Posted: 13 Nov 2012 04:00 AM PST
Petite Package in Westpark
An inviting grassy lawn with small trees nicely frames this single family home at 1 La Ronda in Westpark. Then when you step inside, the story has a new twist. This time it is all about space, as this home makes the most of 1,085 square feet.
Significant Numbers: This single family home in Westpark is a single level home with 1,085 sq. ft. on a 3,320 square foot lot. Built in 1995, the home has been on the market 9 days. HOA dues are $150. The $/sq. ft. is $530.
Close Up: Effectively using an open floor plan with lots of light, this three bedroom, 2 bath single family home manages to handle everything without seeming crowded or close.
Choosing furnishings to fit and using a custom entertainment center with fireplace in the living room works to make the home feel functional and comfortable.
It is easy to see a young family going through their day here, moving through the living room, dining area, kitchen and patio. From breakfast on through dinner, with a movie later, this home could make it all work.
New to the market, and nicely remodeled, the home has ceramic tile and gleaming hardwood floors with crown molding, and granite countertops and newer stainless appliances in the kitchen.
The patio is a private enclosed area that could be a play spot for younger children with activities easily supervised from the kitchen.
There is the master and bath, plus two additional bedrooms, with one being used as an office.
What will be considered here? The compact size of the house and lot will be factors to consider along with the price and a good location in Westpark. Convenience, great schools and an appealing park system will weigh in as positives. A young family looking to buy a first home in Irvine might find this to be a good choice.
Who will be the next residents of 1 La Ronda? A young family seeking good schools and nearby parks might be quick to settle in here. The compact space would be workable for a couple or a small family. This home might also appeal to a more mature couple seeking a single level home with space for guests.
Recent sales: 25 La Ronda sold for $500,000; 10 Marsala sold for $450,500.
Recent listings: 17 Woodrush is listed for $550,000; 25 Laconia is listed for $675,000.
Posted: 12 Nov 2012 03:22 PM PST
The inventory is dropping steadily and as of Sunday morning, it’s at 277. The pundits are dishing out article after article on how it’s a seller and a buyer’s market thanks to low inventory and low interest rates. I get at least two calls a week from Realtors representing foreign buyers who are willing to pay more than the market price for my detached condominium. Does that mean anything and everything will be cleared off the market under reasonable greed?
Listing price: $559,000
Property Details as per MLS:
But this property has been on the market for 77 days. The asking price is $373/SF.
Here is a list of San Simeon sales in the gated community, and their price/ SF for the year 2012:
There are no more similar properties listed for sale in the gated community.
The asking price is clearly adding a premium for the low inventory, and the fact that it hasn’t sold yet shows that buyers aren’t that desperate yet. Also, the property does not have three bedrooms as listed, it has a loft that can be converted into a bedroom.
What about the San Simeons on Night Bloom, which is not a gated community, but has the same schools as North Park? Here is a sale history for those properties in 2012:
All these properties were true three bedroom detached condominiums, and also newer than the North Park gated community San Simeon properties.
Does that mean the Kool-aid isn’t being passed around yet? No matter what the inventory may look like, and how low the interest rates might be, buyers don’t seem to be ready to pay above the market price. It is completely justified, given the new houses that are being built in Irvine.
What are your thoughts?
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