Woodbridge Irvine Community

The Woodbridge Irvine community offers many neighborhoods that offer single family homes and condos.  Two large lakes, 22 community pools, tennis courts and multiple park area for residents who live here.

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As real estate prices continue to go up in Southern California it's getting harder to find a home under the $500,000 price point.  There are still several properties that are on the market for sale that can still be purchased in this range if you know where to look. One of the most requested and most affordable places to buy in Irvine is the Watermarke complex.  These are residential condos that feature many one bedrooms condos in the mid $400,000 range.  I'm still surprised how affordable these condos are considering all of the amenities that come with living here that include 3 community pools, fitness center, tennis courts, concierge services, etc.  The location is really great too with a short distance to the 405 freeway and the John Wayne Airport.

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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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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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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 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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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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One of the smaller neighborhoods found in the Woodbridge community in Irvine is the Seasons tract.  Going back in time these condos were first constructed in 1984 and built over a 3 year period.  What makes these properties unique is that they have the look and feel of a single family home but have a condo classification. The location is near the cross streets of Jeffrey Road and Alton Parkway and not too far from the 405 freeway.  The homes have an unexpected light and airy feel to them with nice vaulted ceilings, separate dining room and an outdoor patio area which is ideal for entertaining.  All bedrooms tend to be located on the upper level so it's not ideal for older buyers looking for bedrooms located on the main level.

Expect to find real estate

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