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Open House Review: 18 Rustling Wind

Posted: 15 Aug 2013 05:00 AM PDT

Supersized Turtle Rock Condo
18 Rustling Wind                                       $895,000

Turning onto Hillgate from Turtle Rock Drive I remembered other condos that I had seen here.  The area  is quite secluded and every condo seems to have its own perch among the treetops.  But this one has a few extra quirks.

It is three stories with 2,855 square feet, superb views and exceptional privacy.  On the flip side, the number of steps will be a question for some, and the exterior is going to need to be redone.

Significant Numbers: This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home was built in 1978.   As noted, the exterior is ready to be redone and  HOA dues are $515. The broker indicated plans for the exterior are underway. The square footage is 2,855 at $313/sq. ft. It has been on the market about 20 days and there is no Mello Roos.

CloseUp:  Moving into the entryway, on the left steps take you up to the main living level, with the third level reserved for the four bedrooms. Custom brick flooring mixed with carpeting, views from every room, French mullioned windows, custom window treatments and  French doors throughout the home set the tone.

The open floor plan with a family room with fireplace and a good sized casual eating area sit off of the kitchen, while a formal living room with another fireplace pairs with the formal dining room.  Two good sized decks with views of city lights, or hills and trees add the finishing touch to this elegant home. Festive family Christmases and lavish parties are easily pictured.

The kitchen is nicely outfitted with a breakfast bar and windowed area overlooking the private grassy knoll In the back.

All four bedrooms are upstairs with two baths. The master suite includes a walk in closet.

Bedrooms 4
Baths 2.5
Forced air heating, no cooling
Attached, 2+ Common Walls, No One Above, No One Below
Double garage with extra storage space
Two parking spaces
Association pool, community pool
Irvine Unified School System

 What will be considered?  The price, the supersized space, a three story open floor plan, the numerous classic touches throughout, and the privacy with large decks and  views will all be noted.  On the other  hand the need for exterior updating and the numerous steps will come up. The broker said there are plans for the exterior to be redone. She added that many of these condos are seeing transitions with  older owners selling to younger families who can handle the steps.

Who will move in?   It could be a good sized vigorous  young family looking space and the Turtle Rock setting with top schools, parks, trails and pools, along with a key spot in Irvine, near everything, but still nicely secluded.  Another combination might be a couple who likes to entertain and often welcomes guests, or needs some extra rooms for an at home office, library or hobbies.

Recent listings: 30 Oak Tree Lane, $895,000;  4895 Corkwood Lane, $960,000.

Recent sales: 53 Oak Tree Lane, $845,000;  4432 Sandburg Lane, $830,000


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