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Home Buying in Topanga : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Aug 15, 2017
Christine Kapetan answered:
Hi John, As for the timeframe for constructing a house: if you are inside of the CA Coastal Commission Zone (5 miies from the Coastline) then you are looking at more wait time than if you are not. Topanga is divided inside and outside of the Coastal Zone. The price of a septic has increased and probably will cost you 80 -100k - though you may be able to do it for less if you have enough flat land for a field. The other costs - foundation and driveway, retaining walls will depend on the terrain and slope and distance to a road...a legal road. Also - you will need a fire hydrant with adequate flow. It may be difficult on a 400 - 500k budget. Maybe a fixer would work better. Christine ... more
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Fri Sep 5, 2014
Tina Lam answered:
The state of the economy is not a factor in determining whether to build or fix-up. The choice depends more on the cost of the renovation, the availability of cash or credit, and the time horizon. If you're looking at less than $80/sqft, about 20-40% of the cost of the house in cash, and 3-6 months, then a renovation is a better choice. ... more
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Mon Jul 22, 2013
Christine Kapetan answered:
yes!!! Worth the commute which is easy and quick. btw Topanga has some really great restaurants too - and you can get to the PCH and head toward Malibu as well as Santa and your dog will be blissfully happy and healthy. Christine Kapetan ... more
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Mon Jul 22, 2013
Christine Kapetan answered:
Hi - You would want to know if it's inside the Coastal Zone - if it is, the seller may have some preliminary work done (1809 Tuna Canyon Topanga). If it's outside of Castal - I usually guesstamate at $300.00 per square foot. Septics cost between 45k for leech field type - to $100k for pit.., utilities are by parcel - you will contact the water company, and electrical company and get an idea. Also you will need to be sure that fire department has a turn around if required which can add on to your costs, and also the fire hydrants need to be flowing at a rate that meets fire dept standards. This can also be discovered during escrow by submitting a request to the water/engineering dept of the district. You may want to consider hiring an expiditor or architect or contractor who knows the area to help you cover your bases. Hope that this helps. Christine Kapetan ckapetan ... more
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Mon Jul 22, 2013
Kimmy Kim answered:
Within an hour drive from central Los Angeles area, La Crescenta, La Canada area have excellent schools. Sherman Oaks and Studio City have great public elementary and private schools. Some of the West LA/Westwood area also have good schools. Hope this helps. ... more
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Wed Nov 20, 2013
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