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334 new home starts in 11 months in Manteca
Workers build a home in the Deer Park neighborhood in southwest Manteca. - photo by HIME ROMERO
Manteca new home building is on the upward swing.

•Forty-one homes were started in Manteca during November for the best November in terms of housing starts in seven years.

•The November activity brought new home starts for the first 11 months of 2010 to 334 for the second straight year of growth after 223 homes were built in 2008 and 304 homes in 2009.

•The size of the average new home started in Manteca during the first 11 months of 2010 came to 2,511 square feet. That’s just over 1,000 square feet more than the average size of a new house being sold when the new home market hit bottom in Manteca from December 2007 through March 2008.

Manteca continues to lead the Northern San Joaquin Valley in new housing starts. But perhaps more telling is the size of the homes.

At the height of the housing market last decade, the average home built in Manteca topped 3,050 square feet.

The average new home size started retreating in 2007 and hit a decade low average of 1,577 square feet in February 2008. That size was more in tune with the 1970s in Manteca when single-story shake roof home such as those built around Shasta Park were all the rage.

In the 1980s, Manteca started seeing the 1,900-square-foot mark broken but most of those were as two story homes.

The somewhat larger homes being built today are primarily larger one-story homes that reflect the growing desire of buyers not to have stairs and to have a floor plan that puts the master bedroom suite on the second floor.

Woodside Homes with two projects - one in Union Ranch East north of Lathrop Road and the other in the Tesoro neighborhood at Woodward Road and Atherton Drive in southern Manteca – was te top builder for the month with 13 new home starts.

Pulte Homes’ age-restricted Del Webb at Woodbridge, though, continued to be the dominate new neighborhood with 10 starts. Pulte Homes has consistently accounted for 25 to 30 percent of all new home construction in Manteca for the past four years.

Manteca has actually added 386 new housing units in the first 11 months of 2010 once Affirmed Housing’s low-income senior housing complex dubbed Magnolia Court that just opened on North Grant Street is counted in the mix. The apartment complex has 52 units.

New single-family home construction for the first 11 months of 2010 accounted for $50.9 million of the overall building activity of $71.4 million.