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ALISO VIEJO, CA–(February 16, 2000) To keep pace with accelerating demand from home buyers, MBK Homes has released the fifth phase of Soleil in Aliso Viejo, which features some of the most unique home sites in the entire neighborhood.

"Along with larger yards and great locations many of the homes have sweeping panoramas of the Saddleback Valley and the mountains in the distance," stated Stefan Markowitz, president of MBK Homes Ltd., "yet with prices starting in the low $200,000s, they are priced well below most other comparable homes."

The new phase also features all the advantages that have made Soleil such a resounding success, including unique designs, value-enhancing appointments, cul-de-sac locations, private yards and Aliso Viejo's prime location near both beaches and employment centers.

High on that list of advantages is the distinctive architecture that sets Soleil apart from most new homes today. Design highlights of the European cottage-style motif include arched entries, decorative shutters and a variety of intriguing exterior accents.

Among the many price-included appointments that make Soleil such an outstanding value are 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.

The complete Soleil collection presents 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. Living areas encompass elegant living and dining rooms and convenience-oriented kitchens that feature ceramic-tile countertops, beautiful oak cabinetry and General Electric appliances. In most plans, the kitchen joins with a large family room to create a spacious household activity center, and in the largest plan, mealtime activities are enhanced by an island preparation and serving center with built-in sink and dishwasher.

Along with their richly detailed architecture, exteriors are highlighted by two-car garages with drywalled interiors and roll-up metal doors, while charming front porches and association-maintained front-yard landscaping enhance the appearance of selected homes. In addition, large courtyards between the homes combine with cul-de-sac streets to create an intimate village-like ambiance.

A Soleil address brings with it all of the exceptional amenities and the wonderful quality of life that have made Aliso Viejo California's best-selling master-planned community for five consecutive years. Headed by extensive recreational opportunities and outstanding schools, the list of community advantages includes a new library, convenient shopping centers, fine restaurants, Edwards twenty screen movie theater, a thriving business park and a uniquely desirable location only four miles from the Pacific Ocean.

One of Aliso Viejo's most compelling attractions for families with children is its state-of-the-art 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 and 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 honor, and again in 1998.

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.

Aliso Viejo's recreational opportunities range from 22 parks and sports fields and the pristine natural beauty and rugged hiking and biking trails of Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park to the 27-hole Nicklaus-designed public golf course at Aliso Viejo Resort and Golf Club, which 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 Saratoga and The Highlands at Hillcrest in Castaic and Annandale at The Landings in North Fontana. 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 Legends and Traditions at The Oaks in Murrieta. To obtain additional information on any of these communities, please call (888) 943-HOME or visit

To take advantage of the excellent selection of home sites in the fifth phase 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 February, 16th 2000

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