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Benchmark Participates in Bakersfield’s Enchanted Forest Gala

Benchmark Participates in Bakersfield’s Enchanted Forest Gala

It was a great night at The Enchanted Forest Christmas Gala at Stockdale Country Club last Friday night celebrating 15 years of giving back to the community!  It was a very successful event supporting local brave men and women who volunteer their time for the Kern County Sheriff's Reserve Organization.

What is The Kern County Sheriff’s Reserve Association?  This is a non-profit, volunteer organization made up of a very special group of men and women who are dedicated to public service and committed to improving the quality of life in our community.

Some of Kern County's preeminent designers joined in on the enthusiasm. The live auction had 15 of the most magnificent, one-of-a-kind, decorated Christmas trees. Each tree represented one of the past 14 years of the Enchanted Forest Gala. The Live and Silent Auctions were packed full of amazing must-have items you couldn’t go for the Christmas season without.

Items up for auction included whimsical, six-foot-tall Nutcrackers; "Dinner & a Movie for a Year"; and the always-popular ride back in time on a vintage fire truck for six people to view the City's festive Christmas light displays.

How did Benchmark Communities get in on the fun? The Heights at River Run in Northwest Bakersfield sponsored a tree while our community Sales Counselor, Charlene Oliver, continued her 15-year tradition of participation in this event.  Charlene created a breathtakingly decorated tree, which auctioned off for $1,000.  Benchmark Communities also sponsored a decadent wine-themed gift basket for the auction.

By the end of the night 12 decorated Christmas trees were auctioned off and the Benchmark sponsored tree was very popular! Our tree ended up with two women in a bidding war at $1,000 for the tree!

This wonderful event is one of the many ways that we try to follow our motto of “Everything Matters.”  This shows in our other communities such as The Heights at River Run and Sundance located in Bakersfield.

We hope everyone has a great holiday season and we look forward to much more in 2016!

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Please welcome Logan William Buenrostro, East Garrison’s first baby, to the world!

On July 18, 2015, Danielle and Michael Buenrostro became the proud parents of the first baby to be born to an East Garrison family.


For all of us at Benchmark, this moment has been a long time coming. East Garrison was designed with families in mind, equipped with plenty of places to take new babies for a stroll around the neighborhood. That, paired with the temperate Monterey County weather, has made for a great first few months for the Buenrostros as they cruise Logan around in his stroller, chatting with neighbors and taking in the fresh coastal air.


“Our home has an outdoor room, which we just love,” commented Danielle. “We have some rocking furniture out there, and we can sit with the baby and visit with neighbors. It’s just great for Logan to get fresh air and a change of scenery. We’re really in a sweet spot in terms of weather—it’s so much nicer than the North Carolina summers I’m used to.”


The couple met while Michael was stationed in North Carolina in service for the Army. After several tours to Afghanistan, Michael, a Castroville native, convinced Danielle to move back with him to Monterey County.


The Buenrostros chose the Hartford Plan in the Heritage Collection with their growing family in mind. They have been living at East Garrison for a year. Their house has comfortably held plenty of relatives for extended stays around the time Logan was born.


The open kitchen and family room design is ideal for Danielle, as she likes to keep a close eye on the baby while cooking.


“The kitchen island makes it a great gathering place,” Danielle noted. “When people come over, everyone just loves hanging out there. It’s really the heart of the home.”


From home design to helping a new family start their life together, Everything Matters at Benchmark.

Congratulations to the Buenrostro family!


Phoenix Crest Grand Opening: Discover "Life At The Top"

For new home shoppers in Rancho Cucamonga, Phoenix Crest offers a vision into the future of homeownership that could only come with a view like this:


After months of planning, interior design and construction, Benchmark is proud to announce the grand opening of Phoenix Crest.

Date: October 3 - 10:30AM - 4PM

Location: 12354 Alamo Dr.,  Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

An event of this magnitude deserves no small amount of fanfare, and we really pulled out all the stops for this one! Join us to tour our beautiful  model homes, and participate in all the fun we have planned for you and your family.


