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February 23, 2013

BREA, CA – Showcasing the beauty of the phenomenally successful master-planned community of Blackstone in the hills above Brea, two new luxurious neighborhoods will celebrate their grand opening March 16: Montserrat by Standard Pacific Homes and Coral Ridge by Shea Homes. Joining three other neighborhoods currently selling, both new collections will present the opportunity to experience all of Blackstone's amazing advantages and fulfill your every dream.

Come visit and you'll see that great homes are just the beginning of incredible opportunities offered at Blackstone and what has generated such tremendous enthusiasm among home buyers. In a spectacular setting with panoramic views on select homesites and overlooking the charming cities of Brea and Fullerton, the beauty of Blackstone spans approximately 800 acres, most of which is preserved as natural open space. Families find everything they are looking for in wonderful schools, parks, shopping and an abundance of recreational choices to fulfill every dream.

The two new neighborhoods at Blackstone represent luxury living of the highest caliber and all the advantages of classic Southern California indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Standard Pacific's Montserrat will reveal a new dimension of luxury with impressive two-story designs spanning approximately 3,484 to 4,049 square feet. Living spaces will encompass four to six bedrooms and three and one-half to five and one-half baths plus a versatile bonus room. Each home will include an outdoor fireplace at the California room. One plan will provide the convenience of a downstairs master suite, while one plan offers a guest suite with kitchenette and separate entry, and garages will accommodate two vehicles with additional storage. Luxury appointments include Kitchen Aid 48" commercial style pro series cooktop, granite counters and spa like master baths with generous showers and soaking tubs.

Shea Homes' Coral Ridge will present a magnificent collection of two-story homes distinguished by breathtaking, expansive views. Designed to give established and growing households the space they need and the comfort they desire, the homes range from approximately 3,877 to 4,191 square feet with four to seven bedrooms and up to five and one-half baths and up to a three-car garage. Varying plans will be enhanced by a library, studio, prep kitchen or private casita. Superior appointments will be led by built-in professional-grade KitchenAid® stainless steel appliances and Caesarstone® Quartz countertops, and master baths will feature free-standing tubs. Select plans will also be enhanced by an outdoor fireplace for year-round indoor/outdoor living.

Sales are currently underway at three neighborhoods: Sorano, Amber and Jade. In addition, the preview introduction of Emerald Heights by Shea Homes is slated for a June grand opening.

Standard Pacific's Sorano makes a Blackstone address uniquely attainable for young couples and families that are just starting to grow with prices starting in the $600,000s. Two-story residences extend from approximately 1,739 to 2,001 square feet, including 3 to 4 bedrooms and as many as 3 baths. Impressive great rooms and convenience-oriented kitchens enhance the appeal of these homes.

Shea Homes' Amber presents distinctive two-story homes that combine design excellence with outstanding value, plus the beautiful ridgeline setting offers the ideal location for exceptional views. Highlights include large great rooms, versatile lofts and spacious secondary bedrooms. Living areas range from approximately 2,015 to 2,199 square feet, including up to 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, and prices start in the mid $600,000s.

The last opportunity at Shea Homes' Jade with only a few homes remaining make luxury a household word. To enhance individual buyers' lifestyles, desirable downstairs bedrooms and home offices are just a few of the great features, and commercial-style kitchen appliances, grand master suites and up to three-car garages leave no doubt that the homes are of the highest caliber. Measuring approximately 2,806 to 3,360 square feet and pricing from the high $900,000s, the homes encompass 4 to 5 bedrooms and 3.5 to 4.5 baths.

The community of Blackstone offers the perfect balance of rural charm and urban convenience with its rustic setting near Carbon Canyon Regional Park and Olinda Historical Trails, and its proximity to the 57, 91 and 60 freeways. Residents find it easy to reach employment centers and other destinations throughout Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside Counties. Blackstone is located within the Brea Olinda Unified School District*. Olinda Elementary, a California Distinguished School and National Blue Ribbon School, serves K-6 students. Students also benefit from state-of-the-art facilities at the school's brand-new campus, which opened in January 2012. The school has a state rank of 10 out of 10 with an Academic Performance Index of 943.

Middle-schoolers will advance to California Distinguished Schools of Brea Junior High and Brea Olinda High where 95% are college-bound graduates. In addition, the high school has produced over 40 National Merit Scholars in the last six years, and students may take over 20 Advanced Placement courses along with a variety of elective choices. Adding spirit to academic excellence, the high school fields 22 varsity sports teams, many of which regularly win league and state championships.

Blackstone is filled with potential for families who love to live and play where the action is – at home. The community's fun-filled recreation center includes a junior Olympic pool and spa, and kids can splash away at the recreation center's water activities center and wading pool. In addition, six intimate pocket parks, including one with a tot lot, put outdoor enjoyment just steps from every home.

Soon the leisure-time opportunities will multiply at a 14-acre Brea city park, where family fun will range from picnicking under a tree to playing at the tot lot. With a charming gazebo as its centerpiece, the park will also offer a variety of athletic pursuits including baseball, basketball, tee ball and soccer. It will join 15 other community parks, including a popular sports park and a 12-acre historical park showcasing Brea's rich heritage.

To join the interest lists for the forthcoming new neighborhoods at Blackstone visit or to visit one of the communities currently for sale, take the 57 freeway and exit at Lambert Road. Proceed east on Lambert Road and turn left at Kraemer Boulevard into the Blackstone community. Further details are also available by calling each community: Sorano 714-223-0700, Amber 714-961-6011 and Jade 714-223-6908.