The Village of Escaya will include a community park. Rendering courtesy of HomeFed Corp.

The Village of Escaya will include a community park. Rendering courtesy of HomeFed Corp.

Top Dollar

The luxury residential real estate market saw highlights in 2018.

Some of the top sales include:


LOCATION: Del Mar (92014)

BUYER: John Hood

SELLER: David Batchelder

LISTING AGENTS: Eric Iantorno, Lindsay Dunlap (Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty)


LOCATION: Del Mar (92014)

BUYER: Jay Flatley

SELLER: Robert W. Carson

LISTING AGENTS: Eric Iantorno, Clinton Selfridge (Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty)


LOCATION: Del Mar (92014)

BUYER: Steven Mack

SELLER: Harvey Amster, Caleb D. Furgatch Trust, Adam Furgatch, Caleb Furgatch, Harvey Furgatch Trust, Amy Wachsner

LISTING AGENT: Eric Iantorno, Kathy Herington (Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty)


LOCATION: La Jolla (92037)


SELLER: Avalon Capital

Group LLC

LISTING AGENT: Greg Noonan (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)


LOCATION: Del Mar (92014)

BUYER: 2112 Ocean Front LLC,

a California LLC

SELLER: 2112 Ocean Front LLC,

a Delaware LLC

LISTING AGENT: Laura Barry (Barry Estates)

A new community that is a mini city of sorts is taking shape in eastern Chula Vista’s Otay Ranch with a goal of re-creating the feel of older small towns but with the amenities modern homebuyers want at a price they can afford.

The Village of Escaya was designed from the outset to have a different look to it, with parks scattered throughout, meandering paths to encourage people to leave their cars and walk the community, a mix of housing styles, retail shops, a community park and an elementary school site — all meant to give it that sense of neighborhood, said Kent Aden, vice president and senior development manager of HomeFed Corp.

“Escaya really took a different thematic approach,” said Raine Hunter, principal of RH Consulting Group.

“The street scene is really eclectic and interesting. You kind of get away from that monotony of every third house rotating a floor plan,” Hunter said. “It has a different feel, like it was built over time.”

HomeFed is developing the 450-acre project in partnership with Brookfield Residential, Lennar Corp. and Shea Homes.

“This is HomeFed’s calling card into Otay Ranch,” Hunter said. “It’s their first development in the community.”

The Styles

The project has nine home styles with 21 floor plans from townhomes to single-family homes.

“The idea is if a buyer comes in, we’ll have something for everyone,” Aden said.

Escaya also mixes up the design of the homes to avoid the cookie-cutter look of some newer developments that cluster all the homes by a single builder in one section.