Things you might not know you need in your Mission Viejo home

What Must Your Mission Viejo Home Have?What You Think You Want

This is critical to understanding the way the home buying process works.

Oh, you can start out with the ages 3+ (suitable for any home shopper age 3 or above) requirements of light and bright, granite counters, and open floor plan.  But the places you will move on to from there may surprise you.  They always surprise me!

What You Didn’t Know You Must Have

Did you know the closet under the stairs that has a light and goes all the way back to the beginning of the stairs, essentially the American version of the Harry Potter closet, would melt your heart and endear the home to you forever? And be the deciding factor in choosing to make an offer?

Did you know that you’ve always wanted a dumbwaiter?  And finding things in the seller’s garage to send up three floors to the kitchen in the dumbwaiter, just to see it work, would put a smile on your face bigger than the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile?  Get your pen out and write up that offer!

Did you know you can no longer live without a cedar lined closet before you walked into it? Whether it is a romantic notion retained from a memory of a favorite grand parent or great grandparent’s house, or a practical consideration for your furs, wool suits, and cigars. The cedar closet just made it on to the must-have list.  And since cedar closets are very rare here in the OC, you might choose to put that offer in tonight.

Did you know that a three story house won’t work for you before you actually walked into one and realized immediately that your aging dog will NEVER be able to manage the stairs?  Scratch those homes off your list immediately! Or, get creative and figure out a safe and sensible way to get Rover from the bottom to the top.  A wagon on a rope?  A basket suspended from a pulley?

Did you know before you saw it that you cannot buy a house on a street with a steep grade, because your elementary school aged children won’t be able to safely manage the hill on their bicycles?  Check the Google Map photos from now on and eliminate the houses on the hills.

Did you know before you walked into it that steam shower would be the oasis at the end of your work day that would relieve your ragged edges and relax you from the day’s stress? No normal shower will do, and you’ll forever be asking if a steam shower upgrade is possible.

Did you know before you saw the view of the Saddleback Mountains from the kitchen window that a view would lift your spirits immediately and spin your mood to elated, hopeful, and happy?  And that the option of no window above the kitchen sink is now unacceptable.  And a window above the kitchen sink looking at your neighbor’s kitchen window is equally unacceptable?

Get out there and find what you know you want.


I’m Leslie Eskildsen, Realtor.

Call me. Text me.  949-678-3373

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Helping you make the right move in Mission Viejo, Coto de Caza, Rancho Santa Margarita, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Dana Point, Corona Del Mar, and other Orange County communities.

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