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$775k in Northwood or Northwood Pointe - What would you do?

Posted: 01 Feb 2012 04:00 AM PST

What a difference a Pointe makes...If you had $775,000 to spend on a home in Irvine and were debating between Northwood and Northwood Pointe, what would matter most to you?  I did a quick search of homes sold in the Northwood and Northwood Pointe villages in Irvine and saw these two homes, similiar in size and price, but very different in age and features.  Let's do a quick comparison.


Home 1:

17 Mount Vernon

Village of Northwood Pointe
Home Size: 2390 Sq Ft
Lot Size: 3741
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Year Built: 1999
$325/sq ft
Sold for $777,000 on 9/14/11

Home 2:

21 West Ensueno

Village of Northwood
Home Size: 2392
Lot Size: 5500
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Year Built: 1978
$324/sq ft
Sold for $775,000 on 10/20/11

Let's get the easy part out of the way first.  Here's what the two homes had in common for about $775k:

  • Square footage (2390)
  • Price and price/sq ft
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 1/2 bath
  • Stainless steel appliancesric
  • Detached, no common walls
  • Middle School - Sierra Vista
  • High School - Northwood

The Differences:

  • Elementary Schools
    • Home 1 goes to Canyon View
    • Home 2 goes to Santiago Hills Elementary
    • Both belong to Irvine Unified School District
  • Home 2 is in on a cul-de-sac, Home 1 is not
  • Taxes -
    • Home 2 in Northwood does not have Mello Roos but Home 1 in Northwood Pointe does
    • 2010 Property taxes for Home 1 were $10,084 vs. $5626 fo Home 2
  • Home owners association dues
    • Home 1:  $90 +$45 = $135 per month
    • Home 2:  $83 per month
  • Age
    • Home 1 is almost 20 years newer than Home 2 and it shows:

Luckily Home #2 has been updated to include a more modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances:

Is it just me or does it seem like there are a whole lotta cabinets in this kitchen?  Home 1 also has a lot of cabinets with stainless steel appliances but I think I like the shape of the island and setup of the the kitchen in Home 2.

  • Lot Size
    • Home 1 has a lot size of 3741 with a 2390 square foot house built upon it.  Once you factor in the space used by the driveway, garage, etc., there's not a ton of yard left.  But it does have some lawn in the backyard and actually a nice little outdoor barbeque/counter setup for entertaining.  I could see myself gettin' all Bobby Flay out there with that.

  • Home 2 has a lot size of 5500 sqft and has considerably more space to play with.  They have a pool, a spa and a grassy patch too...I could see myself gettin' all "coolest mom on the street" with that pool and the fun chandelier.  

And really, the chandelier isn't enough to make me want the house.  If the home didn't have a pool, I'd actually lean towards Home 2 over Home 1.  The $4400 per year break that you receive as a result of having no Mello Roos is significant. Although the older home has "Newer (?) Interior Doors" and would require some updating, I would still pick it over Home 1...if it weren't for the pool.  What would you do?  


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