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New Home Showcase

September 28, 2012

Outdoor rooms capture expansive seasonal vistas

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Sliding glass walls connect the outdoor room to the dining room and kitchen in the Ella Q2 plan (shown here).

The Bridges

Open 11 a.m.–6 p.m. daily at 29027 123rd Way S.E., Auburn

By Suzanne Monson
Special to New Homes

AUBURN --The Bridges' blend of lush parks, airy open spaces and all-season style has created a buzz on Auburn's Lea Hill.

This weekend, as warm summer evenings give way to crisp autumn mornings, the neighborhood is showcasing how its homes capture the best of this seasonal change. According to sales consultant Jennifer Clarke, that is especially evident in the Ella Q2 series of home designs.

"What you'll find at The Bridges and other MainVue neighborhoods that you just don't see in other places is a true outdoor room," Clarke says. "It's more than just a deck or covered patio. It's a second living room that's outside. Between the openness of the outdoor room and spectacular natural outdoors itself, the Ella Q2 series is a must-see."

Clarke's associate, Larry Ahrens, says the outdoor room in the Ella Q2 is arranged on the side of the home "so there is a wonderful sense of intimacy, making it perfect for dining or socializing, or watching the moon rise over the autumn night sky."

The 2,663-square-foot Ella Q2 homes are at the midpoint of MainVue Homes' sizes and price points, he says.

"With a den near the foyer, at least four bedrooms and a fantastic large open main floor with really large dining and kitchen spaces [in the Ella Q2], our buyers immediately love it for its entertainment possibilities," Ahrens says.

Two sets of sliding glass walls connect -- and separate -- outdoor-room activity and the dining room and kitchen. At the hub of the kitchen is a multiuse island with granite or Caesarstone countertops that can be used as a study or work station or for a casual meal. A butler's pantry includes a window backsplash and solid melamine shelving.

Ahrens says his favorite part of the home is the upstairs leisure room at the top of the stairs. "This built-in space is the ultimate family room because it serves so many purposes: reading or crafts area, library or video room," he says. "The way it sits between all the bedrooms allows you so much versatility."

Entry to the upstairs master suite is through a set of French doors. The suite includes a walk-in closet and separate soaking tub, shower and dual-sink vanity. Other bedrooms are arranged near the laundry room, linen closets and shared bath.

Clarke says homebuyers are often surprised to find at least $65,000 in luxury inclusions at The Bridges. She says MainVue Homes is one of the few builders in the country to make "silk-move" Grohe plumbing fixtures consistent in all its homes. A four-piece Frigidaire stainless steel kitchen appliance package is also included.

"For some of our guests this weekend, it's going to be the first time they've ever seen home designs like this," Clarke says. "We're also starting to see people who really like The Bridges and are just trying to see which of our floor plans is the best fit for them."

All lots include fencing and front- and rear-yard landscaping.

Green River Community College, Auburn Mountainview High School and Lea Hill Elementary are just blocks from the entrance to The Bridges.

Related tags: Auburn, outdoor room, Single-family

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