Lennar Homes plans to unveil two new Next Generation home designs during the grand opening of its latest development in northwest Fresno this weekend.
The Next Gen home offers multi-generational families with a private suite that includes a bedroom, kitchenette and full bathroom. The suite has a separate front entrance and one into the main house.
The floor plan was first introduced to the Fresno market in October 2011 to fit the changing demographics of buyers and has quickly become a best-selling product for the national builder.
There are now five Next Gen floor plans. The two newest models include the 2,600-square-foot Omnilliant, a single-story house with four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a three-car garage. The second is the Revelation, the first model to have a two-bedroom suite in a 3,404-square-foot, two-story home with three to four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms and a three-car garage.
"There are so many uses for this concept," said Susan Wilke, vice president of sales and marketing. "Grandma can have her own space. Or maybe it's your teenagers abode when he starts college or returns from college."
The models are available at Elderberry on the Bluffs, which celebrates its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Fresno home prices moving up
Fresno County's rapid home price appreciation is slowing down, but the median home price of an existing single-family home still inched up higher in September compared to the month before, a report said.
The median home price of a home in Fresno was $185,830 last month compared to $184,000 in August, the California Association of Realtors monthly housing report said.
In September 2012, the median home price was $159,130.
Madera and Tulare counties followed a similar trend with home prices increasing nearly 12% and 3.2% month-over-month respectively. Kings County, however, saw an 8.4% fall in home prices.
Homebuyer workshop in Visalia
Community Services Employment Training will hold a free first-time homebuyer workshop in Visalia on Nov. 2.
The daylong event will provide buyers with information about the homeownership process and down payment assistance.
Low-income buyers who are interested in purchasing a home within the city should also attend to learn if they qualify for the city's gap financing program, or second mortgage, which can be used as part of a down payment on a home.
The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the CSET office, 312 NW 3rd Ave. To reserve a seat or for more information, call (559) 741-4641.
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