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Castle & Cooke’s fingerprints are found all throughout southwest Bakersfield.

There’s the Seven Oaks Country Club, The Marketplace, Gosford Village, The Shops at River Walk and more than 5,000 homes in the legacy that is Seven Oaks.

The newest addition – Highgate – promises to take high-end community living to new heights.

Developing on the southwest corner of Ming Avenue and Allen Road, the 443-acre lot will contain approximately 1,200 homes and homesites behind its massive gates and include a swim and fitness clubhouse, park and elementary school.

The goal is to connect neighbors with neighbors.

“If you build the community first and the house second … if you really build a neighborhood right, you will get people connected,” said Castle & Cooke Vice President of Sales and Marketing Darlene Mohlke.

Narrow roads help control traffic speed and tree-lined streets provide plenty of shade, inviting residents to walk the neighborhood, even during the summer.

When completed, Highgate will be a community within a community with Highgate Square, Proper, Shires, Estates and Regents neighboring one another – a first for a Castle & Cooke development.

Six model homes are open with five more ready in the summer. By 2018, all model complexes will be available and prospective buyers can tour the whole master plan.

Highgate Shires, which will open mid-2017, also features three custom guest builders with model homes: Dave Packer Custom Homes, Delfino Homes and Gaskill Rose Luxury Home Builders. Regents, an active adult community, is scheduled to open in the fall with models and its own private clubhouse.

Highgate’s emphasis on community doesn’t mean the homes themselves have been overlooked. The available models contain features and amenities that maintain Castle & Cooke’s high standards, including prepaid solar leases and Greenwise design, which keeps energy costs down by making the home more energy efficient.

Seven Oaks Country Club member incentives by invitation only are also available to Highgate residents, giving them access to a 27-hole championship golf course, tennis and fitness center, and five-star dining at the Oak Room. There is no doubt that Highgate was designed with its future residents in mind and the neighborhood is close to shopping, dining and entertainment options – many courtesy of Castle & Cooke.

“We felt like socially integrating all the residents together would be a very good step and we spent lots of time researching other communities and how they were master planned,” Mohlke said. “We discovered that once they sell and move, they move up within the community. You may have them for life.

“We’re expecting nothing but greatness as our legacy of Seven Oaks continues at Highgate.” 

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