The spring selling season may be drawing to a disappointing close, but Standard Pacific is nonetheless continuing to open new communities, with two in California joining recently announced openings in Charoltte and Denver.

Late Thursday, StanPac announced the opening of a third community outside of Austin, Texas.

The two California communities opening this weekend are at opposite ends of the state, a high-end master plan in northern San Diego County called Westcott at La Costa Oaks and a move-up community in the Sacramento area dubbed Montalcino.

The Wescott community is part of the La Costa Oaks master plan in Carlsbad, adjacent to the La Costa Preserve's 1,000 acres of nature, wildlife and hiking trails. Some home sites will offer views of the Preserve and other open space. The community is located in the Encinitas Union School District and San Dieguito Union High School District.

The open floor plans feature large great rooms and up to five bedrooms plus a bonus room or loft. Gourmet kitchens with stainless-steel, ENERGY STAR® appliances open onto the great room and backyards. Tankless water heaters will be included as standard in each home, which will range from 2,983 to3,316 square feet starting from the high $600,000s.

"La Costa Oaks embodies everything that makes the San Diego area an exceptional place to call home," said Ted McKibbin, president of Standard Pacific'ss Southern California Coastal division.

Up north, Montalcino is the newest neighborhood in the Questa at Mountain House master plan community east of Livermore. The community, according to StanPac, features a "local community market," social clubs, a new library, parks, a golf course and hiking paths. Questa at Mountain House also includes new K-8 schools.

Montalcino's four new home designs feature up to four bedrooms and three bathrooms, lofts, classic front porches, convenient "drop zones" for keys, electronics and backpacks, and storage space. Ranging from 1,957 to 2,420 square feet, these homes start in the high $200,000s.

The homes are ENERGY STAR® qualified and include water-conserving plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, low-VOC interior paint and flooring and radiant barrier roofing that may increase energy efficiency by up to 17% compared to a home without this technology. Plus, homebuyers at Montalcino can add optional solar energy systems.

"We are pleased at the buzz that Montalcino at Questa at Mountain House has generated in the community," said Jon Nicholson, president of Standard Pacific Homes Sacramento/Central Valley division.

In the Austin area, Cypress Ridge at Rough Hollow in Lakeway, opens Saturday. The Rough Hollow master plan includes a marina/yacht club, pool and pavilion, tennis and swim centers. It is in the Lake Travis Independent School District.

The designs feature outdoor living spaces with patios, tile floors and wood ceilings and optional built-in outdoor fireplaces and grills. Master bedrooms are located downstairs. The homes are ENERGY STAR® qualified. Ranging from 2,200 to 3,200 square feet, these beautiful homes start from the $320,000s.

"These homes truly have it all, a premier location, resort living, contemporary design and leading energy efficiency," said Bill Peckman, president of Standard Pacific Homes Austin division.

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