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Re: Which part of Irvine to move to?
« Reply #15 on: September 12, 2018, 02:47:45 PM »
If one’s works from home, where would buy? Where would you wanna live? This is for everyone to answer and voice your dream location.

Pshhhh right here man:
https://www.redfin.com/HI/Koloa/3047-Kahalawai-St-96756/home/88640417

But of course, that is mind blowing, house and the location. Let me be a little bit more restrictive, it has to be attainable with your budget. What I mean is if I sell my 1.75 million house in Irvine, and have any choice to live any where because I work from home where would that be?

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Re: Which part of Irvine to move to?
« Reply #16 on: September 12, 2018, 02:49:24 PM »
If one’s works from home, where would buy? Where would you wanna live? This is for everyone to answer and voice your dream location.

Pshhhh right here man:
https://www.redfin.com/HI/Koloa/3047-Kahalawai-St-96756/home/88640417

Haha, nice!  And the HOA is only $2194 per month, totally worth it. 

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Re: Which part of Irvine to move to?
« Reply #17 on: September 12, 2018, 02:50:07 PM »
If one’s works from home, where would buy? Where would you wanna live? This is for everyone to answer and voice your dream location.

Pshhhh right here man:
https://www.redfin.com/HI/Koloa/3047-Kahalawai-St-96756/home/88640417

Haha. I love Hawaii. But I’m not sure I could live there full time especially on a sleepy island like Kauai. 

It’s like living in the hills of Laguna Beach. The views are amazing but the day to day inconvenience would drive me mad!

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Re: Which part of Irvine to move to?
« Reply #18 on: September 12, 2018, 02:59:20 PM »
If one’s works from home, where would buy? Where would you wanna live? This is for everyone to answer and voice your dream location.

Pshhhh right here man:
https://www.redfin.com/HI/Koloa/3047-Kahalawai-St-96756/home/88640417

Haha. I love Hawaii. But I’m not sure I could live there full time especially on a sleepy island like Kauai. 

It’s like living in the hills of Laguna Beach. The views are amazing but the day to day inconvenience would drive me mad!

This is exactly where I am getting at. While I do sometimes complain and rants about the taxes and mello roos high, if I sell my house today, I am not sure where I can live outside of Irvine. You can call me narrow minded. And I won't be upset.

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Re: Which part of Irvine to move to?
« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2018, 03:28:23 PM »
Wouldn't you say Laguna Altura is a good location, having a close access to freeways and being closer to the beach with a cooler weather?

I also like University Park for the location and their floor plans, but they are kind of too old, need to fix a lot overall.

West Park is good except you want to avoid being too close to the freeways and the huge power lines.

I also like Quail Hill. But they too are too close to the huge power lines for those houses on the hill top.

Woodbury is a pretty good location with the town center nearby and also being a pretty new community with well managed curb appeals, but it's hard to find the good floor plans.

Cypress Village, Stonegate and Eastwood are almost the same. They are the newest and freshest towns, but the homes are all the same.

Portola Springs will be the best bang for you buck. Almost $100k cheaper than CV, SG, and EW. But it's far and hot.

 

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Re: Which part of Irvine to move to?
« Reply #20 on: September 12, 2018, 03:38:31 PM »
If one’s works from home, where would buy? Where would you wanna live? This is for everyone to answer and voice your dream location.

Pshhhh right here man:
https://www.redfin.com/HI/Koloa/3047-Kahalawai-St-96756/home/88640417

Haha. I love Hawaii. But I’m not sure I could live there full time especially on a sleepy island like Kauai. 

It’s like living in the hills of Laguna Beach. The views are amazing but the day to day inconvenience would drive me mad!

This is exactly where I am getting at. While I do sometimes complain and rants about the taxes and mello roos high, if I sell my house today, I am not sure where I can live outside of Irvine. You can call me narrow minded. And I won't be upset.

Naaa wouldn’t call that narrow mindedness. Maybe complacent? 
Irvine’s a great place to live but there’s also many options besides a Hawaiian island, the hills of Laguna Beach and Irvine.

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Re: Which part of Irvine to move to?
« Reply #21 on: September 12, 2018, 03:42:42 PM »
Wouldn't you say Laguna Altura is a good location, having a close access to freeways and being closer to the beach with a cooler weather?

I also like University Park for the location and their floor plans, but they are kind of too old, need to fix a lot overall.

West Park is good except you want to avoid being too close to the freeways and the huge power lines.

I also like Quail Hill. But they too are too close to the huge power lines for those houses on the hill top.

Woodbury is a pretty good location with the town center nearby and also being a pretty new community with well managed curb appeals, but it's hard to find the good floor plans.

Cypress Village, Stonegate and Eastwood are almost the same. They are the newest and freshest towns, but the homes are all the same.

Portola Springs will be the best bang for you buck. Almost $100k cheaper than CV, SG, and EW. But it's far and hot.

 

Most of these village are nice and well maintained. Except some how I have always find that they are tightly packed. Almost feel too unbearable, for me. Maybe because I looked at < 1 mil price range, hence the lack of privacy.

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Re: Which part of Irvine to move to?
« Reply #22 on: September 12, 2018, 04:16:12 PM »
Wouldn't you say Laguna Altura is a good location, having a close access to freeways and being closer to the beach with a cooler weather?

I also like University Park for the location and their floor plans, but they are kind of too old, need to fix a lot overall.

West Park is good except you want to avoid being too close to the freeways and the huge power lines.

