GORILLA REVIEW – Introduction To The Armageddon

Rather than put together a traditional synopsis we like to introduce novels by quoting their prologue. What follows is the prologue to the novel, The Armageddon. This is Book 1 of the Continuum Series (preceeded by the prologue to the Continuum, “The Diva Incident.”  If you like old fashioned SciFi combined with cutting edge science, The Armageddon is for you.

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FLEET NOTES:

Most major technological breakthroughs can be divided into two distinct events, the development of theory and the actual engineering of the invention. Typically, the lag time between theory and implementation is large and the development of superlight drive systems has been no exception. Although the basic theories were finalized by the beginning of the 25th century, it took more than 100 years to develop a fully working superlight drive.

The onset of the “Second Dark Ages,” as well as a failure to find a workable solution to refueling problems, restricted human planetary migrations to minor leap-frog movements between galaxies.

The recent acquisition of portions of the Hykonian historical record known as the Kojiki tells us they faced technological limitations and sociological set-backs similar to those experienced by humans. As a result, both races were effectively bottled up within the system of galaxies known as the Local Group.

Although the Local Group occupies a rather large area of space it contains a finite number of habitable planets and a meeting of the races was a virtual certainty. In 6700 A.D., this certainty became a reality when the competing races finally encountered each other on a small planet within the Andromeda Spiral.

Xenophobia and competing planetary requirements have been ascribed as the primary causative factors responsible for the resulting galactic war.

For those who are interested, the particulars of the initial Andromeda meeting are contained in an obscure volume, entitled, The Diva Incident, stored in the Archaic Section of the Fleet Command library.

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GORILLA REVIEW – Introduction To The Diva Incident

Rather than put together a traditional synopsis we like to introduce novels by quoting their prologue. What follows is the prologue to the novel, The Diva IncidentThis is book one of the Continuum Series.  If you like old fashioned SciFi combined with cutting edge science, The Diva Incident is for you.

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FLEET NOTES (An Historical Perspective):

To fully understand the historical significance of the Diva Incident it is necessary to gain an appreciation of the unique time in which it occurred. As we now know, projections of the rate of scientific advancement rendered in the 21st century were outrageously optimistic. The resulting unrealistic goals and expectations played a pivotal role in human history by setting mankind up psychologically to fail. Fleet sociologists are in agreement that the critical error in these projections was their reliance upon an extremely unique historical period as an experience base.

For example, in the year 1645 A.D. Miyamoto Musashi was fighting sword duels in feudal Japan, the Turks were at war with Venice, and Oliver Cromwell’s army fought its decisive battle with Charles I, at Naseby, Northhampton. The earth was a violent, ignorant place. It was a place where even the most modest advances, such as the use of electricity and the internal combustion engine, were yet to come. Medicine barely qualified as a science, and English scientists were forced to hold their meetings of the “Invisible College” in secret.

Less than 21 years later, Isaac Newton developed integral calculus and the “Invisible College” became the “Royal Society”. As if suddenly awakened, the human race accelerated through the early landmarks of science. The laws of planetary motion and gravitation passed in the blink of an eye. Group theory, the Special Theory of Relativity, the General Theory of Relativity and the Uncertainty Principle flickered past on the ever quickening pages of history. Barely 317 years after Mushashi sat in his cave and wrote Go Rin No Sho, Sputnik 1 roared skyward and orbited the earth.

Between 1645 and 1957, homo sapiens advanced further than in all of the preceding years, and it was just beginning. In the next hundred years, the pace doubled. Vostok 1, Surveyor 1, Mariner 4, the Eagle, Salyut, Apollo and Venera took their place in history, all within a span of 14 years. Viking, the Voyagers, the Pioneers, Mir station and the Hubble space telescope followed suit in the less than a decade.

In 2010 A.D., the pace quickened again with the launch of Surveyor AC, the first antimatter-fueled rocket to reach Alpha Centauri and return. In this context it is no wonder our ancestors believed in a golden future of possibilities without end. The apex was finally reached with the creation of the first functioning superlight drive. After this high point, the rate of advancement fell off drastically.

