About Us

South Coast Communities, LLC is a land development and urban housing firm involved in the entitlement and improvement of residential and mixed-use development projects. South Coast focuses on in-fill properties in urbanized communities and larger master-planned projects in more rural communities.

South Coast is led by its two founding partners, each with different but complementary backgrounds. This diversity and individual expertise provides the firm with strength through past experiences and depth through collective planning. Each partner lends unique skills to the process, forming a true collaborative effort for entitlement and development.

Brent Little • Partner - Planning & Construction

Mr. Little is a founding member of South Coast Communities, LLC.  He helped establish the company in 1999 as a real estate investment firm operating in Nevada and California.

His duties include construction management, project scheduling, estimating, preparing plans, financial pro-forma and entitlement strategy and processing.

Prior to founding of South Coast, Mr. Little served as Vice President of Development and Acquisitions for Bixby Ranch Company, a privately held land development firm based in Seal Beach, California. While at Bixby, Mr. Little was in charge of all land development acquisitions. He prepared and supervised development analysis and due-diligence. After completion of the acquisition, Mr. Little would often serve as Project Manager for the entitlement and development. Other responsibilities included contract negotiation, title and escrow review and sale of the developed properties.

Before joining Bixby, Mr. Little served as Director of Business Development for Stantec/The Keith Companies, an industry leader in civil engineering, land planning and development services. In his capacity at Keith, Mr. Little provided land acquisition support services to the company’s developer and builder clients. These services included locating and analyzing development opportunities in the Southern California market.

In addition to his real estate development background, Mr. Little has extensive construction experience and is a Licensed General Contractor. He obtained this experience while working for Peterson Brothers Construction, a  regional concrete construction company and Contemporary Design and Construction, a commercial design/build firm. He also has extensive cabinet and millwork experience.

Mr. Little holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton in Geography with an emphasis in Urban Planning. He is a member of several industry trade organizations, including the Building Industry Association and International Conference of Shopping Centers. He also serves on the Board of Directors for HomeAid Orange County.

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Brian Bauer • General Counsel & Risk Management Oversight

Mr. Bauer helped establish the company as a real estate investment firm operating in Nevada and California.

Mr. Bauer helped establish the company as a real estate investment firm operating in Nevada and California.

Mr. Bauer has successfully negotiated, entitled and/or built and sold a multitude of residential developments for the company. His duties include in-house legal review of risk management and employment issues, contract preparation and review, litigation oversight, land use and environmental matters, as well as financial and operational oversight.

During the prior downturn, Mr. Bauer provided real estate insurance and risk management services for South Coast. His clients included work for banks and receivers, for whom he assisted in the disposition of distressed assets, ranging from multi-state residential property portfolios to Class “A” office towers valued in excess of $200M.

Mr. Bauer has extensive experience in tort and construction defect litigation. Prior to South Coast, he served as in-house counsel for Zurich North America as  senior trial attorney. At Zurich, he led various real estate and business related actions and defended Zurich’s commercial insureds, including homebuilders and commercial general contractors. He also served as a legal liaison and lecturer to insurance adjusters and Zurich’s Risk Management group.

Mr. Bauer obtained his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School and began his legal career with a banking firm in Long Beach, CA, where he handled finance related litigation for a number of regional banks. Mr. Bauer then served as a trial attorney for a boutique litigation firm in Costa Mesa, CA, where he managed a variety of corporate litigation matters.

Mr. Bauer earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from CSU Long Beach. After graduation, Mr. Bauer worked at Boeing, where he eventually oversaw a group of senior engineers in the electrical components group.

In addition to his work at South Coast, Mr. Bauer teaches in the UCI Extension’s Light Construction & Development Management certificate program, where he teaches in both the overview and entitlement courses. Mr. Bauer also holds a CA brokers license (BRE No. 01379721).

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David Hutchins • Vice President of Development

David Hutchins joined South Coast as Vice President of Development in 2013, and has been a member of the Advisory Board of Directors for several years. With significant experience working for public builders, Mr. Hutchins adds valuable depth, perspective and efficiency to the South Coast team.

Mr. Hutchins’ duties include project management, entitlement strategy, project scheduling, consultant management and agency coordination. He is responsible for managing new home communities through the entitlement, land development, construction and sales phases. His supervisory roles include managing consultants and field superintendents. He also establishes and leads South Coast’s internal project tracking systems and integration.

