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Ron, Home Buyer in 95051

Need suggestion for Castilleja in Warm Spring Fremont area? Worth Buy?

Asked by Ron, 95051 Wed Jan 16, 2008

We saw the model home last Saturday. There are a lot of people there. It seems the house market in Fremont is still hot. We may consider to buy the Hawthorn floor plan and the price should begin with 690K.
My concern is about the location. It is close to the dump place, cemetery and freeway 880. At the time we were there, I didn't smell it . As I currently live in south bay, can anyone familiar with Warm Spring/Mipiltas area tell how bad the smell will be? will it be noisy at night as it is only half mile away from freeway?

My first priortiy is the school district. My son will go to K this year. Castilleja seems to fit my budget and school district reqirement and it is a single family house. At that price, in south bay it may only buy a 2 bedrooms 35 years old town house. At this point, I prefer to buy Castilleja. We will stay there for at least 6-8 years. How is the appreciation potential for Castilleja in this location?

Thanks for your suggestion.

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we bought and live in Castilleja for over 1 year now. The home is built with thick walls and are very sound proving. I have never been bothered by any passing train at all. We have only caught the smell a couple times. It has a nice play structure for kids. Good community. Very pleased with it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 21, 2010
I work near the same location. My office is about a mile away from this place. However, I must say that the smell is pretty bad....sometimes for hours. Though the houses look pretty good and quite modern both from outside and inside (I can see the lighting fixtures) since the marketing people light them up in the evening!
But, no doubt the stench and the Railway tracks!! the train takes long time to move :(
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 21, 2010
-True that there is an occasional smell on certain days. It can't be that bad because there are numerous homes on the Fremont/ Milpitas side of the freeway. It can't be that bad.
-Its a good point the the others make bout the school districts. They may be good but hard to get into . I fyou have school age children you might want to consider your options.
-Castilleja is a great place for first time home buyers or young couples just starting out. The homes are small enough and "affordable" within bay area standards.
-I think they are going to do something about the whistle . Eventually the train tracks are going to be reconfigured and the trains won't have to blow their whistles any more. At least thats what the Sales Person says. It is quite loud if you are standing outside. However, when you are indoors , you can't hear it.
-The HOA fees are low. They don't have a pool which reduces a lot of the costs .
-The concept and design is very cute.
-Yes, I did buy. Met my neighbors and they are really nice.
_It will be a good community to live in.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 28, 2008
One of my friend was in the process of buying the KB home on kato rd. and she ended up not buying it. Close to dump area (so many people advised her about the bad smell which comes during windy seasons), the train whistle which will wake you up in the midnight and the crowd during morning and evening commute hours to 880 . The price is good but the location..its certainly bad. Also if you are concerned about having the house for a long time, you might have to consider middle and high school as well. Irvington doesn't have as much reputation as mission or cupertino schools. Yes , regarding KG admission to laitch elementary in warm springs, the line starts from the evening before the admssion window opens and there are more chances for the kid to be overloaded to grimmer,green or hirsch elementary.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 9, 2008
It will be quite noisy because it's close to the rail track intersection on Kato (~500ft distance). There will be a lot of bell ringing sounds when the train passes that intersection. I bet the sales agent didn't tell you that. I live on Hackamore Lane and I can still hear the the train bells when they pass the Warren intersection (1750 ft). Look up the map for details.

Plus, do you know that Leith/Warm Springs Elementary is currently overloaded, and the overload school is Grimmer, which has a much lower API? I think the agent didn't tell you about it as well...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Feb 28, 2008
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