A closeup of stereo images of a home in virtual reality googles.
A closeup of stereo images of a home in virtual reality googles.

Home buyers interested in a new 250-acre San Marcos community can tour a home before it’s built using a virtual reality system being tested by Brookfield Residential.

The home builder is offering virtual tours of its new Rancho Tesoro community weekly from Friday through Tuesday from noon to 5 p.m. until May 1 at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets in North County.

“When you think of the home buying process, VR is unfamiliar territory for most builders and home buyers,” said Mercedes Meserve, vice president of marketing for Brookfield Residential Southern California. “We’re excited to do something different. By harnessing the power of VR, we’ll be able to provide customers with a truly immersive experience that will put them in the driver’s seat.”

The technology allows home buyers to “walk” through floor plans and experience 365-degree environments. Users will also be able to preview finish selections like flooring and cabinets, and view furniture layouts.

“We hope to build excitement about Rancho Tesoro and save prospective residents time by letting them preview features in advance,” added Meserve.

Construction is underway in the community, with models opening in the late spring. The 346 detached homes will range in size from approximately 2,211 to 3,565 square feet and include private yards, four or five bedrooms, and two- or three-car garages.

Residents will have access to three private parks, open space and a trail system with direct access to Discovery Lake’s catch-and-release fishing, playgrounds and picnic areas.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.