New Home Review – Toscana at Black Mountain​​​​​​​

This weekend I visited Toscana at Black Mountain Ranch. Like Castello and Costanza, which I previously reviewed, 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 three floor plans on 85 lots (more homes than both Costanza and Castello).

The floor plans range from 3,026 to 3,450sf with 2 and 3-car garages. All plans are two story models. Pricing starts in the low $900,000’s and the Mello-Roos is $6,295 – $6,850/yr.

ModelBedsBathsSFGarage
Sovana (1)433,0262 Car
Veneto (2)543,050-3,2152-3 Car
Dolcetto (3)543,449-3,6492-3 Car

General Impressions

Once again, a very solid product line from Cal Atlantic. The don’t take any chances with the basic home: Every home has a full bedroom downstairs, a loft upstairs and a California Room off of the Great Room which really expands your summer (or year round) living area and takes great advantage of our San Diego weather.

I do have the same minor gripe with Toscana as the other two developments: While nailing the important specs for the house, the models seem very formulistic. The main area is kitchen, great room and breakfast nook and the downstairs bedroom right near the front door (although plan 3 does move the bedroom behind the 2 car-garage). There is a dining room, but options exist to convert it to a study. Plan 3 has the option to convert the 3rd car garage to a study giving you a 5-bed home with a loft and a study, but only a 2 car garage. This is the extreme high end of bedroom count to parking that I would suggest, and it’s a little risky for re-sale. This home suggests at least 3 children and possibly grandparents living on the first floor. There are usually a lot more than 2 cars in a family that may find itself with up to 7 drivers.

Plan 2 breaks away from the formula a bit as there is an optional caterer’s kitchen and the stairs are at the rear of the home behind the kitchen. This leads to an upstairs that has the master and bedroom 2 at the back of the house with views of the yard rather than just the master suite in the rear of the home.

Plan 1 (Sovana) is similar to most of the homes in the three developments with the downstairs bedroom at the front of the house on the opposite side of the front door as the garage. The bedroom extends farther in front of the home than the front door which creates a little depth when looking at the house from the street. Stairs are immediately past the bedroom followed by the familiar dining room/optional den. The dining room and garage end within a foot of each other allowing the hall to open to the great room/kitchen/nook portion of the home (the kitchen and nook are behind the garage with the great room flowing from the dining room/den. The California room opens off the great room, but there is an option to extend it behind the kitchen. In addition to the master suite, there are 2 bedrooms, a bonus room and 1 bathroom upstairs.

Plan 2 (Veneto) has the same basic entry as Sovana, without the stairs at the front. Instead, the stairs are behind the breakfast nook and kitchen and the house has the option to turn the 3rd car garage into a caterer’s kitchen or “super pantry”. Bedroom 2 upstairs has it’s own bath while beds 3 and 4 share a bath (also services the bonus room).

Plan 3 (Dolcetto) has the front door on the side of the house behind the 3rd car garage/optional office. The dining room and great room area is larger than the other two models and the bedroom behind the garage rather than at the front of the home makes it seem more like part of the home and less like a guest room. Upstairs, bedroom 2 has it’s own bathroom and is larger, so that’s where you stick your favorite child. Beds 3 and 4 share a bath that also is off the bonus room.

As with Costanza and Castello, homes are selling fast, so if you are interested get over there sooner rather than later.

Pros

  • Downstairs bedrooms
  • California rooms
  • Lofts
  • Large downstairs living space (great rooms)
  • Poway Schools (located directly across Carmel Valley Rd from Oak Valley Middle School)

Cons

  • Not in Del Sur or 4S Ranch
  • Elementary school is Willow Grove (despite being closer to Stone Ranch in 4S)
  • Mello-Roos ()
  • 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-ability for kids is low due to presence of 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.