Homeowner Spotlight | It’s a Family Affair

When Abbott and his wife, Emily, were searching for a new home, they knew they wanted to be as close as possible to their greatest joy—their family. So they rented an apartment in Dublin, intending to buy in the area. Having lived in San Jose, Silicon Valley and Europe for five years, they were looking for diversity, a sense of local community and a great location near their daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.

After a year of looking for homes, they found Tracy Hills, all thanks to a word-of-mouth recommendation. As fate would have it, the couple bought at the same neighborhood as their daughter and son-in-law. Best yet? Their lots at Vente are side by side.

“We knew we wanted to live close to our daughter and son-in-law but were thinking it’d be in the same city, not the same community and literally next door to each other! Now we share a pool—at their house—and are only separated by a buddy gate in the backyard,” says Abbott.

Abbott and Emily purchased Plan 2, as the preferred sun path would highlight the landscaped backyard, and their daughter and son-in-law purchased Plan 3, which came with a multigenerational suite.

“We were looking for a generation room for our kids, and they have one in their home. I’ll be 76 soon, and even though I’m in good shape, I wanted to think of the future. So with the gen suite, my wife and I could move in with them, if needed.”

But for now, they’re both focused on enjoying their home. With Plan 2’s generous 3,311-square-foot floor plan boasting four bedrooms and a three-car garage, they’ve gotten so much more than they could have hoped for.

“At my age, you would normally be buying to downsize, but we did the opposite. We bought a bigger home but at less cost than what we got from the sale of our last house.”

And the community feel they wanted? It found them.

“It’s more than just buying a house—it’s a lifestyle. We’re all new here, so we’ve all met each other. No matter where we go, people of all ages are enjoying the neighborhood—from young parents to retired grandparents, like ourselves.”

Now, Abbott and Emily are enjoying their grandkids, ages 3, 5 and 12. They often walk to visit the parks, which the grandkids have adorably nicknamed.

“‘Farm Park’ has animals, ‘Jingle Bell Park’ has things you can ring, ‘Forest Park’ has raccoons in the trees and ‘Ball Park’ is where the bigger kids go to play sports,” explains Abbott.

And as for those grandkids—they’ve made friends with the neighbors and enjoy the perks of living right next door to their grandparents too, making memories that will last a lifetime.