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Open House Review: 6 Cintilar

Posted: 20 Jan 2014 04:00 AM PST

Today I am reviewing 6 Cintilar in the Woodside tract of Northwood.  It is a four bedroom, three bathroom two-level house, with one of the bedrooms on the first floor.  The location, on a cul-de-sac street and walking distance to Santiago Hills Elementary School and Sierra Vista Middle School make this house highly desirable for any family.  You can compare the same model with Karen’s review at 2 Candela

Asking Price: $899,500
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 2,209
Lot Size: 5,227 sq ft
Price per Square Foot: $407
Property Type: Residential, Single Family
Style: Two Level
Year Built: 1979
Community: Northwood , Woodside Community
HOA Fees: $99
Mello Roos: No
Days on Market: 6

The home is clean and looks excellently maintained. The carpet looks new, ceilings scraped, paint clean and the windows have plantation shutters. There are still some original features in the bathrooms and kitchen, but some of the cabinets have been stained and lacquered to nicely update the looks.  The windows are all original apart from the sliding glass door leading to the backyard. 

I walked up 3 steps in order to get to the small covered porch with the double front doors.  Upon entry, to the left are the living room and dining area, which have cathedral ceilings that create a spacious feel. To the right are the coat closet and a carpeted staircase. 

There is an abundance of natural light coming into the rooms from the large windows.  To the left is the living room with laminate wood flooring.  It is a decent sized bright room.  Currently a couch and some side tables create a defined border between the living room and the dining room, which is three steps down on a lower level.  The dining area has white tile flooring and can furnish a good size dining table. 

Beyond the dining room, the tile floor flows directly into the rectangular kitchen.  As you enter the kitchen, a small eating nook which sits in front of a set of large windows is straight in front of you.  To the left, the kitchen countertop is a U-shape.  The cabinets are original, but have been stained a dark brown/black and lacquered.  The hardware has been updated.  All appliances are black.  Immediately to the left are the oven with built-in microwave, refrigerator and granite countertop. On the perpendicular wall is the electric stovetop and the countertop wraps back around to the double sink.  The countertop stops and the small space for a small eating nook separates another counter/peninsula that overlooks the family room.  There are more cabinets below the counter and a pantry butts up against the end of the counter.  There is plenty of storage space in this kitchen, but the layout constricts the open feeling into the family room. 

The family room has the same laminate wood flooring as the living room.  It is a good size with an original fireplace that was painted white.  It is a bit dark in the back left corner, but there is still the large sliding glass door opening to the backyard, and a small window in the right corner. A bedroom, laundry room (with entrance to the garage) and bathroom are located off of the family room. 

The downstairs bedroom is currently being used as an office. The original sliding closet doors have been removed, but it looks like the frame was left to leave the ability to hang new doors. The room, like all of the bedrooms, has brown carpet.  Straight across is the bathroom.  The white tile floor runs from the small hallway into the bathroom.  The cabinets are original, but match the kitchen’s stained and lacquered cabinets.  The large shower has 4x4 white tiles.  The bathroom is in excellent condition. 

At the end of the short hallway is the door to the laundry area, where the garage door entry is located.  The laundry area has a set of cabinet doors for storage, which would be great for laundry supplies or things you would rather store indoors than in the garage.

The backyard is nicely landscaped with a patio area for entertaining as well as enough grass for pets or kids to play. The trees against the back wall provide privacy and shade. 

Upstairs are the master bedroom and bathroom, two secondary bedrooms, a shared bathroom, and hallway consisting of a linen closet and built in bookcase.  All bedrooms are carpeted. 

Immediately to the left, double doors open up into the master bedroom.  It is a good sized room with mirrored double sliding closet doors to the left.  To the right is an open archway opening up to the dual sinks.  To the right of the counter is another set of mirrored double sliding closet doors.  Although the dual sink area is original, the hardware has been updated and is in excellent condition.  To the left of the sinks is the room with the separate toilet and large tub/shower combo.  There are two windows, one above the toilet and a narrow window running along the top of the bathtub wall.  They bring in a nice amount of natural light into the area.  The only concern with the master layout is the light and noise in the morning as one person is getting ready in the bathroom while the other is still in bed. 

The linen cupboards sit between the master and shared bathroom.  The bathroom has a single sink and tub/shower combo.  Although the cabinets and tub are original, it is in clean condition.

One of the secondary bedrooms faces out towards the side of the house.  The double closet doors have been removed.  A curtain hangs in its place instead.  The last bedroom faces out towards the front of the house. It is slightly larger than the other bedroom, but the closet is slightly smaller. 

Between the last bedroom and the staircase is a built-in bookshelf. 

Overall the home is nicely laid out, clean and move-in-ready.  Although some upgrades would be nice, it is in great condition and shows nicely.   I do not fancy the three steps down from the living room to the dining area, but the overall flow is nice.  The home would be highly desirable for anyone looking for a home with a downstairs bedroom, a nice size backyard and a great cul-de-sac location.  The price is slightly higher than 2 Candela.  Which home would you prefer?


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