Prior to joining South Coast, Mr. Hutchins served as Land Development Manager and Director of Acquisition and Planning with both Pulte Homes and Centex Homes.  In these capacities, he successfully managed multiple projects with complicated entitlement and construction issues.

Before joining Pulte/Centex, Mr. Hutchins served in various positions at KB Home. At KB, he was responsible for identifying new developments for single-family and multi-family construction.  He was also integral in the forward planning of many communities and would often serve as project manager.

In addition to his real estate development background, Mr. Hutchins has extensive construction experience and is a Licensed General Building and Engineering Contractor. He also holds a California Real Estate Brokers License.

Mr. Hutchins earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Missouri. He continued his education in the Light Construction Development Management program at University of California, Irvine. He has served as a Board member to several organizations including the Building Industry Association.

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Bentley Kerr • Project Partner

Mr. Kerr joined South Coast Communities in 2014 as Project Partner. At South Coast, Mr. Kerr oversees the entitlement and marketing of several residential and mixed-use developments. His roles include acquisitions, contract negotiations, business plan development, feasibility analysis, financial structuring, entitlements processing and capital markets relations.

Prior to joining South Coast, Mr. Kerr was an investment partner and project manager at Bluestone Communities for over a decade. While at Bluestone, he specialized in entitling large residential master plans. A consensus builder, Mr. Kerr negotiated “win-win” outcomes with a variety of project stakeholders, ranging from Native American tribes to government leadership to concerned neighbors. During his tenure, he helped manage and entitle numerous developments with a total land value exceeding $200 million. In 2013, Mr. Kerr completed the entitlement of Arantine Hills a 275-acre specific plan featuring over 1,600 units and 750,000 square feet of commercial uses in Corona, California.

Prior to Bluestone, Mr. Kerr was Vice President at Buchanan Street Partners, a real estate investment management firm. At Buchanan, he raised capital from individuals, family offices, endowments and pension funds. He also helped underwrite and build a portfolio valued at over $150 million in operating assets.

Before Buchanan, he was a Vice President of Project Finance and Development at Polygon Development. At Polygon, Mr. Kerr helped acquire, develop and ultimately sell a $100 million portfolio of land and mixed-use properties throughout Southern California.

Mr. Kerr also worked at Lowe Enterprises in its pension fund advisory and asset management groups. His responsibilities included portfolio asset management, project management, due diligence and acquisitions for a variety of assets including a 550,000 square foot office campus in Aliso Viejo.

Mr. Kerr is a licensed Real Estate Broker and holds Master of Business Administration and Master of Real Estate Development degrees from the University of Southern California. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been a guest lecturer on a variety of real estate development and finance topics at USC, UC Irvine and various industry groups.

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Cathy Nguyen • Accounting Manager

Cathy Nguyen is the primary Accounting Manager for South Coast Communities, LLC and South Coast Builders, Inc. She has served in this capacity since the spring of 2012.

Ms. Nguyen is responsible for all accounting and treasury related functions for both South Coast entities and reports to the principals regarding the companies’ financial positions.  She also actively coordinates with the project managers to provide project accounting and documentation for each of the firms active developments.

In addition to her project related duties, she provides various corporate financial and account roles including all accounting, accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash management and coordination with the firms bankers.

To accomplish these duties Ms. Nguyen has extensive working knowledge of Sage and Quick Books. She manages all job relating accounting with Sage and provides reports to the principals and project managers.

Prior to joining South Coast Ms. Nguyen worked for CNB Mortgage Corporation.  While at CNB, she was responsible for analyzing all incoming loans, reviewing compliance documents and communication with real estate brokers and loan officers.

Ms. Nguyen also worked for the County of Orange Budget and Cost Department providing general accounting services.  While working for the County she tracked payments and general ledgers.  She was also tasked with reconciliation of the general ledgers.

Ms. Nguyen possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from University of California, Fullerton, where she graduated Cum Laude. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from University of Vietnam.

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Miguel Flores • General Superintendent, North Region

Mr. Flores is responsible for all field construction supervision, safety and erosion control operations. He is also the primary permit officer for all general building projects. His duties also include coordinating with the project managers for scheduling and billing.

He has been involved in residential construction for nearly 20 years. He began his career working in the landscape construction industry and advanced to Foreman and Superintendent. He then migrated to the home building industry as a carpenter and plumber apprentice.