Heres a little sample of what's on tap for the day:

  • Champagne toast

  • Local wines

  • Catered by Classy Lassies

  • Live music

But that's not all! We all know how fun it is to win something unexpectedly so we are raffling off:

  • Los Angeles Lakers tickets

  • Family four gift pack to Disneyland

  • Custom gift baskets

  • And other fun items


Thats rightif youre interested in touring Phoenix Crest with your family on Saturday, October 3, you might just walk away with tickets to Disneyland!

Enjoy our beautifully designed models, the incredible view of the San Gabriel mountain range and the North Etiwanda Preserve.

RSVP for the event on Facebook, or join our VIP list by filling out the form below to be the first to know about updates at Phoenix Crest.

Enter to win Disneyland tickets HERE

Harmony Court in Gilroy – Move into a New Single-Family Solar Home This Year

At Harmony Court in Gilroy, you can buy a new single-family solar home this weekend and move in before Halloween.  This is refreshing news in today’s real estate market, where new home buyers often face six to ten months from contract to move-in.

“There really are very few new home options in the Bay Area for buyers who want to move this year,” said Sara Breneman of Benchmark Communities. “We are excited to be in a position where we can deliver homes to our buyers before the holidays.”

Harmony Court is the latest in a series of single-family home neighborhoods built by Benchmark Communities in the Bay Area and across the country.  Priced from the mid $600,000s to the low $700,00s, Harmony Court’s new single-family solar homes offer style and affordability in a commuter-friendly location. The limited collection of just 23 homes is nestled into an existing residential area, adjacent to a creek and trail, with beautiful views of Gilroy’s rolling hills.

“With median home prices in Santa Clara County nearing $900,000, Harmony Court is a great opportunity for those who are getting priced out of other areas,” commented Breneman.  

Four home plans range from 2,124 to 2,527 sq. ft. with 3 to 5 bedrooms; each is available in English, Spanish or Farmhouse style. Attractive exteriors are accented with siding, stone and/or brick and feature an abundance of windows to let the sunshine in.  Thoughtful layouts include open island kitchens; ground floor bedroom suites; lofts; home offices and large master suites. Interiors flow seamlessly outside to covered front porches, courtyards and nicely sized backyards with optional covered patios.  

Impressive features come standard at Harmony Court, including granite countertops, stainless appliances, and Kohler® plumbing fixtures.  Homes available for move-in this year also include upgrades, such as structured wiring, dual-zone air conditioning, wood laminate flooring, and more.

Each home at Harmony Court comes with an energy saving Solar PV System – six SolarWorld® panels and six Enphase Micro inverters, monitored through the Enphase Envoy® unit.  Additional panels are available, and buyers keep applicable tax credits.

“These are well-designed and well-appointed homes in a great setting,” continued Breneman.  “If you are in the market for a new home in Silicon Valley, put Harmony Court on your list.”

Harmony Court’s model home and sales office, located at 940 Babbs Creek Dr. in Gilroy, is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Visit for additional information.

Benchmark Communities is a homebuilder committed to creating neighborhoods that will stand the test of time, and provide a comfortable lifestyle for their residents.  Honored as the “Most Awarded Homebuilder for Customer Satisfaction” at the 2015 Eliant Homebuyers’ Choice Awards, they received the highest number of awards earned by all participating homebuilders. Benchmark Communities is expanding their footprint across the nation, building throughout the Bay Area region including Monterey County, Hollister, and Gilroy, as well as the Central Valley, Pacific Northwest and in many Southeastern states.

The Olympia Master Builders’ Tour of Homes

The Preserve at Tumwater Place by Benchmark Communities has some exciting news to share. The Pacific Northwest community will be featured in the 2015 Olympia Master Builders Tour of Homes happening this month. Last year, The Preserve was featured in this same event, and took home Best of Show.

Benchmark Communities is honored to be a part of this unique Olympia Master Builders event again!

Olympia Master Builders


Olympia Master Builders (OMB) is a professional trade association that represents companies in five Pacific Northwest counties: Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Mason, and Pacific Counties.

