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Bicycling Trails in Irvine and Orange County

Apr 16th, 2014 by Sylvia Walker 

Last week I wrote about the Orange County Transportation Agency (OCTA) bicycling safety workshop that was to be held at Irvine City Hall. This week I am continuing the theme of bike riding in Irvine and Orange County.

Irvine has been recognized as “best” in many categories, and, at times, this has included the accolade of best bicycling city. This might be due to Irvine’s Bicycle Transportation Plan, which resulted in an extensive system of bike trails—over 300 lane miles of on-street and 54 miles of off-street bikeways.

If you like bicycle riding, you might try one of the Irvine bike trails found in the map above. You might also be interested in some other Orange County bike trails. And for the hardcore bike enthusiast, you might be interested in joining the Bicycle Club of Irvine (BCI), which is open to residents of Irvine and other areas.

You can find other information related to bike riding in Irvine and Orange County, including the City of Irvine Interactive Bikeways Map and the

OCTA Bikeways Information Page and Interactive Map, at this link

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Open House Review: 30 Bluejay

Apr 15th, 2014 by SMS 

Woodbridge Single Family Home with Designer Updates
30 Bluejay $837,000

Turning off of West Yale Loop, onto Burwood and then winding back to 30 Bluejay leads you to an example of a home using designer updates to compete in today’s market. Just down the street from Bluejay Park, and near the end of the cul de sac, this home sits in the outer loop of Woodbridge near Culver Drive. There is a little traffic noise outside. Inside, designer updates have been skillfully used from the inviting front curb landscaping to the immaculate stone floored patio in the back of the home. Each may help this property compete in today’s Woodbridge market. Brand new to the market, about five days, the home is listed at $837,000.

Significant Numbers: Built in 1978, this 1,549 sq. ft. home sits on a 3,920 sq. ft.lot at $540 a sq. ft. HOA dues are $82 a month.


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Open House Review: 132 Pineview

Apr 14th, 2014 by Joy 

I reviewed a couple of two bedroom units on Pineview back in February, but this is the first one bedroom model I have seen. I was pleasantly surprised with the spaciousness and layout of this two level end unit. Being an end unit has the advantage of having additional windows and light flooding the home, as well as a more private patio. It is also located next to the visitor parking spots and just steps away to its designated covered parking space.


Asking Price: $308,600
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 932
Lot Size: 871 sq ft
Price per Square Foot: $331
Property Type: Condominium
Style: Two Level
Year Built 1978
Community: Northwood, The Pines
HOA Fees: $310
Mello Roos: No
Days on Market: 33

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Open House Review: 33 Christamon South

Apr 10th, 2014 by Karen 

Today, I saw a townhouse at 33 Christamon South, #14 in Northwood. Though it has three bedrooms, one room may function better as an office or master retreat. The owners recently upgraded many areas of the home and made a change to the layout upstairs.

The basics:
Asking Price: $540,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 1,373
Lot Size: N/A
$/Sq Ft: $393
Days on Market: 8
Property Type: Townhouse, one common wall
Year Built: 1984
Community: Northwood

HOA dues are $314 per month and there are no Mello Roos.

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Workshop on Bicycling Safety in Orange County—Irvine City Hall, April 14

Apr 9th, 2014 by Sylvia Walker 

“[A]cross America, biking and walking account for 12 percent of all trips but receive only 1.6 percent of federal funding.”—Jay Walljasper, Fellow of Project for Public Spaces, Senior Fellow at Augsburg College's Sabo Center, and Senior Associate at Citiscope

An Irvine Bike/Walking Trail

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Open House Review: 18705 Paseo Picasso

Apr 8th, 2014 by SMS 

Turtle Rock Cottage With A Mix of Options

18705 Paseo Picasso $799,900

This breezy, light filled single level home is tucked into the corner of Turtle Rock that is bordered by Culver and Campus Drive. Nicely remodeled and freshly painted, the home is at the end of a cul de sac, with a privacy wall off the patio that backs up to a busy Culver Street. I was there on a Saturday afternoon and some traffic noise was apparent on the back patio. Additional foliage or fountains could be used as sound buffers. As a three bedroom, two bath attached home, the broker claims the $799,900 price is the least expensive home in Turtle Rock

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Open House Review: 17 Prosa

Apr 7th, 2014 by Joy 

Today I am reviewing a single level home in Northwood’s Park Paseo Community. I reviewed the same model as 17 Prosa, just down the street at 18 Diamante in mid-March. Both homes are a single level, zero-lot-line property but this home has more upgrades throughout the home and is listed with slightly more square footage, although Diamante’s property backs to a walking path and the community pool. However, 17 Prosa is nicely situated on a cul-de-sac street with one of the two Association pools at the end of the cul-de-sac. The home would be desirable for a family wanting to be close to the amenities as well as walking distance to the elementary and middle schools. Northwood High School is designated for this neighborhood. This home is priced a bit higher at $729,000 versus Diamante’s $718,800 price.

Asking Price: $729,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1,560
Lot Size: 4,356
$/Sq Ft: $467
Days on Market: 10
Property Type: Single Family Residence
Year Built: 1979
Community: Northwood – Park Paseo

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

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