By 2520 A.D., the human race found itself unfulfilled and searching frantically for new mountains to climb. The quest for alien life was a dismal failure, and what was once perceived to be a wondrous age of expansion rapidly became a commonplace grueling business. In essence, we were robbed of our dreams.

Without external challenge, we turned upon ourselves, and in so doing were cast adrift without compass or sextant. Frustrated in our efforts to find other sentient life forms, and failed in our dreams to make liaison with God, we became lost. With our present science, the cause of the malaise was predictable. Humankind, although a complex organism, is still an infant in the cosmic life cycle. Genetically speaking, our species is very new. We have not been around long enough to dilute the various competitive qualities that were originally necessary to the survival of our kind. Without a ready vent for our creative and competitive urges the base instincts begin to run unchecked.

2700 A.D. marked the beginning of the Second Dark Ages. Colonized systems fractured along political lines. The great democracies failed like stuttering engines run out of fuel. The next 300 years saw the revival of feudal lords on a planetary scale. Internecine warfare followed as the major powers consolidated their holdings. In 3500 A.D., Sarkan of Alpha Centauri became the first human to slaughter the entire population of a world. In the same year, the Marhad a’ Ded began their 400 year Jihad against the Tau Ceti, Zephron sect.

And so it went, until 4545 A.D., when the unspeakable occurred and we obliterated our birth planet. The total destruction of Earth struck the collective mind and heart of man with such profound impact that we finally laid down our weapons. Now, truly an orphan in the cosmos, humankind drifted in fear of itself, without solid social structure or any advancement of significance. 6700 A.D. found the human race lost in stagnation waiting out its allotted time.

Yet, there were still a few humans in whom the primitive flame of adventure burned. Like their ancient seafaring ancestors, the miners sailed the uncharted waters of their time. A rough, crude lot, governed only by the dictates of their Union, they lived their lives aboard superminers in perpetual search of precious semi-metallics. The miners have often been described as the gypsies of their time. They have also been pointed to as the last repository of a pioneering spirit gone quiescent in the general populace. However characterized, one thing is certain; the miners did not suffer from the malaise that had permeated the rest of the human race.

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GORILLA REVIEW – Introduction To Kokoro

Rather than put together a traditional synopsis we like to introduce novels by quoting their prologue. What follows is the prologue to the novel, Kokoro.  If you like the mystery of the orient, combined with fiction interwoven with real history and a dose of martial arts thrown in for good measure, chances are you will enjoy, Kokoro.

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Tokyo, Japan, February 10, 1986

 Junko followed the stretch Mercedes limo down off the elevated Narita expressway and merged with the crush of traffic on the surface streets of Shinjuku. She was a private investigator with a specialty in surveillance; an unusual profession for a female even in modern Japan. But then Junko was no ordinary woman. She was the only child of an ancient samurai family, and her father had raised her as though she were the son he never had.

Schooled in Europe, and taught to think for herself, Junko was neither submissive nor willing to abandon her own independent thought processes. As a result, she had been effectively “ruined” as a Japanese wife and, at the age of 28, she remained unmarried with no likely prospects on the horizon. But it didn’t matter to Junko. At the moment she was making her own way in a purely male-dominated society. Maybe someday, when it pleased her instead of the men around her, she would return to Europe and search for the husband she could not find in her own country.

Downshifting, Junko allowed a large truck to pull in between her and the limo she was following. She was keenly aware of her employer’s desire she not be detected and here, in the stop-and-go traffic of the city streets, there was a distinct possibility she might be noticed. So she hung back, following the limo from a distance, as the dark shadows of Shinjuku Central Park passed on her left. On the right, in strange counter point to the park’s darkness, shone the bright lights of greater Shinjuku.

Junko lit a Mild Seven cigarette and tried to relax. The video monitor mounted low on her dashboard gave a warm glow to the darkened interior of the small Nissan. The graphic display was an experimental map system being tested by some of the larger cab companies to ease the problems of driving in a city where the majority of the streets were unnamed and there were no systematic methods of addressing. The electronics were interesting and, on occasions like the present, Junko found the device to be useful.

