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"We know this won't solve the housing crisis, but anything that can help ease demand in the slightest is a win."

Pleasanton, California-based Nuvera Homes has announced plans to include accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also known as granny units, as part of its development plans for a new-home community in the Harder-Tennyson neighborhood of Hayward.

The development consists of 12 single-family homes, five of which will include ADUs. Historically, these types of units have given homeowners the opportunity to provide multi-generational housing for their family, whether it be for grandparents or adult children returning home after college. The new vision is that these 5 additional units can provide an additional affordable housing option in Hayward, as well as supplemental income for homeowners. "We know this won't solve the housing crisis, but anything that can help ease demand in the slightest is a win," said Jeff Lawrence, vice president of development and operations with Nuvera Homes.

While recent lifts on some regulations have lightened the red tape restrictions on these units, the cost and time for a homeowner to build an in-law unit can still be considerable. "By integrating these units into the project, we eliminate that additional time and expense for homeowners, while simultaneously providing additional housing options within the next year," said Lawrence.

Nuvera currently has projects in Fremont and Bentwood and additional projects coming in 2020 in Union City and an 18-home project also located in Hayward.

Nuvera Homes is a Bay Area based new home development and custom home builder with a portfolio that includes high density and master-planned projects across the Bay Area.


The early 20th century former home of longtime Fremont educator J. Vernon "Pop" Goold will be spared from the wrecking ball and relocated just a few hundred feet away.

A local family that owns a vacant lot in Fremont's Centerville district has finalized a deal with developer Nuvera Homes to buy the historical home for $1 and move it onto their property in the coming weeks.

The deal puts an end to roughly a year of uncertainty over the fate of the structure.

The former Goold home is among 10 houses and a commercial building that had to be cleared so Nuvera can build 52 condominiums along a portion of Peralta Boulevard and Parish Avenue for a project known as Centerville Junction.

"It's really unbelievable and exciting," said the woman whose family is taking over the home; she asked that her name not be used. Her grandmother used to own a home on the plot, which was demolished because of safety issues in the 1990s. Her family has since maintained the plot at 3365 Peralta Blvd.

Ever since the development was approved by the Fremont City Council last September, some residents argued for honoring the legacy of Goold - a former principal and superintendent of the original Washington Union High School District - by preserving his old home.

Goold was a teacher at the school beginning in 1924, principal for 12 years beginning in 1942, then superintendent the following five years until he retired. He was also an active community member and is credited with helping to expand schools in the area, including James Logan High in Union City.

His home was deemed ineligible for historic preservation after an evaluation performed for the city determined an addition built in 2003 "resulted in a loss of integrity of design," materials and workmanship reflective of the era in which it was constructed.

The woman taking the home onto her property said she attended Washington High School, as did her siblings, children and other family members, so the connection to Goold was special.

"It really means a lot," she said. "I hate to see old Fremont go, and we're seeing more and more of that. The cute little houses like these, they're just not gonna be anymore."

Jeff Lawrence, vice president of Nuvera Homes, told The Argus this week the process needed to get that done has been "a lot more involved than I might have envisioned, but it'll be worth doing when we get it moved.

"I'll be happy when it's there," he said, adding that his company is just waiting for a couple of permits from Caltrans to move the house along Peralta, which is part of State Highway 84.

The home has been lifted onto a trailer and is awaiting relocation, which Lawrence said likely could occur within a couple of weeks.

"I really can't believe it," the woman taking over the home said. "It's kind of a way of keeping that going, the history of Fremont."


Nuvera Homes has received approval from the Fremont City Council to build 52 Townhouse-Style Condominiums for their "Centerville Junction" community in the Centerville neighborhood, according to Nuvera Homes.

Scheduled to break ground in 2017, the project consists of 2 to 4 bedroom units designed for homebuyers looking for contemporary design, quality features and amenities, together with a convenient commute location to the East Bay, Silicon Valley and the Peninsula.

In conjunction with projects by other Bay Area builders, including Artist Walk, currently under construction, and additional projects scheduled to break ground in 2017, Nuvera Homes plans to create a walkable district, providing easy access to ACE and Amtrak stations. Praised for its planning and design, Centerville Junction promises to bring a new ambiance to the area, while complementing the existing neighborhoods. The project includes the addition of new sidewalks, treelined streets and landscaped planter strips, which provide a safe and attractive walking environment.

As shared by council members, "the project fulfills what the city is trying to do in Centerville, there’s a need for housing at all levels. It's housing for millennials."

With a core focus on commuter centric, infill developments, Nuvera Homes also has new home communities in development in Hayward, Downtown Livermore and Larkspur.


