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You don't need the perfect house to have a perfect home.

A brand new home will definitely make everyone happy. It doesn't need to be fancy and big. When your kids are little, they don't know the difference between a big house and a small house.  When they reach adolescence, they are so into their own world they simply don't care anything outside their own room. Just make sure the siblings don't ever need to fight over the bathroom.

If I could start over I'd rather get two 2000sf houses instead of one 4000sf one. By the time my kids go to college, I would be able to cash out and pay for part of their college education. That's when they will truly appreciate their parents.

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Irvine Real Estate / Re: Irvine's Unbeknownst Twin: Carmel Valley
« Last post by eclipxe on Today at 07:27:06 PM »
First they let Tustin in....

Then they let Carmel Valley in...

Next thing you know we're going to discuss Corona in the Irvine section...
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Education / Re: Irvine Chinese School, Karis or Little Dynasty?
« Last post by WillJoy on Today at 07:17:11 PM »
Back to the original topic, what level of proficiency do you expect your children to reach in your native language?  Do you expect them to be able to read and write at high school equivalent level?

Also, from a practical perspective, do you expect them to be able to read literature and watch movies? Will they actually enjoy it? The classical literature bores me to death. Contemporary ones are full of trash. Movies are a joke and much less entertaining than TI.

I see a new language as a gateway to a new world. I tried hard to escape from my old world and wouldn't want to force upon my kids what I left behind. Of course, that is just my own opinion, which was perceived poorly at home.

I would rather encourage my kids to try something I have not had the opportunity to learn.



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Water Cooler / Re: Spam
« Last post by irvinehomeowner on Today at 07:01:22 PM »
I think I saw the bacon flavored spam at Albertsons or Ralphs.

As for corned beef... it's actually expensive here too... unless you get corned beef hash... that's cheaper.
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Irvine Real Estate / Re: Hidden Canyon in Irvine
« Last post by pisa on Today at 06:42:59 PM »
So you can't buy in HC if you are financing?

Wowsers... it's baller time.
Yes, this appears to be the case. But I think there are exceptions for ultra rock solid financed buyers. It's a bit opaque, but that's their right.

Can one of the early buyers please chime in? Where did they all go?
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Education / Re: Irvine Chinese School, Karis or Little Dynasty?
« Last post by pisa on Today at 06:26:00 PM »
Hi SoCal - haha, I must have really struck a nerve exposing your misleading drug tales.

I enjoy some racial comedy and humor. this thread is funny. it's about context, and unfortunately imo, your posts were the "subtle but serious" type of comments which I find "concerning."

btw, was "dangerous" my word or just socal being socal?

Let's make a deal. You quit the exaggerations and misleading stories. And then I won't have to call you out. Kapish?  ;)

Are you threatening to damage to my reputation unless I do as you say? That is called blackmail. Blackmail is not okay. Threatening another member doesn't put you in the most favorable light. You should re-think that. Didn't you ever wonder why I never responded to your original post where you tried to mischaracterize me? Because it's one of the most bizarre, utterly ridiculous comments I've read in 10 years of T.I./IHB. Quite frankly, it was not even deserving of a reply. You're not going to intimidate me into doing what you want, either. I stand by what I posted regarding the heroin problem. If you don't like it -- tough. You registered here a matter of months ago and act like you know everything when in reality, you don't have any frame of reference. Not that I would expect you to -- you're new. That's normal. We've all been new at one time or another. Yet you have a handful of posts here, typed in sensationalized all caps and exclamation marks, pointing the finger at others, not just me. You should take a step back. Get to know others before making accusations let alone threats. "Capiche"?
Hi SoCal - must've struck a deep nerve. You sound really worried for some reason. Don't be.

No one is threatening anything, nor did that ever cross my mind. Are you just mischaracterizing again, like the use of the word "dangerous," etc?

If I see posts which I believe are misleading or wrong, I might call them out and express my view. Hope that is OK and doesn't cause you to feel "threatened."

I've received PMs making me feel my views are not so crazy and bizarre.
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Water Cooler / Re: Spam
« Last post by gaogi on Today at 06:01:27 PM »
Still have a can from two years ago sitting in the pantry somewhere...

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On NWII, floor plans are okay but not very open. I looked quite extensively towards the 2nd half of 2009 and made offers on 3 larger models - one of which had a courtyard and a guest/in-law room with separate entry. Even the best floor plans didn't compare with the then new homes in Woodbury back in 2010.
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Yes I agree their floor plans are practical but not open. I visited two so far, both are close to 4000 sqft. One with a 3rd floor attic, the other with two masters on each floor. I like the 2nd one better, though I'm sure my kids will enjoy the 3rd floor attic for playing and hiding. But from outside I don't really like the look of the house with three floors. None of them have vaulted ceiling foyer, which I would like very much.

Seems like there is no such thing as a perfect house! Sigh...

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Parenting / Cool high school student = grown up loser
« Last post by Happiness on Today at 05:24:15 PM »
Were any of you TI folks one of the cool kids in high school?

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/10-study-suggests-something-disturbing-195900678.html
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Northwood II is gated and tucked away in its own secluded corner. It's almost like a forgotten neighborhood. The main entrance Hideaway attests to this.

Apart from the much older houses, the parking situation at NWP seems to be tight. Whenever I visit friends I often have to drive around and park far away, partly because most my NWP friends choose to spend their $$$ on crappy but houses.

OH is definitely nice. You can always consider sending kids to private schools. I really don't care much about IUSD although my kids do attend locally.

Thank you WillJoy! You are right NWII does seem like forgotten and it's not mentioned much even on this board. But any inconvenience comes with it when living there? as long as its HOA doing their job properly. I visited there early evening yesterday and I saw many people taking a walk outside or playing at the pool. Seems a peaceful and vibrant neighborhood. The outside of the houses can be more attractive though...didn't really like their exterior.

On NWII, floor plans are okay but not very open. I looked quite extensively towards the 2nd half of 2009 and made offers on 3 larger models - one of which had a courtyard and a guest/in-law room with separate entry. Even the best floor plans didn't compare with the then new homes in Woodbury back in 2010.

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