Planning to buy a house in Forest park area Ardenwood(94555)(max $600k)

Asked by Saurabh Jain, Fremont, CA Wed May 13, 2009

Does anybody know which location is good out of three Crandlewood, Creekwood, and Ridgewood or...?

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charo bhatt, Agent, Fremont, CA
Wed Mar 16, 2011
Hi Saurabh,

You may have already bought a property now in Crandlewood, Creekwood, and Ridgewood area of Fremont. City of Fremont has good school district. Schools have high SAT and API scores. Fremont is centrally located. Also, Fremont has reputation of a safe city to raise family.

You asked the questions in May of 2009. Hope you took advantage of the tax credits that was allowed to first time home buyers in 2010. If you have yet not purchased a home, it's an excellent time to buy a home house, here is why...

• Mortgage rates are historically low.
• Homes are more affordable than ever.
We need to see what is affordability? It has three factors
A. Home prices
B. Mortgage rates
C. Income of the borrowers

Home prices have crashed. And mortgage rates are at record lows. But nationwide incomes haven't fallen nearly as much… So homes are now more affordable than ever.

Take advantage of the fact that, this is the best time to buy a property, specially if you
Are renting, buy now before the mortgage rates and home prices start escalating.

Good luck to you,

Charo Bhatt
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RandeepNanak, Agent, Fremont, CA
Wed Mar 16, 2011
Hi Saurabh,
Forest Park in Ardenwood is a nice area with good elementary school, and depending your choice of single family or town home should do you fine. If that's the only area you are looking at you will have to talk to the school district on to see if you your child will go the school you are contemplating.
But, if you open to suggestions, check out other areas or ask friends to get some idea so broaden your search.
Hope this helps.
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Amit Inamdar,…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Tue Mar 1, 2011
Hi Saurabh:

Forest Park is a home for many families looking for great schools. Knowing this, the demand has caused the schools to overload and now the schools have a lottery system. There is long wait list as you may find more by calling the Fremont Unified School District.

There are other parts of Fremont, where school admission is not that big an issue.

Most of the homes in Forest Park are built on slab foundation due to soil conditions. Certain area of Forest Park are in demand and others are not due to floor plans and style of the homes.

Call me so we can go over pros and cons of Ardenwood area.


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Joe Patel, Agent, San Ramon, CA
Wed Aug 4, 2010
I am working with homeowners in forest park and most of the owner shows satisfaction in living above area you mention.Just make sure about admission availabilty for your kids and how far from the schools.
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Brad Hatton, Agent, Fremont, CA
Thu May 20, 2010

I would rather see you own something over in Northgate. Better values, less congested and larger yards. Eventually your children will end up at Thornton JH and American HS. Check out the elementry school in Northgate. Score are not bad. The everflow of students in Ardenwood end up at Patterson Elementry in Cabrillo. Be careful where you end up. It is always a moving target when it comes to schools.

Brad Hatton
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The Medford…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Thu May 14, 2009

Forest Park is such a small area that are really no “bad areas” – it is totally a matter of personal preference. For some, the idea of facing the woods is great (Ridgewood), except that the trees can limit sunlight during the winter months and some have been offended by seeing the goats, farm equipment and the park’s miniature train across the street.

Some do not like the fact that freight trains run directly beside Forest Park (across from Dunhill), even though they do not blow their whistles anywhere near the area. Others do not like the fact that the other side of Forest Park (Creekwood) borders the freeway. Some want to be able to walk to the school and Fischer Park, others don’t mind a short drive.

As has been pointed out, there is a long waiting list for the school and no guarantee that your children will make it in. Many have chosen to rent first, get their names on the waiting list, then buy a home if their children make it in.

Style of home is also a factor: Crandalwood has a number of duets with NO HOA fees while other single family detached homes in the area DO have fees.

Let me know if you have any additional questions.
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Sunil Sethi, Agent, Fremont, CA
Thu May 14, 2009
Hi Saurabh,

You've heard the term, "location, location, location", however it's hard to answer your question, since its more important to judge where the house is on each street, also since all homes look to be associated with Forest Park, the layout and lighting is probably more important than the specific street in valuing the home.

Before you buy in the community, if getting you children into Forest Park is important, confirm availability for their grades. I know the wait list for next year's kindergarten class is 85+ long (when I checked a month ago). This is one of the reasons pricing has softened for this community.

After all, who wants to pay a premium to not get into a great school.

Good luck on your new home purchase.

Sunil Sethi
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charo bhatt, Agent, Fremont, CA
Wed May 13, 2009
Hi Saurabh,

I believe that all three street locations your described are in Forestpark school district,
of course subject to lottery and availability.

As far a location concern..

A. In terms of the distance
• Candlewood Street is at a short walking distance to the Forestpark school
• Creekwood and Ridgewood is slightly far from the school compare to Candlewood

B. In terms of view

• Candlewood is front of the town homes/condos
• Creekwood is front of the creek ( Mostly all homes)
• Ridgewood is all the way at the end of Deep Creek Street where some homes are facing woods etc.

C. In terms of age of the property

• Candlewood, Creekwood and Ridgewood all were built around the same time.

D. In terms of resale value…

To the best of my knowledge
• no HOA dues on Crandlewood
• Creekwood and Ridgewood have some HOA dues.

Some times buyers do count the extra $50-60 a month where they may not get
much of return in paying these monthly dues.

I would say at the end of the day ..its personal taste as to where one likes to reside...
In front of the view of the forest/woods, no neighbors in the front or
convenience of short walking distance to school

Please let me know if i can be of any further help.

Good luck to you,

Charo Bhatt
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Ailynne PeBe…, , San Leandro, CA
Wed May 13, 2009
Hello Saurabh,

That would always depends on what your needs are... Each and every individual has different preference. Most people always tends to justify there reasoning whether it is good or bad (opinion)
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