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Open House Review: 20 Rainstar

Posted: 26 Feb 2013 04:00 AM PST

Woodbridge Entertainer Gem                
20 Rainstar    $1,100,000

Having just seen 5 Rainstar in Woodbridge, an upscale remodel that is now a sale pending, I wanted to see how this single family home at 20 Rainstar would compare.

Significant Numbers:  New to the market, this two level, 4 bedroom, 3 bath, single family home is now also a sale pending after 9 days with backup offers accepted.  I saw it last Saturday in a busy open house.  The square footage is 2,460 and the lot size is 5,000 square ft.  Built in 1981, it is $447/sq. ft.   There is no Mello Roos. HOA dues are $82.

CloseUp:   This home is an entertainer natural, from the professionally landscaped entry, on through one nicely defined space after another, finishing with the stunning windowed back wall of the home, the mood is expansive, elegant and immaculate.

A family room with fireplace and  a living room flank the double sided custom bar, overlooking the private patio with greenbelt beyond. French doors open to the patio which proves to be an inviting extension of the home with custom spa, built-in seating, barbecue and fire pit. 

Looping around from the family room on the left, there is a large gourmet kitchen with granite counters, top of the line appliances, a gas range, custom cabinetry, and a sunny casual dining area with window seat. Completing the loop is a formal dining room.

Vaulted ceilings, custom draperies, wall to wall carpet, hardwood floors, plantation shutters and recessed lighting make the most of this light filled open floor plan.  It is easy to see the party flowing through the house and onto the patio.

Upstairs, the master retreat with fireplace, has a huge remodeled bath and custom walk-in closet. There are two more good sized bedrooms and bath, and a loft area with built-in desk upstairs, and a bedroom, and full bath with antique mirror on the main floor.

Bedrooms, 4
Baths, 3
Association pool, Community Pool
Double Garage
Two parking spaces
Central furnace, central air
Detached/no common walls
Irvine Unified School  District

What should be considered here?  As a sale pending after 9 days, this single family home in the South Lake area of Woodbridge moved right through a brisk market.  I would compare its entertainment credentials with others in this price range in Turtle Rock, like 10 Morning Glory. Both houses are entertainment pros, and standouts in design and use of space.  

Who will be throwing the next party here?  Will it be an Irvine couple who entertain often and need a downstairs study/office/hobby room, or extra space for guests and grandkids?  Or will it be an active family seeking top schools and great recreational options? A top elementary school is just around the corner.

Recent nearby listings:  18 Meadowsweet Way, $795,000; 3 Foxchase, $799,000.   
Recent sales: 15 Daybreak, $880,000 in October; 26 Emerald, $980,000 in October.


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