Entrepreneur Settles into Dream Home


After opening her seventh location of Nothing Bundt Cakes® in The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, entrepreneurial mother of two and successful business owner, Mara Fortin, knew exactly where she wanted her family to live. A decade spent renting in Carmel Valley confirmed her love for the area, but it wasn’t until Fortin saw her new dream home in Pardee Homes’ coastal-close community of Casabella at Pacific Highlands Ranch that she decided to buy.

“I waited ten years for the best new home fit for my family,” said Fortin. “Our new home at Casabella is bright and airy, offering a floorplan that is exactly what I wanted.” The plan includes a downstairs office, guest bedroom with a full bathroom, perfect for Fortin’s mother, who visits often to help with the children. And conveniently, the home is centrally located between all of Fortin’s businesses.

But Fortin would be quick to admit, choosing the Plan 4 home in Casabella was about more than her businesses. The schools were a big driving force in choosing Casabella, not to mention that her daughters love that the Plan 4 allows them to have their own bedrooms and bathrooms as well as a shared loft upstairs.

Being a savvy businesswoman, Fortin has high expectations for good customer service, but found that Pardee more than fit the bill. She says that Pardee helped her find a lender that worked with her through the challenges of the homeownership process and was there for her even on Easter Sunday when she needed help with a customer service issue.

Award-winning Casabella, priced from the mid $900,000s, offers four to five bedrooms with three to four and one-half bathrooms, two- and three-bay garages and approximately 2,263 to 2,824 square feet. Four upscale, two-story plans include great room living, lofts, outdoor rooms with covered patios, optional prep or chef’s kitchens and optional spa showers.

Surrounded by 1,300 acres of preserved natural habitat, Pacific Highlands Ranch demonstrates the principles of LivingSmart® beautifully with remarkably energy-efficient homes, drought-tolerant landscaping and a multi-use trail system for hiking and biking.

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