January 9, 2012 2:06 PM


Some people call Robert C. Powell a visionary, a developer who designed a master-planned community that has not lacked in appeal nor lost its value over the years. Powell is the person responsible for Gold River, an upscale community of 2,736 homes and condominiums that’s accessible via Highway 50 and Sunrise Boulevard. Gold River consists of 25 villages with a varying number of residences in each — from as few as six homes in Empire Oaks Village to 226 homes in Mother Lode. Each gated village is named for a historical person, place or event. Bret Harte Village, for example, is named for one of California’s most prominent writers of the 1860s. Gold Spike Village commemorates the building of the first transcontinental railroad.

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