Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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Open House Review: 3 Santa Comba

Posted: 02 Oct 2012 05:00 AM PDT

Polishing Assets in Westpark
3 Santa Comba, $899,900

Driving into Westpark, I found 3 Santa Comba at the end of a quiet cul de sac.  Built in 1996, this Montage home is new to the market, and attracted quite a bit of interest at the open house.

Reviewing the numbers, this contemporary single family home has 5 bedrooms and three baths with a 3 car garage in 2,400 square feet on a 5,094 sq. ft. lot.  The price per square foot is $375, and HOA dues are $47. There is Mello Roos tax.

From the street, curved brick trimmed steps lead to double doors that take you into a wood entryway and on into a  large, carpeted living room, nicely punctuated with a cathedral ceiling and many windows.  This bright sweep of space suggests an active family lives here and entertains frequently.  With the dramatic ceiling and windows, this room is really open to interpretation.  I could see a variety of furniture groupings, and a formal dining area at the end, overlooking outside greenery.

Continuing on through the living room, to the right there is a natural mix of kitchen, casual dining area and family room with fireplace and shutters. Hardwood floors up the appeal, and the whole area works very well.  The kitchen blends in with sleek tile, newer stainless appliances and a comfortable breakfast bar.

From the family room, parties can spill out onto the patio through the French doors.  The backyard is very green and private. 

The carpeted stairway to the right of the main entrance takes you to a roomy master bedroom, with separate Roman shower and tub.   One of the five bedrooms has been turned into an inviting office/study with French doors.


Specifics for this 2 level contemporary:
Bedrooms, 5
Baths, 3
Property type, Single Family
Three car garage
Central furnace, air, ceiling fans
Size, 2,400 sq. ft.
Lot size, 5,400 sq. ft.
Price/sq.ft., $375 sq. ft.
Detached/no common walls
Spanish clay tile roof
Year built, 1996
Neighborhood, Westpark
On the market, 20 days
Association pool, spa

Considerations and Comparisons:  The solid assets of ample space and a good floor plan, coupled with a prime location in Westpark  with  excellent parks and award winning schools,  gives this home market energy.  A little polishing could take it even further.  The backyard landscaping could be upgraded, with spa, barbecue, or flower beds. Also, the stairway carpets could be replaced.  At this price, comparisons could also be made with homes in nearby Woodbridge of similar size. As always, the buyer will weigh all of the factors of price, age, condition, location, and that elusive quality of “what works” for them.

Who will be the next host here? Families or professional couples who entertain a lot and have frequent guests, grandkids or hobbies will see this as a great operating base.  The home is close to the airport, and freeways, yet quiet and private.

Recent sales in the area: 27 Bluejay sold for $912,00 In July.  And 24 Meadowgrass sold for $745,000 in August.  Nearby current listings: 12 Santa Eulalia is listed at $1,099,000; 10 Bluejay is listed at $749,000.

Discuss on Talk Irvine: http://www.talkirvine.com/index.php/topic,3158.0.html


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