In-Depth on Derby

This is our listing, and of course we’re pretty proud of it. But like nearly all of our homes that we list, we have some pretty in-depth conversations about the houses strengths, weaknesses, and what kind of a buyer might be a good fit. Like a lot of our homes, there was a lot of preparation that went into this property, prior to its debut on the market. “Reimagining” might be too strong, but this home definitely received a bit of a makeover.

The first time through I liked it — but it was missing something. These homes in North Tustin check a lot of the right boxes. They were built in the 1970s, so they’re a bit newer and that means they have bigger closets and more open, voluminous floor plans. The bathrooms tend to be bigger, too. But there’s a catch — and it’s a big one. They can feel like tract homes. And that’s really what was missing from this home — it didn’t feel like a special home. No one spends over a million dollars in North Tustin — just because. This is the neighborhood and kind of house you move into because you’ve worked, you need space, and while you’ve made your starter home awesome — it’s just an awesome starter home. 

And you’re ready for the next stage of homeownership. For over a million dollars it needs to look, feel, and live special. That means quiet, serene, and with finishes and accoutrements that say this ins’t just a bigger house, but a better one. And that’s what you’ll find throughout. Custom trim and moldings in the family room. The master bath has been reconfigured to incorporate an oversized walk-in closet. All vestiges of a builder-grade 70s kitchen have been exorcised. Outside there’s a big front yard and a private backyard with pool, spa, and peek-a-boo views of the surrounding hills. 

I remember as kid, new home builders in Orange County would call their nicer houses, “executive homes.” I always thought it sounded a little silly and far-reaching. But in this case, it’s exactly what this home now represents. It’s a place to entertain friends, family, and colleagues. Its space is abundant and it comes with amenities you’d expect in a move-up, next-level property. And at the end of the day, it just feels good. 

Would you like to take a look? We’d love to represent you as a buyer on this wonderful property and give you our thoughts in person. Contact us. 

1891 Derby Drive, North Tustin, CA 92705 (MLS # PW17060517)

(all data current as of 4/29/2017)
Price $1,300,000
Beds 4
Baths 3 full, 1 half
Home size 3,627 sq ft
Lot Size 20,667 sqft
Days on Market 33
Status Active
ARRIVAL — it’s not just an Oscar-winning film starring the always-impressive Amy Adams — it’s what this home signifies: your arrival at the home for you! This home sits at the crossroads of convenient and organic - an Orange County WIN! It’s close to schools (Blue Ribbon ones, no less), just a few minutes from Pacific Ranch Market, close to Trader Joes & Target too, but also is tucked away in the hills, across the street from Bent Tree/Lemon Heights Park and just around the corner from Peter’s Canyon Regional Park & hiking trails. So the location is A+, but let’s talk about the home. It’s big and not in that “hey!!! look-at-me!!!”way, but in a more-than-comfortable way where there’s plenty of space to never feel cramped,compressed, or compromised. And unlike most of the older North Tustin homes, this one’s a little newer — that means big closets, lots of storage, and an absolutely humongous, gargantuan, Brobdingnagian shower. The house is also completely move-in-ready. From the updated baths, kitchen and everything else inside, to the exterior, landscaping, and pool.And let’s be honest: the North Tustin housing market is depressing right now. There’s no inventory. The homes available are all either ridiculously-priced, or have some glaring defect.The good ones go in a week or less.Statistically,if you’re in the 92705 market, you’ve already missed out on at least one home.Don’t let this one slip away.Check out our upcoming open houses to try this home on and see how it feels.

Property Type(s): Residential, Single Family Residence

Last Updated 4/27/2017 Tract n/a
Year Built 1978 Community North Tustin
Garage Spaces 3.0 County Orange
Total Parking 6 Walk Score ® 5


School District Tustin Unified
Elementary School Arroyo
Middle School Hewes
High School Foothill

Additional Details

AssociationFee 140 BathroomsFull 3
BathroomsHalf 1 GarageSpaces 3.00
LandLeaseYN 0 PricePerSquareFoot 358.42


Appliances 6 Burner Stove, Built In Range, Dishwasher, Double Oven, Freezer, Gas Range, Ice Maker, Refrigerator, Water Line to Refrigerator
AssociationFeeFrequency Monthly
AttachedGarageYN 1
City North Tustin
CommonWalls No Common Walls
CommunityFeatures Curbs, Suburban
ConstructionMaterials Brick, Wood Siding
Cooling Central
Country United States
CountyOrParish Orange
DoorFeatures Double Door Entry, French Doors, Sliding Glass Door(s)
EatingArea Breakfast Counter / Bar, Dining Room
ElevationUnits Feet
ExteriorFeatures Lighting
FireplaceFeatures Family Room, Living Room
Flooring Laminate
FoundationDetails Raised
Heating Central Furnace
HighSchoolDistrict Tustin Unified
InteriorFeatures 2 Staircases, Balcony, Ceiling Fan, High Ceilings (9 Feet+), Open Floor Plan, Recessed Lighting, Sunken Living Room, Track Lighting
Levels Multi/Split
ListAgentAOR Pacific West
LivingAreaUnits Square Feet
LotFeatures Front Yard, Gentle Slope, Landscaped, Lawn, Lot 20000-39999 Sqft, Park Nearby, Up Slope from Street, Yard
LotSizeSource Assessor
LotSizeUnits Square Feet
MajorChangeType New Listing
MLSAreaMajor NTS - North Tustin
ParkingFeatures Driveway - Concrete, Garage Door Opener
PatioAndPorchFeatures Concrete
PoolFeatures In Ground, Private
PropertyCondition Updated/Remodeled
PropertySubType Single Family Residence
PropertyType Residential
RoadSurfaceType Paved
RoomType All Bedrooms Up, Den, Entry, Family Room, Formal Entry, Kitchen, Laundry, Living Room, Master Suite, Multi-Level Bedroom, Walk-In Closet
SpaFeatures In Ground
SpecialListingConditions Standard
StandardStatus Active
StateOrProvince CA
StreetSuffix Drive
View Hills, Neighborhood, Trees/Woods
WaterSource Public
YearBuiltSource Assessor


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Listing provided by : Kelly Laule, Better Living SoCal

(view all details for MLS #PW17060517)

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