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What can $600k buy in Westpark?

Posted: 25 Jan 2012 04:00 AM PST

zovall: The post below is written by Michelle Jones

Hi, I’m Michelle! I’m originally from Sacramento, but I’ve been living in Newport Beach since 2001. Currently, my husband and I live on the edge of Newport Beach and Irvine, with our two dogs. Despite the fact that we are currently renters, we are both very interested in the real estate market, and house hunting. Our guilty pleasure is anything on HGTV. Currently, I work full time as an account manager for an internet company, and help with IHB in my spare time.

Today I’m going to review for you two homes that sold within the past three months for similar prices in the Westpark neighborhood of Irvine.

House 1: 22 Palermo, Irvine, CA 92614

Sold for $604,000 in October 2011
Beds: 3
Baths: 2.5
Sq. Ft: 1,787
$/Sq. Ft: $338
Lot Size: 5,751 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Residential, Single Family
Style: Two Level, Mediterranean
Year Built: 1988

The house would definitely give you more space, but will require some upgrades to the kitchen. The appliances and tile counter tops need to be upgraded to stainless steel and granite, cupboards are slightly dated, the wallpaper border will need to be taken down, and backsplash added. However, the plantation shutters are a huge plus, and the kitchen windows look out into the backyard.

The backyard has a nice combination of both grass and concrete, and with the minimalist landscaping, at least there isn’t too much additional upkeep.

There are ceramic tile floors throughout the first floor of the house, which are at least durable and easy to clean, if nothing else. The second floor is fully carpeted, appears to be in good condition and is newer carpet.

Another bonus feature with this home is the HOA fee is low, at $41, and it offers a pool, spa and tennis courts in the community.


House 2 - 9 Palagonia Aisle, Irvine, CA 92606

Beds: 3
Baths: 2.5
Sq. Ft: 1,500
$/Sq. Ft: $403
Lot Size: 2,500 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Residential, Condominium
Style: 3+ Levels, Contemporary
View: Park/Green Belt
Year Built: 1999

This condo, on the other hand, offers views, an outdoor space with a BBQ and low maintenance landscape, and is 10 years newer than the house. Additionally, even though it is technically listed as a condo, it is actually a detached "villa".  All pictures for this one were lo-res.

The living room brings in a substantial amount of light, but does lack some decent blinds.

And although the flooring in the kitchen is a step up from the house, the appliances and tile counters need to be upgraded to stainless steel and granite.

And the outdoor space is lacking.

The HOA fees for this one are also substantially more at $172, which apparently only gives you pool, BBQ access, and a gated community.

In summary, for a slightly older home that does require some upgrades, you will have more square footage, but will also need some extra cash to spend on making those upgrades to your home. However, for the newer home at the same price, you not only sacrifice the square footage, but your outdoor space as well, and you would still need to upgrade the kitchen on top of all that. So, since you’re going to need to upgrade the kitchens in either home, why not acquire the extra square footage? Sure, you’ll probably need to spend a little more money to upgrade the house, but at least it will be to your own personal taste, and you’ll have space and privacy from your neighbors, instead of them practically being on top of you in the condo.


Alastairvagle said...

The property would certainly offer you more area, but will need some improvements to the cooking area. The devices and to pick from desk covers need to be improved to metal and granite.

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