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A Review of the Terrazza Tract in Orchard Hills

Jul 22nd, 2014 by Karen 

This week, I will review the Terrazza homes in Orchard Hills.  They are the second largest on the Orchard Hills II side, but the fourth smallest in all of Orchard Hills (the seven larger collections are in the gated Groves area).  Like all homes on this side of Culver, Terrazza was built by Irvine Pacific.  The homes all have four bedrooms, including a main floor bedroom, and range from 3-4 bathrooms.  Each home also has a loft.  They range from 1,981 – 2,408 square feet.  Each home has a two car garage, some with an additional storage area.  Terrazza only has two different models, though Residence Two has a slight variation known as Two X, which is always on a corner.

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; dual Kohler undermount 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.

Terrazza is the southernmost set of homes and the only collection south of the Narrow Path entry from Culver.  There are four different elevations: Tuscan, Northern Italian, Formal Spanish and Early California.  All homes in Terrazza are zoned for the Tustin Unified School District, including Hicks Canyon Elementary, Orchard Hills School, and Beckman High School.  Currently, Hicks Canyon serves grades K – 4 and Orchard Hills serves 5 – 8.  Eventually Orchard Hills will be a K-8 facility.  There will be a total of 149 homes in the Terrazza neighborhood.

Basic Neighborhood Financial Information
Approximate HOA Dues: $196 per month
Approximate Tax rate: 1.06%
Approximate Mello Roos: $3704 - 4154 per year (AD Tax: $1,950; CFD Tax: $1,650 - $2,100; other tax $104)
Overall Effective Tax Rate: 1.5%
Prices start at around $855,000 for Residence One, $935,000 for Residence Two, and $965,000 for Residence Two X.

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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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A Review of the Harmony Tract at Pavilion Park

Mar 7th, 2014 by Karen 

This week, I will introduce Harmony, the last of the ten new collections in the Great Park’s Pavilion Park Neighborhood.  Harmony was built by K Hovanian Homes and is the second largest collection in Pavilion Park.  With homes ranging from 3,362 – 3,722 square feet, these models have starting prices from around $1,325,000 - $1,425,000.  Each home has four bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and a bonus room; some also have an additional office.  All homes have a 3-car tandem garage and a California room.  Phase 9 was released on March 1; it only has three houses, one of each model.  After that, there are only two more phases with four homes each before the collection is sold out.  Harmony only has a total of 41 home sites, plus the models, which is fewer than any other collection.  All homes have a minimum lot size of 6,000 square feet, though the model lots range from 6,500 – 6,700 square feet.  While the models are located near the main entrance, just off the roundabout, the actual Harmony collection is located about halfway between Irvine Blvd and Portola and along Ridge Valley on the east side of the neighborhood.  Just across Ridge Valley, the current proposal states “future affordable housing and/or place of worship.”

The standard features in this home are more upscale than in some of the other collections.  All houses have 10’ ceilings, upgraded door casings and baseboards, two-panel 8’ doors with satin nickel hardware and hinges, gas fireplaces with precast surround and hearth, 18” x 18” ceramic tile at entry, kitchen, nook, bath and laundry, recessed lighting throughout and decorative pendants above island.  The kitchens have maple cabinetry with adjustable shelves, concealed hinges and brushed nickel knobs; 2cm granite slab countertops with six-inch backsplash, full height behind cooktop; GE Profile™ series appliances including dishwasher, five-burner cooktop, built-in convection oven, microwave and slide-out hood; dual-compartment stainless steel sink and pantries for generous storage.  The master suites have ceramic tile countertops, shower and bathtub surrounds; Sterling China sinks by Kohler® with upgraded Moen® brushed nickel fixtures and accessories; 48” mirrors; recessed lighting; 6’ tub and separate shower.  The homes also have rear yard gas BBQ hookups, sophisticated exterior carriage lights, insulated exterior walls and ceilings, high-efficiency dual-pane low-e vinyl windows, dual system heating and air, energy efficient 75 gallon water heater, pre-wiring for ceiling fans in all bedrooms and family rooms and much more.

All Pavilion Park homes are currently slated to attend Canyon View Elementary, Jeffrey Trail Middle and Northwood High Schools, all part of IUSD.  However, a new K-8 school is slated to open in the Great Park Neighborhoods in 2016 and there are plans for a new high school in the area, also slated for 2016.

