Open House Review: 88 Lakepines

88 Lakepines is a short-sale property with one bedroom and one bathroom. It is located just steps away from the adults-only pool in the Lakes Community of Northwood. As an upper unit, there is only one shared wall on one side and has a large balcony overlooking the stream running throughout the community.

Asking Price: $245,000
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 700 square feet
Lot Size: 700 square feet
$/Sq Ft: $350
Days on Market: 221
Property Type: Condominium, Residential
Year Built: 1978
Community: Northwood, The Lakes

HOA dues are $310 per month and there are no Mello Roos taxes.

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Upon entering, you walk into the small dining area with a large coat closet immediately to your right. The vaulted ceilings throughout the home create a spacious, light feeling, but the ceilings are still textured. The flooring is laminate wood flooring which flows throughout the home. The walls are painted white and the windows are original.

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A small peninsula with overhanging cabinets separates the entrance area from the small kitchen. The kitchen is tight, but has the necessary appliances and cabinet/drawer space for storage. The kitchen sink sits below the garden window which nicely looks out to the stream outside. On the side wall of the kitchen is an opening which looks out to the living room. The kitchen has white cabinets, granite countertops and older white appliances but is in decent condition.

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The living room is a couple of steps down. With the cathedral ceilings and extra-large sliding glass door the room is spacious and airy. An updated fireplace is located to the left of the kitchen opening. The sliding glass door opens up to a large balcony overlooking a nice stream and trees. The one downfall I noticed was a neighbor downstairs that was smoking a cigarette outside on his patio. With the full ashtray on his table, it appears that he may smoke outdoors often, and the smell of the smoke permeated the living room. Otherwise, the view and outdoor space is very nice.

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The master bedroom is large. The wall separating the room from the rest of the home does not run up to the vaulted ceiling, so there is a space from about 2 feet above the doorway up to the ceiling. The bedroom has a large window and opens up to the bathroom vanity. Above the bathroom sink area is a nice skylight. The single sink has plenty of counter space on each side of the sink and has white cabinetry and a granite countertop. The lighting has been updated. To the left of the vanity is a walk in closet that has hookup for laundry. The space is large enough for a side by side washer and dryer. I do not know if I trust my clothes staying dust/lint-free in a closet space shared with laundry machines, but there is space at the back for clothes/storage. To the right of the vanity are a separate toilet and a fiberglass tub/shower combo.

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The condominium is in nice condition. It is ideal for a single person or a couple. The home is spacious and has nice views. The realtor was not sure where the assigned carport was located with respect to the property, but she noted that it does have an assigned parking spot.

Open House Review: 12 New Season

This weekend, I visited two condos, both in the Northwood area of Irvine near Lower Peter’s Canyon Park. I will review 12 New Season this week and 70 Trailing Vine next week. The basics:

Asking Price: $579,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 1,500
Lot Size: 2,000
$/Sq. Ft: $386
Days on Market: 14
Property Type: Condo
Year Built: 2006
Community: Northwood – Tamarisk
Schools: Hicks Canyon Elementary, Orchard Hills, Beckman High (Tustin Unified)

HOA dues are $306/month ($157 + $149) and there are Mello Roos.

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Open House Review: 71 Mayfair

Today I am reviewing Stonegate’s Santa Clara plan. It is listed as a two bedroom, 1 ½ bathroom single story condominium, found on the ground level. However, it is actually a 1 bedroom with a large den. Parking for guests is off the street, directly in front of the home.

Asking Price: $459,888
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1.5
Square Footage: 1,129
Lot Size: 2,000
Price per Square Foot: $430
Property Type: Residential, Condominium
Style: One Level
Year Built 2011
Community: Stonegate Village
HOA Fees: $303
Mello Roos: Yes
Days on Market: 20

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Open House Review: 26 Maywood

This weekend, a quick drive through Northpark led me to 26 Maywood, a large home that has been on the market for several months.

The basics:
Asking Price: $1,249,000
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3.5
Square Footage: 3,029
Lot Size: 5,624
$/Sq. Ft: $312
Days on Market: 188
Property Type: Single Family Home
Year Built: 2000
Community: Northpark – Brentwood
Schools: Hicks Canyon Elementary, Orchard Hills, Beckman High (Tustin Unified)

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Open House Review: 6 Quebrada

Today I saw 6 Quebrada, a single level house in Windstream’s gated community. The home is nicely situated on a quiet cul-de-sac street just down the street from the button-coded gate entry. Windstream is divided into three gated sections so it limits the amount of car traffic although pedestrian traffic is not limited between the sections. 6 Quebrada is found in one of the smaller portions that consist of 2 short cul-de-sac streets and just steps from the community pool and Hicks Canyon Trail.

Asking Price: $950,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1,995
Lot Size: 5,250 sq ft
Price per Square Foot: $476
Property Type: Residential, Single Family
Style: One Level
Year Built 1980
Community: Northwood, Windstream
Days on Market: 12
HOA Fees: $174/mo

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