Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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Paired Living with Privacy in Woodbridge

Posted: 15 May 2012 05:00 AM PDT

41 Willowgrove Irvine, CA 92604

This Woodbridge condominium has a whole handful of natural assets, and a few inevitable limitations.  The private lot location at the end of a cul de sac gives the home a generous helping of natural light and privacy.

The location off of West Yale Loop in a secluded part of Woodbridge secures the home’s value in a community that offers a  nearby lake with a beach club and water craft facilities, excellent schools, a senior center, tennis courts, pathways, bikeways, recreational parks, and  pools.  The overall established image of the Woodbridge community is a big plus.

Also, the home is FHA approved, and was recently reduced $20,000.

Specifics for this two level Craftsman:
• 3 bedrooms
• 2 full baths
• 1  half bath
• Square Footage: 2059
• Ceramic tile and linoleum flooring
• Shutters
• Metal Roof
• Twp car garage
• Stucco, 1 common wall attached
• Gas and wood fuel, gas starter fireplace in living room
• Laundry in the garage
• HOA: $346
• No Mello-Roos tax

Natural Assets:  Within this home, a feeling of seclusion and ease is created with the open floor plan and a free standing patio and green space wrapping around the side and the back.  Double paned windows insure quietness. The home was built in 1978 and shows definite pride of ownership.

As you move from the formal entry into a comfortable living room, and then on into the dining area, central kitchen with breakfast bar, and a good sized family room, there is a natural feeling of openness and access to the outdoors that suggests entertaining and family parties. The cathedral vaulted ceilings complete the feeling of spaciousness. The outside areas are beautifully maintained.

The bedrooms are all upstairs and the master suite has a roomy retreat that could be become another bedroom or an office. 

Limitations:  On the downside, much of the interior is original with popcorn ceilings and darker wood cabinetry and paneling.  A lighter approach In woods throughout the interior could capitalize on the natural inside/outside look of the home.  Light lemon paints, lighter woods and plants might extend that appeal.  Also, the availability of a bedroom on the main floor would be a welcome addition for senior owners or older guests.

Comparison with nearby properties:  45 Willowgrove is currently listed at $639,000.  It is a similar property with 3 bedrooms, 2 and half baths, 1840 square feet.  HOA: 346.  It also lists Italian tile and special window treatments.  

Who will pick this property?   A young family seeking Woodbridge schools might choose to be here.   Coupled with Woodbridge’s lakes and sports facilities, there is good family potential.  Or it could be a retreat for a mature couple with room for a library, grandchildren and guests.

What appeals to you about this property?  Is anything a dealbreaker? 

Discuss below or on the Talk Irvine Forums.


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