September 25

A Sense of Community


Hasidic neighborhoods across the country are starting to find that homes built with kosher kitchens hold their value even better in coastal communities. Certain parts of New York and Florida are easy to find these gems but in California, some families are hard pressed to find homes with kosher kitchens. You wouldn’t believe the fit that city council members threw when an initiative was proposed to require home builders to include kosher kitchens in a percentage of all new homes built in California. Sure it’s a big ask but when religious freedom is on the line, you’d think that a properly built home is a small price to pay. The building council denied the request but there were a few custom home developers that were very amicable to the proposed solutions. They specialize in $2 million+ homes and they ensured that they could develop entire tracks of real estate to fit the needs of enough qualified buyers – finally some decent people that listen to reason.

Kosher Kitchen in Aliso Viejo

Apart from the new home development option, my brothers and I did some research into realtors that new their communities well enough to point out the homes fitting our requests. I didn’t expect it would be so hard but just like any field, 40% of the industry are hacks, 10% are hopeless, 40% are average and 10% are really experts at their craft. Don’t even get me started on how poorly those numbers are skewed in investment banking. No other industry could survive with the pile of incompetence except that it attracts enough salesmen to keep itself propped up on a heap of BS. I digress. Thankfully I was able to find a top tier of real estate agents that went far above and beyond anything I could have expected in professionalism, personability and local knowledge.

Westridge Aliso Viejo entrance

After searching far and wide I found just the one to work with. She and her team listened to exactly what we were asking for and delivered on the first try. It turns out that the neighborhood of Aliso Viejo in Orange County was the ideal place for a place to hang a hat. The schools are good, the communities are safe and quiet and the knishes are delicious if you know where to go. Here is the website of the realtor we spoke with, and here is some of the Aliso Viejo real estate selling at the moment.  I hope you found this endeavor helpful, I’ll be sure to keep you updated about the home developers.

If you wanted to contact her:

Cesi Pagano Team

23807 Aliso Creek Rd #100, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


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