Basic Neighborhood Financial Information
Approximate HOA Dues: ranges from $138-193 per month, subject to approval of the Bureau of Real Estate (note: all other collections list HOA at $193)
Approximate Tax rate: 1.17%
Approximate Mello Roos (aka Community Facilities District tax): range from $7,500 - $8.600, subject to an increase by 2% per year
Base Prices will only be released to interested buyers, but start around $1,323,000.

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A Review of the Sagewood Tract at Pavilion Park

Jan 31st, 2014 by Karen 

This week, I toured the Sagewood collection in the Great Park’s Pavilion Park Neighborhood.  This collection was built by Shea Homes and, like the Whistler collection that I reviewed recently, it is mid-range for the neighborhood (five collections are smaller; four are bigger).  The three Sagewood homes range from 2,515 - 2,941 square feet, with starting prices ranging from $1,015,900 - $1,135,900.  All homes have four bedrooms (one has an optional fifth) and 3.5 – 4.5 bathrooms.  Each home has a 3-car tandem garage and an outdoor retreat with an exterior fireplace.  They are currently selling phase five, with a total of 11 planned phases, none of which are located near the models.  Phases 1 – 5 (45 total homes) are near the eastern edge of the neighborhood (off Ridge Valley) and closer to Portola than to Irvine Blvd.  Phases 6 – 11 (54 total homes) are near the main entrance to the neighborhood, closer to the toll road and Irvine Blvd (directly behind the current Harmony models).  Phases 1 – 5 have lots that are about 6,500 square feet, as seen in the models.  The lots for Phases 6 – 11 will be approximately 5,500 square feet.

Sagewood’s kitchens come standard with granite countertops with a 6” backsplash and full splash behind cooktop; stainless steel Whirlpool® appliances including 36” gas cooktop with five burners, combination oven/microwave with convection oven, Electric Energy Star rated 6-cycle dishwasher with stainless steel tall tub; In-Sinkerator® Badger 5 waste disposal with air switch; designer Delta® faucet with large single basin undermount sink; adjustable shelves in upper cabinets; under-cabinet lighting; recessed lighting; and large under-cooktop storage drawers.  In the master suite, homes come standard with 6 x 6” ceramic tile showers; E-Stone countertops with 4” backsplash and framed mirrors over cabinets; and Designer Delta® faucets with chrome finish.  Throughout the home, there are decorative baseboards and door casings; smooth finish two-panel interior doors; raised-panel white Thermofoil® cabinets; prewired for flat panel TV at great room; ceramic tile tub/shower walls in secondary baths with E-Stone white countertops; interior laundry room with utility sink; and optional interior gas fireplaces.  All homes also have central heating and air with programmable thermostats; tankless water heaters; dual-panel vinyl windows with low-E glass; exterior insulation and weather stripping for energy efficiency; fire-resistant concrete tile roofing; attached three-space tandem garages with abundant storage; decorative exterior coach lighting; and gas fireplace at Outdoor Retreat.

All Pavilion Park homes are currently slated to attend Canyon View Elementary, Jeffrey Trail Middle and Northwood High Schools, all part of IUSD.  However, a new K-8 school is slated to open in the Great Park Neighborhoods in 2016 and there are also plans for a new high school in the area.

Docs
Sagewood Site Plan
Sagewood Preliminary Pricing
Sagewood Floorplans
Sagewood Features

Basic Neighborhood Financial Information
Approximate HOA Dues: $193 per month
Approximate Tax rate: 1.16%
Approximate Mello Roos (aka Community Facilities District tax): range from $5,902 - $6,934, subject to an increase by 2% per year
Base Prices start at $1,015,900 for Plan 1, $1,060,900 for Plan 2, and $1,135,900 for Plan 3.

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A Review of the Whistler Collection at Pavilion Park - Residence 3

Dec 31st, 2013 by Karen 

In continuation of our series on the Great Park’s Pavilion Park Neighborhood, I am going to introduce you to the Whistler Collection.  Built by William Lyon Homes, Whistler has three models ranging from 2,336 – 2,896 square feet.  With four collections smaller and five bigger, the Whistler homes are truly mid-size for the neighborhood.  The homes have four or five bedrooms and 2.5 – 3.5 baths.  All houses have a two-car garage and either a standard or optional main floor bedroom.  Prices start at $879,990 for the smallest model and 979,990 for the biggest.  There will be 83 homes in the collection, which is located on the western side of the neighborhood, about halfway between Irvine Boulevard and Portola Parkway.  In a refreshing change from many of the other collections, the Whistler models are actually built on some of the smallest lots, helping to give potential buyers a true picture of what the backyard may look like.  Many of the lots are even bigger than in the models.  Shade structures are optional in all backyards.

