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American Classic Homes is included in Puget Sound Business Journal’s 100 fastest growing companies in Washington.

Categories: American Classic News, Real Estate News | Posted: December 17, 2014

Each year, The Puget Sound Business Journal announces the 100 businesses that comprise the fastest growing companies in our region from the previous year. To determine the 2013 list, more than 1,000 businesses were surveyed. The list is based on revenue growth between 2010 and 2012.

Puget Sound Business Journal Announces Fastest Growing Companies 2014

Puget Sound Business Journal Announces Fastest Growing Companies 2014

To be included on the list, these companies must be privately held and headquartered in Washington State. Collectively, the selected companies has a 2012 revenue of more than $1.5 billion and a three-year revenue growth of more than 173 percent.
American Classic Homes has the resources of a large home builder offering an excellent value for home buyers. Our model homes provide a unique experience for homebuyers. Almost everything the homebuyer sees inside is standard on all homes in the community. Upgrades are available but few are typically requested with so many standard features that are upgrades with almost all other builders.

Robert, Michael & Joel are the Partners at American Classic Homes guiding the company's growth and profit.

Robert, Michael & Joel are the Partners at American Classic Homes guiding the company’s growth and profit.

American Classic Homes Partners, Michael and Robert Gladstein and Joel Mezistrano believe that their fast growth and great success also comes from giving Homebuyers personalized service. American Classic Homes’ “hands-on” approach means that they interact with each and every home buyer to ensure their complete satisfaction. The Partners are so confident in their superior customer service that they each publish their personal cell phone number on the website’s homepage.

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About American Classic Homes:
American Classic Homes, a local family-owned new home builder, building new homes in Washington State. We offer energy efficient, customizable multi-generational homes in the Seattle metropolitan area. They currently have the following Washington State new home communities: Saddlebrook and Heritage Estates in Renton, Tarrington Place in Sammamish and coming soon – Madison Lane in Newcastle and Montaire in Kirkland. For new homes that are being constructed in established communities, check our website for “Spot Lots in Renton, Sammamish and Mercer Island.
– See more at: http://www.americanclassichomes.com

How “Smart” is Your Home?

Categories: American Classic News, Home Design Trends, Home Owner Tips, New Homes, Real Estate News, Uncategorized | Posted: December 2, 2014

Homes of the Future are a Reality

Homes of the Future are a Reality

Imagine having your home act as your personal assistant…raising the temperature when you are cold, lowering the window shades before bed or creating a grocery list based on the contents of your refrigerator. This is not a page from the 1960’s cartoon, “The Jetsons”. All these things are now possible.

“Smart Home” is the latest term being used for home automation. It usually refers to a home that is equipped with heating/cooling, lighting, security and appliances that can be controlled remotely via computer or smart phone, so that you can regulate your home from anywhere. Many smart homes have built-in monitoring systems that can calculate and log usage by all connected devices. This can assist with energy-efficiency.

Some computer systems can monitor so many aspects of daily living that they actually appear to be intelligent. For example Samsung has a refrigerator (Model #RF4289HARS) that has a built-in touch screen to keep an inventory of its contents. It can also search for recipes on Epicurious and display them on the screen. The LG Smart ThinQ LFX31995ST refrigerator will communicate with your smart phone to send a grocery list. It can track the expiration dates of food items as well as recommend recipes that can be made with its’ contents. Smart ThinQ can also access your Gmail calendar or you’re your favorite Pandora tunes while you are cooking.

American Classic Homes includes the NEST thermostat in homes at Tarrington Place.

American Classic Homes includes the NEST thermostat in homes at Tarrington Place.

The Nest thermostat comes with integrated WiFi, You can control, schedule and monitor your home’s temperatures from anywhere in the world. Nest learns your behaviors and automatically adjusts its settings for maximum efficiency and comfort. It will tell you how much energy you’re using and remind you to change your furnace filters. Beginning with our new project in Sammamish, American Classic Homes will be including the Nest thermostat in their new homes.

Other popular smart home technologies include remote control window shades, door locks and security cameras. Landscape irrigation systems are becoming smarter able to detect if it has rained and how much and then adjusting the watering for that day.

If you are wondering what the benefits are of a smart home beyond the cool factor – think convenience, energy efficiency, security and well, of course the cool factor.

American Classic Homes is a family-run Mercer Island-based home builder building new home communities and custom homes throughout the greater Puget Sound area including Renton, Sammamish, Kirkland, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Newcastle, and Seattle.

Tarrington Place Furnished Model Now Open in Sammamish

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight, New Homes, Real Estate News, Sammamish Homes | Posted: October 1, 2014

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Tarrington Place Model is Now Open Daily 12-5

After the quick sell-out of Cornerstone Estates, American Classic Homes is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of their newest community in Sammamish – Tarrington Place. This neighborhood of 20 brand new homes will be ready in November for the first homeowners to begin moving in.