The limo turned right onto Ohme-Kaido avenue and headed for the heart of the gaming district. Junko quickly snubbed out her cigarette and shifted the map display to show the streets ahead. In the past her quarry had demonstrated a penchant for the theater. Would he go there again tonight?

The big limo passed beneath the Chuo line overpass and onto Yasukuni-Dori Avenue, but instead of turning left toward the Koma theater, as she thought it might, it continued on a few blocks and turned right into the Isetan Kaikan store complex. Good, Junko smiled, we’re going to do something different.

The Mercedes stopped behind the huge department store and Junko pulled over to the curb a half block away to wait. Nothing happened, so she lit another Mild Seven and rolled down her window. With all of her concentration focused on her quarry Junko failed to see the dark figure that detached itself from the side of a nearby building and moved toward her car. In fact, she didn’t even feel the fist that slammed into the side of her head just above her right eye.

“What is your name!”

The voice filtered into Junko’s consciousness as she struggled to open her eyes. Something was seriously wrong. The right side of her face felt like it was on fire and her eye wouldn’t open.

“More water!” the voice commanded. “She’s coming around.”

A torrent of cold water struck Junko in the face. Shocked into awareness she opened her good eye and the dimly lit room spun sickeningly. She suddenly realized she was hanging by her hands from the ceiling.

“Wake up!” the same voice yelled.

Junko tried to focus on the speaker as he passed her field of vision. He was an extremely large man, big enough to be a sumo wrestler.

Someone grabbed Junko by the hips and stopped her slow spinning.

“Tie her feet together, I don’t want her kicking once we get started.” The voice came from a second man seated in a darkened corner of the room.

The big man grabbed Junko’s ankles, looped a heavy cord around them, then ran the cord through a ring in the floor beneath her feet. With a grunt he pulled the cord tight and Junko immediately felt an increase in the pain in her wrists. Glancing up with her good eye she saw she was hanging from an ancient bolt mounted in a ceiling beam.

The big man stepped back and surveyed his work. Satisfied, he grinned widely disclosing a collection of yellowed and broken teeth.

“What is your name?” the man in the corner shadows asked.

Junko disregarded the question and looked around the room. There were no windows, and the only light came from a single low-wattage bulb hanging from the ceiling almost directly above her. Except for the chair in which her questioner sat, there was no furniture and the only door appeared to be made of metal.

The big man stepped forward and looked directly into Junko’s good eye as if studying her.

The man seated in the shadows said, “I am going to ask you some questions and I expect them to be answered truthfully. When you do not answer a question, my assistant will cause you great pain. I must warn you, he is quite experienced at this, and I fear he enjoys his work.”

Junko blinked and tried to clear her vision.

“What is your name?” the questioner asked.

When Junko remained silent, the big man reached into his jacket and removed what looked like a large black cigarette case. He then opened it and held it so that she could see its contents. The case was filled with long gleaming needles.

“Like you I am a professional and I have an assignment to accomplish.” The questioner said as he struck a match to light a cigarette. “I have not been instructed to cause you pain, and therefore will do so only if you force me. Now, please tell me your true name.”

In the flare of the match Junko saw that the man was missing half of the little finger on his left hand.

When she didn’t answer, the questioner’s assistant selected a needle from his black case and set the case down on the floor. Then, with a surprisingly quick movement he tore away Junko’s skirt, exposing her legs. He studied the rippling muscles of her thighs for a moment before he grabbed her left leg just above the knee in a vise-like grip. The needle in his right hand was poised above the brown skin of her leg.

“Yamada,” Junko blurted out her cover name.

“Wrong,” the questioner sighed. “Your true name is Ishido, Junko Ishido, and you are employed by the Asahi Investigative Agency. “Please do not lie to us.”

The questioner nodded silently to his assistant and the big man slowly pushed the needle into Junko’s thigh. She endured the pain without expression until the tip of the metal instrument found the bone. The pain grew exponentially and Junko bit through her lower lip causing blood to run down her chin. Encouraged, the big man wiggled the needle causing its sharpened tip to scrape against the femur. Junko’s good eye teared, but she maintained her silence. Finally, the big man stepped back and picked up another needle.

