Saturday, July 4, 2009

BIg News...

So Amanda and I have been house shopping on and off for a little over a year now. We started with one of the big auctions out at the Riverside Convention Center, then we would sometimes stop by model homes just to dream, and then a couple weeks ago we met up with two different real estate and saw 15 houses. Every time it was the same thing: the house we liked and wanted either was overpriced with lots of repairs to be done, or we would call to see if we could make an offer and it had "just gone into" Escrow with someone else.

So by one of the houses we went to look at, KB homes was building some new townhouses and Amanda and her dad went to go look at them. She really liked them (I hadn't seen them yet), and so when I got home from work, we went online to see what other builders were building in the area. William Lyon Homes was building a couple new townhouse constructions in the area (they had 3 or 4 in the IE). So we Amanda went again with her Dad while I was at work to check out prices and floor plans and what-not. We found an awesome Townhouse in North Fontana that we really liked and started to think about it and go back various times to show different parents. Each time we went back with different people, we found something that we liked that we hadn't seen before; the place just kept getting better and better!! So needless to say, we were actively involved with the Rep there at the models, asked lots of questions, got pre-qualified, and all that jazz.

So today they released the next phase (that we were interested in, the prior phases were all sold out), we got the call with the pricing and we got first pick of which building and which lot we wanted! There was one person ahead of us on the list but they let us pick first. So we picked this beautiful lot that backed up to the single-family-homes behind the Townhouse complex, and guess what?! It's one of three plans with a backyard in place of the planned courtyard, how awesome! So the backyard is 25 ft deep from the backdoor to the wall, and is almost as wide as the entire building; sweet!

The plan we will be getting (barring any unforeseen events) is the biggest plan as well at 1,711 sq. ft., two stories, three bedrooms, two and a half baths, attached two car garage, and backyard! We like that the floor plan pulls the bedrooms away from the shared wall so that the laundry, stairs, bathrooms and closets are mostly what is shared with the neighbors. Also, right now the lot is just dirt so we'll be posting on the progress of our new place as it's built. Because its new, we also get to pick out all the upgrades that we want (like granite counter-tops, or darker stained cabinets, et al). Here's the address if you want to google.maps it:

14975 South Highland Avenue
Fontana, CA 92336

Also, if anyone is looking to buy this is a great deal!! Let us know...
The floor plans are as follows:


Christopher Maloy said...


Congratz guys. There is nothing more fun than buying your first home. That looks like a nice house.

You forgot to mention the price. I am curious what a nice house like that in Fontana would cost.

I am very excited for you.

The best part is it is big enough to expand your family into... *HINT HINT*

Scott H. said...

Well, it will be $244,990 and if we use their lender then they give us $15,000 incentives to use towards closing costs and upgrades.

That's $4,000 cheaper than the last phase, and way cheaper than the first phase 1.5-2 years ago. Amanda has a coworker who bought the same plan from the first phase and she paid $375,000.

Heidi Maloy said...

Wow!! Congrats guys!! And you also forgot to mention what the proposed timeline is. There is something so fun about picking all your colors and upgrades... and knowing that you are not inheriting anyone else's dirt! ;) I won't claim to know everything but if you need any advice or thoughts about upgrades, etc... I've picked our two houses, and helped with most of Sonny and Patty's... so I've learned some things over the years ;) and can share as much info as you want... The floor plan looks nice, what are those optional linen rooms going into the master bedroom?? And the master bath looks NICE! Definitely something you can live with and grow into for awhile, and you will love having your own yard. Now, all you have to do is keep saving for the house, and resist buying all the fun stuff to make it cute... oh, and make sure you land your permanent job ;) I'm so proud of you guys and love you lot's... Can't wait to see the progress and then the real thing... I'm so excited for you guys- buying your first house is really scary but so fun, and exciting! Love ya... Love ya!

Scott H. said...

Time line is as follows: Yesterday we put in the earnest deposit to reserve the lot. We have been pre-qualified and all that. (This is when the builder released the "pink slip's" with the initial pricing)
-This weekend is when the "yellow slips" come out, which means they will be writing up contracts and what not to start the buying process
-Once the contract and buying process is started, then we start picking out colors and designs and upgrades (we already have an idea of what we want, with an estimated price, but if we need any input we'll be sure to ask:))
-The estimated move-in date for us is January, but it could be sooner (so I'll know if I have the full-time job by then or not)

The optional Linen Rooms going into the Master bedroom are cabinets that go below the windows that act as the linen closet. We will be getting the longer one outside the master bedroom, but the smaller one in the master bedroom, we will probably not get and just put something else there.

We also want to get the optional sink in the laundry and will not be getting the desk in the landing there. We'll get a darker stain on the cabinets, black appliances, granite counter tops, and a stainless steel sink.

We will probably have a lot of need of deco ideas and I know that Heidi has done a TON of stuff to decorate your house, so we'll have to get input from ya.

Also, we are trying to plan a Utah trip at the end of July so we're hoping to be up there the last couple days of July.

Love ya, love ya. Thanks for the shared excitement!

West said...

congrats you two. i must say i am a tad jealous right now. oh, the floor plan looks great!

Heidi Maloy said...

Scott, here is my two cents, not that you asked ;) but I wouldn't recommend the sink in the laundry, I SOOO wish I had a big counter in my laundry room for storing and folding, etc... and for as often as the sink would come in handy, plus you have two sinks in the two bathrooms very close by but that's just my two cents. I was just curious about the linen closets because they seemed like a weird entry into the master bedroom. But you could probably turn them into something cute... and smart about the desk because you can always just put a desk there if you want. It's smart to pick the upgrades that would be hard or expensive to change later (i.e. countertops). And whatever you do, don't pick a light colored carpet!! Go as dark as you can pick or stand... trust me, it can hide a lot! And if they have the choice, I LOVE my solid surface bathroom counters with the built in sink because it's SOO much easier to clean, no edges to collect gunk! And you should definitely come visit the end of July, I'll even make you a birthday cake!

Nicole Shelby said...

Congratulations!! Blah blah blah ... looks great, I'm so excited for you guys! Plenty of space for you to have your own cousin camp, yahoo!! You know, to hold you over and keep you from wanting your own. What are your plans for your extra rooms??

Scott H. said...

Well the room labeled "Bedroom 3" will be my Man Cave/Library. It'll be my little retreat with posters and lots of books, etc. Bedroom 2 will be Amanda's craft room as she just called it right now, so it's up to her what she wants to do with it...

And we'll have space for visiting family and "cousin camps"
and what not.