Bedford - South Corona

by Jonathan Lansner

The Inland Empire’s homebuilding boom means house hunters have 238 new options in South Corona as the Bedford project officially comes to market.

The community, off the I-15 at Cajalco Road and Eagle Glen Parkway, is being built on 275 acres that once housed a lemon grove. With Inland Empire home construction at a 10-year high, according to MetroStudy, sales at Bedford — which eventually will house 1,620 homes — begin on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Aliso Viejo-based New Home Co., Bedford’s developer, will start its sales with 41 single-family homes in the Whitney neighborhood. They’ll range from 2,771 to 3,327 square feet with up to five bedrooms and up to five baths. Prices begin in the high-$600,000s.

Irvine-based TRI Pointe will sell Citron — townhomes ranging from 1,289-to-1,551 square feet with three bedrooms and three bathrooms and priced around $400,000 and up.

Utah-based Woodside Homes is building Nova, 96 two-story, single-family homes ranging from 1,754 to 2,296 square feet with up to five bedrooms and up to four bathrooms. Prices begin in the high-$400,000s.

This construction boom has coincided with a modest cooling in the homebuying pace this year. Southern California sales of existing single-family homes slipped below year-ago levels in August for a fourth straight month, the California Association of Realtors reported.

Bedford will also include 10 acres of retail, office, entertainment and lodging — plus the project will also pay for a freeway interchange that will improve access the new development and the Crossings at Corona shopping center across the I-15.