Selective Home Shoppers Praise Design, Location & Builder’s Proven Excellence

PALM DESERT, CA, February 07, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — Top value in a new home purchase covers a lot of territory for shoppers seeking a great new home—and much more. “A top-quality home is just part of their ‘best choice’ equation,” said Todd Cunningham, President of Woodbridge Pacific Group. “Our buyers also want distinctive lifestyle environments, and a builder committed to customer satisfaction. WPG and University Park deliver the full package.”

WPG’s University Park proves Cunningham’s point. It’s thriving, with sales closed for nearly 50 homes, and a new phase recently opened. Buyers include first-time homebuyers; move up families; maturing households; and active empty nesters.

Location, Location, Location—University Park is near the 10 Freeway just off the Cook Street exit. The intersection of Gerald Ford Drive and Portola Road is the handiest for accessing WPG’s collections of Nova, Verve and Esprit.

For University Park residents, area job centers are within easy reach, along with abundant retail and dining choices, hiking trails and other recreational options. Signature destinations include El Paseo Shopping District and the Coachella Valley arena, which will host sports and entertainment events. To fly over University Park and its surroundings, visit

Established nearby parks include one dog park and one with a covered play area that features a basketball court and lawn. Additional choices for recreation and leisure are taking shape at The Grove, the master plan’s amenity center. Plans call for a resort pool, a lap pool and a kiddie pool. A shaded playground, pickleball court, a stage area, lawn areas for events and games, a firepit and a BBQ area are also part of the enticing array of leisure time venues.

Rahsaan Tilford chose a Nova home, citing convenience to his work, shopping, dining and leisure choices as a leading factor. “It’s all easy from here,” he said.

For family buyers, strong schools are another plus. The Desert Sands Unified School District and Palm Springs Unified serve University Park with quality schools for K-12.

Design Distinction—University Park’s three stylish new collections provide 13 floorplan choices, with Modern Spanish, Boutique and Contemporary styling enhancing streetscape variety and exterior appeal. Optional pools are available for most University Park homes. Pricing is from the $500,000s. Choices include:

Verve—4 two-story plans offer 1,871 to 2,490 square feet of living space, with 3 to 5 bedrooms and 2.5 to 4.5 baths. Great rooms highlight the designs, which also offer such per plan distinctions as loft, dual primary suites and a cabana/game room. All homes include 2-car garages.

Nova—5 plans provide 1,880 to 2,304 square feet of living space, with 3 to 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. All plans are two-story, and all provide great rooms, covered outdoor living space and 2-car garages. Per plan highlights include den, lounge, project room and optional loft.

Todd Rous and Maria Carlucci chose a Nova Plan Two, well before the model homes were built. “We found just what we were looking for when we reviewed these designs,” said Maria. “Our floorplan is great, the architecture is modern and fresh, the location is exceptional—the vibe is super positive!”

Esprit—this 4-plan collection features one single-story design. Plan sizes range from 1,992 to 2,925 square feet, with 3 to 5 bedrooms and 2 to 3.5 baths. All homes provide great rooms, covered outdoor living space and 2-car garages. Among per plan highlights: loft, optional den, lounge and outdoor lounge.

A Pleasing Community—“The immediate neighborhood is really beautiful, and most of my close neighbors have moved in,” said Rahsaan. “We are a mix of locals and people from LA, and from far away, like Chicago. We’ve started to get to know each other and have exchanged phone numbers. It’s nice to walk around and say hey to your neighbors!”

Maria and Todd moved from California’s Bay Area to their new Nova home. “We have a very walkable environment, a major selling point,” said Maria. “This location will only get better as it matures and adds more retail, dining, and other leisure choices. It’s terrific now, and after I retire, it will be a super place to stay engaged.”

“With family in the desert and the Silicon Valley, we expect to make full use of our guest spaces—and our backyard pool,” said Todd. “My 87-year-old father lives just down the street—a plus for us all.”

Customer-Centric Builder—As they considered University Park, Maria and Todd scouted their prospective builder by touring several Woodbridge Pacific Group neighborhoods in the desert area. “We liked what we saw,” said Maria. “We appreciated the designs and the quality they deliver, and both of these factors kept University Park at the top of our list.”

Or as Rahsaan put it, “I wanted to own a new home, and I wanted to get a place I could really love, as opposed to settling for just OK.”

“Our buyers have been quick to secure their new home here, and they are glad they did,” noted Chad Ross, WPG Community Sales Manager at University Park. “Pre-qualifying helps you choose your top picks and take quick action when the time is right. You can also become part of our interest list, making you among the first to know what’s available and what’s coming up.”

Ross added that WPG preferred lender Jeff Weirsma of US Bank can provide thorough and expert assistance. “Jeff’s help with navigating today’s purchase process is exceptional,” he said. “Feel free to call Jeff at 949-515-1205 or 714-403-0329, or email”

Rahsaan agrees. “Jeff Wiersma and his team were terrific, every step of the way. Everything about choosing my home, buying it and moving in was smooth, start to finish.”

“We are proud to say that in every particular, University Park upholds WPG’s abiding commitment to excellence,” said Cunningham. “We look forward to welcoming more residents to an outstanding place to call home.”

University Park’s 10 model homes are open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The address is 35779 Lasuen Street in Palm Desert, 92211. Call 858-882-7881 or visit for more information.

WPG is a privately held, selective developer/homebuilder with an excellent track record. University Park is among its latest award winners, with design honors in the 2022 SoCal MAME Awards. WPG has also garnered prestigious awards for Flair at Miralon, The QUE and Skye in Palm Springs.

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