Irvine Gated Community Homes

The city of Irvine has a number of highend gated communities.

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One of the common features that agents have been using in Northern California is sharing info on what properties that have that will be coming on the market.  This was a section on the Multiple Listing Service that was private and not made aware to the general public.  What they found out was that many homes were being sold before they even came on the market.  Agents would be working with clients that were looking for a specific type of property and were able to find these kinds of homes using this private search.  The type of search has trickled down to our local multiple listing service here in Southern California which is starting to impact the makeup of homes that are available in any given city.  For Irvine, the low inventory of homes has got a

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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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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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The Irvine Real Estate market is beginning to show signs of slowing down and there are many motivated sellers that are eager to sell.  Sellers can be motivated for a variety of reasons including wanting to buy another property, downsizing, death of an owner, etc.  These properties offer some of the best values currently found in Irvine with a wide range of real estate prices.  Some of the lowest prices currently can be found in the Central Park West condo complex for a 3 bedroom condo in the Madison building with a current list price of $799,000.  The home was originally listed for $919,000 and the seller has been doing several price reductions with the last adjustment taking occur ace on July 25th to $799,000.  

The neighgbohroods of Cypress Village,

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Irvine is a true gem for those looking for a current or former model home listed for sale.  One of the reasons for this is that there always seems to be brand new construction neighborhoods being constructed all of the time.  Each neighborhood often has 3 model homes that have been highly upgraded to show off the potential for what a buyer can buy in that particular neighborhood. These properties are initially not offered for sale since the builder is trying to sell all of the other homes in the community first before they even think of selling some of the models.  Of course, once the neighborhood is close to being sold out the model homes are often released out to the public for sale.  Prices for these homes will vary a lot and depends on how motivated

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The city of Irvine is located in the interior part of Orange County and one does not normally think of buying a water front home in this location.  There is a section of homes located in the Woodbridge community in Irvine where there are two body of waters known and North and South Lake.  Surrounding the lake are wonderful lakefront homes that have become very desirable.  The inventory of these types of properties tends to be very limited as there is a small number of houses that are located directly on the water.  Gated communities like Arborlake are a great place to look for lake front homes in the North Lake area with close proximity to the North Lake Beach Club and Lagoon.  There is a good mixture of residential homes and condos to choose from similar

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The Hidden Canyon community in Irvine has arguably become on the most sought after neighborhoods in Irvine.  Many of the new construction homes have been built with many re-sale properties on the market for sale.  For those not ready to purchase a home right now there are several rental properties that have come on the market for lease here.

Hidden Canyon is an excellent place to find an approximate 6,000 square foot home that was built in the last 2 years.  Many of these rental properties will come with an attached 4 car garage and located on lots that can over 10,000 square feet.  There are currently 2 homes on the rental market right now listed at $11,000 and $12,000 a month.  Both of these are long term leases which means the owner is initially

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One of our most requested places in Irvine, California for those looking to find a rental property is the Watermarke high rise condo building. One of the main reasons for this is the affordable rental rates that can be found here.  For example, it's not uncommon to find a one bedroom rental for under $2,000 a month.  These rental prices often include all of the association dues that get you full access to all of the Watermarke amenities plus trash pickup.  These amenities include 3 community pools, 4 spas, tennis courts, fitness center, indoor basketball court and a community park among other things.

Here is a breakdown on Watermarke rental prices.  Expect find one bedroom rentals anywhere from $1,750 to $2,150 a month.  Some owners may more than this

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