Situated on fully landscaped home-sites, Tarrington Place features incomparable craftsmanship and attention to detail. Be sure to check out our two new floor plan being built here for the first time – The Georgetown and The Meydenbauer. Each floor plan features five bedroom / three and three-quarter bath plus a bonus room and den.

The model home at Tarrington Place is beautifully decorated

The model home at Tarrington Place is beautifully decorated

The community offers a lush green park with play structure and walking trails. It is super convenient to shopping and dining in Sammamish. Tarrington Place is served by the number one school district in the state – Issaquah and residents will attend Creekside Elementary, Pine Lake Middle and Skyline High School. The fully furnished model is a Broadway floor plan and is breathtaking. Tarrington Place is open Daily from Noon to 5pm.

The lush green community park features a play structure

The lush green community park features a play structure

Walking trails lead to the community park

Walking trails lead to the community park

Puget Sound’s Top Homebuilder is American Classic Homes.

We have the resources of a larger home builder and the personal touch of a family-owned company. As a community builder, we have the purchasing power and efficient processes that result in construction of full-featured homes for the same or lower cost per square foot as our competitors. We offer over 50 floor plans so you can choose the home that’s right for you. We ensure walkthroughs at 60 days and one year to ensure buyer’s satisfaction and our online support system is available 24 hours a day. Our communities and custom homes can be found throughout the greater King County area, including Renton, Sammamish, Kirkland, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Newcastle and Seattle.

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American Classic Homes Ranked on Housing Giants of 2014

Categories: American Classic News | Posted: September 9, 2014

American Classic Homes Named "Housing Giant"

American Classic Homes Named “Housing Giant”

American Classic Homes is proud to announce that we have been ranked 188th in top home builders in the nation. This is according to the recently released “2014 Housing Giants List”, published by Professional Builder magazine.

This report ranks the nation’s largest home builders by housing revenues and closings in 2013. Professional Builder magazine has been compiling its list of Housing Giants for more than 40 years. This is the third year that American Classic Homes has been included in this ranking.

Despite being considered one of the nation’s “Housing Giants”, American Classic Homes’ owners, Michael and Robert Gladstein and Joel Mezistrano, continue to have a very hands-on approach to home building. They interact with each and every American Classic Homes’ Buyer to ensure their complete satisfaction. The Partners are so confident of their excellent quality and superior customer service that they each publish their personal cell phone number on our website’s homepage.

About American Classic Homes

American Classic Homes, a local family-owned new home builder, building new homes in Washington State. We offer energy efficient, customizable multi-generational homes in the Seattle metropolitan area. They currently have the following Washington State new home communities: Saddlebrook in Renton, Tarrington Place in Sammamish and coming soon – Heritage Estates in Renton. For homes that are located in established communities, check our website for “Spot Lots in Queen Anne, Seattle as well as Kennydale and Mercer Island.

Check Out Our Brand New Look!

Categories: American Classic News, Custom Home Building, Real Estate News | Posted: August 14, 2014

American Classic Homes is very pleased to unveil our new logo:

Our new logo

Our new logo

We work very hard to try to stay abreast of home design trends and the latest in home technology, energy efficiency and comfort. So we thought it was time to dust off our logo and give our company a brand new look. Although our look is changing, we are still the same great company building new homes in the Seattle area. Our great home values and innovative designs as well as our outstanding customer service has not changed. We still value our relationships with our homebuyers above all else.

American Classic Homes new directional signs will help you easily find our communities

American Classic Homes new directional signs will help you easily find our communities

Over the next few weeks you will be able to watch our transformation. You will see new signs as well as a fresh new brochure and a revamp on our floor plans.

Thank you for visiting our new website and for reading our blogs. Watch for our new home communities coming soon in Renton and Sammamish. We will also have some exciting new homes in Newcastle and Kirkland so stay tuned.

Robert, Michael & Joel

Robert, Michael & Joel

 

Robert, Michael & Joel

5 Great Things About Saddlebrook

Categories: American Classic News, Community Spotlight | Posted: July 9, 2014

Saddlebrook is our newest community in the Renton Highlands. We are now more than 50% Sold Out, and 8 terrific homes are still available. Prices start at $569,950. Maybe Saddlebrook could be your family’s new home.

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1) Large Homesites – Have you seen many of the other new home communities in the area? They all seem to have big homes on teeny little lots. Not at Saddlebrook. Most of the homesites are 10,000+ square feet and 70 feet wide!! Lots of space and privacy. Some even have views of Mt. Rainier!

