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Re: Portola Springs Neighborhood 4B: Brisa, Celeste and Talise
« Reply #135 on: June 13, 2018, 09:34:17 AM »
I am not sure if we were being overly paranoid, but we decided against Celeste because of it's proximity to the landfill.

Were you able to smell it or just a 6th sense?
I'll be honest, most of it had to do with a lot of the stuff I read on here about it not being a great idea to live so close to a landfill. When we visited Celeste we couldn't smell anything, but me being the worrier I am I knew that it would always be in the back of my head. In terms of location, that whole development is about as close as you can get to the landfill - it's pretty much literally right below it.

With that being said, I am sure things would've been fine. It was just a personal decision not to pull the trigger.

Thanks for your thoughts. Did you end up at Baker Ranch?

Nope!  :o We pulled out of Baker Ranch because the track we were going to purchase ended up being literally on the land of the old Ordnance Explosive Device site from the military base.  ::)
Again, more overly-paranoid decisions (or lack thereof). We had put our search for a home off for a months, but now that our apartment lease is almost over (early August), we've resumed our search in the Irvine/Tustin Ranch/Aliso Viejo areas.

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Re: Portola Springs Neighborhood 4B: Brisa, Celeste and Talise
« Reply #136 on: June 13, 2018, 09:55:27 AM »
Celeste and Talise are both detached homes...

Is that good? :)
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Re: Portola Springs Neighborhood 4B: Brisa, Celeste and Talise
« Reply #137 on: June 13, 2018, 10:24:28 AM »
I am not sure if we were being overly paranoid, but we decided against Celeste because of it's proximity to the landfill.

Were you able to smell it or just a 6th sense?
I'll be honest, most of it had to do with a lot of the stuff I read on here about it not being a great idea to live so close to a landfill. When we visited Celeste we couldn't smell anything, but me being the worrier I am I knew that it would always be in the back of my head. In terms of location, that whole development is about as close as you can get to the landfill - it's pretty much literally right below it.

With that being said, I am sure things would've been fine. It was just a personal decision not to pull the trigger.

Thanks for your thoughts. Did you end up at Baker Ranch?

Nope!  :o We pulled out of Baker Ranch because the track we were going to purchase ended up being literally on the land of the old Ordnance Explosive Device site from the military base.  ::)
Again, more overly-paranoid decisions (or lack thereof). We had put our search for a home off for a months, but now that our apartment lease is almost over (early August), we've resumed our search in the Irvine/Tustin Ranch/Aliso Viejo areas.


So your problem is this:


You want a newer home in the center of the county. But the only land left either has issues (near landfill, cemetery, road noise), small close lots and/or is expensive and has high taxes.

It will only get worse, there is a finite amount of land left.


You needed to buy something 50 years ago.

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Re: Portola Springs Neighborhood 4B: Brisa, Celeste and Talise
« Reply #138 on: June 13, 2018, 10:36:11 AM »
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Re: Portola Springs Neighborhood 4B: Brisa, Celeste and Talise
« Reply #139 on: June 13, 2018, 10:44:25 AM »
If they didn't like Baker Ranch because of ordinance testing, they wouldn't like the Great Park.
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Re: Portola Springs Neighborhood 4B: Brisa, Celeste and Talise
« Reply #140 on: June 13, 2018, 11:52:53 AM »
I am not sure if we were being overly paranoid, but we decided against Celeste because of it's proximity to the landfill.

Were you able to smell it or just a 6th sense?
I'll be honest, most of it had to do with a lot of the stuff I read on here about it not being a great idea to live so close to a landfill. When we visited Celeste we couldn't smell anything, but me being the worrier I am I knew that it would always be in the back of my head. In terms of location, that whole development is about as close as you can get to the landfill - it's pretty much literally right below it.

With that being said, I am sure things would've been fine. It was just a personal decision not to pull the trigger.

Thanks for your thoughts. Did you end up at Baker Ranch?

Nope!  :o We pulled out of Baker Ranch because the track we were going to purchase ended up being literally on the land of the old Ordnance Explosive Device site from the military base.  ::)
Again, more overly-paranoid decisions (or lack thereof). We had put our search for a home off for a months, but now that our apartment lease is almost over (early August), we've resumed our search in the Irvine/Tustin Ranch/Aliso Viejo areas.


So your problem is this:


You want a newer home in the center of the county. But the only land left either has issues (near landfill, cemetery, road noise), small close lots and/or is expensive and has high taxes.

It will only get worse, there is a finite amount of land left.


You needed to buy something 50 years ago.

I was in a similar situation as Eddie. Almost pulled the trigger on Brisa, and then later Baker Ranch. Ended up compromising by going for a two bedroom and tandem garage, but in Quail Hill which is newish and great location. I feel pretty good about that decision so far, location is tantamount in real estate for a reason.

The hard part is actually getting an offer accepted in the 500-800k price range. We put in an offer the same day the place was listed  for 5k over list without even seeing the place.  Went up against 9 other offers and got ours accepted a few days later. 9 offers same day as listing and not even an open house.  I imagine that is part of the reason Eddie and others are looking at new construction.


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Re: Portola Springs Neighborhood 4B: Brisa, Celeste and Talise
« Reply #141 on: June 13, 2018, 11:55:40 AM »
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Re: Portola Springs Neighborhood 4B: Brisa, Celeste and Talise
« Reply #142 on: June 13, 2018, 12:00:29 PM »
I am not sure if we were being overly paranoid, but we decided against Celeste because of it's proximity to the landfill.

Were you able to smell it or just a 6th sense?
I'll be honest, most of it had to do with a lot of the stuff I read on here about it not being a great idea to live so close to a landfill. When we visited Celeste we couldn't smell anything, but me being the worrier I am I knew that it would always be in the back of my head. In terms of location, that whole development is about as close as you can get to the landfill - it's pretty much literally right below it.

