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Closed Sales from 3/23/2012 to 3/29/2012

Mar 30th, 2012 by nilam 
Date Sold Address Zip Tract Sold Price Beds Sq Ft
Airport Area            
3/22/12 3131 Michelson Dr. #1403 92612 Marquee at Park Place $820,000 2 2063
3/23/12 8040 Scholarship 92612 The Plaza $715,000 2 1790
3/26/12 5084 Scholarship 92612 The Plaza $530,000 1 1175
             
El Camino Real            
3/22/12 60 Elksford Ave 92604 Walnut Square $268,000 2 1080
3/27/12 24 Goldenbush 92604 Other $339,888 2 1150
3/28/12 1 Argent CIR 92604 Ranch $643,000 4 1800
             
Northpark            
3/22/12 40 Arcata 92602 San Simeon $550,000 3 1650
3/26/12 33 Bolinas 92602 San Juan Bautista $475,000 4 1876
3/28/12 21 Marysville 92602 Saratoga $895,000 3 2712
             
Northwood            
3/23/12 11 Tory 92620 Show Case $660,000 4 2204
3/23/12 51 Bombay 92620 Bella Rosa $690,000 3 2300
3/23/12 65 Streamwood 92620 Irvine Springs $221,000 2 907
3/28/12 36 Fabriano 92620 Vista Filare $520,000 3 1645
3/28/12 17 Allegheny 92620 39 Park NW $791,000 5 2711
             
Oak Creek            
3/23/12 3905 Orangewood 92618 Oak Park $263,000 1 900
3/28/12 20 Lilac 92618 Montilla $475,000 3 1525
             
Orangetree            
3/23/12 269 Tarocco 92618   $251,200 2 1000
             
Quail Hill            
3/26/12 54 Vermillion 92603 Jasmine $383,000 2 1175
3/27/12 35 Canopy 92603 Laurel $740,000 3 2100
3/28/12 28 Perennial 92603 Jasmine $435,000 2 1367
3/28/12 87 Stepping Stone 92603 Casalon $537,500 3 1695
             
Stonegate            
3/23/12 38 Coralwood 92618 Santa Rosa $338,000 1 1120
             
Turtle Rock            
3/23/12 19367 Sierra Bello Rd 92603 Broadmoor $940,000 4 2160
3/27/12 10 Rainbow Rdg 92603 Ridge Townhomes Akins $395,000 2 1450
3/27/12 28 Rainbow Fls 92603 Glen Garden Homes $590,000 2 1784
             
University Park            
3/23/12 4462 Sandburg 92612 Village II $375,000 2 1279
             
University Town Center            
3/27/12 10 Lehigh Aisle 92612 Oxford Court $550,000 3 1916
3/28/12 127 Stanford Ct 92612 Princeton Townhomes $415,000 2 1191
             
Walnut            
3/26/12 8 Kansas 92606 Parklane $660,000 5 2200
             
West Irvine            
3/23/12 26 Bowie Pl 92602 Liberty $610,000 4 1755
             
Westpark            
3/22/12 19 Del Cambrea 92606 Positano $600,000 4 1953
3/27/12 16 Alcira 92614 Tierra $580,000 3 1750
3/27/12 14 Palermo 92614 Vista $660,000 3 1786
             
Woodbridge            
3/23/12 167 Rockwood 92614 Somerset $330,000 3 1325
3/26/12 12 Fairside 92614 Somerset $280,000 2 1125
3/26/12 10 Goldenrod 92614 Parklane $850,000 4 2825
3/26/12 72 Windjammer 92614 Park Vista $258,600 2 917
3/27/12 22 Heathergreen 92614 Parkview $450,100 3 1600
             
Woodbury            
3/22/12 55 Long Mdw 92620 Lombard Court $315,000 2 1205
3/23/12 5 Rising Sun 92620 Mille Fleurs $1,299,000 4 3500
3/26/12 107 Alhambra 92620 Cortile $470,000 3 1285

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A Review of San Carlos Court at Portola Springs

