Castle & Cooke

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University Park Website Outline V.1b

1. Home – Life Enriched

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2. Our Neighborhood – Life Enjoyed

a. Our Neighborhood

Founded on the principles of Culture, Community, and Healthy Living, University Park is empowering a new way of life. A Life Enjoyed combines a new tradition of urban living with the location of Castle & Cooke’s New West Side. University Park offers the dynamic lifestyle that is both refined and reserved. Adding to this culture, the diverse population of residents creates a unique living environment found nowhere else in Bakersfield. Take part in a new movement. Move to Castle & Cooke’s New West Side and embrace life!

University Park is an exciting gated community on Castle & Cooke’s New West Side. This new solar development is within walking and biking distance of the local library, The Marketplace, CSUB, and the Shops and Park at River Walk and is an attractive option for people on the go.

The historic town of Bakersfield boasts activities ranging from cultural to energetic and everything in between. Central to these many options is University Park, a living community that takes advantages of the many amenities and activities available in this unique community.

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b. Ming & Gosford

Situated at the intersection of Ming Avenue and Gosford Road, University Park appeals to active young professionals and families that value the convenience of living near vibrant community amenities. In close proximity to excellent schools, parks, shopping, dining, and outdoor recreation, University Park offers a dynamic lifestyle in one of best locations in Bakersfield.

Local hot spots include The Marketplace, the Shops at River Walk and live performances at the River Walk Amphitheater. California State University at Bakersfield is within cycling distance, and golfers will enjoy Seven Oaks Country Club.

Castle & Cooke’s New West Side also boasts a number of quality restaurants for family dining, business lunch, or a relaxing night out.

Including famous Basque restaurants, and the Stars Dinner Theater. Kern County Museum, Rabobank Arena, and Buck Owens Crystal Palace, along with many others, offer residents a vibrant, stimulating environment.

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Dining & Entertainment

The Shops at River Walk

The Shops at River Walk are a one-of-a-kind shopping plaza that feature the popular Elephant Bar, California Pizza Kitchen, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and is soon to incorporate many upscale shops and services. Residents can bike from the Park at River Walk over to their favorite restaurant, take a stroll before dinner or even pick up a meal for a picnic beneath a shady tree on a gorgeous day. This recreation and shopping area is all part of Castle & Cooke’s commitment to providing the highest quality of life for its homeowners. Castle & Cooke has been involved with development of the Park at River Walk since the beginning in a private-public partnership that benefits the entire community.

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The Marketplace Shopping & Entertainment Center features a variety of shops and entertainment options, whether you are searching for the ideal gift or simply picking up a few last minute items. Perhaps you need to do a little banking or make a quick trip to the cleaners. If it’s food you are after, you and your family will find your table waiting at one of the many restaurants to dine in. For entertainment, from May to September you can find yourself relaxing by the fountain while listening to a free concert, or choose from 14 different films at the Edwards multiplex movie theater.

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CSUB’s Doré Theater

The Doré Theatre, which seats 500 audience members in a continental arrangement, has showcased a number of professional acts through the Dorian Society Encounters with the Arts series and is the home for three student productions each year. The Encounters series has sponsored productions with the Guthrie Theatre, Berkeley Shakespeare Company, Missouri Rep, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Roger Wagner Chorale, Texas Opera Theatre (traveling wing of the Houston Grand Opera), and the Western Opera Theatre (traveling wing of the San Francisco Opera). Other memorable shows include actors William Windom and Celeste Holm; Bella Lewitsky Dance Company; Oakland Ballet; jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and Concordia Choir and Chanticleer.

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River Walk Amphitheatre

The crown jewel of the Park at River Walk is the Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, a state of the art outdoor public performance venue. The impressive steel and rock structure of the theater appears to be on an island surrounded by a three acre lake and cobble lined streambed that circulates water between the audience and stage and contains lighted fountains. The stage area is over 3,000 square feet of surface area and soars over 28 feet to the cross beams. It can accommodate the latest technology in sound and lighting and is versatile enough to allow for an intimate performance for a few or a major production for thousands.

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Located just minutes from University Park, California State University Bakersfield is a comprehensive regional university committed to excellence in its four schools: Humanities and Social Sciences, Business and Public Administration, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Education. CSUB is situated on a 375-acre site in metropolitan Bakersfield. Some 7,800 undergraduate and graduate students attend CSUB at either the main campus in Bakersfield or the off-campus center in Antelope Valley.

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Walking and Bike Trails along the Kern River

The Kern River Parkway Bike Path is indeed one of those rare assets that reflect the community’s unique commitment to improving “quality of life”–now and for the future. Paralleling the Kern River, it stretches from Enos Lane west of Cal State Bakersfield to China Grade Loop just north of Gordon’s Ferry, where it connects with Alfred Harrell Highway.

