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Open House Review: 164 Weathervane

Posted: 16 Oct 2012 05:00 AM PDT

Quail Hill CloseUp           
164 Weathervane          $1,399,000

Awhile ago I reviewed two Quail Hill condo open houses.   Both condos were sleek and compact, sitting in the midst of a park-like world,  just minutes away from the 405 Freeway and Laguna Canyon. 

Now I was headed to Quail Hill to see a single family home, 164 Weathervane, a two level Tuscan style home that just came on the market.

Looking at the numbers, this home was built in 2004. It has 3,000 square feet in a two level floor plan with 4 bedrooms, and 4.5 baths.  The lot size is 5,294.  $/sq. ft is $456.  HOA dues are $252 month.  It has Mello Roos tax.

Close-up: Turning onto the cul de sac and heading up the hill, this home  sits at the top on the left, next to the rolling greenbelt park.  From the dramatic sweep of the greenbelt to the ornate gate and entrance, a lot of positives click  as you enter this home.

Inside, elegance, ease and thoughtful function are all dialed into an open floor plan. The entrance opens to a luxe living room on the left with a formal dining room on the right. Hardwood, travertine tile and carpet all work well here, along with many windows and recessed lighting.

Throughout the home there are all sorts of space options that will allow the buyers to tailor the house to their lifestyle and priorities.

Moving through the hall a “great room” with a view of the greenbelt/park provides the family room with fireplace, kitchen with breakfast bar,  built in desk unit, and casual dining area overlooking the back yard and covered patio. 

This area can easily do double duty, handling a major part of the family’s daily activities, and then rolling out a super party with the overflow heading for an impressive backyard with covered patio,  brick wall and wrought iron fencing.


The kitchen has granite counters and stainless appliances with an island counter. There is also a bedroom and bath on the main floor.

Upstairs there is an open staircase with loft, master bedroom with retreat, which could become two rooms, and bath that includes a tub with jets, plus the other bedrooms.

Specifics for this Single Family Home:
Bedrooms, 4
Baths, 4 full, 1 partial bath
3,000 sq. ft.
Lot size,
Built in 2004
Detached/no common walls
Double garage
Two parking spaces
Stone and stucco exterior
Roof: clay tile
Forced air heating
Central air
Association pool, spa
Irvine School System

Considerations and Comparisons:  This home is a standard sale that’s new to the market. Its prime location, age, award winning schools and superb recreation facilities will all be factored in with the price and the number of properties currently available.

Who will move into this Quail Hill home? A family who values open areas and wants top schools will be attracted to this spacious home.   Couples with extended families, or frequent guests, will be drawn to all of the home’s assets, and easy access to Orange County’s urban attractions, beaches and services.

Recent sales:  7 Stillwater, $1,220,000 in June; 1 Bluff Vw, $149,000 in April;    Recent listings: 144 Treehouse, $1,049,000;  121 Lattice, $1,188,000.

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