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Open House Review: 65 Copper Leaf

Posted: 12 Dec 2013 04:00 AM PST

I don’t go over to West Irvine very often, but this week I decided to check out a single family home in the Glen Willows tract.  65 Copper Leaf is a simple, four bedroom home located on a small, corner lot.

The basics:
Asking Price: $769,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 1,900
Lot Size: 4,012
$/Sq Ft: $405
Days on Market: 19
Property Type: Single Family Home
Year Built: 1999
Community: West Irvine, Glen Willows
Schools: Myford, Orchard Hills, Beckman (Tustin Unified)

There are no HOA dues.  Mello Roos is $754/year.

While this house is technically on a corner lot, it has two other homes coming off a long driveway behind it, so the lot isn’t any bigger than the others in the neighborhood.  At only 4,012 square feet, the lot really isn’t very big at all.  Just around the corner from the home, there is a playground and a basketball court, which are a nice bonus for a neighborhood without an HOA.  The front of the house is pretty plain, with a two-car garage and a small porch.

The house has a very small entry area that opens directly to a living area.  There is a coat closet to the right of the front door and a small, half bathroom to the left.  The stairs to the second floor are just past the bathroom.  The living area is long and narrow.  It also serves as the walkway to the rest of the rooms downstairs, so there are limitations on how to furnish the room.  It is nice to have some extra living space though.

The true family room is just behind it at the back of the house.  It has a fireplace on one wall and windows overlooking the backyard on another.  The area isn’t particularly big, but it makes a cozy living space.  I wasn’t able to get a great picture, but there is a tall, narrow media niche next to the fireplace.

The dining area is next to the family room.  It has a casual feel and is probably best suited for a table for 4 – 6 people, though a table for eight could probably fit.  There are sliding doors to the backyard behind the table.  The floor boards adjacent to the doors have some sun damage.  The realtor suggested pulling up the floor and putting tile in the dining area to match the kitchen.  There is no damage to the floor in the two living areas.

The kitchen is simple and includes the basic amenities that the builder originally used.  There are white tile counters and simple cabinets without any handles or drawer pulls.  There is one pantry-height cupboard next to the fridge.  The white appliances include a simple, four-burner range.  A small island sits in the center of the room.  While the kitchen isn’t fancy, it is clean and in very good condition.

The backyard is small and has a garden box at the back including fruit trees and flowers.  One half of the yard is paved and partially covered.  The other half has grass that isn’t in great condition. 

Upstairs, there are four bedrooms, two baths (including the master) and a laundry room.  All of the bedrooms have a thick, neutral colored carpet.  The laundry room is simple, with space for side by side machines and a shelf above.  There are no cabinets and it doesn’t have a sink.  There is a linen cabinet just outside the room, as well as another one further down the hall.

The master bedroom is at the top of the stairs, overlooking the street.  It is an average size and has a walk-in closet in the bedroom itself.  There is a second walk-in closet in the bathroom; both are good sizes.

The master bath has upgraded granite counters on the two-sink vanity.  A bathtub with simple white tiles sits right next to the vanity.  A stall shower, also with plain white tile, is next to the tub.  The shower lacks a seat and isn’t very big.  I would rather see a nicer shower and no bathtub, since there isn’t really space for both. 

All three secondary bedrooms share one bathroom.  It only has one sink and very plain counters and cabinets.  It has a shower/tub combo with plain, white tile.

Two of the upstairs bedrooms are quite similar.  Each has one window facing the backyard and a two-door, standard closet.  Neither room is very big, but there should be enough space for basic bedroom furniture.  The third room is similar in size, but has two windows (one facing front, one facing the side) and a good-sized, walk-in closet.

This is a very simple house.  There aren’t any remarkable features and nothing makes it stand out.  Most of it is well maintained, but a few small changes, such as adding cabinet handles and drawer pulls or upgrading the window treatments, could go a long way to improving the overall look.  It is priced similarly to others in the neighborhood.  As always, I must point out that this is a home with an Irvine address, but is part of Tustin Unified School District.


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