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After nearly a decade of delays, 27 Drakes Cove Court is ready. Originally part of a subdivision of 23 homes near the shore of Richardson Bay, the Larkspur home's development was tabled when the recession obliterated California's housing and construction markets.

But the dream never died, largely because of the site’s scenic vistas of hillsides, shorelines and aquatic life.

"There were so many capital improvements to be done because it’s such a challenging site,"said Jeff Lawrence, vice president of development and operations of Nuvera Homes, the company behind 27 Drakes Court. "Someone would only go through all that if there were great views to be had."

The end result is a custom five-bedroom, four-bathroom home with an open floor plan, eat-in kitchen and a rear tile deck spanning the length of the residence. San Francisco Bay and Mount. Tamalpais are visible from the home, which features a 12-foot ceiling in its great room and walls of glass windows welcoming in natural light.

The floor plan and design remain largely unchanged from the original architect’s designs, Lawrence said, and the groundwork set by the original development firm helped Nuvera Homes jump-start the project as the economy improved.

"There are times where a builder has to redo everything," Lawrence said. "This wasn't like that. They had already gotten through the approval process and they were great designs from the start."

Boring into the bedrock to lay the foundation was an arduous task, Lawrence said, but future owners will benefit greatly from the work.

"It's built on a rock-solid base. You'll never have to worry about the dirt moving," he said.

Past a solid-core cherry door, the two-story home opens to a spacious foyer before yielding to a great room with southern views. Two dishwashers, a six-burner range and a 75-bottle wine cooler make the kitchen an ideal space for cooking for large crowds, while the center island and Shaker cabinetry give guests a stylish place to gather around.

Also located on the main level is a master suite with a deck, a walk-in closet and a fireplace. A Hydro System tub, glass shower and dual marble vanities complete the spa-quality master bathroom.

"Typically in Marin you see reverse floor plans or homes with lots of stairs; having the master suite and a guest bedroom on the main level is rare," Lawrence said.

Of course, being constructed in Marin County means the luxury home needs to be energy efficient.

Dual-paned windows and concrete roof tiles help insulate the home all year long, while the drought-tolerant garden is partially irrigated by rainfall and storm water runoff.

"The project was already something amazing when it was stopped," Lawrence said. "And it's awesome now that it is back on."

For more information, visit www.LarkspurHills.com.

Listing agent: Linda Mayne, Mayne & Company, (415) 460-0900, mayneco@comcast.net

Address: 27 Drakes Cove Court, Larkspur.
Price: $2.588 million.
Features: Five-bedroom, four-bathroom custom home offers views of San Francisco Bay and Mount. Tamalpais, as well as a tiled deck spanning the length of the home. Ten-foot ceilings, a private deck and a walk-in closet highlight the master suite, while the kitchen offers Shaker cabinetry, professional range and dual dishwashers.
Open home: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.



Nuvera Homes has announced the much-anticipated New Release of homes at the sought after Dublin community, Tassajara Pointe at Silvera Ranch. Tired of the overcrowded neighborhoods of the Bay Area? Tassajara Pointe offers the road less traveled.

With prices starting from the mid $400s, this release of spacious, two and three bedroom + den homes offers one of the best values in the Bay Area. Situated atop the hills of Dublin, homes are surrounded by the beauty and nature of the open space of the Tassajara Valley. It’s here you can enjoy the quiet country lifestyle, but still be close to all the amenities the Tri-Valley has to offer, including top ranked schools in the Dublin School District.

Inside and out, Nuvera Homes brings their attention to detail to every luxurious attached home in this stunning foothill community. Gourmet kitchens are highlighted by granite slab countertops and custom Alder cabinetry, with the option of stainless steel or black GE kitchen appliances. Designer selected packages include plush carpeting and lighting fixtures and energy efficient features like Low Quiet Solution Windows and Rinnai Tankless water maximize energy efficiency. And energy, of your own, is something you'll want plenty of as a wealth of adventure awaits you in Tri-Valley!

Tassajara Pointe's Dublin location provides the luxury of convenience. With an abundance of shopping, dining and entertainment, and recreation within a minutes reach, life gets a lot easier here. Stoneridge Mall and the Livermore Premium outlets, Livermore Valley's top wineries, including Wente Vineyards, a popular Bay Area golf and summer concert destination, and hiking and boating at Lake Del Valle are all part of the Tassajara Pointe experience. Plus you're just a short drive from 580, 680 and the Dublin BART station, making workday commutes and weekend getaways a breeze.

Stop by this weekend during the New Release and discover all that Tassajara Pointe has to offer. You will not want to miss out on this exciting opportunity. Ideally located at 3812 Branding Iron Place in Dublin. The Sales Office is open daily from 11am-6pm. For additional details call (925) 875-9060 or visit Tassajarapointe.com.