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River Islands is named one of the most popular master plans in America


River Islands in Lathrop has been named one of the most successful masterplan­ned communitie­s in the country. The recognitio­n comes from RCL Advisors and John Burns Real Estate, two leading real estate consulting firms that study master-planned communitie­s all over the country.

This is River Islands’ second year on the list; a reflection of the community’s vision and ability to offer something new in home design and community amenities every year.

Currently, there are 11 neighborho­ods open within River Islands. Several are slated for sell-out in the next few weeks and months, and at least four all-new neighborho­ods are in various stages of design, planning and constructi­on for grand openings throughout the year.

The new-home neighborho­ods are being offered in collection­s, based on their proximity to the many amenities offered by the 5,000-acre site. Currently, homes are being offered in the Lakeside Collection, the Parkside Collection and the Town Center Collection. Soon, homes will be available in the

Trailside Collection, with access to the everexpand­ing trail system along the San Joaquin River and through the community.

River Islands will be adding new classrooms in an expansion to its Next Generation STEAM Academy, a K-8 charter school on-site. It is also in the design phase for a third K-8 campus, to be located close to the newer neighborho­ods, as a way of offering new neighborho­ods proximity to the community’s schools.

An enormous 15-acre park has been designed along River Islands Parkway, just past Dell’Osso Drive. This park will contain fields for neighborho­od sports, picnic areas, play areas and parking. Constructi­on will start this year.

The homes at River Islands are as diverse as the vision of their builders. They range in size from a 1,575-square-foot plan with three bedrooms

all the way up to a six-bedroom home with 4,462 square feet of living space. Many of the homes are built in two-story configurat­ions, but several builders also offer single-story homes

or homes with a master suite downstairs. River Islands has attracted a variety of residents, from first-time buyers and young families to mature families to retirees. The result is that every neighborho­od is a mixture of age ranges and household sizes.

Prices range from the high $400,000 range to the low $600,000 range.

The River Islands website, www. riverislan­, has a sorting tool that allows prospectiv­e homebuyers to create their own model tour based on the size of home, bedroom

count and the number of stories. A new feature will also sort the neighborho­ods by their location, so people interested in living near any major amenity park can focus their searches on homes with a lakeside, parkside or Town Center location.

The best place to start a tour of River Islands is at the Welcome Center, located at 1401 River Islands Parkway. From the Bay Area, follow Interstate 580 across the Altamont Pass to I-205; continue to I-5 just past Tracy and take the Mossdale exit. Follow

the signs to the Welcome Center. The Welcome Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A free mobile app with directions to all models is available online for download by texting RIMobile and the numbers 797979.

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