrooms and in varying plans, a tech room, loft or den. In one plan, the extra bedroom is designed to serve as a guest suite with its own private bath. The striking appearance of the homes begins with traditional California architecture, and exterior highlights include three-car garages with sectional roll-up doors.

Situated high on a hill amid Castaic's scenic mountain terrain, The Highlands is just minutes from Castaic Lake, a 9,000-acre state recreational park that features both power boating and watersports activities and a peaceful lagoon for non-power boats and swimming during the warmer months.

In addition, the neighborhood's freeway-close location makes it easy for residents to reach employment centers and other destinations throughout the Los Angeles area. The neighboring schools reward children with the educational excellence of the highly-regarded Castaic School District, and when they go on to high school, the award-winning William S. Hart School District will help prepare them for success.

MBK Homes has announced plans to build a second Castaic neighborhood, Saratoga at Hillcrest, where impressively spacious residences ranging from approximately 2,730 to 3,285 square feet will be priced from the low $300,000s. Pre-sales are scheduled to begin in the spring.

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 The Highlands and Saratoga at Hillcrest, MBK is currently building homes at Annandale at The Landings in North Fontana and Soleil in Aliso Viejo. Adding to the success of its immensely popular Visions neighborhood in South Corona and The Enclave in Newhall, MBK Homes has also announced plans to introduce three additional new neighborhoods in early 2000. They include Wisteria in the master– planned community of The Corona Valley, and Heritage and Traditions at The Oaks in Murrieta. For more information on any of these communities, please call (888) 943-HOME or visit the website at

To join the growing number of enthusiastic homeowners at The Highlands, 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, 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 5 p.m., and additional information is available by calling (661) 295-6600 or by visiting the website at

Posted on March, 26th 2000

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