January 26, 2007

SunCal Companies’ Ritter Ranch Community in Palmdale Wins Prestigious American Institute of Architects (AIA) ‘Best Community Development Award’

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- SunCal Companies -- developer of Ritter Ranch, the highly anticipated master-planned community in Palmdale -- was recently honored by the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA/SFV) with its 2007 Best Community Development Award. The award citing the Ritter Ranch Community Master Plan was presented at the AIA/SFV Annual Design Awards on January 13 in Burbank.

Russell E. Myers, Chairman of the 2007 AIA/SFV Awards, said, "The Best Community Development Awards are designed as recognition of the fact that outstanding architectural design can have a tremendous positive impact on the local community, making it a place where people can be proud to live and work."

"SunCal is honored that Ritter Ranch has been recognized as one of the region's top master-planned communities," said SunCal Companies' Bob Barjam, president of the Antelope Valley Division. "Our team has worked hard to design a community that is functional, inviting and carefully planned, and this award acknowledges those efforts."

About Ritter Ranch

Ritter Ranch is set in Palmdale at the western edge of the Antelope Valley near scenic Leona Valley. Plans for its estimated 18 square miles encompass: approximately 7,000 homes, about 73 acres of commercial development (including a town center), an 18-hole Greg Norman Signature Golf Course with clubhouse, public schools, an equestrian center, community facilities including library and fire station, swim center, amphitheater, recreation center, a lake, an expansive park and playground system, and over 80 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian paths linking to trails in the planned 7,000 acres of permanently protected natural open space.

For more information, or to join the Ritter Ranch interest list, visit http://www.ritterranchlife.com/, or phone 1-800-308-7805.

About SunCal Companies

SunCal Companies has more than 70 years of experience acquiring, entitling and developing property for sale to leading residential and commercial builders. The company specializes in creating distinctive mixed-use and master-planned communities that emphasize quality of life, environmental sensitivity and recreational opportunities, and currently has more than 250,000 residential units in various stages of development throughout California, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. For more information, please visit http://www.suncal.com/.

SunCal Companies

CONTACT: Joe Aguirre of SunCal Companies, +1-949-777-4518; or DioneTheriault of Roddan Paolucci Roddan, +1-310-791-2759, for SunCal

Web site: http://www.ritterranchlife.com/

Web site: http://www.suncal.com/