Review of Alterra at La Floresta in Brea CA

Van Daele Homes introduces another wrinkle in homebuilding with “Alterra” — Townhome-like interiors in condominium styled buildings.

 

Alterra in La Floresta reminds has styling cues that I associate with Sheraton and Hilton Vacation Club properties.
Alterra in La Floresta has styling cues that I associate with Sheraton and Hilton Vacation Club properties.

It’s tough to classify this category. It’s not your typical cookie-cutter townhome or mid-rise condo complex. The closest development I can think of to this design is The Domain in Anaheim, which I felt was brilliantly-designed and seemed to have an answer to all the failed mid-rise condo projects in the area.

Alterra offers 4 floorpans and range from 1,101 square feet of living space to 1,898 square feet. Prices started at $477,990 at the time of my visit. HOA dues are expected to be $374 at build out with a special assessment of $727-$849 per year.

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All the styling of a new home: large island counter in the kitchen, “Great Room” layout design, sharp corners, and plenty of light.
Open spaces create an environment perfect for having company over.
Open spaces create an environment perfect for having company over.
All floorpans have a private deck.
All floorpans have a private deck.
VERY COOL: A ground floor office space or guest suite was my favorite feature in Plan 4.
VERY COOL: A ground floor work/live space was my favorite feature in Plan 4.
French doors in the work/live space allow meetings to take place without the appearance of going to someone's "home".
French doors in the work/live space allow meetings to take place without the appearance of going to someone’s “home”.
The "Home Management Center" in Plan 4 is perfect for a kitchenette (as modeled) or additional office space.
The “Home Management Center” in Plan 4 is perfect for a kitchenette or additional office space.
Each building has a courtyard-style entryway when not entering through your garage.
Each building has a courtyard-style entryway when not entering through your garage.

 

Street view of the courtyard entry.
Street view of the courtyard entry.

The Not-So-Good Features…

While an elevator helps ease your walk to your front door, only residence 4 allows direct access into your home.
While an elevator helps ease your walk to your front door, only residence 4 allows direct access into your home.
Hallway entrances remind me of apartment and motel buildings.
Hallway entrances remind me of apartment and motel buildings.
Close quarters: The annoying neighbor smoking outside or having a party makes me hope the noise is insulated well.
Close quarters: The annoying neighbor smoking outside or having a party makes me hope the noise is insulated well.

Overall, I believe this community offers a good buy for the location and offerings of the La Floresta community. Those looking for an alternative to the typical “cookie cutter living” would have walking access to new shopping and restaurants along with a pool center nearby.

 

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