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. 

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