Irvine Real Estate Blog

A request that we often get from buyers who are looking in the Irvine is wanting to find a home with a main floor Master Bedroom.  This is common request for those who are getting older in age and prefer not to use any stairs.  Many of the homes in Irvine are two stories so what we typically see happening is our clients using the first level for their own Master Bedroom and use the upstairs for family members and grandchildren. There are many homes in the Irvine area that offer main floor bedrooms but are not necessarily designated as the Master Bedroom of the home.  We found the following homes that do offer dedicated Master Bedrooms on the ground level.

One of the most affordable options currently on the market can be found in the Sage at Portola

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One of the newest things to pop up in recent weeks is a public virtual open houses.  This is different concept than a traditional open house where anyone can just drop by and go into the house.  One of things that is the same is that the home is open during a certain time, typically from 12 noon to 4pm or so.  Typically you will have a real estate agent that is at the home and will have present to do a virtual walk through of the home with online software like Zoom that allows multiple people to engage with the real estate agent. This is typically how it works.

A link is sent to the prospective buyer via the real estate agent.  The buyer clicks on the link and engages with the real estate agent during the times of the open house.  This would be similar

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One of the more difficult places to find a home in Irvine is the Harvard gated community.  The neighborhood has a really great location where the 5 and 261 freeways meet and just off the Culver Drive exit.  It's definitely not the cheapest place to live in Irvine as many of the homes are listed well above the one million dollar price point.  What makes this area unique is that many of the over 800 homes located here were built about 20 years ago or so and still have the look and feel of a newer community.  These are two story single family homes with attached garages and large front and backyards.  Many love living here since it's located in the highly sought after Irvine School District.

Harvard Square has plenty of amenities to choose from that

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Smart home automation is slowly becoming the norm in today's homes in the Irvine area.  It was only a few years ago that we first started to see homes start to incorporate technology into ever room in the house.  Now, many of the builders in the new home communities in Irvine are starting to implement them into these homes since it's become mainstream.  What exactly is a smart home?  Think about anything that can be automated like window blinds that open and close at certain times, smart light switches and thermostats, camera operated doorbells and locks that can be accessed through your smart phone.  Several years ago a smart home was often controlled by an iPad looking control panel but now everything is being sent through an app on your phone.

Some

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In the city of Irvine, California there always seems to be new construction homes and condos being built at any given time.  The demand for these newer homes is very strong which comes with many modern design features and upgrades.  One of the most requested items from home buyers is having vaulted or high ceilings.  This is especially true in residential condos as the normal height seems to be around 8 feet high.  Having a couple extra inches makes all the difference in the world and knowing where to find these types of properties can be crucial when looking for a home.  We have researched and identified the best communities when looking for homes with 10 foot ceilings.

One of the best neighborhoods we found was the Great Park community in Irvine.

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One of the newest communities in 2020 in Irvine, California is the CitySquare neighborhoods.  Built by Heritage homes, these homes are marketed by Heritage as being energy efficient which in the long run they tell us will save us a lot of money in utility bills.  The location is so brand new that's its hard to located on a map right now but the location is near the major intersection off Main Street and MacArthur Blvd.  The location is so ideal that is just a few minutes drive to John Wayne Airport and the 405 freeway making commuting to work ideal.  This area of Irvine is known for many corporate buildings so it's nice to see a residential neighborhood pop up in this prime real estate area.

Real Estate prices in our multiple listing service currently

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Irvine is one of the best places to find larger homes that come with a guest casita.  This of course will all depend on your price range as many luxury homes can average well over $4 million dollars.  However, it's not impossible to find homes with a guest casita in the $1.5 million dollar range if you know where to look.  Casitas are really ideal for those who have extended family members or just need some extra space away from the main part of the house.  Here is a quick guide on where to look.

The number one place to start your search would be the Shady Canyon community.  This is an exclusive guard gated community that has crazy security.  Once you pass through the 24 hour guard gate you then have to pass through another set of gates for each of the

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There are a lot of new construction homes being built right now in Irvine, California that offer the latest modern finishes and style.  A lot of people gravitate to these types of properties since they have never been lived in and are located on a new community with lots of amenities for residents to use.  Many buyers get excited about these new homes until they break down the costs to live there.  On top of paying a monthly mortgage (if not all cash) you will have monthly homeowners association dues and an additional tax that is referred to as Mello Roos.  

What exactly is Mello Roos?  It's best explained from the builders point of view.  When a builder is building a new community and doesn't want to pay for the sidewalks, streets, parks, etc they can

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The city of Irvine has many neighborhoods to choose from with many of these communities having monthly association dues and a Mello Roos tax attached to them.  This is a big factor when considering purchasing a home as these fee's are on top of a monthly mortgage payment, annual taxes and insurance.  Smart buyers look at what each community has to offer in relationship to the amount of monthly fee's they will charge.  New construction homes are notorious for having an added Mello Roos tax in addition to association fee's which can make buying a home very expensive.  For example, a $1 million dollar home may have a monthly association dues of $500 a month plus a Mello Roos tax which could average around $300 a month as well.  So that is $800 that is to be

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Irvine has a lot different types of homes and residential condos to choose from.  Many of these will have limited views due to the high density of neighborhoods here.  There are several neighborhoods that do offer very nice sunset view properties which tend to be very high in demand.  These are broken into two separate categories, one for residential single family homes and one for condos and townhomes.  The place where we find a lot of sunset view properties is located in the Portola Springs neighborhood.  The city of Irvine is relatively flat except for certain sections that are elevated like Portola Springs.  Because of this unique topography many homes will offer some kind of a view.  This is also true for communities like Orchard Hills and Great Park

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