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If your choice is Menton- it's a tossup.  There's another neighborhood in that price range as well.  If you are saying that the yard in the NC home is bigger, wow- is all I can say about the OH lot size. 
 
I think OH is too far. 

I don't know the floor plan of the OH house, but I have been in a NC home with the exact floor plan.  The family room is TINY.  The layout/location of the formal living room in the Menton house will probably not be used as a casual space.  I have a friend that took the Menton floor plan and put a little office/loft upstairs where the LR has a 2-story ceiling.  One plus is the guest bedroom with bathroom there.  But that's about it for that floor plan.

Personally, to live and pay a premium to say you live in NC and not have views and live in one of the cheapest villages of NC- I guess I'd pass.
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Owner's Issues / Re: Wood stairs after COE
« Last post by eyephone on Today at 09:09:30 AM »
Thanks for your input

 I wanted to post a pic of our stair system - let me know what you think. I foresee the Newels and balusters mainly becoming a problem on the 2nd leg where they are already in place on a few stairs going to the second floor.

I would get quoted from outside contractor.
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The other consideration in favor of NPC is that it is pretty much built out.
So, what you see is what you get.

With Irvine, there's a huge influx of homes, high density product, and low income housing that will come on line in the near future.

What impact will this have on the schools, property values and the quality of life in general is an unknown. #kindascary

True. Though Irvine has scaled massively over the past decades, and has shown an ability to do so while improving quality of life. It's remarkable.


1970 10,081 
1980 62,127  516.3%
1990 110,330  77.6%
2000 143,072  29.7%
2010 212,375  48.4%
Est. 2012 229,985  8.3%

It'd be a helluva tenth man scenario if the final ~15k households somehow spoiled the apple cart that is unicorn land.
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Owner's Issues / Re: Wood stairs after COE
« Last post by O Hills on Today at 08:59:07 AM »
Hi guys, I need info STAT to decide by tomorrow my cutoff for this decision at DC

I want wood stairs, DC charges $10k just for stairs. I want to do wood stairs after COE but someone mentioned you can't do it or it's hard after COE due to the newels and balisters already being in place??

Anyone here done wood stairs after COE? I was goig to have my contractor pull off the carpet ad place wood on the stairs after. I can't get a hold of him right now so now I'm worried.

Should I do wood stairs through DC?

Wait, you're asking the "experts" of TI? Love the insult followed by the desperate thread.

Some people on TI are actually kind and very helpful unlike the few posters like yourself that just troll on here to provide sarcastic comments and harass people - so move on.

Actually, I don't think OSguy is #category4.  He's actually good people, if a little misunderstood.
Just let the sarcasm roll off your back or, if you want to hit back, hit him where it hurts.  #NPhighdensityhousing
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damn, i feel like i have no choice but to refi now. but for 17K (after tax benefit) after five years just doesnt seem worth it. hmmm. ill have to reconsider tomorrow.

Wouldn't that tax benefit apply to all interests regardless of 30yr or 5/1 ARM?  The comparison I did above shows you'll save almost $60,000 in interest payments over 5 years by going with the 5/1.  So ~$1000/month, you can pay your HOA fines with that :)

the difference in interest was 60K but then when you deduct that 60K, you would save (or at least i would) about 43% in taxes. so the 60K is really 34,200.
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The other consideration in favor of NPC is that it is pretty much built out.
So, what you see is what you get.

With Irvine, there's a huge influx of homes, high density product, and low income housing coming online in the near future.

What impact will this have on the schools, property values and the quality of life in general is an unknown. #kindascary
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Owner's Issues / Re: Wood stairs after COE
« Last post by thatOSguy on Today at 08:48:00 AM »
Some people on TI are actually kind and very helpful unlike the few posters like yourself that just troll on here to provide sarcastic comments and harass people - so move on.

Ironically, it was your sarcastic comment that provoked this comment.

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Who voted for Capella?  Paris?

BTW, I don't see any Newport Coast homes in the same price range as Capella.  Help?

Wasn't me.  #notbatshitdelusional

That being said, can you get a 3K sf tear down in NPC for anything clsoe to $1.4ish?

If you have the scratch to buy that kind of home in NPC and do the reno, it's a slam dunk that even Lin might be able to make.

Here's the closest thing to an affordable 3K sq ft home in NPC according to redfin:

https://www.redfin.com/CA/Newport-Coast/15-Menton-92657/home/4736107

$1.685m
2,950 sq ft
5,232 lot size
HOA $334/mo


If I was spending that kind of money I'd demand ocean views. Here's a nice home in Laguna Beach:

http://www.redfin.com/CA/Laguna-Beach/913-Summit-Way-92651/home/4894454
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Owner's Issues / Re: Wood stairs after COE
« Last post by OCgasman on Today at 08:44:41 AM »
@IHO:  It's pretty standard to have the tread cut to accommodate the carpet in an open tread staircase.  I'm guessing that will be what it will look like in a standard configuration.

Paris, I honestly don't know.  Since, only the last few steps are open tread and it doesn't continue onto the second floor, it looks simple.  Get a flooring company out to your model and ask them.  I did that with Tompkins years ago going thru this exact same situation and they told me it would be difficult.  But others on this thread said it wasn't so bad.  Or call a stair company and go over your scenario, I'm sure they get this question all the time.  Good luck.

Btw, love your decision on the wood stairs.  IMHO, gives a classier look to a home and you won't have to deal with the 1st and 2nd stair getting nasty like it always does with carpet.
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#skiptheroast #dothecoast
I don't know what the roast is but this made me laugh.


You'll know what 'the roast' is at about 11am today.

Put it this way, there would be no Nest Thermostat thread in the TalkNewportCoast forum.

God I miss the beach.

But yeah, I agree with many of your sentiments, IHO. Irvine for the kids, NC for the adults. Perhaps the OP can split the difference and do one of the turtles.
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