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Q: We do not know much about "Lakes and Birds" neighborhood in Fremont CA.
A: The Lakes & Birds neighborhoods are lumped together because of their location in North Fremont, however, they are actually two totally different neighborhoods in almost every way.
The â€œBirdsâ€ neighborhood is named because all the streets are named after birds. Homes in this neighborhood are conventionally constructed single family homes â€“ they were built by Ponderosa. Homes in this neighborhood are linked with Ardenwood Elementary. There are elevated train tracks going through this neighborhood.
Ardenwood is based on a lottery system so even if you live in the district, there is no guarantee your children will make it into the school. Call the Fremont Unified School District at (510) 657-2350 for up-to-date answers â€“ they will be able to tell you whether or not there are any redistricting plans in the near future. They will also explain the lottery system to you as well.
The â€œLakesâ€ neighborhood has streets named after â€¦ lakes. The Lakes neighborhood is, in and of itself, two different neighborhoods. On the left are conventionally built single family homes with normal front, side and rear yards â€“ the builder was Citation. Homes on the left side are wrapped around Harvey Community Park.
In contrast, the homes on the right were built by Gentry and are â€œpatio-styleâ€ homes. They are centered around a nice greenbelt. Although they are classified as single family homes, they are â€œattachedâ€ by common walls on each side and the rear (in most cases). In other words, there are no side yards unless you happen to be at the end of a row of houses or at the end of a street. The homes are joined by a fire barrier of concrete cinderblocks and typically there is no direct access to the rear yards except though the house. In some homes there are internal â€œpatiosâ€ or â€œatriumsâ€ that provide light into the home and egress in case of a fire or similar emergency. Itâ€™s an older example of a westernized version of the â€œbrownstonesâ€ you see in eastern cities. They are different from townhouses in that they do not have any HOA fees and are free of many of the types of restrictions you would see in a normal planned unit development (PUD).
Due to the fact that these homes have very small lots and are quite unusual compared to most of the homes in Fremont, their values typically are less than comparably sized homes elsewhere in the city. Although there are other neighborhoods in the Tri-cities that have â€œpatio-styledâ€ homes, they all have at least one side yard whereas the â€œpatio-styleâ€ homes in the Lakes and Birds neighborhoods do not.
Homes in the â€œLakesâ€ neighborhood (both sides) are linked with Warwick Elementary.
Q: Howâ€™s this neighborhood (community, safety and schools)?
A: Overall, Realtors are prohibited by law from telling you whether or not any specific neighborhood is safe. Itâ€™s called â€œsteeringâ€ and we are prohibited by our code of ethics and federal law from providing such information. Here are a couple posts that explain more:
NO STEERING ALLOWED: 3 Important Facts To Know As A Buyer
Donâ€™t Get â€˜Steeredâ€™ in the Wrong Direction
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