Orchard Hills: Bella Vista Collection Review

Orchard Hills recently opened the models in The Vistas, two new home collections by Toll Brothers that began selling several months ago. This week, I toured the Bella Vista collection, which is currently selling the third of nine phases. These homes are located high in the hills behind the gates of the Groves, so many will have expansive views of the city. There are five different floor plans but only three are modeled. The homes range from 4,698 – 5,508 square feet with 5-6 bedrooms and 5.5 – 6.5 bathrooms. Every floor plan also includes an office downstairs and a bonus room upstairs. All homes have 3-4 car garages, though some are reduced to only two cars with certain interior options. Elevations include Tuscan, Italianate, and Spanish Colonial.

Bella Vista may eventually build additional homes on the other side of the hill from the current models and lots. Build-out on the side of the hill currently under construction is expected to be complete in approximately four years. Lot sizes range from approximately 7,400 – 15,000 square feet, with the models sitting on relatively small lots of 7,475 and 8,810 square feet. Most homes tend to fall between 8,000 – 10,000 square feet. The largest lots will have premiums up to one million dollars.

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Open House Review: 8 Christamon South #35

The home was listed on August 11 and is already in Pending status as of August 16. 8 Christamon South #35 is a turn-key two level, three bedroom townhouse with an attached two car garage.  It is a middle unit found a few units down from the main entrance into Northwood Square.  The home shows very nicely with new flooring, remodeled kitchen and bathrooms, and the realtor pointed out upgraded telecom features have been wired throughout.

Asking Price:       $625,000
Bedroom:            3
Bathrooms:         2.25
Sq Feet:               1,383
Price/Sq Ft:          $452
Property Type:   Residential Condominium
Year Built:           1984
Community:       Northwood Square Townhomes
HOA:                     $289/mo
There are no Mello Roos.
The home feeds into Santiago Hills Elementary, Sierra Vista Middle School, Northwood High School

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Open House Review: 27 Norwich

The home is located at the far end of the row of homes, running perpendicular to Norwich.  Guests can park on Norwich, but must walk down past the first couple of homes to reach the front door to 27 Norwich.  Last year, 2 of the same models sold for around $860,000.  Prices have been on the rise, and this home is selling with all of the appliances included.  The location of the home is more secluded and farther from any high traffic streets.

The basics:
Asking Price: $939,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 1,861
Lot Size:  3,500
$/Sq Ft: $ 505
Property Type: Condominium
Year Built: 2011
Community: Stonegate
HOA: $110/month
Mello Roos: Yes

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Open House Review: 41 Brena

Last week, I visited 41 Brena in the Crestwood Estates neighborhood in Northwood. The HOA is small, with around 75 homes. It has a small neighborhood park and tennis courts, and is very close to both the Hicks Canyon Trail and Hicks Canyon Community Park.

The Basics:
Asking Price: $1,058,880
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 2,459
Price per Sq. Ft: $431
Lot Size: 4,744
Property Type: Single family home
Year Built: 1979
Community: Northwood – Crestwood Estates
HOA: $50 per month / Mello Roos: No
Days on Market: 78
Schools: Santiago Hills Elementary, Sierra Vista Middle School, Northwood High (Irvine Unified)

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Open House Review: 100 Kempton

This one bedroom, ground level home boasts an extra den.  The front door is on a parallel row of homes, one row away from Kempton so visitors will not be able to park right outside the front door, however the location of the property is private and quiet, facing a wall which backs to Groveland.  Although the listing states 2 bedrooms, it is actually a one bedroom with a den.  Although the den could easily be converted to a bedroom, buyers should be aware that the only place to bathe is in the master bathroom.  The powder room does not have a place to shower/bathe.

Asking Price     $550,000
Bedrooms:       1 + den
Bathrooms:      1.5
Sq. Footage:     1,129
Price per Sq. Ft $487
Property Type   Residential, Condominium
Style:                  One Level
Year Built:          2013
Community:      Stonegate Villate
HOA:                   $307
Mello Roos:       Yes

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