Open House Review: 8 Sparta

Westpark Family Package

8 Sparta $658,000

Turning onto Sparta, I found two small boys playing catch in the middle of this quiet cul de sac. Around the area neighbors were out on the sidewalk, standing and talking.

Inside, the atmosphere was equally appealing as I surveyed the open space, sleek wood floors and vaulted ceiling. It looks like there would be room here for special parties and family time too.

In Significant Numbers, the square footage is 1,560 sq. ft. with a lot size of 3,573. This two level, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath single family home was built in 1988. The $/sq ft. is $422 and HOA dues are $42 a month. There is Mello Roos tax. This is a standard sale and the home has been on the market for 12 days. Note: This property is now marked as Pending.

Close Up: The owners have bought another, but the home is still partially furnished to tell the story. To the left of the entry, there are stairs to the 3 bedrooms and two baths.

Straight ahead, the impressive living room has a fireplace, vaulted ceilings, wood floors, crown moldings and custom draperies.

There’s room for a comfortable dining area by the bank of windows at the back of the room.

The adjoining area with cutout window can be a dining area or a family room. It opens to the patio and has a dramatic sweep of glass in a greenhouse window that extends from the kitchen. This open light area could be even more effective with additional outside foliage for drama and privacy.

Backing up this area, the kitchen is a sleek partner with the same wood floors, stainless appliances, a breakfast bar and upgraded granite counters and backsplash. The covered patio has a built in barbecue and raised flower beds.

Upstairs the master bedroom also has a vaulted ceiling and a spectacular shuttered window treatment. The bathroom vanities have granite counters. There’s a two car attached garage with built-in storage cabinets, and the laundry is inside.

Specifics for this two level Mediterranean:

Bedrooms, 3

Baths, 2.5

Sq. Footage, 1.560

Lot Size, 3,573

Forced air, central air

Double attached garage

Association pool and spa

Irvine Unified School System

Gas log fireplace

Two parking spaces

What should be considered here? This three bedroom, 2.5 bath home is new to the market and nicely situated in a quiet cul de sac. A good use of space and an appealing floor plan with many upgrades gives the home market energy. Westpark’s prime schools and parks and convenient location will also play into the buyer’s choice. The lack of a downstairs bedroom, and the house and lot size will also enter into evaluations, weighed against price.

Who will choose 8 Sparta? An active family in need of good schools and parks in a convenient, but quiet location, might settle here. Families or couples who entertain, indoors and out, and value a convenient Irvine location will be drawn to this home.

Recent sales: 10 Alexandria sold at $710,000 in May and 17 Alexandria sold for $685,000 in May. Recent listings: 25 La Comba is listed at $675,000; 59 Eagle Run in Woodbridge is $619,000.

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