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IRWD Indoor Water-Use Rebates

Jul 2nd, 2014 by Sylvia Walker 

“Together, toilets and clothes washers account for approximately 45% of the water used inside your home.”

Last week I wrote about rebates for outdoor water-saving devices. Since about 70% of California water use goes to home landscaping, saving water in this area can greatly cut down on residential water use and, therefore, cut down on energy use and homeowner costs. This week’s post is about rebates for two standard, high-water using items in all homes—clothes washers and toilets. These rebates will also help homeowners save water, energy, and money.

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Open House Review: 17 Soaring Hawk

Jul 1st, 2014 by SMS 

Detached, Upgraded Woodbridge Single Family Home in Outer Loop
17 Soaring Hawk  $820,000    

Turning off Culver onto Main and then taking Timberwood to Soaring Hawk leads to this upgraded single family detached home in the outer loop.  New to the market, about 5 days, and nicely remodeled, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath property also raises the question of location.  Recently I have seen several properties in the outer loop in Woodbridge that have been nicely upgraded.  In the market it is interesting to see how price plays out with homes that sit closer to Culver traffic.  Woodbridge’s prime lake recreation, community atmosphere and top schools are all part of the package with location being the only difference from many other similar properties inside the loop.

Significant Numbers: Built in 1984, this 1,633 sq. ft. 3 bedroom, 2 bath home sits on a 4,356 sq. ft. lot. HOA dues are $80 and the price per sq. ft is $502.   Public records show this home sold for $630,000 in 2010.

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Open House Review: 1 Clinton

Jun 30th, 2014 by Joy 

At the beginning of the month I reviewed the same layout as 1 Clinton at18 Prescott, less the loft.  You can read it to get a comparison of the two properties.  1 Clinton is a two level townhome with two bedrooms.  It is located in an area with very low traffic due to surrounding cul-de-sac streets.  Unlike 18 Prescott, I did not notice any street noise from Irvine Boulevard, but 19 Prescott made small changes to update the home.  This home is an end unit which brings in additional light in the staircase and provides more privacy in the patio area.  The price has recently dropped from the $549,000 price to $529,000


Asking Price: $529,000
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 1,424
Lot Size: 2,178
$/Sq Ft: $371
Days on Market: 59
Property Type: Townhome Two Level
Year Built: 1980
Community: Northwood – Sheffield Manor

HOA dues are $245 per month and there are no Mello Roos taxes.

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Open House Review: 2 Alameda

Jun 27th, 2014 by Joy 

Today I saw a two level home featuring a bedroom on the ground floor.  2 Alameda is in Northwood’s Park Paseo Community.  It sits on the corner of a cul-de-sac street with Santiago Hills Elementary School and the community pool, clubhouse and tennis courts at the end of the cul-de-sac. Children can walk to Santiago Hills Elementary School without crossing any streets. 

Asking Price: $850,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 2,271Lot Size: 3,920
$/Sq Ft: $374
Days on Market: 16
Property Type: Single Family Residence
Year Built: 1978
Community: Northwood – Park Paseo

HOA dues are $89 per month and there are no Mello Roos taxes.

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A Review of the Vista Scena Tract at Orchard Hills

Jun 26th, 2014 by Karen 

A couple of weeks ago, I gave an overview of the non-gated side of the new Orchard Hills community (known as Orchard Hills II).  Today, I will review the Vista Scena homes, which are the second smallest of the twelve new neighborhoods.  Like all of the homes in the non-gated portion, Vista Scena homes are built by Irvine Pacific.  These are townhomes, with configurations of either two or three connected homes.  They have three different Residences, ranging from 1,586 – 1,914 square feet.  The homes all have three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms; Residences Two and Three also have a loft.  All homes have a two-car garage.  None of them have a main floor bedroom.  Elevations include a two-unit Monterey, two-unit Formal Spanish, three-unit Monterey and, as modeled, a three-unit Northern Italian.  In the two-unit buildings, the homes are only connected on the ground floor and there are no shared walls upstairs.  In a three-unit home, Residence One is always in the middle, with Residence Two on one side and Residence Three on the other.  Residences One and Three share a wall upstairs, but Residence Two does not have a shared wall.  Most streets have three or four buildings on each side, with two-unit buildings in the middle and three-unit buildings on each end.

Some of the standard amenities in all homes include Kitchenaid stainless steel appliance package, including cooktop, oven, microwave, dishwasher and hood; white satin Thermofoil cabinets with adjustable shelves; granite slab kitchen counters with 6-inch backsplash and full backsplash at cooktop; stainless steel double basin sink with Kohler pull-out faucet; master bath with a sterling tub with 6” x 6” tile surround and separate shower (Residences Two and Three only); dual unilav sinks with marble countertops and backsplash; Kohler polished chrome faucets; ceramic tile flooring at entry, kitchen, dining, baths and laundry; plush carpet throughout living areas; pre-wired multi-media plate; fire-resistant concrete tile roofs; decorative front doors; high efficiency air conditioning and gas furnace; tankless water heaters; and energy efficient bathroom fixtures.  All homes are Build it Green™ Certified.

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IRWD Rebates for Outdoor Water-Saving Devices

Jun 25th, 2014 by Sylvia Walker 

Since up to 70% of California's residential water supply is used for home landscaping, installation of outdoor water-saving devices can help homeowner save water and money. Here are some IRWD rebates that will help homeowners reduce outdoor water use.

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Irvine Housing Numbers by Neighborhood: First Trimester 2014

Jun 24th, 2014 by Sylvia Walker 

Here is a look at some Irvine housing stats by neighborhood—January 2014 and April 2014:\

Area List Price/# Homes Listed Sold Price/# Homes Sold List Per SF Sold Per SF % Chg Y-O-Y Sold Price/SF
14-Apr $564K/72 $660/23 $463 $380 1.10%
14-Jan $620K/55 $645K/11 $433 $398 20.20%
Columbus Grove n/a        
El Camino Real          
14-Apr $555K/23 $624K/12 $430 $488 24.20%
14-Jan $669K/19 $610K/8 $416 $445 21.90%
14-Apr $710K/70 $640K/29 $394 $387 13.50%
14-Jan $745K/47 $494K/11 $396 $368 16.10%
14-Apr $749K/92 $765K/45 $406 $384 2.10%
14-Jan $793K/54 $736K/18 $397 $379 20.70%
Oak Creek          
14-Apr $469K/24 $475K/8 $399 $404 12.50%
14-Jan $387K/18 $625K/5 $423 $438 29.60%

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