I also like Quail Hill. But they too are too close to the huge power lines for those houses on the hill top.

Woodbury is a pretty good location with the town center nearby and also being a pretty new community with well managed curb appeals, but it's hard to find the good floor plans.

Cypress Village, Stonegate and Eastwood are almost the same. They are the newest and freshest towns, but the homes are all the same.

Portola Springs will be the best bang for you buck. Almost $100k cheaper than CV, SG, and EW. But it's far and hot.

 

Most of these village are nice and well maintained. Except some how I have always find that they are tightly packed. Almost feel too unbearable, for me. Maybe because I looked at < 1 mil price range, hence the lack of privacy.

Yeah, even with above $1m, the privacy is hard to find these days. I think older homes provide more privacy with less density.
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Re: Which part of Irvine to move to?
« Reply #23 on: September 12, 2018, 04:58:35 PM »
The beach access from laguna altura is actually quite decent except for the summer months — then that entire freeway becomes a parking lot and more parking madness once you actually get there

But I agree w compressed v , not many options with all the conveniences outside Irvine . There is always a nicer view and location (parts of San Clemente ?) but once you factor in the all round convenience , Irvine wins out . Of course this is true only to the extent  you have kids or are expecting to have kids . 

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Re: Which part of Irvine to move to?
« Reply #24 on: September 12, 2018, 05:01:15 PM »
I couldn’t live in Hawaii.

I’d get island fever... and to go on vacation is expensive. :)
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Re: Which part of Irvine to move to?
« Reply #25 on: September 12, 2018, 05:02:22 PM »
But of course, that is mind blowing, house and the location. Let me be a little bit more restrictive, it has to be attainable with your budget. What I mean is if I sell my 1.75 million house in Irvine, and have any choice to live any where because I work from home where would that be?
Maui the best of all the Hawaiian islands. It's more laid back than Oahu but busier than Kauai and the big island.
I love the town Kula. You get incredible view of the whole Maui island and it's much cooler than the beach due to higher elevation. It's far enough to enjoy peace and quiet but not too far from store ( 20 mins to town, 30 mins to Costco)

https://www.redfin.com/HI/Kula/1511-Polipoli-Rd-96790/home/71680706

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Re: Which part of Irvine to move to?
« Reply #26 on: September 12, 2018, 05:33:15 PM »
But of course, that is mind blowing, house and the location. Let me be a little bit more restrictive, it has to be attainable with your budget. What I mean is if I sell my 1.75 million house in Irvine, and have any choice to live any where because I work from home where would that be?
Maui the best of all the Hawaiian islands. It's more laid back than Oahu but busier than Kauai and the big island.
I love the town Kula. You get incredible view of the whole Maui island and it's much cooler than the beach due to higher elevation. It's far enough to enjoy peace and quiet but not too far from store ( 20 mins to town, 30 mins to Costco)

https://www.redfin.com/HI/Kula/1511-Polipoli-Rd-96790/home/71680706

Been to Maui 3 times, each time was a week long. After the trip, I swear I circled the entire island, and I do mean the entire drive able on the map and not designated as drive able for cars at least 5 times. Each time driving on the non designated roads for car, it breath taking. Partly because the road is so narrow that you can not making a turn around and if you steer just a few inch off, you and your car could plunge a few hundred feet down, that's why it is designated not for cars. But no body there to stop you. Occasionally, you meet a few local on horse back riding and they smile at you, bet they thinking, hey gringo, you not suppose to be here.

The island life is great for vaca, but no bueno for living day in day out despite all the beauties of it for me.

Nice property.

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Re: Which part of Irvine to move to?
« Reply #27 on: September 12, 2018, 05:46:56 PM »
The beach access from laguna altura is actually quite decent except for the summer months — then that entire freeway becomes a parking lot and more parking madness once you actually get there

But I agree w compressed v , not many options with all the conveniences outside Irvine . There is always a nicer view and location (parts of San Clemente ?) but once you factor in the all round convenience , Irvine wins out . Of course this is true only to the extent  you have kids or are expecting to have kids .

Right, so Hidden Canyon and Shady Canyon is primo premium. Big dogs lives there. Laguna Altura is nice and attainable. My neighbors a few around me have no kids, they dont hardly use the community amenities, and at home maybe half the times a year, but they bought and never an issues with them about paying taxes and fees. I figured they must like to park their money in Irvine. And they are not foreign buyers. Good USA Caucasian folks and Europeans. I do like the conveniences that Irvine has to offer.

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Re: Which part of Irvine to move to?
« Reply #28 on: September 12, 2018, 06:19:53 PM »
With a $2m budget, I recommend the west side of Quail Hill (away from the power lines and 133), or go in the middle and get a nice Vicara on a single loaded street with a view (do those still trade under $2m?).

I'm not a fan of Laguna Altura.
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Re: Which part of Irvine to move to?
« Reply #29 on: September 12, 2018, 07:15:21 PM »
With a $2m budget, I recommend the west side of Quail Hill (away from the power lines and 133), or go in the middle and get a nice Vicara on a single loaded street with a view (do those still trade under $2m?).

I'm not a fan of Laguna Altura.

A bit of memory lane for me when talking about Quail Hill. I remember the grand opening. It was in the summer of 2007 if I am not mistaken. A few of my old neighbors sold their WI homes and moved there. This was almost the top of the market then. I was thinking that I too would have bought if it was not for the price run up so far and so fast. Look where they are now.

 

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