You should consider other places which has some backyard for that price...
Standard Pacific is a very good builder but not having backyard is like living in a condo.....think again...
Since you asked this question in June.....were you able to finalize on any property in Dublin area??
You have laid out the some pros and cons as you see them and you are asking someone else to suggest whether you should buy or not.
Are you in such a quandary with your decision that you would value the opinion of those who have not seen your contract, have not seen the house and do not really know the whole picture including your â€“ and your familyâ€™s personal likes and dislikes?
We can tell you that Dublin is a fine community. We can tell you that Standard Pacific builds a good product. We can tell you the homes in Dublin are likely to appreciate in the years to come.
We cannot tell you whether you should buy or not. That is a decision that you and your family must and will make.
Your primary question has been answered quite well.
Regarding your reply to Sally below: "Honestly, will a realtor have any negotiating power in this market?"
There's little doubt we are in a strong Seller's Market. So, at this time, anyone walking into a Builder's Office is going to have very little price negotiating power (your RealtorÂ® may provide you a commission credit for upgrades).
However, there are significant questions/details when buying from a Builder and you may prefer to have your own RealtorÂ® in your corner to protect your interests and guide you through the mounds of documents that are very different than typical existing home sale. See:
"Why You Do Need a RealtorÂ® When Buying From a Builder"
Oh yes, and if you think you are saving $$ by not involving a RealtorÂ® make sure you check out the bottom of page 5.
You also might have some interest in this Trulia post: http://tinyurl.com/n84uh4a
If I recall, you asked this question before whether a house in this location is worth $850K, and you received great answers.
Only you can decide whether or not this is the right decision for you.
Do you WANT the house?
Can you AFFORD the house?
How much are you willing to spend for the house?
Do you have comparable market analysis to show you what the home's market value is?
Are some of the concerns you raised enough to make you think twice?
Does this seem like the right house for you?
How long have you searched for a home?
How many offers have you written but didn't get it?
Do you think if you wrote an offer on this, that your offer will be accepted?
Again...where and who is your realtor? If you don't have one, perhaps you should engage someone to help you since you seem to have some uneasiness about the buying process.
Also...are you working with a REALTOR? If not, you should be. A Realtor CAN help you in the purchase of new construction homes. In fact, they may even help get that price negotiated down, or at least have some options thrown in for that price.