Open House Review: 264 Pinewood

The open house was very busy, crowded with multiple parties viewing the home.  This two level condominium has a kitchen, dining area and living room downstairs and two bedrooms upstairs.  It is advertised to have 3 reserved parking spots assigned to the home. The home is a middle unit, sharing walls with neighbors on each side.  It is located at the far end of the community, but is just steps away from the tennis courts and amenities. It is most convenient for guests to park along Park Place, but it was difficult to finding a parking space. A nice feature is that laundry is out in the patio closet, so residents do not have to leave their property or share a laundry facility.

Asking Price:   $430,000
Bedrooms:       2
Bathrooms:      1.5
Square Footage: 1,204
$/Sq Ft:           $357
Property Type: Condominium
Year Built:      1978
Community:    Northwood – The Lakes
HOA Fees:      $355
Mello Roos      No
Schools: Santiago Hills Elementary, Sierra Vista Middle School, Irvine High School

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Open House Review: 5 Rincon

Behind the entry-coded gate of Northwood’s Canyon Creek sits a turn-key, two story home with large bedrooms and remodeled kitchen and bathrooms.  Behind the gates, along the streets with speed bumps throughout, traffic is minimal and appears safe for kids to play outside. Property prices have been on the rise, and interesting enough, the home initially listed at $1,350,000 and then increased within a day to the asking price of $1,368,888.

Asking Price:  $1,368,888
Bedrooms:       4
Bathrooms:      2.5
Square Footage: 2,870
$/Sq Ft:           $477
Lot Size:          5,200
Property Type: Single Family Residence
Year Built:      1984
Community:    Northwood – Canyon Creek
HOA dues are $180 per month
Mello Roos:     No
Schools: Santiago Hills Elementary, Sierra Vista Middle School, Northwood High School

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Portola Springs – Elderberry Collection Review

Last week, I reviewed the Juniper collection in Portola Springs. This week, I will review Elderberry, the other new neighborhood in Portola Springs. Built by KB homes, Elderberry will have 43 single family homes with three different floor plans. Homes will range from 2,799 – 3,072 square feet with 4 – 5 bedrooms and 4 – 4.5 bathrooms. The average lot size is only 3,600 – 3,800 square feet. Like Juniper, Elderberry is south of Portola Parkway and east of Portola Springs and Modjeska Roads. All homes have a downstairs bedroom, upstairs loft, and attached, two-car garage.

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Portola Springs: Juniper Collection Review

Portola Springs opened two new home collections in August. I will review the Juniper collection this week and the Elderberry homes next week. Built by Richmond American Homes, there will be 61 single-family detached condos in the collection. The homes are south of Portola Parkway, east of Portola Springs and Modjeska Roads, and just north of the Cressa collection that opened last year. There are three floorplans (though plans 2 and 3 are almost identical) ranging from 1,991 – 2,408 square feet, with 4 bedrooms and 3 – 4 bathrooms. The average lot size is 2,886 square feet. All homes have a downstairs bedroom and an attached, two-car garage.

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Eastwood Village: Morro Collection Review

The Morro collection is the last of the recently-opened neighborhoods in Eastwood Village. Built by The New Home Company, there will be 81 single-family homes in the collection. The neighborhood is at the northern edge of Eastwood Village, bordered by the Hicks Canyon Trail on one side. There are three floorplans, ranging from 3,513 – 4,022 square feet, with 4 – 5 bedrooms and 4.5 – 5.5 bathrooms. Lots will average 4,500 – 5,000 square feet, with two of the models representing average lots (the third model is on a much larger lot, demonstrating the few premium lots within the collection). All homes have a downstairs bedroom, upstairs bonus room, and an attached, two-car garage.

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