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Irvine Real Estate / Re: Detach Condo - What are the cons??
« Last post by irvinehomeowner on Today at 10:37:22 AM »
In general you'll encounter some typical issues that comes along with higher density housing.  Closer proximity to the adjacent unit, very little sound buffer zone from the neighbor, less privacy, and street parking issue for visitors and additional cars.

Since driveways take up most of the potential street parking, detached condos can actually have more street parking and residents are generally prohibited from using the garage for storage and required to park both vehicles in the garage.
This doesn't make sense.

Depending on the execution, detached condos have less street parking, absence of a driveway means even less available parking and with motorcourts, since there is no parking in front of the houses, parking is even more scarce.

I had a neighbor with 2 kids who drove and they took up both spaces in their driveway and in front of our house (they never parked in the garage). If they didn't have that driveway, it would be worse.
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Irvine Real Estate / Re: Detach Condo - What are the cons??
« Last post by paperboyNC on Today at 07:26:25 AM »
In general you'll encounter some typical issues that comes along with higher density housing.  Closer proximity to the adjacent unit, very little sound buffer zone from the neighbor, less privacy, and street parking issue for visitors and additional cars.

Since driveways take up most of the potential street parking, detached condos can actually have more street parking and residents are generally prohibited from using the garage for storage and required to park both vehicles in the garage.

Proximity to neighbors is very dependent on the specific detached condo you are looking at.

While the additional HOA is a cost, you save money on front landscaping if you are buying new.
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Irvine Real Estate / Re: Orchard Hills - Strada by Irvine Pacific
« Last post by Perspective on Today at 05:06:56 AM »
Did anyone go to the Phase14 release today? If so, what was the price adjustment?

The base price increases are negligible, but because Phase 14 includes homes at the end of the Copper Mine cul-de-sac, the lots include location premiums. For example, Lot 114 in Phase 13 and Lot 119 in Phase 14 are identical - both are Plan 3s in Monterey exterior with 16.5' setbacks. However, Lot 119 is one house from the very end of the cul-de-sac. I believe Lot 119 includes a $10K+ location premium relative to Lot 114.

So your lot being the one on the cul de sac and with a good setback, there must be both a lot premium and a location premium -- right? -- do you mind to share approx numbers for these?

Sure. The itemization on the purchase agreement doesn't break-down the difference between the premium related to the location of the lot, and the size of the lot. It's just identified as "Premium." The additional cost for elevation is itemized separately. The "Premium" for our lot is $27K. Now that we've signed the contract, I'll admit, that I would've paid more than that for the lot.
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Owner's Issues / Re: Flooring with Outside Contractor
« Last post by whome on Today at 12:47:39 AM »
I talked to Tompkin and Hardwood Flooring Depot and MAC.  They all said that they leave the existing baseboards and would install the tile or hardwood floor underneath it.  Does it sound right?  They cant reuse the baseboards without damaging them??

I think they will lay the flooring down up to the baseboard. There will be a small gap that they will put a corner round molding on top of. If you look at the model homes most of them have that.

If you don't want the quarter round molding then you would have to remove all the baseboards and put new ones in.

The salesperson at Tompkins whom I have been dealing with (and who has been pretty good at following through etc) said that they reused the baseboards so the baseboards would sit on the hardwood (no quarter rounds except against the kitchen cabinets). She asked me why I would want my baseboards replaced when we have new 5 1/4 baseboards already.
Does this sound right?
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Irvine Real Estate / Re: Orchard Hills Neighborhood 3
« Last post by Paris on Today at 12:15:36 AM »
Thanks, folks.  Yeah, we are definitely considering Capella. We like some of their floor plans and proximity to the resort and orchard... Preferrable IUSD, but being at the best part of TUSD is good enough for us.  We do agree that Capella 1 is better than Capella 2 so we are getting very close to the final purchasing decision...

Regarding the noise level, is it pretty much constant all day or just during the rush hours?  Does it die down at evening?  We came there mostly during the day time, with the contruction noise we couldn't tell.  Could someone who already moved in (like Paris) give some comments?  Thanks!

I do not hear anything of the toll road traffic so either I'm deaf or maybe some is drowned out by the construction noise during the rush hour periods. When I've been at Vicenza I have definitely clearly heard the toll traffic. Other thing is that my home is very close to the model homes and away from the toll road so maybe that's part of the reason.

You cannot compare the toll road to the 5 freeway. It is not even 10% as busy as the 5 during it's heaviest traffic.

I'm probably very biased but I love our capella choice - the community is really nice and after living here for 6 months now we have no regrets about our purchase. You cannot compare the lush surroundings to most Irvine villages, there is something about the rolling hills of orchards on a cloudy day that is serene.

Anyway I hope you join our neighborhood and if not I hope you find a home that you will love as much as we love our home  :)
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Irvine Real Estate / Re: Palo Alto in Stonegate by KB
« Last post by Goriot on Yesterday at 11:07:01 PM »
Tentatively pushed out to June 20th.  They are waiting for certain permits to be approved.

KB is pre-qualifying people for $1.3mm through Wells Fargo or your own lender.  No pricing out yet, but guessing it wil start low $1.2mm as they want ppl to get preapproval for $1.3mm which would include some upgrades/options.
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Irvine Real Estate / Re: Palo Alto in Stonegate by KB
« Last post by Calisun on Yesterday at 10:22:26 PM »
Sometime in June.
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Irvine Real Estate / Re: Orchard Hills Neighborhood 3
« Last post by lovingit on Yesterday at 09:18:43 PM »
You can definitely hear the white noise from the toll constantly.  It's not a big deal but at $1.4m for 3000 sq ft, I think there are better deals out there.
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Irvine Real Estate / Re: Orchard Hills - Strada by Irvine Pacific
« Last post by Jonah on Yesterday at 08:36:19 PM »
I like the Italian and the Spanish elevations.  Must be one of the few who don't care for brick!
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Irvine Real Estate / Re: Beacon Park
« Last post by OCKOOLGUY on Yesterday at 08:27:21 PM »
Did anyone talk about Cemetery and Toxic land with the builders last week ? When i asked these questions i didn't get proper response from any builder.....
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