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Title: Northwood Estates
Post by: IrvineResident1 on March 17, 2021, 10:19:42 PM
Hi everyone, I am new to the Irvine area and wondering what all the Irvine experts think of Northwood Estates neighborhood and schools? Thanks so much!
Title: Re: Northwood Estates
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on March 17, 2021, 11:04:49 PM
Great smaller village that was built out around 2005 and is guard gated.  It's zoned to Northwood Elementary, Sierra Vista Middle School, and Northwood HS.  I've helped a few buyers purchase a home in the community and they really like living there. 
Title: Re: Northwood Estates
Post by: IrvineResident1 on March 18, 2021, 07:41:56 AM
Thank you USCTrojan. There were some talks about rezone to irvine high from an old thread on here. Do you know if that could still happen?
Title: Re: Northwood Estates
Post by: woodburyowner on March 18, 2021, 08:36:24 AM
I don't think Northwood Estates was in the area that was part of the discussion to get rezoned.  Northwood Estates is a neighborhood that checks a lot of boxes - small gated community, walking distance to a shopping center and close proximity to 5 freeway, no apartments, has cul de sac streets, and has many larger 3500+ sq ft homes (ie. less neighborhood density).  Also, the smallest property available in the community is a 3 bedroom. 
Title: Re: Northwood Estates
Post by: talkirvine on March 18, 2021, 09:37:32 AM
it is the pearl of irvine.
Title: Re: Northwood Estates
Post by: USCTrojanCPA on March 18, 2021, 09:54:53 AM
Thank you USCTrojan. There were some talks about rezone to irvine high from an old thread on here. Do you know if that could still happen?

I don't believe that the schools were rezoned (i.e. from Northwood HS to Irvine HS) but my clients' kids are elementary/middle school age.
Title: Re: Northwood Estates
Post by: Mety on March 18, 2021, 10:38:06 AM
Isn't Mello Roos pretty strong here?
Title: Re: Northwood Estates
Post by: woodburyowner on March 18, 2021, 02:42:34 PM
Isn't Mello Roos pretty strong here?

No, properties were built 2004-2007 when MR was still reasonable.  Also, I think one or two of the bonds have actually expired now.
Title: Re: Northwood Estates
Post by: Mety on March 18, 2021, 03:03:27 PM
Isn't Mello Roos pretty strong here?

No, properties were built 2004-2007 when MR was still reasonable.  Also, I think one or two of the bonds have actually expired now.

Looking at their tax histories, it looks like MR is around $3000-4000. Not bad.
Title: Re: Northwood Estates
Post by: irviniteeee on March 19, 2021, 10:30:02 PM
Northwood Estates is a great little community. It used to be called Northwood II, but they've changed it in the last few years. It's gated, but not guard gated. It's a small hidden gem community that people often drive by without paying much attention to; ironically, the street that goes into one of the entrances is called Hideaway. It's not a community with huge lots, but it does offer some nice home designs. My favorite tract there is Camellia by California Pacific.
Title: Re: Northwood Estates
Post by: woodburyowner on March 20, 2021, 09:43:42 AM
It's not a community with huge lots, but it does offer some nice home designs. My favorite tract there is Camellia by California Pacific.

Compared to more recently developed neighborhoods, NWE does have decent size lots (ie. 2400 sq ft on 3900 sq ft lots).  The larger homes in the neighborhood (The Arbors) actually have massive lots (6000-7000 sq ft is the norm). 
Title: Re: Northwood Estates
Post by: curious george on March 20, 2021, 10:49:25 AM
Have friends living there, the noise from Jeffery road is unbearable.
Title: Re: Northwood Estates
Post by: iacrenter on March 21, 2021, 10:09:58 PM
My favorite tract there is Camellia by California Pacific.

I agree, loved the plan 4 with granny flat above the garage.

It was BKShopr approved and was featured on the Irvine Housing Blog in May 2012: "Uncovering the History of the Secret Garden"

https://www.irvinehousingblog.com/2012/05/21/uncovering-the-history-of-the-secret-garden/ (https://www.irvinehousingblog.com/2012/05/21/uncovering-the-history-of-the-secret-garden/)

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Title: Re: Northwood Estates
Post by: irviniteeee on March 22, 2021, 03:05:01 PM
My favorite tract there is Camellia by California Pacific.

I agree, loved the plan 4 with granny flat above the garage.

It was BKShopr approved and was featured on the Irvine Housing Blog in May 2012: "Uncovering the History of the Secret Garden"

https://www.irvinehousingblog.com/2012/05/21/uncovering-the-history-of-the-secret-garden/ (https://www.irvinehousingblog.com/2012/05/21/uncovering-the-history-of-the-secret-garden/)

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That's my favorite too! When I toured the models, it definitely felt larger than the actual square feet. The single story is my other favorite.
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