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Open House Review: 91 Highland View

Posted: 29 Jul 2013 05:00 AM PDT

Turtle Rock Penthouse Condo with a View
91 Highland View  $739,000

Some of Turtle Rock’s best ingredients come together in this secluded top of the hill condo on Highland View.  Nicely remodeled, carefully upgraded and polished to show, this condo scores points throughout. As the upper corner unit with an appealing penthouse perch, the view delivers city lights, golf course, hills, mountains and valleys.  But if you are not into steps, this one may not work for you.

Significant Numbers:  New to the market (7 days) and built in 1978, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,600 sq. ft. condo has been skillfully remodeled and upgraded, and it will be interesting to see how it fits into the current market. 

CloseUp:  Walking across the driveway up to the home, the corner location offers a sweep of green with a view to the left and steps straight ahead. The detached garages are over to the right.

Inside there is an expanse of light filled space with a relaxed open floor plan. To the left the kitchen has been opened up and beautifully redone to blend into the overall space with the living room with fireplace and dining room. Beyond the living room your eye is drawn to the deck and the view.   The deck is snug but there is room for a barbecue and dining. 

The kitchen has upgraded cabinetry, recessed lighting, inside cabinet lighting, granite counters, and stainless appliances.

The master and bath is to the right. It also offers a nice helping of light and the view. The other two  bedrooms and bath are also to the right.

Throughout the home,  walnut wood flooring, ceramic tile, crown molding and richly colored paint dramatize the space.  At 1600 sq. feet the space is not huge, but it is well used.

The home has central air, custom closets, mirrored closet doors and new Milgard windows

Bedrooms, 3
Baths, 2
Detached double garage
Irvine Unified School System
End unit, attached wall
Association pool, community pool
Two parking spaces

What will be considered here?  The size, price and location will all come up for discussion.  For someone seeking seclusion, ease and a view, the condo will work quite well. If you are not eager to negotiate steps and like private outside space, then the deck might seem a bit tight. For someone seeking a sleek Irvine base near Shady Canyon Golf Course, Irvine Spectrum and Fashion Island, this will work.  Top schools and Turtle Rock’s inviting canyons and trails add to the value, along with the nicely done package of upgrades and remodeling.

Who will be the next residents?  Currently there is a family with very young children here.  Obviously, the unit will not work as well as their children move into the toddler stage.  But the home would be ideal for a professional couple, or a small family with an older child, especially if they are also drawn to a key Irvine location, top schools and the Turtle Rock landscape.

Recent Listings: 15 Moonlight, $629,000; 14 Emory #78, $615,000.
Recent Sales:  24 Brigmore Aisle, $735,000;  9 Sunup #35, $600,000


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