Mar 29th, 2012 by Wendy Larson 

Recently I was driving through the Laguna Niguel community. I was on my way to a friend’s house, but decided to take a detour and scope out some of the neighborhoods. As I poked around several neighborhoods, I noticed the friendly atmosphere. People waved at me as I drove by. They smiled—even though I was a complete stranger. I know they didn’t recognize my car, but they still made me feel welcome. It was an amazing feeling that I haven’t felt since I was a kid growing up in the Orange Hills area. Neighbors interacted with each other—it was a novel concept. I’ve lived in Irvine for nearly fifteen years, and not once did I really know my neighbors. Most of the time I didn’t want to know my neighbors (and I’m a highly sociable gal). This got me to thinking: what is so different about Portola Springs versus this little neighborhood in Laguna Niguel? My answer was simple: The neighbors weren’t on top of each other. There may not have been a lot of space in between the houses, but there was enough comfortable distance that created privacy. Some neighborhoods in Irvine have this aura—but Portola Springs seems lacking.

I visited San Carlos Court (Overview) on the same day which reaffirmed my observations. San Carlos Court at Portola Springs is a collection of eight different residences centered around a common courtyard. The set up in theory would be cute and has the potential to be family oriented, but my primary concern was privacy. It felt too close for comfort. If anyone remembers the television show Melrose Place back in the 90s, the residents could never seem to hide secrets from each other. That’s how I imagine these places—particularly since new developments seem to be built with paper thin walls. Hopefully you’ll have mild mannered neighbors and this won’t be a problem, but I’m guessing that you’ll be able to hear every party, every dog barking, and every stereo blasting within the walls.

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Irvine Housing by the Numbers - Update

Mar 28th, 2012 by Sylvia Walker 

Here is an updated list of the housing numbers for each Irvine neighborhood.  Does anyone care to give an opinion on what these numbers mean?

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Sale!  40% off in Westpark

Mar 27th, 2012 by Cubic Zirconia 

In the gated community of Corta Bella in Westpark where half of the housing inventory is rented, there are two identical two bedroom condominiums for sale. They would make good rental properties, or starter homes. In 2011, these homes had rented between $1900 to $2100 per month. Both have a two car garage on one floor, living/dining spaces and kitchen on another one, and bedrooms on the top floor. The community has a mix of 83% white collar, and 17% blue collar workforce with a median income of $95,883.

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Lambert Ranch - Private Preview

Mar 26th, 2012 by zovall 

Lambert Ranch is a new development that is being built by The New Home Company.  It is located/surrounded by Portola Springs and here is a rough idea of the location (click for a bigger image):

The grand opening is on April 28th, 2012 but they had a private preview event this past weekend. There are a few members in the TI forums who visited and had some feedback:

From kalbi:

Just got back. Checked out The Grove (starting at $1.2 M). Lots are small. Approx 6000 sq ft with about 4300 sq ft in living space. Yard is practically nonexistent. The tour guide was focusing on the "courtyard" as the yard.  Love the downstairs for the most part, love the kitchen island in all floor plans and the great room. Also like the casita (Plan 3 has a HUGE separate casita).  Upstairs left much to be desired.  All secondary bedrooms are rather small. Master bedroom itself is also rather small, bathrooms are decent size.

Also, you can see the 241 from the models as well as the landfill. 

The Hills start at the low mil. Bedrooms are a tad bigger than The Grove bedrooms but again, rather small. 

Overall impression, decent floor plans but would not buy there because of the price and location.

They have one rec room for the association called the "ranch house" with pool and ping pong table. No tennis courts. I guess ping pong for the asians? wink

From Arman:

Having looked at 100+ model homes over the past several years in Southern California, these are some of the most impressive I've seen. The Hill was nice, but the Grove was quite unique. What's great about these model homes is that every floorplan is different from every other floorplan in the community, unlike Laguna Altura, for example, which are variations on each other, and were exactly the same as floorplans used in other Irvine Pacific developments. As a group, the homes in Lambert Ranch are quite large as well, something else that is unique in today's economy. Will these sell? Who knows. But, if someone's looking for something new and something of this size in Irvine, it's about the only option available. With Orchard Hills MIA for the foreseeable future (and certainly not opening in 2013 as was advertised on the Irvine Company website a couple years ago), I don't know what else may be in the pipeline that may offer something of similar size or quality in the central OC area.

