New Year Brings New Home in Coronado for Long Beach Graphic Designer
2011-01-21 · By Editor
This New Year’s Eve was unlike any other for Alquinn Velasquez. At 32 years old, the Long Beach graphic designer moved in to his dream home with the help of friends.
Velasquez, a Bay Area native, fell in love with Long Beach when came here 14 years ago to attend college at California State University at Long Beach. He quickly decided that this was the city he wanted to be in, and knew that this was where he wanted to buy a home. When the economy took a dive, finding a home in the beach city he loves seemed daunting, but he wanted to be here no matter what sacrifices he had to make. While he was optimistic, there was a small part of him that feared he wouldn’t be able to afford something on his own.
Intent on taking advantage of the current housing market and interest rates, Velasquez set out to find his dream home with the help of his realtor sister. He said that out of the countless properties he looked at, nothing stood out for him until he found Coronado Long Beach.
To his astonishment, he was preapproved. He discovered that not only could he afford a home in Long Beach, but the city would help get him in. He says that it was such a unique and wonderful deal that he had to jump on it.
Velasquez says there are many features he loves about his home, starting with the kitchen, which caters to his love of cooking with its granite countertops and an island that creates ample space for food preparation. He says it’s the perfect place to entertain guests. The openness of home’s layout and his master bathroom, which is spacious and beautifully lit, come to a close second to the kitchen. He also loves the fact that he can pull into his garage and go straight into his home, never having to step outside if it’s raining. Another favorite feature is the tank-less water heater, which saves him on energy and makes it so that hot water is always readily available.
The new Long Beach homeowner has some words of inspiration for people who are looking for a home: “Remain optimistic and continue following your dream.” He adds, “You never know what you can do until you just go out and do it.”
Brookfield Homes Southland and the Long Beach Housing and Development Company (LBHDC) have worked together to turn the city’s newest affordable living development into a neighborhood of townhomes along Atlantic Avenue. The newly-built community features modern floor plans and “extras” like stainless steel appliances and energy-saving upgrades that help homeowners go green. Half of the 48 townhomes have already sold.
The model homes and sales center for the Cornonado housing development are located along Atlantic Avenue, between Hill and 21st Streets, and are open by appointment from 10am to 5pm on Wednesday through Sunday.
The Coronado Townhomes are for sale to families earning between $40K to $65K* per household per year, with payments ranging from $1,300 to $2,500** per month. To learn about buyer eligibility, availability, and the “no strings” attached prequalification process, visit CoronadoLB.com or call (888) 565-6279.
*As determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). See 2010 Income Standards distributed by HUD and HCD (California Department of Housing and Community Development). **Approximate monthly housing payments after Long Beach Housing Development Company’s second mortgage assistance, and include homeowner’s association fees, utilities and taxes. Corporate Broker’s License #01402089