Elliott Homes earns top spot as homebuilder

By: Eric Laughlin, Telegraph correspondent
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From its humble beginnings in the Pacific Northwest nearly a century ago to its status today as one of the largest builders in the nation, Folsom-based Elliott Homes has taken the top spot among home builders. The company’s success has a lot to do with a strong commitment to quality that has spanned four generations. Created by Harry C. Elliott in 1914, the family business is now led by Harry C. Elliott III, and his son Harry C. Elliott IV. “My grandfather first started building at around the turn of the century in Aberdeen, Washington,” said Elliott III. “And at the time he was in the building business because there wasn’t much demand for houses.” One generation later and following World War II in 1946, Elliott II relocated the family to Southern California, where he bought enough land for five homes in the community of Temple City. The plot, which had actually been a two-and-a-half acre nursery, became the first Elliott subdivision. Today, the Elliott family has built more than 38,000 homes in California and Arizona, and a handful of shopping centers that include the Broadstone Marketplace and Folsom’s new Palladio at Broadstone. “Every home has our name on it and to us that’s a long term commitment,” Elliott III said. That and the company’s commitment to staying green, have he said, kept it successful at a time when the real estate market hasn’t been great. Although the concept of building family homes and communities where people can work, live and play hasn’t changed, Elliott III said the homes have gotten much more efficient over the years. “It’s a much more detailed, structurally sound home than it was back then,” he said. “And now we’ve got about a dozen different styles you can choose from.” El Dorado Hills realtor Kari McCoy said Elliott Homes continues to lead the way in the home building business because of its attractive floor plans for families. “And not only do they build quality homes, but they also have great customer service,” she said. Elliott Homes is located on Iron Point Road in Folsom. For more information, check them out online at * * * BEST HOMEBUILDER Winner: Elliott Homes Address: 80 Iron Point Circle, Suite 110, Folsom Phone: 916-984-1300 Online: