Review: Castile at La Floresta in Brea offers a new style of attached living

As a Real Estate Agent in North Orange County, it’s common to automatically think it takes over $700,000 to buy a brand new detached home in a good area with 8+ schools.

Until I visited Van Daele’s community that starts at $620,0990. The largest plan (1,782 square feet) was being offered at $671,740 at the time of my visit.

So, how were they able to build MORE on less land without going 3 stories high like Heritage Crossings in Placentia?

Castile by Van Daele homes introduces high density living with NO shared living spaces. (only garages are attached.)
Castile by Van Daele homes introduces high density living with NO shared living spaces. (only garages are attached.) Kudos for keeping staircases at a minimum. 🙂

The lowest priced design is their Residence One that features 2 to 3 bedrooms with 2-1/2 baths. For those who opt for having 3 bedrooms, it comes at the expense of a separate dining area off the kitchen. Residence One is a single level design on the 2nd floor (shown in photo above) with an available elevator option near the Master Bedroom.

Great Room with 2 bedroom configuration in Residence One. If you wanted 3 bedrooms, that area where the small windows and dining table would be a full bathroom.
Great Room with 2 bedroom configuration in Residence One. If you wanted 3 bedrooms, that area where the small windows and dining table would be a full bathroom.
Just like all new homes, the large island counter dominates the kitchen.
Just like all new homes, the large island counter dominates the kitchen.
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Residence One is located directly behind the other 2 designs: Residences Two and Three. It sits directly on top of their garage spaces. Two and Three are completely freestanding.
A "Home Management Center" is perfect for a small office space, gaming area, or linen storage.
A “Home Management Center” is perfect for a small office space, gaming area, or linen storage.
Your master bath likely won't be as decked out as the one in the model -- unless you're willing to pay more.
Your master bath likely won’t be as decked out as the one in the model — unless you’re willing to pay more.
Residences Two and Three have "Great Room" designs on the ground floor with a small patio area than can accommodate a table and BBQ grill.
Residences Two and Three have “Great Room” designs on the ground floor with a small patio area than can accommodate a table and BBQ grill. Residence Two has a 9 foot stacking door option that allows a large entryway to the patio to blend outdoor and indoor spaces.
Garages are detached in Residences Two and Three. You'll need your umbrella on a rainy day going to and from the garage.
Garages are detached in Residences Two and Three. You’ll need your umbrella on a rainy day when you walk through your small outdoor space.
Large kitchen with island in Residence Three.
Large kitchen with island in Residence Three.
Interesting....but not practical? Residence Three has a downstairs bedroom, but the sliding door design and location makes me wonder how much privacy that room would have.
Interesting….but not practical? Residence Three has a downstairs bedroom, but the sliding door design and location makes me wonder how much privacy that room would have. Residence Two also has a downstairs bedroom.

What I didn’t like…

  1. The nearby landfill.
The nearby landfill can be likely be seen from at least one of your upstairs windows.
The nearby landfill can be likely be seen from at least one of your upstairs windows.

2. Upstairs kitchen in Plan 1

Single level oxymoron? If you don't pay for the elevator option, a hike up these stairs will be frequent when moving groceries to the kitchen in Residence One.
Single level oxymoron? If you don’t pay for the elevator option, a hike up these stairs will be frequent when moving groceries to the kitchen in Residence One.

3. HOA dues of $340.75 a month. Although that’s on par with nearby Blackstone homes in the Serano and Amber communities, that’s pretty steep for a home. At least they take of care of front landscaping.

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