Wilder, Orinda: Building a Natural Balance (Part 2)

With its spectacular rolling landscape maintained and improved for active living, the privately held real estate investment and development firm headquartered in California, turned its focus to attracting homeowners to the remaining custom homesites ranging from quarter-acre to more spacious estate acre. And all share the 1,300 preserved open spaces and luxurious amenities.

Nature is a huge part of the Wilder community—a backdrop that gives the community its distinct flavor as a place to step back in time and live quietly amid 1,600 acres—1,300 permanently preserved. The buildings, trails, roads, fences, bridges, ballfields and homes have all been designed to enhance the hills, landscape, creeks and wildlife that come to visit. To date, homes have been completed, families have moved in, and more homes are under construction. The focus now is on the final 68 custom homesites for sale, many with views of Mount Diablo, a peak visible from most of the San Francisco Bay area.


Custom homes at Wilder are planned not to mar the landscape through their profiles, scale and materials but nestle in and connect with the outdoors through courtyards, patios, balconies and windows that focus on the beauty of the community. “All the plans have connections to outdoor living areas that make a seamless transition from inside to outside,” states Mike Perry, Regional Vice President, Brooks Street . Buyers have the opportunity to design and build their own truly custom home. With Brooks Street Builders you can expect a highly personalized experience that is focused on delivering the custom dream home you envision. Brooks Street Builders has developed a comprehensive, thoughtful process that makes the complicated and chaotic experience an enjoyable and happy one.

Wilder has an impressive array of family-friendly amenities including trails and pathways, a private swim and recreation center, five community playfields, and an art and garden center—all surrounded by 1,300 acres protected, natural open space. The ballfields, now operated by the City of Orinda, are dedicated to different uses such as baseball, soccer, rugby, and lacrosse. But the biggest show stopper is the $8 million swim club and recreation center, the Quarry House. It was designed by architect Robert Hidey to be the heart of the community with its hulking Spanish Colonial Revival-style façade. Besides the amazing views of Mount Diablo, the center’s outdoor and indoor facility includes a competitive swimming pool, courtyards with fireplaces, fitness center, yoga studio, and concierge services.

And to foster that all-important sense of community, there are additional thoughtful details such as landscaped mail kiosks rather than boxes at individual homes, allowing homeowners to come together almost serendipitously. Trail networks also meander into different neighborhoods and lead to steps with wood treads when the terrain climbs, and rustic benches to take a break and socialize. Life at Wilder is relaxed and congenial within this semi-rural setting—with natural beauty, excellent schools, new homes and only 25 minutes to San Francisco—this family oriented community is a delightful place to work, live and play. “This community offers a tremendous opportunity,” say Perry. “Our goal is to build a great community.” And Brooks Street certainly is doing that in a sensitive, caring way.