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Park at River Walk

Bakersfield’s premiere park space, the stunning 32-acre Park at River Walk, is the city’s latest and greatest recreational facility adjacent to the Kern River and offers rolling hills, miles of trails, pretty picnic areas, a large playground, and the Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, a state of the art outdoor performance venue surrounded by a three-acre lake and cobble-lined streambed. Located along Stockdale Highway, this beautiful recreational space is making it easy for residents to enjoy the outdoors anytime. In addition, a grand piazza from the Shops at River Walk opens into the new city park with direct access to the Kern River bike path.

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Seven Oaks Country Club

Seven Oaks Country Club, with its recreational and social amenities, enjoys the reputation as one of the most spectacular country clubs in California. The 27-hole championship golf course, designed by world-
renowned architect Robert Muir Graves, boasts breathtaking
fairways, beautiful lakes, and meticulous bunker-guarded greens.

Seven Oaks County Club features tennis, swimming, five-star dining and social activities. Indulge in an early morning swim or extensive workout at the Swim and Tennis Pavilion. A gorgeous 25-yard pool is the perfect place for exercising, while the fitness facilities feature the latest cardio and strength equipment and day-use locker rooms. Participate in club tennis tournaments, exciting league and match play, or just practice your backhand.

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c. Private Gated Community

The safety and security of our community and homes is paramount. University Park appeals to active professionals and families that value the peace of mind that results from living in a private, gated development.

Gated communities offer the advantage of keeping residents safe while allowing the freedom to enjoy the neighborhoods and natural environment. The lifestyle advantages that result from living securely while in close proximity to vibrant community amenities are all part of a Life Enriched.

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d. Pavilion-Pool & Spa

Living an Enriched Life requires a balance of exercise, relaxation and a connection to your environment. University Park offers a unique blend of all three of these elements.

A central feature of the University Park community is the Pavilion Pool & Spa. It’s a place where adults and children can meet friends for an active swim, a relaxing afternoon in the sun, or a peaceful evening in the spa.

The Pavilion Pool & Spa form part of Castle & Cooke’s philosophy of Friendly Neighborhood Design, where community amenities help neighbors get out, get to know one another, and develop lasting relationships.

True community spirit will be fostered as residents lounge by the pool sipping lemonade or connecting on the latest current events over a cup of coffee at the Pavilion. Castle & Cooke’s philosophy on healthy living is the binding force that predominates the very essence of University Park. A connection to your community, opportunities for recreation and relaxation are the core of University Park and truly a Life Serene!

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e. Healthy Lifestyle

University Park was founded on the principles of Culture, Community, and Healthy Living, and is empowering a new way of life. Castle & Cooke’s New West Side encourages residents to experience a higher quality of life that includes greater balance and enrichment, exercise, relaxation and a connection to the environment.


The Pavilion Pool and Spa area offer a central location for healthy activities and social connections. Connected by walking paths and tree-lined roadways, the Pavilion Pool & Spa facilitates connections and encourages healthy activities.

University Park helps you to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Meandering walkways offer the perfect way to begin your day with a walk through the neighborhood. Taking time to visit with family and neighbors while relaxing in one of the many parks will provide that down time so required in the hustle and bustle of modern day living.

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f. About Bakersfield


Bakersfield has always enjoyed a strong sense of community, a hometown ethic more attuned to America’s Midwest than its West Coast. The families of Bakersfield have rural roots, established generations ago on the vast farms, groves and ranches of this fertile section of the state. While more modern modes of employment have emerged, and farming shares the city’s economy with high technology, the hometown character remains intact. People still aspire to live quieter lives, where they truly know their neighbors and feel totally at home within their environment. Close-knit neighborhoods, traditional architecture, ample gathering places and walkable streets are all essential to a Bakersfield community. Aware of these truths, Castle & Cooke has created a new community at Ming and Gosford Rd. that lives up to the dreams and desires of Bakersfield residents-to live in the present without abandoning a connection to the past.

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g. Bakersfield at a Glance

Bakersfield, with a population of approximately 300,000, is located just 110 miles north of Los Angeles at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley at an elevation of 492 ft. The city is surrounded by the Tehachapi Mountains to the south, the Temblor Range to the west and the Sierra Nevadas to the east. The Kern River flows through the valley adding recreational opportunities and natural beauty to the area.

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It was water, agriculture and oil that brought a steady stream of settlers to the swamp land of the Kern Delta – people drawn by a dream to stake claim to the riches of the Valley. Seemingly overnight, fortunes were made and the city of Bakersfield was born – born on the backs of those early migrants determined to build a new life – a life of promise and prosperity, a life of hope and future. Today, the people of Kern County honor the vibrant history of its earliest citizens and the Native Americans who shared the land.

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3. Our Homes – Life Achieved

a. Our Homes

Our homes say a lot about us. They speak to what we have achieved, and, more importantly, where we seek to go. University Park homes bring us to that place of a Life Achieved and help us look toward things that lie ahead.

In addition to the convenient location, University Park offers beautiful homes designed for an efficient, fast paced lifestyle. Home buyers have a choice of two authentic home styles: Oxford Cottages and Cambridge Gardens, named after those two legendary centers of learning. Floor plans for these two-story homes range from 1,381 to 1,869 square feet, depending on the floor plan.

