SCV Real Estate
July, 2016 - Issue #141
Your dream home is only a phone call away.

This gorgeous 2,800-square-feet Highgate home in West Hills has views for days, an open floor plan, plantation shutters, gas fireplace, downstairs wood floors, built-ins and designer touches. It shows light and bright throughout! The beautiful kitchen has a huge center island with breakfast bar that opens to the family room, stainless-steel appliances, Caesar stone counters and huge pantry. The master bedroom suite is downstairs along with another bedroom with in-suite bathroom. Upstairs there are two additional bedrooms, full bath and loft for multiple uses. The backyard is amazing with extensive hardscape, two covered patio areas, saltwater pool and spa and amazing views! West Hills is a neighborhood offering a recreation center equipped with fireplace, barbecue, pool and spa; West Creek Academy elementary school and miles of Paseo pathways linking residents to all t hat Valencia has to offer. Offered at $799,000.
Laura Coffey & Associates of RE/MAX of Valencia and Santa Clarita is a top-producing real estate team with five-star reviews. 857-0620

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Your Second Home can be an Hour's Drive from the SCV
Dreaming of a beach-side home to escape to on the weekends, or after retirement? It may be time to make that dream a reality. Channel Islands Harbor in Ventura County, just an hour from the SCV, is drawing a noticeable number of Santa Clarita residents whom are attracted to the community's affordability, climate and accessibility.

The Channel Islands Harbor area offers the lowest-priced waterfront homes in So Cal, both for beach and marina properties. Harbor homes with docks are a third of what you'd pay in Newport or Huntington Beach - plus Channel Islands Harbor is significantly closer, increasing the likelihood of weekend residents using their homes frequently. Condos on the harbor start at $450,000; boat-dock homes start at $825,000, beach properties are from $500,000 and ocean-front homes start at $2.5 million.

Full-time and part-time residents enjoy cruising the harbor, fishing, experiencing the local fine-dining scene, spending time in nearby Ventura or simply sitting out on the deck and watching the boats and kayakers. There are recreational boating tours to the islands, skin and scuba diving, paddle boarding and much more. It's only 35 minutes south of Santa Barbara, too.
Keith & Arlene Keller Williams Ventura County are the number-one sales team in the Channel Islands area and have sold more than 200 properties in the community. They currently have 14 listings available. 805-338-4466

This stunning executive home overlooks a golf course and is located in a highly-desired gated community. You'll love the custom travertine flooring, custom paint and murals, custom wood baseboards, crown moulding and window casings. There is a formal dining room complete with sitting area, butler's pantry and more! The gourmet kitchen features granite countertops with a travertine backsplash, stainless steel appliances, beautiful cabinetry and expansive center island. The breakfast room and large walk in pantry are stunning. The kitchen opens to a great room with a fireplace and a private office downstairs with a separate entrance. The downstairs master suite boasts a sitting room with a fireplace. The incredible master bath features granite and travertine, his and her sinks and closets. The upstairs loft library boasts a work station, balcony and views. The upstairs bonus room offers its own balcony with golf course views and the four bedrooms upstairs each have their own baths. The ultimate entertainer's yard comes complete with a pool, spa, large built-in barbecue, fridge and backyard sound system - plus an outside bathroom and jaw-dropping views.
Kathy Watterson of RE/MAX Santa Clarita knows that relationships matter. Put her 27 years of experience to work for you. 284-5066

The Importance of FHA Certification
Do you live in a condominium complex in Santa Clarita? Do you know if your complex is FHA approved? The fact is, many complexes in Santa Clarita are not approved for FHA financing even though, in numerous cases, the complex would qualify and benefit from this popular form of financing. FHA pulled their condo approvals from most complexes during the mortgage crisis and left it in the hands of the HOA management companies to recertify for eligibility. Most management companies have neglected to put the time and relatively-minor cost into FHA recertification. If your complex is not eligible for FHA financing, you are losing out on the hundreds of buyers who are FHA approved. Demand is key to the appreciation of your house value. Even though you might not be selling, someone in your complex is. Ask your management company if your development is FHA approved and, if not, ask them why. A strong demand for homes in your area will support solid values and appreciation into the future.
Andy Boron of Augusta Financial is a lifetime Santa Clarita resident and has been providing residential lending services since 2002. 291-2242
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