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Parasol Park: Jade Collection Review

Jade at Parasol Park is a collection of detached condominiums built by Pulte. There are four distinct models, three of which have an optional “x” layout that includes a third floor. Jade is located just south of Magnet and east of Ridge Valley, with additional future developments planned for the land to the south. There will be 64 homes ranging from 1,607 – 2,746 square feet. The “garden court” homes have garages off a shared motor court and their front doors off a shared walkway, with most motor courts serving six houses. Homes have from 2 – 4 bedrooms and 2.5 – 3.5 bathrooms. Each house has a two-car garage. All plans have three elevations: Gill, Schindler, and Wright.

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Parasol Park: New Neighborhood Review

The Great Park’s newest neighborhood, Parasol Park, opened several new collections in December. The next few collections are slated to open in mid-January. Parasol Park is between Cadence (at the south end of Beacon Park) and Great Park Boulevard, with most homes planned to be on the east side of Ridge Valley. The entire neighborhood will have over 725 homes, all of which are condominiums (some attached, some detached).  There will be ten different home collections, though they haven’t announced a name or builder for the 10th, which is supposed to open in the spring.

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Open House Review: 14562 Linden Avenue

This week, I visited a home at 14562 Linden Avenue in College Park. This corner lot home has four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. It borders one of the main, non-residential streets running through the neighborhood and is a short distance from the elementary school.

The Basics:
Asking Price: $785,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 1,897
Price per Sq. Ft: $414
Lot Size: 5,500
Property Type: Single family residence
Year Built: 1970
Community: College Park
HOA: $50 per month / Mello Roos: No
Days on Market 54
Schools: College Park Elementary, Venado Middle School, Irvine High (Irvine Unified)

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Open House Review: 11 Bellezza

A few weeks ago, I checked out the open house at 11 Bellezza. The four-bedroom home is still on the market and has dropped $120,000 in price since its original listing, dropping it below $1,000,000.

The Basics:
Asking price: $929,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 2,400
Price per Sq. Ft.: $387
Lot size: 5,000
Property type: Single family residence
Year built: 1978
Community: Northwood – Woodside
HOA: $120 per month / Mello Roos: No
Days on Market: 35
Schools: Santiago Hills Elementary, Sierra Vista Middle School, Northwood High (Irvine Unified)

The Woodside tract and neighboring Park Paseo have seen a lot of homes sell for over $1,000,000 in recent months. However, this home is a little smaller than those, so the original price point did seem too high. The house is painted a dull beige color, but has newer windows and a newer concrete tile roof. The vinyl front doors are new as well and have gold hardware.

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Open House Review: 12 Encina

This week, I saw an open house at 12 Encina. The home has been on the market for about two months but is finally listed on Redfin as “accepting backup offers.”

The Basics:
Asking price: $1,099,990
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 2,864
Price per Sq. Ft.: $384
Lot size: 5,491
Property type: Single family residence
Year built: 1978
Community: Northwood – Crestwood Estates
HOA: $50 per month / Mello Roos: No
Days on Market: 60
Schools: Santiago Hills Elementary, Sierra Vista Middle School, Northwood High (Irvine Unified)

This home has a three-car garage with side-by-side spaces. Unlike many homes in this neighborhood that lack a driveway, this one has a wide driveway and is located near the end of a cul-de-sac. The street itself is quite calm, but it is located pretty close to Culver Drive so there is a little street noise when the windows are open. Throughout the home, many windows have plantation shutters, but the windows themselves are original.

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