The Suburban Dream

When Swaapnika and her husband bought their first home in San Jose for $900,000, they found themselves squeezed into 1,000 square feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms of shared space. But since it was close to Swaapnika’s workplace, she, her husband and their nine-year-old son had decided to make do…until the pandemic hit and everyone found themselves crowded together at home.

Suddenly, like so many others, the entire family was living, learning and working right on top of each other. Swaapnika and her husband realized that if the world were changing permanently, they would need to begin looking for a new home with more space to live, work and raise their family. And with that, they set out looking at Tracy Hills, San Ramon and Mountain House to see how much more home the same money could buy.

Exterior - Topaz Plan Four - Tracy Hills
Living Room - Tracy Hills

Tracy Hills didn’t take long to become a standout in the new homes market. The other new home communities just couldn’t match the price and offerings of this up-and-coming master plan. And when they laid eyes on Topaz, which came with one of the largest floor plans in the entire community and a huge primary bedroom that opened up to a spacious backyard, they knew they had found the place.

And with that, for the same amount they spent on a tiny and cramped home in San Jose, they upgraded to a 4,100-square-foot home with five bedrooms and three-and-one-half bathrooms. That’s an over 3,000-square-foot increase, and it included sprawling parks, resort-style amenities and frequent neighborhood activities that encourage friendship and connection and create memories.

Swaapnika plans to use the retreat area off the bedroom as an office, and her husband plans to convert the Next Gen® suite into a man cave and gym. Their son, who never could run and play with neighborhood kids in San Jose, now comes home, drops his bags and runs outside to meet his friends.

And because mom and dad have their own social group in Sunnyvale, Pleasanton and Dublin—they are closer to everyone and everything they love and excited for what’s coming next. The couple is looking forward to new retail and a brand new school that will eventually come to the area.

These days, there’s plenty of room for everyone to spread out. They have a leisurely life with all the comforts of home, including solar panels, energy-efficient appliances and parks to walk and explore. And even though they know that it’s not the size of the house but the happiness inside, they’re glad to have more of both at Tracy Hills.