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Open House Review: 2 Christamon East

Posted: 25 Jul 2014 04:00 AM PDT

Today I saw a two level home featuring 4 bedrooms plus a loft.  2 Christamon East is located in Northwood’s Park Paseo Community.  It sits on the corner entrance of a cul-de-sac with three streets surrounding it and is the only model with an open loft.  The backyard backs to Park Place (a non-residential street) with the entrance to Christamon on its side, and Christamon East in front of the home. 

Asking Price: $924,888
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Square Footage: 2,474
Lot Size: 4,356
$/Sq Ft: $374
Days on Market: 13
Property Type: Single Family Residence
Year Built: 1978
Community: Northwood – Park Paseo

HOA dues are $89 per month and there are no Mello Roos taxes.

This home is in clean condition and has been partially upgraded.  The kitchen is partially remodeled, some of the floors have been updated with tile and all of the lighting has been updated.  The backyard has been completely remodeled with new hardscape. The ceilings have not been scraped and some of the bathrooms and kitchen features are original.  The windows are original, but have been decorated with plantation shutters.  The paint is clean and the carpet and tile floors are in good condition.  With the location on the corner there was noticeable noise from random passing cars.  The home feeds into Santiago Hills Elementary School, Sierra Vista Middle School and Northwood High School.  The elementary and middle schools are walking distance from the home. 

Entering the double front doors, the vaulted ceilings provide a sense of spaciousness.   To the right are the living and dining rooms.  An abundance of natural light comes in from the large windows throughout the entrance, living and dining rooms.  The tile flooring in the entrance area creates a path leading to the back of the home.   The living and dining room have clean tan carpet.  The living room is a step down from the rest of the home and opens up to the dining room.  The dining area is a decent size.   

Beyond the dining room is the kitchen to the right with an eating nook and a step down family room.  The back wall has two sliding glass doors and three windows, in addition to the garden window above the kitchen sink, so there is plenty of natural light flooding the area.  One of the two sliding glass doors is located next to the sink in the kitchen and the other is in the family room. The light tile flooring from the entrance flows throughout the kitchen, family room, bathroom and laundry room. 

Granite tile countertops, black appliances and recessed lights are renovations found in the kitchen.  The cabinets are original but have been painted white. There is plenty of counter space and cabinets, but the kitchen lacks a pantry.  A small eating nook sits in front of a large window, between the kitchen and family room.

The family room is also a step down from the kitchen.  It is an open solution with a rail separating the two rooms.  A brick fireplace sits along the back wall.  Off the back of the family room is the coat closet and short hallway with a powder room, a laundry room and garage entrance.  The bathroom has been updated with a new sink, black granite counter and white cabinets. 

Having an indoor laundry room is a bonus especially since it is not found in most Northwood homes.  There are cabinets which sit above the side by side laundry machines.  On the opposite wall is a large storage cabinet which sits beneath the stairs. 

The backyard is nicely hardscaped with a built-in curved bench wrapping around a fire pit, concrete and brick patio, as well as two lattices over each of the sliding glass doors.  The backyard sits higher than the street, so there is a sense of privacy, however the street noise can easily be heard from the yard.  There is no grass in the backyard, but plenty of space for entertaining.

Once upstairs there is a set of linen cabinets sitting between the master and secondary bedroom.   The bedrooms all have neutral carpet and the bathroom have basic tile floors. A ceiling fan is installed in each of the bedrooms. 

The master faces the front of the house and is a nice large room.  Entering through the double doors, a sliding double mirrored closet door sits to the left.  Across from the closet is the bathroom with double sinks and a separate walk-in shower and toilet.  The lighting above the sink has been updated and there is plenty of counter space. The counters and cabinets are original but in very clean condition.  The cabinets look like they were stripped and stained, so it is a nice modern look.  The shower is large with a small corner bench.  It still has the original 4x4 tiles.  Without a privacy door, there might be some light and noise that affects another person in the bedroom, however unlike many other open solutions, the entrance to the bathroom sits across from the closet and not across from the bed itself. 

The upstairs bathroom has one sink with good counter space and a shower/tub combo.  The cabinets are original but have been lightened.  The lights have been updated.  The tub and 4x4 tile surround are original.

All secondary bedrooms face the backyard and looks over Park Place.  Two of the bedrooms are similar in size with a small double sliding closet.  The third bedroom looks slightly larger with a larger closet as well.

Across from the third bedroom is an open loft which is currently used as another living room space with couches and a television.  It is a great added space if you want another entertainment area, office or playroom.  Some models have enclosed the loft to create another bedroom. 

Although some of the features are original, the home is in clean, good condition.  It is nicely located down the street from the Santiago Hills Elementary school, on a cul-de-sac street and steps away from the community clubhouse, pool and tennis courts.  The extra loft is a great feature and the backyard is nicely redone.  A big consideration of the home is the location with the three streets surrounding the home.  However, Park Paseo is not a main street and traffic is not heavy in front of the home.  


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