Best Home Builder – Orange County Register

1. Linar

15131 Alton Parkway, Suite 345, Irvine; 8000-349-949;

Lennar builds his home all over the United States and the development company has a large footprint here in Orange County. Local developments include The Farm, a new gated community in San Juan Capistrano, with plans to include a half-acre garden, and Serrano Summit, which includes a beach-entry pool, cabanas, and pickle ball courts.

The Currents is a Fountain Valley development that opened this year with homes ranging in size up to five bedrooms, while Seamark is a Huntington Beach single-family development near Santa Ana River Road due to open next year.

What makes Lenar Homes so popular? It may all have features included in it, such as smart home technology, WaterSense certified kitchen and bathroom faucets, Energy Star appliances and energy efficient windows. Interior design options can be trendy, from hardwood and ceramic floors to granite or quartz countertops and backlit tiles or stones.

It might also be some of the company’s innovations, such as NextGen home, which includes a “house within a home” that features a separate entrance and kitchenette and can be used for multigenerational families, home school fixtures, home offices, or other situations where someone needs more privacy.

Lennar also makes moving into one of their homes a little less stressful with an online myLennar service that you can use to set up facilities, make a change of address, and more.

– Liz Ohanesian

2. Shea Houses


Shea Homes is a company with a history. The company worked on projects such as the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the BART mass transit system before heading toward new homes.

Today, the company’s projects range from single-family homes to seniors’ communities. Current Orange County projects include the sold-out Camila gated community in Placentia, multi-million dollar homes inside Irvine Cetara in Orchard Hills, a launch in Rise, Neo at Mission Foothills Homes in Mission Viejo, The Cay duplexes at Mariner Shore in Newport and Lake Teresina Forest Development.

Soon, Shea Homes will bring Saffron, a four- to five-bedroom community on sites over a third of an acre, to Yorba Linda. The company has developed SheaConnect software for smart home functionality and Shea Homes Design Studio is available when you’re ready to work on the interiors of your new residence.

3. Selhouse

170 Newport Center Drive, Suite 260, Newport Beach; 949-281-6044;

Home projects were a hobby of Pat Patterson, but after a project on Lido Island went well, friends encouraged him to do more. he did. Then customers asked for more and the Selhouse grew from there. Over the past eight years, the company has worked to build its reputation in and around Newport Beach.

“Our main goal is to create timeless architecture that matches the neighborhood,” says Patterson.

Distinctive Sailhouse homes are those that the company builds for sale or rent and have a distinctly classic coastal vibe. Sailhouse also works on custom projects for clients in a variety of styles, including sought-after features such as home gyms, solar technology, and even elevators.

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