Meritage Homes, the new owner of a vacant subdivision in southeast Santa Rosa, intends to build the same homes as previously planned by former owner Christopherson Homes.
“We probably won’t get underway until very early next year,” Barry Grant, the company’s regional president, said Tuesday. The company will use the same architect, and any changes likely will be limited to meeting new codes and energy standards.
As reported Sunday, the company from Scottsdale, Ariz., paid $12 million for the Dauenhauer Ranch subdivision near the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The land includes 65 finished home sites, as previously reported, and 73 partially completed lots, Grant said.
Dauenhauer is one of two local subdivisions purchased this month by national builders. Miami-based Lennar Homes paid $7 million for partially completed homes and empty lots at Linwood Village, also near the fairgrounds and also owned previously by Santa Rosa-based Christopherson Homes.
Grant, whose region includes California and Colorado, said Meritage will build homes at Dauenhauer that range in size from 1,300 to nearly 2,800 square feet.
While home prices have not yet been set, they could range from $300,000 to the low $400,000s, he said.
“We like to think we made a good buy on the land,” he said. That will allow the company to lower the prices for the homes.
In years past the company built in Rohnert Park, including under the name Sterling Homes, Grant said.
Other Northern California communities with Meritage home projects include Vallejo, Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley, Vacaville, Roseville, Lincoln, Rocklin and Lathrop.
— Robert Digitale