Open House Review: 98 Mayfair

Today I am reviewing the Santa Clara, Plan 2 model of Stonegate at 98 Mayfair. Parking for guests is off the street in front of the home.  The home is an end unit.  Once up a flight of stairs, the living space is located on the second level.  It is walking distance to Stonegate Elementary School and all of the amenities.

Asking Price:               $589.000
Bedrooms:                   2
Bathrooms:                  2
Square Footage:         1,300
Price per Sq. Foot       $453
Property Type:            Condominium
Year Built:                   2012
Community:                Stonegate
HOA Fees:                   $303
Mello Roos:                 Yes

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Open House Review: 18 Alondra

Last week, I reviewed 16 Hidalgo. This week, I will review 18 Alondra, a five-bedroom home located just a block away from Hidalgo in Northwood’s Woodside neighborhood. Like the other, this one has been partially updated, but still has some older features as well.

The Basics:
Asking Price: $1,238,888
Bedrooms: 5 + bonus room
Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 2,864
Price per Sq. Ft: $433
Lot Size: 4,800
Property Type: Single family residence
Year Built: 1977
Community: Northwood – Woodside
HOA: $120 per month / Mello Roos: No
Days on Market 12
Schools: Santiago Hills Elementary, Sierra Vista Middle School, Northwood High (Irvine Unified)

This home has over 450 square feet more than the Hidalgo property and is priced slightly lower per square foot ($433 vs $441). The lot size is smaller by nearly 300 square feet. In terms of location, Hidalgo has the better spot, being near the end of a cul-de-sac, while Alondra is toward the beginning of the street, right as it curves around a corner. The Alondra property is also much closer to Irvine Boulevard and therefore will have some street noise.

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Open House Review: 143 Sanctuary #67

Driving into Woodbury and approaching Woodbury Community Park, the property is an end unit and sits nicely across from the baseball fields. Guest parking is located off of Sanctuary, in front of the unit.   The home is accessed from a flight of external stairs with a one car garage below the unit.  There is no internal staircase to access the garage.  Although the home is advertised as a 2 bedroom, this is a one bedroom home with an addition den.

Asking Price:   $459,888
Bedrooms:       1 + den
Bathrooms:      1.5
Square Footage: 1,174
$/Sq Ft:           $392
Property Type: Condominium
Year Built:      2006
Community:    Woodbury
HOA dues are $274 per month
Mello Roos:     Yes
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Open House Review: 16 Hidalgo

Two houses came on the market this week in Northwood’s Woodside neighborhood. I will review 16 Hidalgo this week and walk you through 18 Alondra next week. Both homes have been partially remodeled to include new kitchens, but neither has fully updated the bathrooms.

The Basics:
Asking Price: $1,058,800
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 2,400
Price per Sq. Ft: $441
Lot Size: 5,096
Property Type: Single family residence
Year Built: 1978
Community: Northwood – Woodside
HOA: $120 per month / Mello Roos: No
Days on Market 10
Schools: Santiago Hills Elementary, Sierra Vista Middle School, Northwood High (Irvine Unified)

I have seen many homes of this model, not only in the Woodside neighborhood, but also in the adjacent neighborhoods of Park Paseo and Windstream. They vary slightly between neighborhoods, but the overall footprint is the same. This home has nice curb appeal, with brightly colored red and pink flowering trees out front and a small, covered patio near the end of the door. The house is located near the end of a quiet cul-de-sac and next to a greenbelt, so it’s also safe to let children play outside.

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Open House Review: 125 Overbrook

Today I am reviewing a Plan 1 Cambria condominium in Stonegate, that had a recent price reduction from $719,888 to $699,888.  Parking for guests are off the street in front of the row of homes jutting perpendicular off of Overbrook. I am not sure why it is advertised as a 3 bedroom, when it currently is a 2 bedroom with an open loft that currently lacks full walls or a closet. Even if the loft was converted into a bedroom, there is no access to a shared bathroom upstairs.  The only two bathrooms upstairs are found in the two bedrooms.
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