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End of Manteca’s McMansion Era?

Four homes = one McMansion in new neighborhood

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End of Manteca’s McMansion Era?

Four of the smallest homes proposed for Winters Colonial Estates would just about equal one 4,335-square-foot McMansion built by Seeno Homes near Cowell School.

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POSTED October 24, 2009 3:23 a.m.
Is the era of the McMansion in Manteca giving way to a small is beautiful period?

The Manteca City Council put its official blessing Tuesday on Winters Colonial Estates – a new neighborhood dubbed as workforce housing a stone’s throw or two from where the city’s first McMansions went up along the perimeter of Woodward Park.
The project on five acres just east of Pillsbury Road along Woodward Avenue is a radical departure for residential density south of the Highway120 Bypass. Instead of four homes per ace that is typical of subdivisions south of the Bypass, there are eight homes per acre – the maximum allowed under the city’s zoning rules. The typical pre-McMansion Era  Manteca neighborhood has 6,000-square-foot lots or five homes per arce.

Those five acres will yield 40 homes with five different house plans ranging from 1,151 to 1,466 square feet with a mixture of single and two-story layouts. Some models have one-car garages while others have two-car garages. Compare that to the city’s largest tract homes found in the Heritage Ranch neighborhood near Joshua Cowell School in East Manteca. Four of the smallest Winters Colonial Estates homes would just about fit within the walls of the 4,336-square foot production model built by Seeno Homes.

Mayor Willie Weatherford, in approving the project, noted “we need smaller homes in Manteca especially in this economy.”

The project includes:

• The typical new home now being built in Manteca is almost twice the size of the largest proposed for Winters Colonial.

•The homes will have stucco walls and tile roofs in contrast to recent attempts at affordable housing in Manteca that included Walnut Place at Walnut and Alameda streets in Central Manteca and the Liberty Collection in Primavera Estates in West Manteca. Both have composition roofs although they do have stucco walls. Tile roofs were eliminated back then to reduce building costs.

•Driveways have a minimum length of 18 feet to allow vehicles to park in the driveway. Driveways are being grouped and staggered to allow maximum on-street parking.

•Streets will be 50 feet wide – the Manteca standard for residential streets.

•Front yards will have more intense landscaping than a typical single family subdivision.

Winters Colonial moving forward is prompting the annexation of the Bonds property that consists of five acres on the southeast corner of Pillsbury Road and Woodward Avenue as the Local Agency Formation Commission policy discourages the creation of piecemeal or irregular boundaries and requires logical city limits. The land is prezone for community commercial. There isn’t a project moving forward at this time.

A prezone, annexation, and a tentative subdivision map to divide 6.34 acres into 24 single family lots at 9308 E. Woodward Ave for  Diego Country Estates was also approved by the council. It will have roughly four homes per acre.
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