2) Multi-Generational Floor Plans – The way you live has changed and our floor plans have changed to meet your needs. Many of our floor plans have five bedrooms plus an upstairs bonus room with a closet. In addition to a downstairs bedroom, the main level den can also be used as a bedroom.

3) Lots of Cool Features Are Already Included – Many of our homes feature large backyard patios with tongue and groove soffits with recessed lights. We also include; KitchenAide commercial-grade stainless steel appliances, a custom wood-wrapped range hood and slab marble in the master bathroom.

4) Super Convenient Location – Location is key to any great community. Saddlebrook is no exception, with close proximity to freeways for easy commuting and nearby neighborhood schools, stores and restaurants. Saddlebrook is also convenient to all the skiing and hiking that is offered in the North Cascades.

5) Remarkably Great Schools – Saddlebrook is served by three of the highest ranked schools in the Renton School District. Hazen High School had an overall score of 8 according to www.GreatSchools.org. In 2013 one of their seniors was names 2013 Presidential Scholar. McKnight Middle School ranked first among the 3 ranked schools in the district. Maplewood Elementary ranked a 7 on www.greatSchools.org with grade 3 scoring a perfect 10!!

Kitchen Design Trends for 2014?

Categories: American Classic News, Home Design Trends, Home Owner Tips | Posted: June 5, 2014

Consumers are getting tired of the fluffy over-designed kitchens.  They are looking for simple lines and are interested in good storage and space planning. Specialty workstations are becoming more common and range from the very elaborate to the most basic utilitarian. Some of the more fun specialty areas include: coffee bars, baking stations, wine-tasting nooks and even pizza-making stations.

In-Home pizza Making station.

In-Home pizza Making stations are becoming more common.

The kitchen is still the heart of the home with family and friends choosing to gather there more than any other room in the home. But modern kitchens reflect the style of the rest of the home incorporating sitting areas and dining rooms to create a unified space. They are often open to the family room or dining room and may include cabinets that look more like furniture with counters and huge islands for preparation, dining and gathering.

While some high-end designers are beginning to spec gray cabinets, the number one color choice for 2014 is crisp white. Beautiful and timeless, white cabinets are a versatile choice. They can work well with multiple architectural styles from country chic to traditional or even contemporary. White cabinets also open the kitchen up to a number of decor choices and color palettes. We are seeing these splashes of color in glass mosaic back-splashes. Also open shelving is making a comeback displaying fancy and often colorful accessories.

American Classic Homes Custom Home Kitchen with white cabinetry.

American Classic Homes Custom Home Kitchen with white cabinetry.

Layered kitchen lighting containing a series of recessed fixtures providing ambient light and chandeliers and pendants over islands and seating areas to deliver task light.   Accent lighting above or below cabinets or in a glass front cabinet highlight special areas of the kitchen. Over-sized lighting fixtures is another big trend of this season. Giving a sense of depth and perception the light fixtures can create both drama and interest.

Many homeowners are splurging on their kitchens with commercial grade appliances including double ovens, multi-tiered drawers to create more storage, soft close cabinet doors and drawers with concealed hinges. As tech-savvy as consumers now are, technology is also becoming a “must have” in the kitchen.  Homeowners are accessorizing their kitchens with electronics such as wall mounted televisions, sound systems and computers. Other high-tech features include: sensor-activated lights that illuminate the kitchen only when it’s in use, meat thermometers that alert your smartphone when dinner is ready, and a hands-free faucet that keeps it clean from sticky hands.

American Classic Homes offers Kitchen Aid professional grade appliances in their homes liek this double oven.

American Classic Homes offers Kitchen Aid professional grade appliances in their homes like this double oven.

American Classic Homes offers professionally-designed kitchens.   Many of our homes have white cabinetry, double ovens, over-size light fixtures and glass mosaic back-splashes to ensuring every new home meets our buyers’ needs. Our kitchens offer many of the new kitchen design trends as included features and others as options. This is what makes us a top home-builder in Washington. Our communities and custom homes can be found throughout the greater King County area, including Renton, Sammamish, Kirkland, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Newcastle and Seattle.

The Next Color Trend for Your Home

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 14, 2014

This entry is the perfect example of staying on trend with the new Color of the year.

This entry is the perfect example of staying on trend with the new Color of the year.

Radiant Orchid has been announced as

the “2014 Color of the Year”

replacing last year’s color which was Emerald Green.

This bold new color is an ideal way to greet spring and make a statement in your home. The “Color of the Year” is announced annually by Pantone, which is considered the global authority on color. Radiant Orchid is Pantone 18-3224.

Also a bold choice to paint the entire dining room.

Also a bold choice to paint the entire dining room.

