Author Topic: Advice for couple shopping in the 525-600k price range? (Irvine/Tustin Ranch)  (Read 4335 times)

Offline misme

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I agree it could use cosmetic upgrades, but dude, how hard is it to switch out counters?

I don't understand the obsession in California with brand new construction in general. My spouse, a Californian, who has never lived in "used housing", as they put it, insisted on buying brand new construction. I caved. But in my heart of hearts, I think an established neighborhood with mature landscaping, more breathing room between houses, and custom renovation of the older homes is a better place to call home. Believe me, there can be a lot of problems with new construction, from personal experience!

The layout of new neighborhoods (sardine can boxes) leaves a lot to be desired, IMHO.
Dated interior finishes are relatively easy to fix.
Bad neighborhood design is forever.

That's why Turtle Rock maintains its value even though its one of the oldest neighborhoods in Irvine.

I guess what I'm saying is, if you are making a choice between older and dated finishes, versus brand new (with high HOA/Mello) but cramped 3 story layouts in order to stay within budget, I would go with the more desirable neighborhood/location.

« Last Edit: June 14, 2019, 03:29:40 PM by misme »

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