Nestled into picturesque tree-lined streets, these beautiful homes are complemented by a spacious park, resort-style swimming pool and modern recreation center.


The neighborhoods of University Park were planned for healthy, active living. Meandering walkways offer peaceful access throughout the neighborhoods and various parks and easy connections to the social hub at the Pavilion-Pool and Spa area. They form part of the network of a Life Achieved.


b. Cambridge Gardens

Cambridge Gardens is one of two home styles available to home-buyers in University Park. These modern homes have a traditional look that belies their efficiency and convenience.

Three Cambridge floor plans are available to home buyers: The Traditional, the Cottage, and the Dutch Cottage. Cambridge homes are two-story, two bedroom homes with a garden court design.

Smart, spacious kitchens connect with comfortable Great Rooms and dining rooms in a way that makes it easy for families to spread out yet stay connected. Green yards and two car garages offer space to stretch out.

Comfort. Efficiency. Beauty. Cambridge homes feel right.


c. Oxford Cottages

Oxford Cottages are a collection of two-story cottage-style residences ranging with rear parking and a courtyard entrance. These three bedroom homes provide a unique approach to garden living with comfortable yards, nearby pathways and greenery.

Three Oxford floor plans are available to home buyers: The Traditional, the Cottage, and the Dutch Cottage. Oxford homes feature a garden court design with ample outdoor space, comfortable common areas, green yards and two-car garages.  The Great Room, kitchen, and dining rooms downstairs encourage interaction in an open, connected environment.


Smart Design. Spacious Layouts. Efficiency. Oxford Cottages are  perfect for the person on the go.


d. Friendly Neighborhood Design™

University Park is an excellent example of the proprietary concept of Friendly Neighborhood Design™ (FND™). FND™ is a commitment to create places where belonging, gathering, meeting and living are every day events. FND™ incorporates five key principles:  Master-planning that fosters open space and a connection to nature; Homes with authentic architecture design and livability; Creative site planning and activities that inspire “community”; Landscape design that creates imaginative streetscapes; and a Commitment to Green Building, to provide energy efficiency, improved air quality, recycling and water conservation. FND™ was created by Castle & Cooke, the developers of University Park.

e. Unique Design

The homes and neighborhoods of University Park were designed for a Life on the Go. For our designers, this translates into efficient design for low maintenance, energy efficiency, and environmental consideration. For homeowners, it means more time spent with friends, community, and family, and on living life to the fullest with less time on maintenance and upkeep.


f. Site Plan

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g. Pre-Qualify Online

To expedite the purchase process, Castle & Cooke Mortgage offers convenient one-stop shopping for homebuyers. Products include conventional home financing, 30-day escrows, lot loans, 100 percent financing, 40-year mortgages, FHA and VA loans, interest-only loans, jumbo mortgages, programs for individuals without stated income, home equity lines of credit and loans for new construction or refinancing. Castle & Cooke Mortgage generates all the documentation through close of escrow, making the entire transaction hassle-free for clients


4. Photo Gallery – Life Captured

Photo Gallery

Seeing is still believing. See the Life you can capture by viewing some of the home designs available at University Park.

5. About Us – Life Inspired

a. About Us

Castle & Cooke has long been in the business of building not just homes but also high-end residential communities, golf courses, country clubs, retail shopping centers, office and industrial parks, and spectacular vacation resorts. Our company’s long list of accomplishments includes master-planned residential communities in California, Arizona, Florida and Hawaii, including developments on the luxurious Island of Lanai and the exclusive Lake Sherwood in Southern California.

Castle & Cooke is driven by a simple philosophy: creating and delivering quality and lasting value for every customer. That philosophy demands a development policy that includes sensitive land planning that not only benefits community residents, but has a positive impact on the surrounding environment as well. Founded in Hawaii in 1851, Castle & Cooke’s decades of experience, combined with the ability to transform raw land into unique places where people want to live, has proven to be very successful. For more detailed information, please visit


6. C&C Corp Philosophy (include link to new C&C Site)


i. Master Planning

At Castle & Cooke we are committed to the art of creating places where belonging, gathering and connecting with neighbors are every day events. To accomplish this we have made it our mission to innovate and have developed principles that we can put into place today yet are also the foundation for what we see as the future responsibility of our company. We have named these initiatives Friendly Neighborhood Design™ and Friendly Retail Design™ and further enhance these initiatives with our strong commitment to Green Building.

At every stage of the planning and building process we are guided by five key principles that support enduring values of home, family, community and environment, resulting in a better quality of life for our buyers.

ii. C&C History

Samuel Northrop Castle and Amos Star Cooke were two entrepreneurs in Hawaii who started a number of businesses including shipping and land acquisition. Their Hawaiian pineapple plantations evolved to become Dole, one of the largest food suppliers in the world today. For 150 years our founders have provided us with guidance and a philosophy still followed today that sets us apart from our competitors, to: “Create and deliver lasting value for every customer.” Founded 1851, Castle & Cooke applies these values to every home in every community.

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