After various apprenticeships, he transitioned to a privately-held home building company as an Assistant Superintendent, overseeing several new home communities. He provided these services for nearly six years before accepting a position as General Superintendent with Dynamic Homes and Investments, a privately-held home builder with projects throughout the Los Angeles Basin.

As General Superintendent at Dynamic, he was responsible for all field construction operations, safety and storm water protection.  He completed several hundred homes valued at over $70,000,000. These projects involved a wide variety of construction techniques and complexities. In addition to his experiences in single family home construction, he has also served as primary construction supervisor for multiple attached multi-story condominium projects. He is the primary point for inspections and permit control.

In addition to his experiences in single family home construction, he also served as primary construction supervisor for several attached condominium projects, where he led inspections and permit control.

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Spencer Ford • General Superintendent, South Region

Mr. Ford is Senior Project Superintendent at South Coast. He supervises all construction and post-construction activities, with an intent focus on maximizing home-buyer satisfaction.

He has over 35 years of experience in the building industry, including many senior-level roles. Examples include Director of Operations, General Superintendent, Area Construction Manager and Customer Care Manager. He is experienced in processing permits and interacting with public agencies at all levels. He is an effective negotiator and capable of working with new home owners to achieve the highest levels of customer satisfaction. Mr. Ford is known for establishing positive working relationships with building officials and trade partners alike.

Prior to joining South Coast, Mr. Ford served as Area Construction Manager for Pulte Homes, where he supervised 15-20 project superintendents for all phases of construction. He was recognized for delivering homes within budget, on schedule and with minimum post-construction issues.

Prior to Pulte, Mr. Ford served as General Superintendent for John Laing Homes. During his tenure at Laing, he assembled a field construction team that delivered hundreds of homes. His division regularly achieved 90th-percentile customer satisfaction results, as surveyed by National Eliant Survey System.

Mr. Ford also worked several years each at Centex, Greystone and Lusk Homes. He is certified in Erosion Control and Storm Water Management. Mr. Ford attended the University of Arizona, where he studied Business and Psychology. He has also received several honors, including a “Special Leadership Citation” from the Building Industry Association and “Superintendent of the Year” award.

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Erin Ranallo • Project Manager/Purchasing Manager

Erin Ranallo joined South Coast Communities as a Project Manager and Purchasing Manager in 2014. Her duties include entitlement project management, purchasing, subcontractor contracting, and subcontractor relations.

Prior to South Coast, Ms. Ranallo worked at SBI Builders, a general contractor specializing in multi-family, affordable housing. She helped manage projects for their Southern California division and she worked extensively with owners and their representatives to oversee and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Ms. Ranallo started her construction and homebuilding career working for the Baldwin Company and their related entities where she worked for almost ten years. Beginning as a project assistant, she worked her way through the organization working on pre-construction management, purchasing, managing subcontractor buyout, project management, accounting management, and project finance.

In addition to her homebuilding background, Ms. Ranallo holds a California Real Estate Broker’s License. She has experience as a resale agent for Prudential California Realty (now Berkshire Hathaway Home Services) serving Pasadena, CA and the San Gabriel Valley. Ms. Ranallo is also a California Notary.

Ms. Ranallo graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University in Irvine, majoring in Communication and Business, with dual emphasis in Marketing and Management. She also completed the Light Construction and Development Management certificate program through the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) and UCI Extension program.

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Green Coast

South Coast embraced the Green Building movement at its inception recognizing both the importance of proper stewardship in the use and management of our resources, together with the opportunity to provide home buyers with a housing product that reflects their own sustainable goals.

As a firm we began looking at storm water discharge as a valuable resource that should be appropriately treated before introduction into the region’s water cycle. Before regulatory compliance required project specific Best Management Practices, our firm was utilizing construction techniques such as pervious concrete and cisterns as a means of reducing run off.

Today our firm provides various storm water management tools for both our projects and those in which we are retained as consultants.

As a builder we also recognize the importance of implementing a wide range of green building methods and materials to address a variety of impacts such as energy consumption and efficiency, material reuse and waste and project placement.

Project placement for us involves the goal of locating developments in existing communities in order to capitalize on existing infrastructure. A closer proximity to job centers allows our buyers to decrease their travel time and overall reduce the regional emissions output.

We are company comprised of conservation and outdoor minded enthusiasts and wish to translate our stewardship to the products we build.