Open House Review: 12 Lucero West

Today I am reviewing a single level home in Northwood’s Park Paseo Community, located at the corner of a quiet cul-de-sac.   The home had newer tile flooring and some recessed lights and ceiling fans, but otherwise had many original features which gives the buyer the opportunity to upgrade the home as they desire.  Single level homes do not come on the market often in Park Paseo and this home would be desirable for a family wanting to be close to the amenities as well as walking distance to Santiago Elementary and walking or biking distance to Sierra Vista Middle School and Northwood High School.

Asking Price: $819,900
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1,560
Lot Size: 4,850
$/Sq Ft: $526
Property Type: Single Family Residence
Year Built: 1978
Community: Northwood – Park Paseo
HOA dues are $106 per month and there no are Mello Roos taxes.

With it being on a zero-lot-line there are no windows on one side of the home.  This house has some original features such as some fluorescent lighting, textured ceilings, original cabinetry and windows and was in need of new carpet.  With vaulted ceilings, and having extra privacy being on an internal corner lot, the home has advantages as well.

I have reviewed a different one-level model in Park Paseo and prefer the layout of the front rooms of this home, however the way the secondary bedrooms’ windows open to the atrium is not my favorite feature of this home.

The front door is located on the side of the home.  The entrance leads into a tiled area with a step down living room to the left.  Straight ahead is a sliding glass door leading out to the atrium, with rocks and some plants.  In front of the atrium is a narrow space that I have seen other properties furnish with a piano, desk or built-in bookshelves.  The garage entrance is located to the left, between the atrium and the living room.  To the right is a short hallway that leads to the kitchen, family room and a hallway to the bedrooms.

The step-down living room has vaulted ceilings and 3 windows which bring in an abundance of natural light.  The atrium brings in additional light to the area.  The floors in the living room is a carpet. A fireplace sits on one wall.

The atrium and has 3 beams running across the opening up top and currently has rocks and a water fountain.  The atrium has two windows along the right hand wall which are the two secondary bedroom’s windows.  I have seen other homes with atriums furnished with patio furniture, water feature or just tiled.

To the right of the entrance are the kitchen, eating nook and family room.  The kitchen is to the right with a peninsula separating it from the family room.  There is space for bar seating.  Fluorescent lighting, white 4×4 tile counters and the original cabinets date the kitchen but the kitchen is in very clean condition.  A mix of black and white appliances are found in the space.  A large garden window looks out to the same side as the home’s entrance.  The cabinets are original but there are plenty of cabinets and drawers for storage, as well as a floor to ceiling pantry.

The dining area sits beyond the kitchen peninsula, in front of a sliding glass door leading to the side yard.  It has space for a small dining table and a ceiling fan has been installed above the current table.  The vaulted ceilings provide a spacious feel. Recessed lights have been installed in the family room, but the textured ceiling dates the area. A family could appreciate the separate family room and living room areas the home provides.


The backyard is a hardscaped with some plants against the back short retaining wall. It lacks grass. There is plenty of space for entertaining.  To the left is another sliding glass door, which leads to the master bedroom.  Above the master slider is a lattice, providing shade to half the patio.  The yard is L-shaped and I have seen the side yard of other properties equipped with a water feature or built-in bar-b-que.  The yard has good potential.

A hallway leads back to the shared bathroom and bedrooms.  The bathroom lights and flooring have been updated, which brighten the space.  The tub and 4×4 tile tub surround look original. The cabinetry is also worn with some of the wood peeling.

Double doors lead into the master bedroom.  At the far wall is a sliding glass door leading to the backyard, which brings in a lot of natural light.  The room is a decent size with mirrored closets doors.  The bathroom is located through a large opening and has dual sinks with cabinets below, placed side by side. Without a privacy door, light and noise may affect someone that is still in bed.  The old panel lighting is still present and the cabinetry looks original but the flooring looks updated with newer tile.  The separate shower and toilet are in a separate room, which is nice.  A narrow window is located at the top of the shower wall, bringing in natural light. I noticed that the two bottom rows of tile differed from the rest of the shower tile surround.  I was not sure why, but it may be worth inquiring about.

The other two bedrooms are average in size and have original windows looking into the atrium.  Each has a double door closet.

12 Lucero West is located on a nice cul-de-sac street with one of the two community pools just a couple of streets over.  Although some features could be updated, the buyer has the opportunity to upgrade the home as they please. It is ideal for any family looking for nice amenities and being close to the schools.  Pricing has been on the rise, so I am curious as to what the home will sell for with some of the original features still present.