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Sara, Home Buyer in Beaverton, OR

Any opinions about the The Parks at Tanasbourne - Brownstone Homes? Just started selling in great location.

Asked by Sara, Beaverton, OR Mon Apr 6, 2009

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Sara,
Thanks for your question about The Parks at Tanasbourne/Brownstone Homes. This is a great opportunity to create a dialogue that can be helpful to both potential buyers as well as Realtors. Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Scott Hall and I am the principal broker for Brownstone Real Estate Group and an onsite agent at The Parks at Tanasbourne.

The Parks at Tanasbourne is a Community of 102 Townhomes conveniently located just off Cornell at 188th. There are six unique floor plans to choose from ranging from 1499-1978 sq. ft. The floor plan options include 2 or 3 bedrooms, one or two car garages, and are priced from the low $200's. The homes overlook Magnolia Park on the West side of the property and a passive nature park on the South side. In addition to the two parks, the community is in walking distance to Whole foods, Streets of Tanasbourne, Trader Joe's, Regal Cinemas, Barnes and Noble, Starbucks, Noah's Bagels, Extreme Pizza and many other commercial amenities.

Location is only one of the benefits at The Parks at Tanasbourne. The higher level of standard finishes include hardwood floors, stainless steel GAS appliances, 42" Upper Cabinets with crown molding, two inch blinds, built in bookshelves on both sides of the gas fireplace, walk-in closets, and more.
In addition to the location and higher level of standard finishes there are a few homes left that qualify for 100% financing at a 4.875% interest rate or a 3.875% interest rate with 20% down. This financing ends May 15th so if you want to take advantage of it you need to act fast.

When you add it all up; the two parks, the restaurants, the stores, the location, the higher level of standard amenities, the financing incentives, the quality of construction and the low price, it is not surprising to see Phase I nearly sold out and people putting down deposits on Phase II.

Rather than take my word for it. I would like to invite you to come out and see for yourself all that we have to offer. Our models are open daily from 11:00-5:00 or by appointment after business hours. Thanks, Scott
Web Reference: http://www.theparks10.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 21, 2009
My husband and I just bought a townhouse there in January and we love it! We downsized from our almost 5,000 sq. ft. house on 1 acres to the Parks because I love the atmostphere it's like living downtown Portland without the downtown prices and we have plenty of parking! We walk everywhere, we walk to Wholefoods and we do wine tasting there on Friday nights. We walk to the theatre or to Hollywood Video to rent movies, we also love all the resteraunts nearby for happy hour and of course the Streets of Tanasbourne! But I have to say being in the WEstview High School District, one of the most coveted schools was the icing on the cake for me because I'm always thinking of resale value! The homes are top-notch built, great layout, good sq. footage and the best location! What more could one ask for?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 7, 2009
If you are in the area, feel free to stop here Arbor Pass or Arbor Crossing. My number is: 503-888-0133. Happy house hunting.

If you are a first time home buyer, you will find a useful link below.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 21, 2009
Sara...
I specialize in this area of town. There are a lot of new projects out there. Legend is still selling the last few units off at the Q condominimus and those were great buys at $179,900 at Orenco Station.

Arbor Crossing is my favorite project for the money. The Parks is in a good location but is in a busier mixed use area and the density looks pretty high with little green space.

These units are 3 story walk ups and the least favorable floor plans in an aging market place of Baby Boomers so I can tell you that resale will be tougher than a flat or two level.

I think your money is better spent on a 2 level or one level and somewhere that has a bit more amenities. I also think you should call the HOA's at the last few projects that The Brownstone folks built and get a referral from the HOA on how responsible the builders were and if they stood behind their projects.

They had I believe some homes slide into the creek or close to it over in Orenco off of Quatama (please verify this) and this caused some folks to loose their investment. I guess that could have happened almost anywhere but you need to be careful. i also would not buy in any project early on.

This market is getting better but there is no pressure to buy as there is still a lot of inventory out there. Also how will you be able to take advantage of this market and the low rates if you can not close on anything yet?? All things you need to consider.

If they are $150,000 buy one. If they are over $200K I would wait. There are homes for sale in the low $200's. Also expect issues with the HOA. They start out super cheap like $110 a month and within a year they blow up to $225 per month. $225 per month can pay for $50,000 in mortgage payment now so a home at $250K will cost you the same per month as a $200K town home.

There are units in Bethany and Orenco that you would want to see if in fact you are thinking about spending this type of money.

So be careful and do not get talked into anything to early on.

Best wishes to you!

Regards;


Dirk Knudsen
Re/Max Metro Gold
Re/Max Hall of Fame
Web Reference: http://www.theknudsens.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 7, 2009
If you're thinking about buying into a HOA (home owner association) you might want to talk to someone who will make sure you're buying into a good one! Not all HOA's are created equal. (Do they have reserves, was a reserve study done, what is the owner occupied/rental percentage? and so on)

I assist buyers . . . exclusively. My office never takes listings, or represents (markets) the sellers property.

I offer a one-hour FREE consultation which is invaluable (if I do say so myself). I go over a handy-dandy guide I've written entitled: (10) Basic Steps in Buying Real Estate.

Please feel free to contact me. Sorry about not answering your question directly. I don't do "opinions" without thoroughly investigating, and also it's nice to talk directly to a person. A better questions and answers, dialouge between people is important to me. Posting to a site is so one-dimensional, and not good for conversation! Since you're posting on a community board, you'll have many answers, and each will vary.

Contact me and we can CHAT . . . or let me know if you want to meet and greet!
Web Reference: http://www.EBAPortland.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 6, 2009
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