Beaumont —- When owning a new home with a yard is your dream, the commute is worth it, according to Petty Officer 2nd Class, Steven Beaulieu and his wife, Jamie.  They found their dream home at Pardee’s LivingSmart® Homes in master-planned Canyon Hills in Lake Elsinore.

The Beaulieu’s have traveled from one coast of the U.S. to other throughout Steven’s eight year military career, and most recently have lived in San Diego.   But with a two year old son, they wanted a new home with a yard, and a place to put down roots.

“We fell in love with LivingSmart® Homes at Canyon Hills, but there was the commute to San Diego to consider,” said Jamie Beaulieu.  “I checked and double checked with my husband, but he felt the drive was not a problem, especially now that we are settled in and he is carpooling to 32nd Street Naval Station with other naval personnel in a ship-sponsored carpool.

“Moving from San Diego also made sense financially,” added Jamie, “though we originally thought the homes were a little out of our price range. The favorable interest rate helped and we purchased the spacious Plan 5, a two-story home with four bedrooms and room enough for a separate office.  The energy-saving features were absolutely a factor in buying the home, not to mention the third-car garage and workshop space for Steven.  The home we chose was already upgraded with granite kitchen countertops and stainless-steel appliances, and our home is filled with sunlight from the abundance of windows.”

Priced from the mid $200,000s, the LivingSmart® Homes at Canyon Hills include both one- and two story floor plans with three to seven bedrooms, two to four baths, two and three-bay garages and approximately 1,303 to 3,099 square feet.  Ingenious touches such as gourmet kitchens with slab granite and stainless steel appliances are complemented by a host of room options such as media niches, extra bedrooms, fireplaces, garage workshops, master bedroom decks and a four-bay garage in select plans.

The homes are brimming with a wealth of features and recent updates include the addition of several new standard features such as sleek matching master bath mirrors, contemporary sinks and furniture-style cabinetry. Other features include designer-selected interior light fixtures and architecturally specified recessed lighting, separate interior laundry rooms and spacious master bedroom suites with luxurious bathrooms, private dressing areas and walk-in closets.  To make buying a new home even easier, Pardee offers a variety of optional features including value kitchen packages, home wiring packages, bath fixture bundles and LivingSmart® packages.

Standard energy-efficient features include Energy Star® rated dishwashers, low-E spectrally selective glass windows, fluorescent lights in select recessed cans, dimmer switches and occupancy sensors, and radiant barrier roof sheathing. Buyers can also add such earth-friendly options as roof-integrated solar electric power systems, high- efficiency air filtration systems, tankless water heaters, WaterSmart™ controllers for landscape, reverse osmosis water system in the kitchen, central vacuum systems, and more.  Energy efficiency in a LivingSmart® home exceeds California’s Title 24 criteria, already the toughest in the nation.

Located in master-planned Canyon Hills, LivingSmart® Homes’ residents enjoy a unique, natural setting where over 900 acres are dedicated to open space and a community Intranet with Verizon’s™ FiOS™ fiber optic network connection that reaches every new home.  The nearly 2,000-acre community includes schools, neighborhood parks and recreation centers including Creekside Park and Creekside Recreation Center which has a junior Olympic-size pool, clubhouse, picnic areas, playground and basketball court. A second private community recreation center with a beautiful swimming pool and spa is located in Foothill Village, adjacent to Silverthorne.  Nearby shopping at Canyon Hills Marketplace offers convenient shopping, dining and additional services, including a Stater Bros. Supermarket, Starbucks®, Bank of America and CVS Pharmacy.

For more information about Pardee Homes and LivingSmart® Homes, visit or call (951) 244-9583 or (888) 4PARDEE. To visit the models at Canyon Hills in Lake Elsinore, exit I-15 at Railroad Canyon Road and go east 2.5 miles.  Turn right on Canyon Hills Road and follow the signs.

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SUGGESTED PHOTO CAPTION: Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven Beaulieu, with wife Jamie and son, Logan.



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