While Radiant Orchid is the Color of the Year, all things purple are on-trend: violet, wine, amethyst, plum and lilac. Small doses of these colors sprinkled throughout your home add surprising pops of color that will make your home feel up-to-date. If a purple sofa or two walls painted eggplant are too much for you, think accent pieces such as pillows, throws, area rugs, artwork and lamps.

As the neutral of choice begins to drift towards lighter brown tones such as sand and camel, safe colors which make the space feel bigger and brighter, designers are also seeing gray emerge as the new neutral. Big ticket items such as carpeting and sofas are beginning to show up in colors ranging from soft dove gray to dramatic charcoal, all pairing well with violet, burgundy and orchid accents.

Shades of purple also pairs well with last year’s color, emerald green and another on trend color cobalt blue – think of the colors in a peacock’s tail. Bold statement colors with lots of energy that can really make your home pop.

American Classic Homes offers custom Feng Shui designs to ensure every new home meets our buyers’ needs. Buyers also have the option customize their interior selections including the latest color trends. If a peacock blue or Royal Orchid accent wall is on your list of must haves, American Classic Homes can help. This is what makes us a top homebuilder in Washington. Our communities and custom homes can be found throughout the greater King County area, including Renton, Sammamish, Kirkland, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Newcastle and Seattle.

What is a Multigenerational Home?

Categories: Real Estate News | Posted: May 1, 2014

Whether prompted by a job loss, a house foreclosure or other financial challenges, grown children and their elderly parents are increasingly sharing housing. According to a Pew Research Center (a fact tank that tracks trends shaping America) approximately 51 million Americans live in a house with at least two adult generations, or a grandparent and at least one other generation. The term for three generations under one roof is known as multigenerational housing.

Three generations under one roof is multigenerational housing.

Three generations under one roof is multigenerational housing.

“It used to be the older people whose money had run out who were living with their children, but now it’s the next generation that can’t keep up,” says Louis Tenenbaum, a founder of the Aging in Place Institute, which promotes “multigen” living. A 2012 survey by a national home builder found that 32% of adult children expect to eventually share their house with a parent.

While many families came together out of economic necessity, they are staying together by choice. Multigenerational housing can offer the perfect blend of built-in child care or elder care as well as assistance with cooking and other household chores. An additional benefit is the close connections that families living together can maintain.

Some builders have begun offering two master suites, a first floor that can be converted into a guest suite, and other flexible spaces that can change with family needs. American Classic Homes of Puget Sound is one of these home builders offering floor plans specifically designed for multi-generational and extended family living.

Multigenerational living represents a housing model that social scientists are paying a lot of attention to these days. It grows out of a phenomenon that economists call “shrinking households” or “missing households.” The terms refer to an arrangement that is very common today among some ethnic groups and viewed as a positive throwback to the way many families lived decades ago.

Mulitgen housing is common today among several ethnic groups.

Mulitgen housing is common today among several ethnic groups.

American Classic Homes, a top home builder in Washington, has many innovative multi-generational floor plans. Some with up to seven bedrooms and others with first floor suites consisting of a bedroom and bath. “These elegant floor plans are customizable to meet the needs of our buyers.” says Robet Gladstein, American Classic Homes partner. Check out new floor plans in their newest community Saddlebrook in Renton and coming soon Tarrington Place on the Sammamish plateau.

American Classic Homes' Winthrop plan is ideal for multigen living.

American Classic Homes’ Winthrop plan is ideal for multigen living.

Communities and custom homes by American Classic Homes can be found in Puget Sound throughout the greater King County area, including Renton, Sammamish, Kirkland, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Newcastle and Seattle.

New Community to Open in Sammamish

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 16, 2014

American Classic Homes is pleased to announce that our newest community, Tarrington Place, will be opening in Sammamish late-summer 2014.

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This brand new neighborhood will feature 21 beautiful multi-generational homes. Each home will located on a large and fully landscaped lot. This community is served by the award-winning Issaquah School District, including: Discovery Elementary School (which just opened in 2013!), Pine Lake Middle School, and Skyline High School.

American Classic Homes’ popular Broadway home plan is currently under construction and will serve as the community’s furnished model home. This spectacular floor plan will feature 5 bedrooms and 2-1/2 baths in 3,593 square feet. It has an open floor plan with a spacious open island kitchen featuring high end stainless steel appliances & slab granite countertops. Other amenities that come standard at Tarrington Place include large covered outdoor patios, extensive millwork details, solid hardwood floors, and extra thick carpet padding. Tarrington Place is conveniently located near Pine Lake Middle School and affords easy access to shopping and dining as well as a gateway to all the recreation that the cascades offer.

For more information on this community visit AmericanClassicHomes.com/Tarrington-Place and check back often for updates.

For additional information, please contact our listing agent, Thuan Howard, at 425.445.3252 or email her at: ThuanHoward@gmail.com

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