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Open House Review: 7 Windsor

Posted: 12 Jul 2012 05:00 AM PDT

For several weeks, I have seen numerous open house signs around Northwood pointing to 7 Windsor.  The signs really stood out, so today, I decided to see what all the fuss is about.  Nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac in the Northwood Meadows neighborhood (across from Brywood Elementary), I found a move-in ready home.

The basics:
Asking Price: $849,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 2,411
Lot Size: 6,392
$/Sq Ft: $352
Property Type: Single Family Home
Year Built: 1982
Community: Northwood Meadows

This home has no HOA dues and no Mello Roos Tax.

Over the past few years, the owners have made significant upgrades to the home, including new interior and exterior paint, wood floors, carpet, granite countertops, and recessed lights and refurbished cabinetry in the kitchen.  The house has a new roof and garage door, the large backyard pool was replastered, and there is new pool equipment.  The windows have not been replaced and the bathrooms, while well maintained, have not been remodeled.

I entered the home in the living room and saw the dining room behind it.  Both have vaulted ceilings and neutral carpet, and the dining room has space for a very big table. 

The refurbished cabinets and granite countertops give the kitchen a more modern look, and the breakfast nook is a nice touch.  There is ample counter space and a large pantry.  While the kitchen has older, white appliances, the sellers are offering a $5,000 credit towards new appliances or a $5,000 reduction in price.

The family room is next to the kitchen, with hidden mounting for a 60” flat screen TV.  Otherwise, it is a pretty generic room.  Off a small downstairs hallway, there is a half bath and a laundry room.

The backyard is the highlight of the home.  With a large pool and spa, plus a huge patio area, there is plenty of space to entertain or relax.  The patio cover creates a great deal of both privacy and shade.  A sloped area in the back provides space for a garden.

At the top of the stairs, I found the master bedroom.  Like the downstairs, there is nothing special about this room, but it is in good condition and the newer carpet gives it a fresher feel.  It has both a 3-door mirrored closet and a walk-in closet.  The bathroom features an oval tub and a separate shower, plus a long vanity with separate sinks and a makeup area in the middle.

Two of the secondary bedrooms are pretty small, with the third one being average in size.  All three have mirrored closets.  They share a bathroom with just one sink and a shower/tub combo.

Outside the master bedroom, there is an open area currently housing an upright piano and a small bench.  This area could also be used as an office, with space for a small desk.

Overall, 7 Windsor is a nice home on a larger-than-average lot for the Northwood area.  While the house doesn’t have any special features and feels very generic, it is in good condition with many recent upgrades.  It has been on the market for about 110 days and they are doing open houses every week, leading me to believe they are very eager to sell.  The realtor even suggested an additional $10,000 price reduction for a buyer who isn’t using their own realtor.  I felt the house seemed somewhat overpriced and, after finding a lower price per square foot on recent sales and other listings in the area, those feelings were confirmed.  The right buyer should be able to negotiate a great deal on this home.

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