In-fill lots with great views, great access to recreation and public trails and only 10 minutes from downtown may seem like the impossible dream, but that's exactly what the developers of Pinnacle Ridge are bringing to the local real estate market.

Pinnacle Ridge is a 50-acre parcel of land that is being developed to have 71 single-family home lots. Prior to development, the area was desert, with a few trails that hikers and animals have used to get to the Lunch Loops area. The neighborhood is off Mariposa, between Ridges Boulevard. and Monument Road, and is less than half a mile from the popular Lunch Loops area, where hikers, dog walkers and mountain bikers can spend days exploring trails. A paved biking/pedestrian trail will be built this summer to connect Lunch Loops to the downtown corridor, so those who live at Pinnacle Ridge and want to ride a bike to work or to lunch downtown will have a safe way to do so.

The topography of the development is interesting, and no two lots are exactly the same. Some lots have a hill in the back yard, some lots are built into the side of a hill, and in the second phase of development, there will be lots with a hilltop perch and unparalleled views. Lots are generally around a quarter-acre, although some are smaller and some are larger. The neighborhood has quite a bit of open space, as well.

The first phase of construction includes 13 lots at the entrance of the subdivision. John Jones with 970 Builders is building the first home in the neighborhood, which will have four bedrooms and two and half baths in a 2,100-square foot ranch style home. The house is not yet listed because it won't be finished until July, but Jones anticipated a listing price of $489,000.

Jones has other lots in the neighborhood, and hopes to start building additional homes by July. All of the homes in the neighborhood must have engineered foundations with micro piles, much like the homes at Redlands Mesa Golf Course Community or Spyglass Ridge. The foundations are more expensive than typical foundations, but they are designed to prevent movement, which is necessary for the expansive soils in the area.

"It's a superior foundation," Jones said. His home will also have upgraded insulation, a great open floor plan, nine-foot ceilings and an east-facing patio.

Janice Burtis with RE/MAX 4000 is marketing the subdivision and invites other builders to come and buy lots for spec homes. Some of the more interesting lots that are ready for construction are on the west side of the road, on hillside lots that would be perfect for homes with walkout basements. Although typical consumers might have a hard time envisioning what a home on such a sloping lot would look like, experienced builders will be able to create great family homes.

The neighborhood will be built in five phases, and the next phase will include some lots that are out on an elevated point, with spectacular views. Although infrastructure isn't built yet for those particular lots, Burtis will take reservations.

There is no irrigation water in the neighborhood, and the HOA will recommend xeriscape landscaping.

Prices have been set for the first 21 lots in the neighborhood, and they range from $82,500 up to $122,000. For more information about the neighborhood, contact Janice Burtis at 270-4444. To visit the neighborhood, take Monument Road to Mariposa, take a right at Mariposa, and the development is less than half a mile on the right hand side.

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