Some of the standard amenities in all homes include KitchenAid® Architect II Stainless Steel Appliance Package, including a 36” gas cooktop with six burners, 30: stacked built-in convection microwave and convection oven combo, Energy Star® dishwasher, and a 36” stainless vent hood;  white Thermofoil cabinets with brushed chrome knobs; granite slab countertop with square edge detail, 6” backsplash and full backsplash above cooktop; and a stainless steel double undermount sink with Moen® single handle pull-out faucet.  The master bath offers spacious walk-in closets with wood shelf and pole and double mirrored wardrobe doors; white Thermofoil cabinets with brushed chrome knobs; solid surface countertops and 4” backsplash; 6 x 6” ceramic tile showers; deep fiberglass tubs; and clear glass shower enclosure with chrome frame and frameless door.  The secondary bathrooms have similar features to the master bath, though either with a shower/tub combo or just a shower.  The homes also have 8’ interior doors with polished chrome lever handles; structured wiring for phone, data and cable; 12” x 12” ceramic tile floor at entry, kitchen, dining, all bathrooms and laundry; Energy Star® bath fans and energy efficient dimmer switches in baths; programmable thermostats and central air; and laundry hookups including natural gas dryer connection.  The external features include tankless water heaters; extra deep garages to allow for storage; Energy efficient weather stripping and insulation; and durable concrete tile and composition shingle roofs.

All Pavilion Park homes are currently slated to attend Canyon View Elementary, Jeffrey Trail Middle and Northwood High Schools, all part of IUSD.  However, a new K-8 school is slated to open in the Great Park Neighborhoods in 2016 and there are also plans for a new high school in the area.

Basic Neighborhood Financial Information
Approximate HOA Dues: $193 per month
Approximate Tax rate: 1.16%
Approximate Mello Roos (aka Community Facilities District tax): Plan 1 from $5,400, Plan 2 from $5,900 and Plan 3 up to $6,500 per year, subject to an increase by 2% per year
Base Prices start at $879,990 for Plan 1, $899,990 for Plan 2, and $979,990 for Plan 3.

Link to Review of Residence 1
Link to Review of Residence 2

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A Review of the Whistler Tract at Pavilion Park - Residence 2

Dec 30th, 2013 by Karen 

In continuation of our series on the Great Park’s Pavilion Park Neighborhood, I am going to introduce you to the Whistler Collection.  Built by William Lyon Homes, Whistler has three models ranging from 2,336 – 2,896 square feet.  With four collections smaller and five bigger, the Whistler homes are truly mid-size for the neighborhood.  The homes have four or five bedrooms and 2.5 – 3.5 baths.  All houses have a two-car garage and either a standard or optional main floor bedroom.  Prices start at $879,990 for the smallest model and 979,990 for the biggest.  There will be 83 homes in the collection, which is located on the western side of the neighborhood, about halfway between Irvine Boulevard and Portola Parkway.  In a refreshing change from many of the other collections, the Whistler models are actually built on some of the smallest lots, helping to give potential buyers a true picture of what the backyard may look like.  Many of the lots are even bigger than in the models.  Shade structures are optional in all backyards.

Some of the standard amenities in all homes include KitchenAid® Architect II Stainless Steel Appliance Package, including a 36” gas cooktop with six burners, 30: stacked built-in convection microwave and convection oven combo, Energy Star® dishwasher, and a 36” stainless vent hood;  white Thermofoil cabinets with brushed chrome knobs; granite slab countertop with square edge detail, 6” backsplash and full backsplash above cooktop; and a stainless steel double undermount sink with Moen® single handle pull-out faucet.  The master bath offers spacious walk-in closets with wood shelf and pole and double mirrored wardrobe doors; white Thermofoil cabinets with brushed chrome knobs; solid surface countertops and 4” backsplash; 6 x 6” ceramic tile showers; deep fiberglass tubs; and clear glass shower enclosure with chrome frame and frameless door.  The secondary bathrooms have similar features to the master bath, though either with a shower/tub combo or just a shower.  The homes also have 8’ interior doors with polished chrome lever handles; structured wiring for phone, data and cable; 12” x 12” ceramic tile floor at entry, kitchen, dining, all bathrooms and laundry; Energy Star® bath fans and energy efficient dimmer switches in baths; programmable thermostats and central air; and laundry hookups including natural gas dryer connection.  The external features include tankless water heaters; extra deep garages to allow for storage; Energy efficient weather stripping and insulation; and durable concrete tile and composition shingle roofs. 

