Encinitas homes in Pacific Serena enjoy some PROS and CONS of living in this community
Pacific Serena CONS
- Sharing. Living in a twin home means that you share a number of building systems with your neighbor, you guys are literally attached at the hip. What this mean is that over time, you'll have to work together to ensure that things are maintained and replaced accordingly. Shared roofs are the biggest item followed by shared fences or landscaping. All in all, a buyer must weigh how big of a deal is this to them. Is the home attached to yours occupied by an owner or tenants? How long have they been there? How well do they appear to maintain their home and yard? These are all questions that buyers should think about before agreeing to 'co-habitate' under the same shared roof well kind of, when in fact you are simply sharing a garage wall.
- Density. While smaller homes suit most, they don't support large numbers of occupants very well (especially given the fact that most of these home only have one bathroom). Typically if there isn't any street parking available it's a pretty good sign that a) people's garages are stuffed full of stuff or have been converted into living space or b) there are more than 3 drivers with cars living in one of these homes. Density affects curb appeal and the ease to which you come and go from your home. Buyers need to learn to 'stalk' a neighborhood, visiting it at several different times during the day and evening in order to truly get a feel for how the community feels throughout a week. This accumulation of 'time-lapse' visuals that a buyer obtains with their own effort will help them form an opinion on the density throughout Pacific Serena.
- Low-ceilings. Unless the home has been extensively remodeled and the roof raised, all of the homes in Pacific Serena have lower ceilings. If you undertand that double-pane windows really didn't come into use until 1989, you can understand that almost all construction before that was designed to create efficient spaces that could easily be heated and cooled, you can understand that it was always going to be less expensive to heat and cool a room with a lower ceiling than one with say 18' ceilings as you'd find throughout Aviara in Carlsbad (built in the early 1990's) or at the high-end in the River Estates in Rancho Santa Fe near Chino's Farm (built in 2003). If you have marble floors & 18' ceilings, how long & how expensive would it be to heat the space to where your toes are finally warmed up?