The Hill Creek area is comprised of five separate subdivisions in Santee, Califonia. Hill Creek is an arbitrary label that I have assigned to the area near Hill Creek Elementary…as far north as Second Street. The homes in the area were built by Time For Living, Dick-Con, Barrett, Pacific Scene and American Home Guild. It is an area that I have lived in, recommended and enjoyed selling homes in over the years.
Time For Living
This Santee Time For Living development was built in 1980-1982 and consists of 100 homes. Sales were effected by extremely high interest rates. In the early 1980′s U.S. was in a recession. We had high unemployment and inflation was setting records. The Federal Reserve increased the Federal Funds Rate in an attempt to control inflation. The Federal Fund Rate nearly doubled in two years time (1979 to 1981), rising from 11% to 20%. By mid-1982 mortgage rates were sky high at around 18%. Our current mortgage rates which are below 5% look pretty good right now. The homes are located on Mavin, Amster, Hinton and Reginas streets. Another home builder, Barratt, ending up completing the subdivision. Floor plans for smaller and more affordable homes were used.
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Plan 600 3 Bedrooms and 2 Baths 1,407 Square Feet, 1 Story Home; Santee Floorplan:
Plan 700 4 Bedrooms and 2 Baths 1,542 Square Feet 1 Story Home; Santee Floor Plan:
Plan 800 4 Bedrooms and 2 1/2 Baths 1,946 Square Feet, 2 Story Home; Santee Floor Plan:
Plan 900 5 Bedroom and 2 1/2 Baths 2,058 Square Feet, 2 Story Home; Santee Floor Plan:
Plan 1000 5 Bedrooms and 3 Baths 2,420 Square Feet, 2 Story Home; Santee Floor Plan:
The parent company Barratt Development PLC was Britain’s largest residential builder when it entered the California market in 1980. It built more than 17,000 homes in the region. Barratt targeted entry-level home buyers. Barratt American filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2009 and no longer exists. The Barratt project in the Santee Hill Creek area was marketed as the Springfield Development and consisted of 83 homes. The initial pricing ranged from $89,990 to $109,990. The price included front yard landscaping with timed sprinklers, solar water heater, woodburning fireplace, and your choice of a gas or electric range!
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Many thanks to Marshal Carpenter of Santee for providing the original newspaper ad, the price sheet and the floor plan for the Austin model!
Barratt Price Sheets and original newspaper ad
Santee Floor Plan:
The Santa Fe
If you are an area homeowner who still has a copy of the original Sante Fe floor plan I would love to get a copy to post here on my website! Santee Floor Plan:
The Austin 4 Bedroom and 3 Baths 1,397 or 1,506 Square Feet, 2 Story Home. Barratt increased the size of this model on the last phase. Initially it was offered at 1,397 square feet. Buyers had the option of purchasing this home with a two or three car garage. Santee Floor Plan:
The Santee Hill Creek Development was built in 1980 to 1982 by Dick-Con Corporation by Dick Tuthill and consists of 88 homes. The company was a family owned business that had brothers and their wifes working together. The company originally started as Tuthill Masonry in San Diego and Orange Counties building fireplaces, walls and block buildings. Dick-Con built many of the same floor plans in Lakeside in their Lake Jenning’s Development. Later they built the Wildflower developments on Los Coches Road in Lakeside. Dick died in September of 2002. One of his favorite projects was a 47-unit low-income apartment complex in Encanto that he and partners Rosey Grier (the football player) and Esteen Lenyoun completed renovating in 1999. He leaves quite a legacy. My thanks go out to Ron and Jennifer Dean for providing a copy of the original builder brochure from Dick-Con!
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The original sales brochure for the Hill Creek Development by Dick-Con in Santee California:
Hill Creek Brochure Cover
The Eldorado: 3 Bedrooms and 2 Baths, 1,200 Square Feet, Single Story; Santee Floor Plan:
The Barlelona: 3 Bedrooms and 2 Baths, 1504 Square Feet, Single Story; Santee Floor Plan:
The Monterey: 4 Bedrooms and 2 Baths, 1,700 Square Feet, Single Story; Santee Floor Plan:
The Sevilla: 3 Bedrooms and 2 1/2 Baths, 1,925 Square Feet, Two Story; Santee Floor Plan:
The Granada: 4 Bedrooms and 3 Baths, Two Story; Santee Floor Plan:
The Santee Sunrise East was built by Pacific Scenes in 1975-1976 and consists of 234 homes. The development offered 5 floorplans and each floor plan had three different elevations. The brochure stated “At Sunrise East you can still buy a family-sized home that is both livable and affordable. A beautiful, well-built home in an excellent community.” Many thanks to Dennis and Barbara Pope of Santee for providing the original builder brochure on Sunrise East!
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The Veracruz Plan 111: 3 Bedrooms and two baths, 1,025 square feet of living space; Originally sold for $37,850 in 1976; Santee Floor Plan:
The Sorrento Plan 121: 4 Bedrooms and 2 baths with a family room, 1,360 square feet of living space; Originally sold for $41,850 in 1976; Santee Floor Plan
The Granada Plan 131: 4 Bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths with a family and deck, 1,590 square feet of living space; Originally sold for $46,550 in 1976; Santee Floor Plan:
The Barcelona Plan 141: 3 Bedrooms and two baths and family room, 1,353 square feet of living space; Originally sold for $41,950 in 1976; Santee Floor Plan:
The Madrid Plan 151: 4 Bedrooms and 2 baths with a family room and nook, 1,804 square feet of living space; Originally sold for $47,050 in 1976; Santee Floor Plan:
American Housing Guild
The Santee Sunrise Development was built by American Housing Guild in 1970-1971 and consists of 187 homes. The development offered five floorplans and each had a choice of three elevations. All of the plans were single story ranch style homes. Many thanks to Lance and Julie Gish of Santee for providing the original builder’s brochure. The population of Santee in 1970 was 25,750. The reported population today in 2011 is 54,700. So the population of Santee has more than doubled in the last 41 years.
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Shasta / Soledad / Stanford Originally sold from $23,450; Santee Floor Plan:
Calypso / Capri / Cascade Originally sold $19,990; Santee Floor Plan:
Berkeley / Bermuda / Bancroft Originally sold from $18,700; Bancroft was priced from $17,700; Santee Floor Plan:
Dayton / Del Mar / Dorchseter Originally sold from $21,850; Santee Floor Plan:
El Monte / Emerson / Encino Originally sold from $23,450; Santee Floor Plan:
May 2011 Comparative Market Analysis
Sales six months prior to May 2011 for the Santee Hillcreek Area. To see the report click Hillcreek CMA May 2011 below.
SP is Sales Price
COE is Close of Escrow
DOM is Days on Market