“Very good, Junko,” the questioner said. “I am impressed. But sadly, in the end, your bravery will be wasted. No one knows you are here and we can do what we want with you, for as long as we want. Now please make it easy on yourself and give me the name of your client.”

Junko spit out blood that had accumulated in her mouth and shook her head in the negative. In her mind the fact that she was going to die was now a foregone conclusion. All that remained for her was , the performance of duty. To fail in her duty would only bring bad with her into the next life.

The questioner snubbed out his cigarette and nodded again to his assistant who approached with a second needle. As the big man worked, the questioner lit another cigarette and waited patiently as the agonized woman twisted and jerked in the ropes. Somehow Junko maintained her silence.

The big man stepped back and picked up another needle. He then wiped the sweat from his upper lip with a forearm. What had started out as an interesting bit of torture was quickly becoming unnerving work. The woman was far stronger than he had imagined, and she had unwittingly gained his respect. There was very little honor in what they were doing. He looked at his boss for direction.

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THE WESTRIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD – Kensington

   The Westridge Neighborhood

   Private Gated Community

The Kensington is a gated community of single family detached homes located in the Westridge neighborhood of the city of Aliso Viejo . The secluded Kensington community, includes a total of 154 estate size homes with a single entrance off Oak View drive.

Kensington owners do not have an association pool or spa. The original builder of the tract was Richmond American. Note that Square footage may vary depending on the model and model options selected by the original owner, as well as, additions constructed later.

Access to the 73 freeway is only a short drive away. While located in a rural setting, the Westridge communities are positioned within a short distance of the ocean and its resort towns; freeway arteries leading to major employment areas, and the shops, restaurants and amenities of Mission Viejo, Laguna Beach and Aliso Viejo.

The 73 freeway links up with the 405 freeway corridor and provides quick access to the financial centers of Fashion Island Newport Beach, the John Wayne airport area and South Coast Plaza. The 5 freeway links up with the Tustin employment centers and shopping centers.

  Close By Westridge Park

   A Place For The Kids To Play

The Kensington has six different models of homes:

The Chesapeake House (model A) is approximately 2,842 square feet and was originally offered without upgrades or options as a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with a 3 car garage (one space is tandem). The ground floor included a living room, dining room, library, family room, nook, kitchen and laundry. All bedrooms were on the second floor in the standard construction. In addition to the standard construction, Richmond American offered an optional studio and optional 5th bedroom and bath. On the second floor optional retreats and dens were also offered.

The Chesapeake House (model B) is approximately 3,223 square feet and is a model A alternate with a similar standard floor plan and options. The model B however was originally designed with 2 car garage (the tandem garage was either a 5th bedroom or studio).

The Berkeley House (model C) is approximately 3,072 square feet and was originally offered without upgrades or options as a 3 bedroom, 3 bath home with a 3 car (tandem) garage. Builder options included a second floor loft/bedroom and optional ground floor bedroom and optional writer’s room or bedroom in the tandem space of the garage.

The Berkeley House (model D) is approximately 3,072 square feet and is a model C alternate with a similar standard floor plan and options. The model D (like the model B above) however was originally designed with a 2 car garage (the tandem garage garage was either a bedroom or a writer’s room.

The Carrillo House (model E) is approximately 3,681 square feet and was originally offered without upgrades as a 5 bedroom, 3 bath home with a 3 car (tandem) garage. A first floor game room option and a second floor bedroom option were offered by the builder.

The Carrillo House (model F) is approximately 3,887 square feet and was originally offered without upgrades as a 6 bedroom, 3 bath home with a 2 car garage. Like models B and D above, the model F is a model E alternate plan offering a different combination of options by using the tandem garage space.

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GORILLA REVIEW – Table of Contents

“The imagination is limitless”

I. PREFACE

Created in 2005, the Gorilla Review was originally intended to provide a forum for our book reviews, but since that time the work has expanded to include Introductions and Interviews.

This Table of Contents is hyperlinked into “Posts” which are stored somewhere on the internet as individual chapters, creating a virtual work which can be viewed from anywhere in the world as if its parts were all located on a single website.  If you see something you want to read just click on the hyperlink and you will be transported to the item.