Any thoughts from anyone else who visited?

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Closed Sales from 3/15/2012 to 3/21/2012

Mar 23rd, 2012 by nilam 
Date Sold Address Zip Tract Sold Price Beds Sq Ft
             
Airport Area            
3/19/12 3155 Scholarship 92612 3000 The Plaza $1,500,000 3 2485
3/19/12 3131 Michelson Dr #1402 92612 Marquee at Park Place $400,000 2 1347
             
El Camino Real          
3/16/12 14512 Orange Acres Ln 92604 Willows $425,000 3 1178
3/16/12 4381 Vale St 92604 Greentree $485,000 3 1438
             
Northpark            
3/15/12 56 Chula 92602 Other $338,000 2  
3/15/12 7 Three Rivers 92602 Evergreen $660,000 3 2200
3/16/12 2 El Cajon 92602 Monterey $455,000 3 1820
3/20/12 63 Meadow Vly 92602 San Simeon $531,000 3 1500
             
Northwood            
3/15/12 5 Southampton 92620 Glen (NW) $400,000 2 948
3/15/12 28 Jefferson 92620 Glen (NW) $490,000 3 1424
3/16/12 80 New Season 92602 Tamarisk $385,000 3 1498
3/20/12 68 Essex Ln 92620 Carlyle at Lanes End $618,000 3 1900
3/21/12 21 Jefferson 92620 Courtside $740,000 4 2100
             
Orangetree            
3/19/12 120 Orange Blossom 92618 Lake Condos $138,000 1 504
3/20/12 184 Tangelo 92618 Lake Condos $218,500 2 864
             
Quail Hill            
3/19/12 45 Flowerbud 92603 Jasmine $432,000 2 1426
3/21/12 75 Reunion 92603 Ambridge $545,000 3 1843
             
Rancho San Joaquin          
3/16/12 8 Montanas Sud 60 92612 RSJ Townhomes $520,000 2 2100
3/19/12 15 Las Brisas 92612 RSJ Townhomes $480,000 2 1507
             
Turtle Rock            
3/16/12 22 San Ramon Dr 92612 Pointe - Turtle Rock $700,000 2 1830
3/21/12 6192 Sierra Siena Rd 92603 Broadmoor $770,000 3 1880
             
University Town Center          
3/16/12 97 Lehigh Aisle 92612 Oxford Court $540,000 3 1916
             
West Irvine            
3/15/12 56 Boulder Creek Way 92602 Heritage $691,500 5 2300
             
Westpark            
3/15/12 65 Calavera 92606 Cortina $890,000 5 2650
             
Woodbridge            
3/15/12 75 Wildwood 92604 Village Green $250,000 2 921
3/21/12 197 Briarwood 92604 Village Green $177,000 2 928
3/21/12 54 Cedarlake 92614 Lakeside $555,900 2 1568
             
Woodbury            
3/15/12 27 Cassidy 92620 Carmel $1,050,000 4 3122
3/15/12 28 Gentry 92620 Mille Fleurs $1,075,000 4 3320
3/16/12 130 Costa Brava 92620 Four Quartets $480,000 3 1745
3/20/12 31 Shepard 92620 Juliet's Balcony $1,375,000 5 3879

 


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IRWD Helps Customers Save Water and Money

Mar 21st, 2012 by Sylvia Walker 

Most of us would like to live and work in pleasant surroundings. Since that includes the outside as well as the inside, landscaping that requires routine maintenance would be part of the picture. Landscaping requires water, and the more water used on the landscape, the higher the water bill will be. With all the rain we’ve had recently, the idea that we need to watch our water use might seem odd. However, we still live in an environment that is semi-desert, and the competition between various stakeholders for available water continues to grow. None of this will change in the short term or long term. With that in mind, the free giveaway and rebate that the Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) is currently offering to its customers are worth taking a look at.

 

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