With that being said, I am sure things would've been fine. It was just a personal decision not to pull the trigger.

Thanks for your thoughts. Did you end up at Baker Ranch?

Nope!  :o We pulled out of Baker Ranch because the track we were going to purchase ended up being literally on the land of the old Ordnance Explosive Device site from the military base.  ::)
Again, more overly-paranoid decisions (or lack thereof). We had put our search for a home off for a months, but now that our apartment lease is almost over (early August), we've resumed our search in the Irvine/Tustin Ranch/Aliso Viejo areas.


So your problem is this:


You want a newer home in the center of the county. But the only land left either has issues (near landfill, cemetery, road noise), small close lots and/or is expensive and has high taxes.
I believe Tustin Legacy ticks all of those boxes. I'll say it again: TL is the best location, best valule homes in "Irvine". Also, I agree with epipen that Quail Hill is one of the most beauful neighborhoods in Irvine. Quail Hill is a much nicer and safer place than neighboring HC and LA, YFs criticism about QH toxic pesticides notwithstanding but that doesn't matter because YF deleted all of those posts.

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Re: Portola Springs Neighborhood 4B: Brisa, Celeste and Talise
« Reply #143 on: June 13, 2018, 12:05:28 PM »

Why didn’t you buy Great Park?

The styles of homes they were building in my price range looked stupid and had weird floor plans.

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Re: Portola Springs Neighborhood 4B: Brisa, Celeste and Talise
« Reply #144 on: June 13, 2018, 12:13:08 PM »
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Re: Portola Springs Neighborhood 4B: Brisa, Celeste and Talise
« Reply #145 on: June 13, 2018, 02:55:13 PM »
I am not sure if we were being overly paranoid, but we decided against Celeste because of it's proximity to the landfill.

Were you able to smell it or just a 6th sense?
I'll be honest, most of it had to do with a lot of the stuff I read on here about it not being a great idea to live so close to a landfill. When we visited Celeste we couldn't smell anything, but me being the worrier I am I knew that it would always be in the back of my head. In terms of location, that whole development is about as close as you can get to the landfill - it's pretty much literally right below it.

With that being said, I am sure things would've been fine. It was just a personal decision not to pull the trigger.

Thanks for your thoughts. Did you end up at Baker Ranch?

Nope!  :o We pulled out of Baker Ranch because the track we were going to purchase ended up being literally on the land of the old Ordnance Explosive Device site from the military base.  ::)
Again, more overly-paranoid decisions (or lack thereof). We had put our search for a home off for a months, but now that our apartment lease is almost over (early August), we've resumed our search in the Irvine/Tustin Ranch/Aliso Viejo areas.

You still have a few choices (mostly resale but some new construction):

-Eastwood (no major cons, prices have gone thru the roof though)
-Stonegate (priced a few dollars short per sf compared to EW)
-Woodbury (slightly older compartmentalized designs, great location to the towne center)

Then you have remaining new premium choices:
-Orchard Hills Reserve
-Barcelona - grand opening this Saturday


Curious, why are you not looking at Great Park? Give us your thoughts as an honest home shopper.

1)environmental concerns and 2)can't afford the nicer homes there. :-\ We're first time home buyers in our early 30's with no help from family/inheritance etc. Our max budget is around $750k (and even that is pushing it).


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Re: Portola Springs Neighborhood 4B: Brisa, Celeste and Talise
« Reply #146 on: June 13, 2018, 02:56:57 PM »
I am not sure if we were being overly paranoid, but we decided against Celeste because of it's proximity to the landfill.

Were you able to smell it or just a 6th sense?
I'll be honest, most of it had to do with a lot of the stuff I read on here about it not being a great idea to live so close to a landfill. When we visited Celeste we couldn't smell anything, but me being the worrier I am I knew that it would always be in the back of my head. In terms of location, that whole development is about as close as you can get to the landfill - it's pretty much literally right below it.

With that being said, I am sure things would've been fine. It was just a personal decision not to pull the trigger.

Thanks for your thoughts. Did you end up at Baker Ranch?

Nope!  :o We pulled out of Baker Ranch because the track we were going to purchase ended up being literally on the land of the old Ordnance Explosive Device site from the military base.  ::)
Again, more overly-paranoid decisions (or lack thereof). We had put our search for a home off for a months, but now that our apartment lease is almost over (early August), we've resumed our search in the Irvine/Tustin Ranch/Aliso Viejo areas.


So your problem is this:


You want a newer home in the center of the county. But the only land left either has issues (near landfill, cemetery, road noise), small close lots and/or is expensive and has high taxes.

It will only get worse, there is a finite amount of land left.


You needed to buy something 50 years ago.

This is pretty much the exact current state of our home search. It's incredibly frustrating but we're trying to make the best of it and find a viable solution.

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Re: Portola Springs Neighborhood 4B: Brisa, Celeste and Talise
« Reply #147 on: June 13, 2018, 02:59:53 PM »
If they didn't like Baker Ranch because of ordinance testing, they wouldn't like the Great Park.
Is there a general consensus on these boards about the environmental concerns with GP (and Irvine in general)? I've gone back and read so much of this stuff in older threads and I am honestly not sure if I am being overly neurotic about it. It's really had a dramatic effect on our homebuying search.

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Re: Portola Springs Neighborhood 4B: Brisa, Celeste and Talise
« Reply #148 on: June 13, 2018, 03:11:49 PM »
@invoke:

Why didn't you buy in Eastwood?

QH is one of my favorite newer hoods in Irvine... good choice.
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Re: Portola Springs Neighborhood 4B: Brisa, Celeste and Talise
« Reply #149 on: June 13, 2018, 03:12:43 PM »
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