Since nothing is ever completely finished this Table of Contents will change without notice to reflect additions and deletions to the body of work.  So check it periodically to see if anything has changed.

II.  eBOOKS – iBOOKS

eBooks/iBooks have definitely arrived and are rapidly gaining popularity.  While they won’t be putting the printed word completely out of business any time soon, the handwritting is on the wall.

This section contains a couple of Posts on the subject of eReaders and eBooks which will hopefully help you understand this exciting variation on the printed word.

1. eReaders and eBooks/iBooks – An Introduction

2. eBooks/iBooks – Useful References

III. BOOK INTRODUCTIONS

Rather than putting together a traditional synopsis, for some works where we have obtained permission of the author we like to introduce the novel by quoting the entirety of the Prologue. Gorilla Review Introductions should provide an interesting change of pace from the standard Book Review format.  We believe this type of approach was first adopted by Google books.

1. Introduction to Connect The Dots, A Glimpse Into The Middle East

2. Introduction to Kokoro

3. Introduction to The Diva Incident

4. Introduction to The Armageddon

5. Introduction to Shu

IV. BOOK REVIEWS

An eclectic collection of standard and/or not-so-standard book reviews. Usually book reviews amount to nothing more than teasors designed to either pan the work or to spark interest in it. Some of the Gorilla reviews fall within this description and others are closer to being a synopsis than a typical review. When we give you more than the standard amount of detail we will also give you a warning so we don’t ruin the story for you.  We personally hate it when someone tells us how the story ends.

1. Gorilla Review – BLOOD PRICE by Tanya Huff (very brief review)

2. Gorilla Review – THE BOOK OF THE DEAD by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

3. Gorilla Review – RENFIELD slave of dracula by Barbara Hambly

4. Gorilla Review – Preface To The Horus Heresy

5. Gorilla Review – Horus Rising – (Book One Of The Horus Heresy)

6. Gorilla Review – False Gods – (Book Two Of The Horus Heresy)

7. Gorilla Review – GENGHIS (Birth of an Empire) by Conn Iggulden

V. THE AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

A. The backgrounds of selected authors with reference sites, if any, as well as descriptions of their body of work:

Wilbur Smith

B. Interviews with various authors and individuals of interest:

Francis Pennyworth, Jr.

1. Gorilla Review – Part 1, Francis Pennyworth, Jr. Interview

2. Gorilla Review – Part 2, Francis Pennyworth, Jr. Interview

3. Gorilla Review – Part 3, Francis Pennyworth, Jr. Interview

VI.  WEBSITES

1. ElectricRead  A site where various novels by Steven A. Hall (both eBook and trade print formats) can be purchased.  The eBooks or iBooks are presented in ePub formats compatible with iPhone, iPads, Tablets, Computer and Android operating systems.

2. Lulu A site where where authors can self publish books, calendars, photo albums etc.  Works can be ordered as printed books and/or eBooks in either ePub or PDF format.

3. Goodreads  A website for book readers and authors alike.  Goodreads claims a massive audience of 11 million users.

VII. BLOGS

1. MercurysPen

2. Digital Book Today

3. Jack Durish

4. The Masquerade Crew

5. Michael Rivers

6. The True Book Addict

7. Your Book Authors

8. Venture Galleries

VIII. SERIALIZED NOVELS

Connect The Dots, A Glimpse Into The Middle East

Chapter 1, A Darkness Of The Soul

Chapter 2, The Darkness Spreads

Chapter 3, Islam

Chapter 4, Iran – The Land Of The Aryans

Chapter 5, The Revolutionary Guard Corps  (Pasdaran), Iran’s Thought Police

Chapter 6, The Party Of God

Chapter 7, Syria

Chapter 8, Hamas

Chapter 9, The Ba’th Party

Chapter 10, The Fifth Republic Movement – The Darkness Continues To Spread

Chapter 11, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – Mahdaviat

Chapter 12, Lebanon 2006 – 2007

Chapter 13, Two Frightening Concepts

Chapter 14, Trailing Dots

Chapter 15, Connecting The Dots

Glossary

Persons of Interest

Bibliography

Exhibit 1

End Notes

IX. OPINION ARTICLES

1.  Common Sense by Francis Pennyworth, Jr.

Gun control and how we are failing to address the important issues.

