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Mike Kashani is a local Irvine Real Estate agent who specializes in all the Irvine community homes and condo buildings.

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One of the hottest homes on the market right now in Irvine are the residential condos commonly referred to as the Nova Flats.  If you have been looking for newer construction properties at really great price points.  The multi-level condos commonly in the upscale Great Park area of Irvine are often referred to as Novel Park that were built by a variety of homes builders like Taylor Morrison and William Lyon home builder.  Many of these were built between 2019 to 2020 and have a lot to offer with modern smart home features with two car garages.  The area is near the 133 freeway and Irvine Blvd making it an easy commutes to work with lots of walking and biking trails and local parks in the surrounding areas.  The best part about living here for families is

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One of the best places to look for condo rentals In the Irvine area is the Metropolitan condo building.  Rentals in this complex are very abundant with a good mix of one and two bedroom condos to choose from.  It's all about the location here with a prime location in the Airport Area of Irvine with a close proximity to the UCI campus as well as the John Wayne Orange County airport.  We have provided a rental comp chart which shows what places have rented for in the past couple of years.  It's not uncommon to find one bedroom condos lease for around the $2,250 a month range while the large two bedrooms condos tend to be in the low $3,000 a month range.  For the most part, all of these rentals are 12 month leases with the tenant paying the first months

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The Park Lane community is one of the smaller gated communities in Irvine for homes that were mainly built between 2001 to 2002.  The value of these homes is very much high in demand as many of these homes are typically only on the market for several weeks.  One of the most popular floor plan is the 3 bedroom model that features 1,516 square feet of living space that features an office that has the potential of being converted into a 4th bedroom. There are a lot of benefits of living here too which includes a community pool, spa, tennis and basketball courts.  The location is also near a large greenbelt area as well as being within some of the award winning Irvine schools.  What I really like to find here for my clients are detached single family homes

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The demand for those attending UCI, the University of California Irvine has reached an all time high this year.  We have been receiving a lot of calls this summer from students looking for housing around the campus.  What is making things difficult is that the normal low inventory of housing is becoming even more limited which is causing multiple students to bid on the same property.  There are several places that we are recommending when students call in as the best places to look.

First, the Watermarke complex offers some of the lowest price condo rentals near UCI and offers a lot of perks when living here too.  The location is situated off the Jamboree exit off the 405 freeway and within a short bike ride to the campus.  We have been seeing a lot of

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One of the more popular places to rent a condo in the city of Irvine is The Plaza.  This is a really great complex to live in with a really ideal location near the city of border line of Newport Beach and Irvine.  The location is one of the biggest features with a very short driving distance to the 405 freeway and the John Wayne Orange County Airport.  Amenities are abundant with the landlord typically paying the association dues so everything is often included in the monthly rent amount.  These include a nice fitness center, community pool, spa, clubhouse with cabanas.  Rentals are often long term which is a standard 12 month lease to start and then either re-negotiated or turn into a month-to-month rental after one year.  Rents also often include trash

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One of the newest places to find brand new construction homes in the Irvine area is the Verenna neighborhood.  It's located in the prestigious Orchard Hills community which offers a guard gated entrance and some good values for those looking for newer homes in the area.  They started building these homes several years ago with four to five bedroom floor plans for buyers to choose from.  On average, these range from 2,503 to 2,766 square feet.  As you can imagine the demand for these homes is very busy since the Irvine Real Estate market has seen a spike in sales with very aggressive bidding on homes being listed for sale.

Orchard Hills offers a really great location that is near the 241 freeway with easy access to the 5 & 405 freeway for those

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One of the hottest communities in the Irvine area has recently been the Laguna Altura area.  There seems to be a big buyer demand for homes in this community that are priced under $1.5 million dollars.  As you probably know, inventory throughout the Irvine area has been very limited with only a few number of homes coming on to the market compared with the large buyer demand that we are currently seeing.  This is especially true for single family homes priced under $1 million dollars which seems to be one of the most sought after requests that we have been getting.  We commonly see homes in this price range in the Northwood, El Camino Real, Oak Creek, University Park, Woodbridge and Walnut areas.  Many of these are homes are selling after being on the

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Shady Canyon has a strong reputation as being one of the top communities in the Irvine area.  For the most part a large percentage of properties that are currently on the market are listed for sale with a few rental homes as well.  The community does not typically have a large number of rentals available at any given time in part due to it's exclusivity and price range of these homes.  For someone that is new to the area and not sure about where they want to live renting a home in Shady Canyon makes a lot of sense.  There are several options when leasing depending on what you are looking for.

For the most part rentals in Shady Canyon are for long term which is typically a 12 month lease.  This is not a common place where you will find vacation rental

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If you haven't been living in Southern California you may not realize what the Irvine Real Estate market has done in the last 12 months.  It also started with many of the state of home orders hit Southern California and for the first time many Irvine owners had more time to spend in their homes.  As a result of this many started looking at things they wanted to improve or all together looking for another property that might offer more outdoor space, larger backyards, etc.  This was the start to a huge seller's market as buyers started to looking for homes in a big way shortly after the stay at home order.  If you have ever looked for a home in Irvine you know it can be hard to find since there are not a lot of choices to start with.  Combine this with an

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One of the best places to find some of the largest inventory of new construction homes being built in 2021 can found in the city of Irvine.  There are always seems to be some neighborhood or a new development being developed in Irvine that allows home buyers to buy a brand new home direct from the home builder.  Because the demand for these types of homes has not gone down in recent years home builders continue to produce some really nice homes that are available for sale.  We did a quick search and currently have found 30 properties that are on the market for sale with home construction to be completed in 2021.  If you are thinking about purchasing a new home this is a really great time with low interest rates and a lot of great options.

Probably one

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