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Open House Review: 114 Winslow

Posted: 13 Mar 2014 05:00 AM PDT

Today, I visited a cute cottage in Northwood Pointe’s Lanes End community.  At 114 Winslow, I found a single family home set back from the street.  With a recently reduced price and beautiful staging inside, this home is ready for a buyer.

The basics:
Asking Price: $659,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 1,340
Lot Size: 2,187
$/Sq Ft: $492
Days on Market: 95
Property Type: Single Family Home
Year Built: 1998
Community: Northwood Pointe, Glenneyre at Lanes End

HOA dues are $134 ($94 + $40) per month and there are Mello Roos.

This home is at the end of a three-house walkway.  Though it doesn’t have a neighbor on one side, it does sit up against Portola Parkway.  From outside, you could hear the street noise, but inside the house I didn’t hear anything.  As an end unit, the home has a good amount of patio space for the neighborhood.  One patio wraps around the front and side of the house and another sits off the dining room.  The first is big enough for a Jacuzzi and a seating area; the other has a nice outdoor dining table.  A Dutch front door adds to the quaint feeling of the cottage.

From the doorway, you can see most of the first floor of the house.  A living room sits to the right and the dining room is to the left.  The kitchen is at the back of the house.  The floors downstairs are made up of large, Spanish tiles.  The living room has a fireplace on one wall, surrounded by decorative tiles.  A white mantle sits about a foot above the tiles.  A media niche sits to the right where you could add built-ins.  There is also space to mount a TV above the fireplace.  French doors on one side lead out to the bigger, L-shaped patio.  Although the living room is on the small side, it feels more spacious because it is open to the dining room and the staircase.

The dining room has a big window overlooking the front walkway and sliding doors leading to the second patio.  A large, cutout window looks into the kitchen.  A low buffet could sit beneath that cutout, but there isn’t a place for a tall china hutch.

The kitchen is L-shaped and the tile counters, cabinets and appliances are all white.  There are numerous cabinets and several small drawers.  One counter holds the double sink and dishwasher; the other side has the range (four burner stove + oven) and the microwave.  The refrigerator sits across from the dishwasher.  The appliances are clean and well maintained.  Pantry height cupboards sit at front end of the kitchen.  Glass cabinets above the sink are accessible from both the kitchen and dining room.  At the back of the kitchen, there is a built-in desk that makes a perfect spot for organizing mail, cookbooks, or a computer.  The door to the two-car garage is right next to the desk; on the other side is a door to the side patio.

A couple of steps lead up to the powder room.  The single sink is set into a counter with open storage below.

The staircase and second floor has clean, plush carpet in excellent condition.  The master bedroom is on the right at the top of the stairs.  When you first enter, the walk-in closet is on the right.  A big window on one wall and two smaller windows on another wall bring in a good amount of light.  The room has a ceiling fan.  An angled ceiling and arched doorway give the room character.  The bedroom has plenty of wall space and was a good size.

The master bath has two sinks set into a short counter.  The cabinets underneath are deep and provide a lot of storage.  The stall shower has simple white tiles and a built-in seat.  Twelve inch tiles cover the floor.

There are two secondary bedrooms upstairs.  Like the master, they both have ceiling fans and angled ceilings.  The first room is a little smaller and has a two-door, mirrored closet, as well as a single window on one wall.  This room has direct access to the bathroom, which is also accessible from the hall.  This bathroom has a single sink and a shower/tub combo.

The other bedroom is bigger.  A small entryway provides space for the standard, two-door closet.  This room has a lot more wall space.  In addition to the big window on one wall, a second wall has a smaller window.  Because it has the closet in an entryway and doesn’t have a door to the bathroom, this room offers a lot of flexibility in how the furniture is arranged.

Overall, this cottage makes excellent use of the space.  Though it is only 1,340 square feet, the rooms felt open and spacious.  With the recent price reduction, the home is still higher than recent and pending sales, but is in line with similar homes currently on the market.


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