2. Landsea Homes

Tom Baine, president of the Southern California division for Landsea Homes, says the company’s approach to developing new housing communities often comes down to one factor. “I think it generally starts with a good location,” he says.

At the time of this interview, Landsea had four active projects in Orange County. Petra, a community of single family homes ranging from 1,700 to 2,000 square feet in San Juan Capistrano, was nearly sold out. However, the publicly owned national builder is better known in Orange County for three-story townhomes — like you would find at Avelina in San Juan Capistrano, Hudson in Placentia and Nolin in Anaheim — that can range from less than 800 square foot to just over 2,000 square foot floorplans.

3. Trumark Homes

“We’re very diverse in what we build,” says Richard Douglass, president of Trumark Homes.

The 30-year-old company’s penchant for variety is evident in its current Orange County projects. L’aube at Solis Park, which has sold out, is a single-home development inside Irvine’s Great Park Neighborhood. Saddleback Place required structural innovation to build 91 condos at the base of Saddleback Mountain. Meanwhile, Dahlia at Rienda in Rancho Mission Viejo has been attracting buyers with two-story houses and floorplans that go up to 2821 square feet.