New Home Review — Castello at Black Mountain
This weekend I toured Castello at Black Mountain Ranch. This is a new development by Cal Atlantic Homes (formerly Standard Pacific) on the north face of Black Mountain just south of Carmel Valley Road and south of the master planned 4S Ranch and Del Sur communities. The development features
The floor plans range from 3,677 to 4,210
|Chaumont (1)||5||4 1/2||3,677 – 3,918||2-3 Car (Tandem)|
|Barone (2)||5||4 1/2||3,752 – 3,967||2-3 Car (Tandem)|
|Dolcetto (3)||5-6||4 1/2- 5 1/2||3,998 – 4,210||2-3 Car (Separate 1 car)|
These homes hit all the main points that I look for in a home for today’s buyer: Four to five bedrooms with a bedroom downstairs, great room, optional 3rd car garage, office and a large loft. These are main features I see in demand from buyers in the Poway School District. Additionally, Cal Atlantic has renamed the “Del Sur Room” offered in the Del Sur development the “California Room” and included it in all 3 models. The California Room incorporates a fold-away wall to extend the living space to a covered patio area.
All the homes are proportioned so they appear wider than typical which give the impression from the outside that they are actually smaller than they are. The architects did a good job of avoiding a “boxy” look that sometimes prevails in homes at this size.
That said, the houses seemed very
For me, the main difference between plan 1 and 2 is the option to replace the 3rd car garage. In Plan 1 the 3rd car garage can become an extended great room or club room (which opens via a window to an extended California room). In Plan 2, the 3rd car garage may be converted (behind the stairs in the great room) to an office. I’m not knocking either plan, I just think in a development with
Plan 3 does have a nice option for today’s market. The standalone 3rd car garage can be converted to living space and combined with the downstairs bedroom to create a true suite. What in the past you might have thought of as “nanny’s quarters” but is now being called a “multi-generational suite”
Overall, a nice development. Large homes on decent sized lots and I’m a huge fan of the California room. I’m not a huge fan of the location for families with young children due to the proximity of Carmel Valley Road, but at close to or over 4,000
- Downstairs bedrooms
- California rooms
- Large secondary bedrooms
- Large lofts
- Optional offices (at the expense of formal dining in plans 1 and 2)
- Poway Schools (located directly across Carmel Valley Rd from Oak Valley Middle School)
- Not in Del Sur or 4S Ranch
- Elementary school is Willow Grove (despite being closer to Stone Ranch in 4S)
- Mello-Roos ($7,607 to $9,994/yr)
- Location leaves the homes open to road noise from Carmel Valley Rd. Also requires children crossing a busy street to get to the middle school.
Walk-abilityfor kids is low due to presenceof Carmel Valley Rd.
If you would like to arrange a private tour, please give us a text or call (858-688-0189). If you register with me on your first visit, I will provide you a discount on the sale of your home or help with some of your options.