I read this description of a (rather expensive) house for sale in California, USA:

Resort-style living in Baker Ranch community with No Mello Roos. This turnkey The Rowe Plan 1X townhome was built in 2017 and is located near the Vista Swim Club with a spacious courtyard featuring 3 upstairs bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a direct access 2-car garage with approx. 1,500sf of living space. This model perfect home welcomes you with an open floor plan, 9' feet ceilings, upgraded high-end laminate flooring, wall mounted flat panel TV pre-wired, and recessed lights in the great room and all of the rooms.

The neighbourhood looks cozy but not like a "resort" at all.

  1. What would be a garage that is not "direct access"?
  2. "Mello Roos" did have a Wikipedia entry, but I couldn't understand the description.
  3. Resort-style living means what exactly? What makes that house such a "resort-style" house? Does somebody come and change my blankets for me every day and put a mint chocolate on the pillow? (I very strongly doubt that.)
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    I’m voting to close this question because it isn’t clear how understanding a description of a house relates to travel
    – Chris H
    Commented Aug 8, 2020 at 11:18
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    A garage without direct access could be a separate building, or (as in my case) below the house where you have to exit to the outside, up some stairs, and enter the house. Probably plenty of other ways a garage is not direct access
    – Midavalo
    Commented Aug 8, 2020 at 13:37
  • Mello Roos is a California tax district where there is additional taxes allowed etc. If this has no Mello Roos then there's not this extra tax. investopedia.com/terms/m/melloroos.asp
    – Midavalo
    Commented Aug 8, 2020 at 13:39
  • Resort style living is where the house is in a community that has access to amenities like a club, gym, pools, tennis courts etc., like you would expect on a resort.
    – Midavalo
    Commented Aug 8, 2020 at 13:41
  • The above are just all my definition from experience and/or google
    – Midavalo
    Commented Aug 8, 2020 at 13:42

1 Answer 1

  1. One example of a garage that's not "direct access" is parking apartment style: a shared garage with assigned spaces, but you need to take communal elevators/stairs to reach your house, instead of having a direct entrance into your house.
  2. Mello-Roos is an additional property tax of sorts in California.
  3. "Resort-style" is a pretty vague term, but here I presume it means that residents get access to shared facilities like pools, tennis courts, etc.

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