2.  I Stole It – Now It’s Mine by Francis Pennyworth, Jr.

A discussion of the issues surrounding gun control and how, in a number of ways, the current approach the current approach defies common sense.

3.  Other People’s Money by Francis Pennyworth, Jr.

An opinion piece taking a cold hard look at the national debt and the government’s failue to deal with it.

4. Sequestration? by Francis Pennyworth, Jr.

A discussion of the sequestration mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

5.  The Sarah Palin Incident – Political Ends and Personal Destruction by Francis Pennyworth, Jr.

A brief history of Governor Palin’s notoriety and the associated emergence of a meaner, counter-productive politics of personal destruction.

X.  REFERENCE

1.  Twitter Hashtags for authors.

A collection of useful twitter hastags for authors and readers.

2. Author Blogs

This is a collection of author blogs, some of them serve to promote only the author’s works, while others are part of an overall author “platform” and serve wider functions related to writing in general.  At a minimum this post should be an interesting if not useful reference.

If you have anyone to add let us know by Comment or email us at ElectricRead@gmail.com  Prior to writing this post we used #AuthorBlogs.  If you don’t see what you’re looking for here you might find it in Twitter under that hashtag.

 

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THE WESTRIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD – Canyon View Estates

   Westridge
The Canyon View tract of single family detached homes lies in the Westridge neighborhood, within the city of Aliso Viejo. Canyon View contains 76 homes. The community is gated and has no pool or spa. Canyon View was originally built in six phases by Shea Homes. It is located off Crimson Canyon and Oak View Drive. A few miles to the west is the Pacific Ocean and the famous city of Laguna Beach.

  A Gate Guarded Community

Access to the 73 freeway is only a short drive away. While located in a rural setting, the Westridge communities are positioned within a short distance of the ocean and its resort towns; freeway arteries leading to major employment areas, and the shops, restaurants and amenities of Mission Viejo, Laguna Beach and Aliso Viejo.

The 73 freeway links up with the 405 freeway corridor and provides quick access to the financial centers of Fashion Island Newport Beach, the John Wayne airport area and South Coast Plaza. The 5 freeway links up with the Tustin employment centers and shopping centers.

Canyon View Estates has six different models of homes:

Plan 1 (Model A) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath two level home with a 3 car garage. In this model the garage is two cars wide and one of spaces is tandem making for 3 car parking. Direct garage access is located through a service entrance which opens into a “Morning Room”. A fireplace has been placed in the Family Room which is adjacent to the kitchen. A downstairs bedroom has been placed so that it overlooks and interior courtyard. The master bedroom has an attached bathroom suite and a standard closet and a large walk-in closet. Shea Homes originally offered this plan with an optional office instead of the downstairs bedroom. This model is approximately 2,917 square feet.

Plan 1 Alt. (Model B) is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, two level home with a 2 car garage. This alternative plan uses the Plan 1 tandem parking space Hobby Room and Workshop area. The optional office – downstairs bedroom remains the same. This model is approximately 3,042 square feet.

Plan 2 (Model C) is a 5 bedroom, 3 bath, two level home with a 2 car garage and a separate1 car garage. Direct garage access is through a service entrance leading into the kitchen. The fireplace is located in the family room and a fourth bedroom and bath is located on the ground floor. As originally built Shea Homes offered an optional office or dining room where the interior courtyard was located in Plan 1. The master bedroom has a huge walk-in closet and its own bathroom suite. This model is approximately 3,348 square feet.

Plan 2 Alt. (Model D) is a 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath, two level home with a 2 car garage. This model is identical to the Plan 2 except the second 1 car garage has been converted to an optional Guest Suite. The basic plan two upstairs options remain the same. This model is approximately 3,531 square feet.

Plan 3 (Model E) is a 5 bedroom, 4 bath, two level home with a 3 car garage. The garage is 2 cars wide with a third tandem space. The fireplace is located in the family room. This plan has a downstairs Hobby Room, Breakfast Nook and Formal Dining Room. There is an optional downstairs 5th bedroom or office. The second floor master bedroom has an attached master bath suite and a huge walk-in closet. A loft is positioned to look down onto the central staircase, and the laundry room is upstairs. This model is approximately 3,652 square feet.

