Tuesday, July 14, 2009

So You Want To Buy A SF Home In Lake Forest? Better Like Trains

I checked out Realtor.com today and searched for a home to buy given my annual income. I searched for a 4 bedroom 2 bath, any sq foot home in the $400,000 to $500,000 range.

Most of the homes for sale on Realtor.com in Lake Forest, California given such parameters are to be describes as - oh how shall I say this politely - pieces of shit. Most are run-down, poorly maintained short sales or foreclosures. And what's really amazing is how so few single family homes in Lake Forest have anything even closely resembling a backyard.

Anyway, I digress.

I found a whopping 21 listings on Realtor.com priced between $499,000 and $400,000.

One could decide to buy such a home at such a WTF price, but when I looked at the map I noticed something rather surprising. Most of the homes for sale were located very near to the Amtrak Train Line that runs right through Lake Forest on it's way northbound and southbound between Irvine and San Juan Capistrano.

Can you imagine paying between $400K and $500K to listen to this kind of nonsense day in and day out for 30 days, let alone 7 to 10 years?


Anonymous said...

Oh come on, SoCal homes are beautiful. With their old-school wood panels, shag carpet, avocado green kitchen appliances, and gang-infested neighborhoods, $450,000 is a *steal* for 1,100 square feet and a 48" deep patio. Where do I sign up for my FHA loan?!

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