When I first met Kate and Dan, they were new parents ready to transition to a family-oriented neighborhood. They wanted to lease for a year or so, while they shopped for their first home. Their list of must-haves included a home that was light and bright, had a nice backyard in a fun neighborhood with lots of children.
Kate says, “Carol found us our dream home in the Castaways. It’s a much desired neighborhood in Newport Beach filled with other young families. Since I’m originally from the East Coast, I instantly fell in love with the Castaways Cape Cod architecture, which reminded me of childhood vacations in Chatham.”
“This sense that it was the right neighborhood for our family grew as we lived in the Castaways. We love the intimate feel of the community, the neighborhood Fourth of July parade and celebration (see photo of Mia in her wagon) is a perfect example,” Kate continued.
The process of finding the right home for Kate and Dan included listening to what was important for them. Kate gave clear feedback about what she wanted (white cabinets, lots of light, big island in the kitchen, secure neighborhood). She was willing to prioritize and compromise in order to decide on the best home for their family.
After Kate, Dan and Mia settled in to the Castaways, we began looking for homes to buy there, since they decided that they’d like to stay in the neighborhood. We looked at everything that came on the market and it became clear that the home they were leasing was their favorite. One problem? It was not for sale and the owners wanted to move back in.
The process of helping them buy this property worked a lot like a pocket listing does. Although the home was not for sale, I let the original lease listing agent know that Kate and Dan would love to buy it, if the occasion arose. We touched base a few times over the course of the one year lease, each time with the same answer – the owners were not interested in selling.
Right near the end of the lease, the listing agent let me know that the owners changed their minds and would consider selling and what the terms would be. We were able to quickly put together a deal that worked well for all involved.
Kate, Dan and their children, Mia and Jack, were thrilled to be able to stay in the Castaways where they love their neighborhood friends. They continue to appreciate and enjoy the community’s privacy, accessibility to 17th Street’s charming shops, and the incredible views of the Back Bay and Newport Harbor.
A few points about the Castaways:
- The Castaways has an attendant at the gate 24/7.
- There are 119 homes in the Castaways, sizes range from 3-6 bedrooms, ~3200sf to 4200sf.
- The builder was Taylor Woodrow.
- Kids from the Castaways go to Newport’s award-winning Mariner’s Elementary School.
After the sale closed, Kate wrote on Trulia, “I have been nothing short of awed by Carol’s breath of expertise, strong relationships within her industry, and level of integrity. I can’t imagine you would find a real estate who is as honest and hard working as Carol.”
Many thanks to Kate, who inspired this article. She took these photos of her house to share with you, too!
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For more information about the Castaways or help finding your dream home, please feel free to call or email Carol Lee at 949.395.3994 and firstname.lastname@example.org.