BlackPine Communities is building in parts of downtown Sacramento, California, that have lacked new product.
BLACKPINE COMMUNITIES has deep roots in Sacramento, California, which explains why the developer can design product that caters to just about any homebuyer in California’s capital city.
Michael Paris, founder, president and CFO of BlackPine Communities, relies on about three decades’ worth of homebuilding expertise to deliver what Sacramento’s competitive buyer’s market demands. Currently, the company is working on The Creamery at Alkali Flat and Curtis Park Village, two developments that bring BlackPine Communities out of the suburbs and into the urban infill segment.
Cream of the Crop
With The Creamery at Alkali Flat, BlackPine Communities is delivering modern-day aesthetics to a part of Sacramento known for its classic, traditional architecture. Built in the oldest residential neighborhood in Sacramento, The Creamery at Alkali Flat will feature 122 single-family home sites with options for three floor plans that range from 1,745 to 2,305 square feet. The tri-level homes come with two-car garages and an option for a rooftop patio.
Located on 8.5 acres in downtown Sacramento, The Creamery at Alkali Flat is five blocks from California’s state capital building and will be within walking distance of the Golden 1 Center, a new arena under construction that will be the home of the Sacramento Kings of the NBA.
The site previously housed Crystal Creamery, which Paris says left the facility about 10 years ago. BlackPine Communities bought the plot from developer Lewis Planned Communities to convert the location into single-family homes.
With roots dating back to the turn of the 19th century, Alkali Flat features traditional Victorianarchitecture in many of its homes, including those in the vicinity of The Creamery. While many homebuilders often attempt to blend into the existing architecture, Paris resisted this temptation to avoid creating a faux replica of a classic look.
“After a thorough planning process, there was pushback – even from me – to not try and replicate this with a phony looking Victorian home,” Paris says. “With Victorian, you either are, or you’re not. My belief was we have to go to the completely opposite end of the spectrum.”
The result was an external aesthetic for The Creamery at Alkali Flat with a contemporary, urban look that frames the Victorian homes in the area.
“We didn’t embarrass the Victorian history,” Paris says. “It has a very urban contemporary look to it, but we felt it was the right thing to do to frame and acknowledge and respect the classic homes in this part of the city.”
The site also features 2 acres of open space for a private parkway and walking areas throughout the community. The Creamery at Alkali Flat will have a dog park, urban garden plots and about 22 private guest parking space.
BlackPine Communities partnered with Dot & Bo, a curated e-commerce furniture service inspiring people to create their dream homes, to create three distinct model home themes at The Creamery at Alkali Flat. Paris says his company received interior design services with unique themes and styles in exchange for Dot & Bo’s ample exposure to new homebuyers.
“The Dot & Bo team is very clever in how they merchandise furniture,” Paris says. “The interior design of each model is uniquely fashioned off one of the themes they create, which really turned out cool.”
One was outfitted in the “Exotic Charm” motif, which is an interior inspired by exotic locations from around the world, according to Dot & Bo. “Modern Minimalist” adds a quiet grace to a home – with hints of ontrend rose quartz, one half of Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year. The Dot & Bo designed “Industrial Elegance” model home offers strong designs with a refined twist.
“It is incredibly exciting to bring three of our most popular design aesthetics to life,” says Claire Lee, head of trade and business sales at Dot & Bo. “Our partnership with BlackPine Communities is enabling prospective homebuyers to better envision themselves in a space and see the creative potential of a home. This is a driving factor in why the first phase of The Creamery homes sold out in just one week,” .
Three Communities, One Park
Curtis Park Village is a large brownfield development in downtown Sacramento that will house three distinct home product lines, uniquely creating three types of communities.
The first builder of the first phase of construction on Curtis Park Village is about halfway through the first 86 finished lots on the site. These units include The Cottages, the typical urban infill home.
The development also will have The Brownstones row house style influenced by Park Slope, a Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood famous for these traditional walkups.
The Estates are the third option in Curtis Park Village, and these homes range from cottages to California mission craftsman-style homes, which Paris says is common for the Curtis Park neighborhood in Sacramento and throughout California.
Unlike The Creamery at Alkali, the units in Curtis Park Village were designed to blend in with the existing architecture of its surrounding neighborhood. As the first largescale new home community in the area in the last 50 years, Paris took the time to get to know the resale community to best determine how to best serve a neighborhood quickly going through a great deal of changes.
“The educational meetings we had back and forth slowly played out nicely and we landed a great group of home owners that were very sophisticated,” Paris says. “This urban lifestyle hasn’t existed in a long time for new homes. This is one of the more iconic neighborhoods in Sacramento with classic style and timeless architecture.”