Buy or rent at Kelsey Lane in Oak Creek

31 Kelsey is a 4 bedroom, 2.5ba detached home in the Kelsey Lane tract in Oak Creek.

Kelsey Lane is a tract in the southern most part of Oak Creek and is bounded by the 405, Sand Canyon Ave, Alton Parkway, and Valley Oak. Click the picture below for a closer view.

There are 3 main floor plans in Kelsey Lane:

  • Plan 1: 3 bedrooms / 2.5 baths / 1653 square feet
  • Plan 2: 3-4 bedrooms / 2.5-3.5 baths / 1910-2379 square feet
  • Plan 3: 4-5 bedrooms / 2.5-3.5 baths / 2079-2546 square feet

Plans 2 and 3 have a third floor option which explains the extra bed/bath/space.

In addition to 31 Kelsey, there are a couple of Plan 3s that have not quite closed:

– 82 Millbrook is bank owned, listed at $659,000, and the status is Hold Do Not Show. They are accepting offers and will submit offers to the bank on 3/5/12.

104 Millbrook is a short sale listed at $600,000 and the status is Backup Offers Accepted.

I didn't come across any Plan 3s that had closed recently. The closest I could find in the tract is a Plan 2x (3rd floor model) – 66 Ivywood which sold for $749,000 on 2/7/2012.

31 Kelsey is listed at $699-$739k. For the analysis below, I'll use a purchase price of $675k.

Purchase Price $675,000
Closing costs $20,250 3%
Total price $695,250
Down payment $155,250 20%
Loan Amount / Percentage Of Price $540,000 80%
Interest Rate / Period (months) 4.25% 360
Monthly Yearly
Mortgage Payment $2,656 $31,878
Interest Component $1,913 $22,950
Property Tax $582 $6,978 1.03%
Special Assessments $247 $2,969 0.44%
Effective Tax rate 1.47%
Insurance $50 $600
HOA 1 $59 $708
HOA 2 $79 $948
Cash Out $3,673 $44,081

There are some possible adjustments that may apply to your situation. Be sure to also consider how long you may own the property (average is around 6 years), what kind of financing you actually qualify for, how much you put down, the effect of giving up the standard deduction, potential price declines, costs to sell the property, etc. The NY Times Buy or Rent calculator is a great tool that helps with some of these.

Possible Adjustments
Interest paid $22,950
Property tax $6,978
Total deductible $29,928
Tax benefit $624 $7,482 25%
Opportunity cost of down payment -$259 -$3,105 2%
Principal paid in mortgage payment $744 -$8,928

As far as rents, I found a couple Plan 3x models (third story option) that leased for $3300 (52 Kelsey on 11/3/2011) and $3250 (35 Pembroke on 9/3/2011). I also found several Plan 2 models that leased between $2700-$3195. I'd guess 31 Kelsey might fetch a rent of $3100/month.

So, would you buy 31 Kelsey for $675k or rent it for $3100/month?

Discuss below or at Talk Irvine.

2 thoughts on “Buy or rent at Kelsey Lane in Oak Creek

  1. movingaround

    nope…still think Oak Creek is overpriced and will come down – it has been one of the stickiest neighborhoods in Irvine – which means last to fall….

  2. irvine_home_owner

    Kelsey Lane homes probably need to settle closer to $600k.

    Not sure if they will because that would mean Woodbridge older 1800sft homes in the 3/2.5 to 4/2.5 range would have to sell at sub $600k.

    The surrounding bigger homes are still keeping Kelseys up… but we’ll see.

    And while this location is close to the freeway… it’s also close to the Irvine Spectrum and the Hoag and Kaiser hospitals, big job centers for people with who will pay more.

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