OMB is committed to “building strong communities, one home at a time.”

Benchmark Communities Success

In 2014, Benchmark Communities was honored to participate in the OMB Tour of Homes along with numerous other incredible home builders. Benchmark’s community The Preserve took home 2014 Best of Show, awarded by a panel of esteemed industry judges.

About the Tour of Homes 2015

The OMB Tour of Homes takes place at multiple locations in Thurston County. The event provides homeowners a unique opportunity to see the newest innovations in new home construction and real estate in over two weekends.

Ballot and Voting

At the 2014 OMB Tour of Homes, Benchmark Communities was thrilled to take home the Best of Show award, beating out all other builders and communities participating in the five-county event. This year, we look forward to another opportunity to show why The Preserve is such a special community.


When: August 15-16 & 22-23

We are excited to participate in this year’s OMB Tour of Homes, and can’t wait to show everyone our gorgeous community, The Preserve. For additional information regarding the 2015 OMB Tour of Homes, please visit the OMB website.

Ready For a Block Party?

Break out the suntan lotion and the sunglasses because we're having an open house and block party! We're celebrating the release of our newest phase in the region's most desirable neighborhood.


Tour our designer decorated model homes, enjoy free hot dogs and refreshments and bring home a new family member courtesy of Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue! 



The Heights at River Run offers spacious energy efficient homes highlighted by great rooms, living rooms, dens and bonus rooms. Adjacent to the Seven Oaks Country Club our community lies within a short distance of the Kern River, shopping, dining and other countless activities for the family. 


Stop by today to see what all of the buzz is surrounding Northwest Bakersfield's newest community.

Heights at River Run is located at: White Rapids Way, Bakersfield, CA 93311

Sales Office Contact: (888) 823-3440 

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Virtual Tours Now Available at the Phoenix Crest Community in Rancho Cucamonga


Our new community in Rancho Cucamonga invites you to our 3D "Walk-Throughs" VIP event this weekend, June 13th from 11 am to 3pm.

We are excited to share with you the new 3D technology that will showcase our new luxury homes at Phoenix Crest.  This new community is the premier new real estate opportunity in the quickly growing Ranch Cucamonga area. 

What can you expect when you visit us this weekend?

  • View our luxurious single and two story plans up to 4,300 sq. ft with up to 6 bedrooms
  • Your own valley view or private homesites available
  • Easy freeway access and yet no traffic noise!



Again, the event is June 13th from 11 am to 3 pm.

Find our community off Dry Creek Blvd, & Indian Wells Place, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739.

We are looking forward to meeting you and showing you our beautiful new homes! 

As always, please connect with us on social! 


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Join Us in Bakersfield for our Red Hot Summer Kick Off!

Join Us in Bakersfield for our Red Hot Summer Kick Off!

In the market to buy your dream home in the Bakersfield area?

You are going to want to make it to our Red Hot Summer Kick Off event happening this Memorial Day Weekend.

Cash in this weekend during the event when you visit our communities The Heights at River Run and Sundance in Bakersfield and tour our amazing selection of quick delivery homes. 

These homes are ready to move in now and each priced to sell immediately! Be in your new home by the end of June! 


We will have our expert preferred loan officers available on site to get you pre-qualified! Let our team run number, help with scenarios to get you the home of your dreams! 

To see details, incentives and broker co-op opportunities on individual homes, click here for your flyer;

Red Hot Summer Kick Off Savings Event 

We look forward to seeing you this weekend.



Don't Miss Our Broker Open House at Sundance!

Screenshot 2015-03-17 12.01.02 We'd love to invite you out to our Sundance Community on March 19th, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm for our Broker Open House. This is the perfect opportunity to meet our brand new, friendly sales team, while learning about the exciting new developments at Sundance. Come enjoy wine and cheese, tour our beautifully decorated model homes, join a "Dusty Shoe" tour of our newest single-story plan and check out the staged Plan 1. You can also learn more about our new "Rocket Rewards" broker bonus program and enter to win our AMEX Gift Card door prize! RSVP today - we look forward to seeing you!

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