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Open House Review:  18 Southern Wood

Posted: 31 Jul 2012 05:00 AM PDT

Best Priced Single Family Home in Turtle Rock Hills

18 Southern Wood: $980,000

As I turned off Turtle Rock Drive onto Southern Wood, I remembered seeing another open house in this neighborhood at 10 Windflower.  This single family 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home is one street up from the Windflower home.

And as it turns out, the similarities and differences in the two homes generate some good questions.  New to the market, and in the realtor’s words, “the best priced single family home in Turtle Rock Hills,” 18 Southern Wood is situated on a 10,000 sq. ft. lot with a panoramic canyon and mountain view, and a back yard that is really one big beautiful garden.

As you enter a tiled entry, with a small garden court,  there is a large airy living room with fireplace on the right, and  a sunny formal dining room on the left.  

Making the most of 2,436 sq. ft., the floor plan creates a nice circular flow through the house, from living room to family room, dining room to kitchen and on to the patio and garden. Overall the feeling is inviting and relaxed. This is a house that the owners have obviously enjoyed.

In the back of the home, the view and the garden shine. Just right for fresh produce and flowers from the garden, and the preparation of festive meals, this is clearly the place for the family to hang out.  There is a  family room with  fireplace,  comfortable breakfast nook with built in cabinets,  and 2 patios, a  covered one,  and a bricked one below.  Beyond the patios the garden is filled with flowers  and a gorgeous view stretches off into the distance. 

The adjacent kitchen has been remodeled with sleek cabinetry and granite counters.

There are 3 bedrooms and two baths upstairs. The master suite has a new deck with a sublime view, just right for morning stretches, and evening views of the sky.  The master also has a walk in closet, dual vanities and a soaking tub. One of the other bedrooms is being used as a computer room/office. 

There is an attached double garage with two parking spaces and the laundry is inside.

Specifics for the two properties: 

  18 Southern Wood, $980,000                     10 Windflower, $1,350,000
Type Residential, Single Family Residential, Single Family
Beds 3 4
Baths 2.5 3.5
Lot Size 10,000 Sq Ft 5046
Square Footage 2436 2956
$/Sq. Ft $402 $457
Views Canyon Hills, Mountain, Panoramic Canyon Hills, Turtle Ridge
School System IUSD IUSD
Attached? Yes; 1 common wall Yes; 1 common wall
Mello Roos No No
Assocation Fees: $99 $99
Year Built: 1979 1978
Days Listed 7 52
Community Turtle Rock Hills Turtle Rock Hills

Considerations and Comparisons:  Starting with the same basic floor plan, but totally different lot sizes, on quiet cul de sac streets,  these two homes  offer great schools, great views and ultimately, great choices.  18 Southern Wood has a 10,000 square foot lot, 2,436  square ft. interior, remodeled kitchen, panoramic canyon and mountain view, new deck off of the master suite, bricked patio, lavish garden, and some nice upgrades.

10 Windflower, has a 5,046 sq. ft lot with  2,956 sq. ft. home that was completely remodeled in 1993.  Now there’s  a fourth bedroom,  a fireplace and view window in the master suite, oak floors, butler area next to the dining room, French doors, window treatments, window seat and custom fireplace in the living room, and custom staircase.  The home’s enlarged windows make the most of the view and a fire pit and jacuzzi complete the backyard refuge.

Essentially,  the question is all about the buyer’s choice.  Is a turnkey extensively remodeled gem just the ticket, or would it be better to start with a lower price and some beautiful assets and decide what’s next?

Who will choose 18 Southern Wood?  Someone looking for a great spot in Turtle Rock Hills with a first class view, excellent schools, and great parks and services, will see this as a perfect fit.  Someone weighing price and assets and considering expansions  may see this as opportunity. And would be gardeners, or old hands, will want a second look at this one.

Nearby locations recently sold:    14 Southern Wood with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths sold for $970,000 in June; 31 Sycamore Creek with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths sold for $925,000 in April.  Nearby properties currently listed:    24 Southern Wood with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths is listed at $1,198,000;  31 Morning Glory with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths is listed at $1,150, 000.

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