All Pavilion Park homes are currently slated to attend Canyon View Elementary, Jeffrey Trail Middle and Northwood High Schools, all part of IUSD.  However, a new K-8 school is slated to open in the Great Park Neighborhoods in 2016 and there are also plans for a new high school in the area.

Basic Neighborhood Financial Information
Approximate HOA Dues: $193 per month
Approximate Tax rate: 1.16%
Approximate Mello Roos (aka Community Facilities District tax): Plan 1 from $5,400, Plan 2 from $5,900 and Plan 3 up to $6,500 per year, subject to an increase by 2% per year
Base Prices start at $879,990 for Plan 1, $899,990 for Plan 2, and $979,990 for Plan 3.

See Review of Residence 1 here

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A Review of the Whistler Collection at Pavilion Park - Residence 1

Dec 26th, 2013 by Karen 

In continuation of our series on the Great Park’s Pavilion Park Neighborhood, I am going to introduce you to the Whistler Collection.  Built by William Lyon Homes, Whistler has three models ranging from 2,336 – 2,896 square feet.  With four collections smaller and five bigger, the Whistler homes are truly mid-size for the neighborhood.  The homes have four or five bedrooms and 2.5 – 3.5 baths.  All houses have a two-car garage and either a standard or optional main floor bedroom.  Prices start at $879,990 for the smallest model and 979,990 for the biggest.  There will be 83 homes in the collection, which is located on the western side of the neighborhood, about halfway between Irvine Boulevard and Portola Parkway.  In a refreshing change from many of the other collections, the Whistler models are actually built on some of the smallest lots, helping to give potential buyers a true picture of what the backyard may look like.  Many of the lots are even bigger than in the models.  Shade structures are optional in all backyards.

Some of the standard amenities in all homes include KitchenAid® Architect II Stainless Steel Appliance Package, including a 36” gas cooktop with six burners, 30: stacked built-in convection microwave and convection oven combo, Energy Star® dishwasher, and a 36” stainless vent hood;  white Thermofoil cabinets with brushed chrome knobs; granite slab countertop with square edge detail, 6” backsplash and full backsplash above cooktop; and a stainless steel double undermount sink with Moen® single handle pull-out faucet.  The master bath offers spacious walk-in closets with wood shelf and pole and double mirrored wardrobe doors; white Thermofoil cabinets with brushed chrome knobs; solid surface countertops and 4” backsplash; 6 x 6” ceramic tile showers; deep fiberglass tubs; and clear glass shower enclosure with chrome frame and frameless door.  The secondary bathrooms have similar features to the master bath, though either with a shower/tub combo or just a shower.  The homes also have 8’ interior doors with polished chrome lever handles; structured wiring for phone, data and cable; 12” x 12” ceramic tile floor at entry, kitchen, dining, all bathrooms and laundry; Energy Star® bath fans and energy efficient dimmer switches in baths; programmable thermostats and central air; and laundry hookups including natural gas dryer connection.  The external features include tankless water heaters; extra deep garages to allow for storage; Energy efficient weather stripping and insulation; and durable concrete tile and composition shingle roofs. 

All Pavilion Park homes are currently slated to attend Canyon View Elementary, Jeffrey Trail Middle and Northwood High Schools, all part of IUSD.  However, a new K-8 school is slated to open in the Great Park Neighborhoods in 2016 and there are also plans for a new high school in the area.

Basic Neighborhood Financial Information
Approximate HOA Dues: $193 per month
Approximate Tax rate: 1.16%
Approximate Mello Roos (aka Community Facilities District tax): Plan 1 from $5,400, Plan 2 from $5,900 and Plan 3 up to $6,500 per year, subject to an increase by 2% per year
Base Prices start at $879,990 for Plan 1, $899,990 for Plan 2, and $979,990 for Plan 3.

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