Kyptuc, Home Buyer in Chicago, IL

I'm thinking of buying a lot in Cielo in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. As a first time lot buyer, what sort of quest

Asked by Kyptuc, Chicago, IL Thu May 15, 2008

ions should I ask the seller about the lot, such as about sewer and utility hookups? Also, what is a pad? Is there any fire risk at Cielo? Finally, what is the range of reasonable prices for a pad with a good ocean view?

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I just read your question. I am a designer as well as a Realtor. I have been involved in all phases
of construction. If you give me the opportunity I will assist you in making those decisions. Before you
decide to build anywhere many questions have to be answered. Architects and Structural Engineers
Building Codes and Disclosures are not to be taken lightly.

I offer my design as part of my Realtor service.
Shelley Linde
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 3, 2011
Of course you want to make sure the utilities are actually already connected to the property. That can be VERY expensive to install if it's not already there. Fire risk - you will be made aware of the fire risk through the local area disclosures. Ocean view parcels are highly variable in price. It would depend on a lot of factors - the comps in the area, the lot dimensions, the orientation of the lot, etc.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 26, 2011
Hello Kyptuc,
All the other answers area great to your question, visit for more details about Cielo and searching for homes & lots for sale. Im happy to help you with your purchase! Taila Gillespie - Realtor, 619-888-2223 - I am helping a client right now similar to you, buying a lot and getting building comps. Make sure to get a Soils Engineer out to the lot to check for any soil issues. That is very important and worth the small cost!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 16, 2011
While I'm certain you will get your questions answered from agents that specialize in Rancho Santa Fe, I wanted to let you know that I am a La Jolla based agent and we have a lot for sale with the most beautiful views imaginable. One of the key differences is that our lot is on a slope and so you won't have as much flat land as you will with Cielo. But being in La Jolla and having this view is priceless. If you are interested in more information, please do not hesitate to call me. You can see the listing on my web site: It is on Via Casa Alta. Susana Corrigan, 858-229-8120.
Thank you!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 23, 2011
There are so many amazing homes in Cielo, that are already built and are priced very aggressivley. The average price per square foot is about $347 sf. It would cost alot more to buy a lot and build. It is another option to look into. Milly is right also, althogh Cielo is beautiful, the homes have been seeling for a lot less than other areas in the RSF area. Do your homework on building verus already built. I know of a beautiful custom home that has amazing ocean views, my friend Laurie Mc Clain has that listing just recently.I'm sure its on this site. I hope this info will be helpful.
Good luck!!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 30, 2010
Cielo is a community unlike any other in Rancho Santa Fe. The ocean views are incredible and the majority of the western edge lots are sited in the Rancho Santa Fe School District. This development began over 20 years ago, all utilities are available at each lot, the building pad ranges in size from approx. 14,000sf to over 30,000sf. For a lot with a good ocean view, in the RSF school district will sell between $700K-$1000M. Be aware of the school district caveat as the other school district is Escondido which can be quite a drive from Cielo.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 23, 2010
I would be very careful buying in Cielo, look and see the number of distressed properties in that neighborhood. Also see how long it takes to sell a property there compared to other neighborhoods. I think you will find unless you get an incredible deal this is not the place to buy right now.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 22, 2010
You'll want to consult with a broker experienced in land deals. Buying a custom homesite in a gated community like Cielo is much different than buying dirt in the middle of no-where. Your may concerns should be with what your allowable building structure can be. Consulting the Home Owner's Association, on the size/architectural restrictions will provide you with the information necessary to make an informed decision on a purchase. You'll next want to consult with a builder to determine costs involved with making your dream home a reality.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 18, 2009
Hi Kyptuc,

I am very familiar with Cielo.....Was actually showing proerty there today. Please give me a call. I have a 3.8 acre lot with a great view for under $400K.

It won't last.

760-710-7606 Conrad Hodgson
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 22, 2009
Hello Kyptuc, as a License Contractor and Broker thier are many concerens and questions you need answer. If you are in need of representation for your Real Estate purchase and an experience Contractor? I do have FIRST TIME HOME BUYER PROGRAMS., forgiven Grant Money.
Keep me posted if I can be of service.
Ruben Sanchez:Broker/Contractor
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 22, 2008
Cielo is a great area next door to Rancho Santa Fe. Buying a lot requires as much or more research on your part than buying a home. You'll want to ask the questions above but more importantly you'll want to verify that information for yourself by contacting the building department personally. You should ask about zoning, set backs, CC&Rs, building fees, school fees, Mello-Roos fees, special assessments, easements, sewer/septic, minimum/maximum house size, etc. Cielo has a special assessment for building a fire department that can cost $11k - $13k per year in addition to your property taxes. The cheapest lot for sale in Cielo right now is listed for $599k. Most expensive is $2.4M for 2 acres. Size matters in an area where land is at a premium. There are about a dozen to choose from currently for sale. 1 is in escrow. Several sold in April for $800s and $900s, some with panoramic ocean views. 1 sold for $595k and $625k depending on size and view. You should see for yourself what the view is from this homesite because we all claim our homes have a view of the ocean : ) Are approved plans available too? What fees have been paid? This is what comes to mind immediately. If I can help at all, just ask.

Diane Conaway, RE/MAX, (760) 749-2888
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 15, 2008
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