It was a long-running story about a proposed development project in the Pocket's Riverlake area and the "Pocket Protectors" who sued to stop it. Fears abounded that an infill project with smaller homes would pull down the nice neighborhood's ambience and property values.
But that's become history. The 139-home Islands at Riverlake project by Regis Homes of Sacramento is up to 40-plus homes and expectations of 36 sales by next week. Prices are ranging from $300,000 to about $400,000 for the homes now.
I wrote about this project a couple of years ago when it was just five model homes and a unique design in which the fronts and backs of homes looked much the same. It was sort of an optical illusion that made the houses look bigger from the street and thereby, fit in better into the neighborhood. At the time, Regis Homes started the project with a lawsuit by opponents still unsettled. If they had prevailed it's possible Regis would have had to tear down what it started.
We are planning to revisit the story in Friday's Home Front column now that the court challege is history and the project is rising. In the meantime here are three videos.
A frontal view
The view through the windshield