Plan 3 Alt. (Model F) is a 7 bedroom, 5 bath, two level home with a 2 car garage. This design is the same as the Plan 3 except the tandem parking space has been used as a 6th bedroom and bath, Hobby Room and guest bath. This model is approximately 4,095 square feet.

Westridge Park

A Place For The Kids To Play

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THE WESTRIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD – Alta Vista

The Alta Vista tract of single family detached homes lies in the Westridge neighborhood, within the city of Aliso Viejo.

Alta Vista contains 70 homes. The community is not gated and has no pool or spa. Built by Lennar in late 1999 and early 2000, the Alta Vista lots average 4,400 square feet. Alta Vista was built in five phases and had a tax basis, at opening, of about 1.33 percent of the sales price. Alta Vista borders the Woodlands tract and lies between Oak View Drive, Westridge, and Wood Canyon Drive. A few miles to the west is the Pacific Ocean and the famous city of Laguna Beach.Access to the 73 freeway is only a short drive away. While located in a rural setting, the Westridge communities are positioned within a short distance of the ocean and its resort towns; freeway arteries leading to major employment areas, and the shops, restaurants and amenities of Mission Viejo, Laguna Beach and Aliso Viejo.The 73 freeway links up with the 405 freeway corridor and provides quick access to the financial centers of Fashion Island Newport Beach, the John Wayne airport area and South Coast Plaza. The 5 freeway links up with the Tustin employment centers and shopping centers.

Westridge Park – A place for the kids to play.

The Alta Vista tract has seven different models of homes:

Plan One Basic (Model A) is a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath two level home with a 3 car garage. In this model the garage is two cars wide and one of spaces is tandem making for 3 car parking. Direct garage access is located through a service entrance near the guest bath. A fireplace has been placed in the great room which adjoins the living room. All of the bedrooms are located upstairs. The master bedroom has an attached bathroom suite and two walk-in closets. Lennar originally offer this plan with a formal dining room or optional den downstairs. An optional fifth bedroom (in the place of the tandem garage) was also offered. This model is approximately 2,289 square feet.

Plan One Alternate (Model B) is a 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath, two level home with a 2 car garage. Direct garage access is located through a service entrance in the entry hallway. This is a Plan One Basic except the tandem parking area has been turned into a bedroom and bath down. This model is approximately 2,450 square feet.

Plan Two Basic (Model C) is a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, two level home with a 3 car garage. The garage is two cars wide with a tandem third space. Direct garage access is through a service entrance near the powder room. The fireplace is located in the family room. As originally built the living room is open to the second level. The master bedroom has two walk-in closets and its own bathroom suite. As originally built Lennar offered this model with an optional loft/retreat, optional enlarged master bedroom suite, and optional “bunk” or bonus room upstairs. This model is approximately 2,379 square feet.

Plan Two Alternate (Model D) is a 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath, two level home with a 2 car garage. This model is identical to the Plan Two Basic except the tandem parking space has been turned into an optional den. The basic plan two upstairs options remain the same. This model is approximately 2,548 square feet.

Plan Three Loft (Model E) is a 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, two level home with a 3 car garage. This model is an interesting departure from the previous models. The garage is 3 cars wide and the area previously occupied by the tandem parking space has been converted to a family room and a kitchen. The fireplace is located in the family room. All bedrooms are upstairs including the master bedroom and attached master bath suite. A loft is positioned to look down onto the central staircase. This model is approximately 2,608 square feet.

Plan Three 5 Bedroom (Model F) is a 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath, two level home with a 3 car garage. This design is the same as the Plan Three Loft except the loft has been converted into a 5th bedroom. This model is approximately 2,608 square feet.

Plan Three 6 Bedroom (Model G) is a 6 bedroom, 2.5 bath, two level home with a 2 car garage. This plan is the same as the previous two except that on of the parking spaces has been used to create a 6th bedroom downstairs. This model is approximately 2,778 square feet.

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