May 6, 2007

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May 4, 2007

WSJ claims you aren't always happier in California – LIES!

Getting Going – WSJ.com
We’re bad at forecasting. Consider a study by academics Daniel Kahneman and David Schkade.They asked university students in the Midwest and Southern California where they thought someone like themselves would be happier — and both groups picked California, in large part because of the better weather. Yet, when asked how satisfied they were with their own lives, both groups were equally happy.

“When you’re thinking about moving to California, you’re thinking about the beaches and the weather,” says Mr. Schkade, a management professor at the University of California at San Diego. “But you aren’t thinking about the fact that you’ll still be spending a lot of time in the grocery store or doing chores. People emphasize differences that are easy to observe ahead of time and forget about the similarities.”

When we predict what will make us happy, we’re also influenced by how we feel today. If we buy the weekly groceries just after we’ve had lunch, we will shop much more selectively. The downside: A few days later, we will be staring unhappily into an empty refrigerator.

What the hell is this writer talking about?

Everyone knows that you can only be truly happy when you live in California!

That’s why it’s special here. Because everyone here is happy! If it weren’t special and if people weren’t happy, would home be more expensive here than anywhere else in the nation?

And what’s this about groceries or chores? People in the Bay Area spend all of their time in the great hot weather and at our fine beaches like Ocean Beach and Santa Cruz Boardwalk. And it’s just a short few minute drive without any traffic.
To think that people could possibly be happier somewhere else. Sure. I guess it’s possible. If you want to live somewhere CHEAP (which means its undesirable.)

$.5 million condos, baby. That’s the way we roll, Cali style.

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3,351 sqft for $679,000 – guess where!

It’s Median Home Price Week on Burbed! As you know, the Median Home Price in Silicon Valley tends to be in the $68x,000 range, so each day we’ll be featuring a fine house of that price. Welcome to Day 5 – the last day!

REALTOR.com: Find a Home – Listing Detail
$679,900
4 Bed, 3 Bath
3,351 Sq. Ft.
Estimated Payment:
$3,205 Per Month*
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Lake Oswego, OR 97034

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4 Bed, 3 Bath, 3,351 Sq. Ft.

Single Family Property, Area: Lake Oswego, West Linn, County: Clackamas, Year Built: 1989, Fireplace(s), Dining room, Hardwood floors

Hey, I only said it was Median Home Price week here on Burbed. I didn’t say all the houses featured would be in the Bay Area.

This house is in Lake Oswego, one of the premier locations in Oregon. It’s the place to be from what I understand. And this is what you can get for a Bay Area median price home.

But let’s face it – it’s not special there. Even in this picture, it’s gloomy.

3,300 sqft with gloom? or 1000 sqft for sun?

You decide. (Hint… it’s special here.)

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May 3, 2007

Sunnyvale house doubles as a fort

It’s Median Home Price Week on Burbed! As you know, the Median Home Price in Silicon Valley tends to be in the $68x,000 range, so each day we’ll be featuring a fine house of that price. Welcome to Day 4!

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 712672
917 BLAZINGWOOD DR
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
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$690,000
Open House Showing
Saturday, April 14, 2007 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 712672 Approx Age: 49 Years Approx Sq Ft: 1108
Detached Single Family 1 Story 3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms 1 Stall Shower 1 Tub
Dining Area in Family Room Laundry Area – Garage Tile Floors

Whoever designed this house must’ve really liked World War 2 or something. Doesn’t this look like it would fit in on a base with the other barracks? I guess the lack of windows is a good thing in case there’s ever a car bomb in Sunnyvale. Or maybe to protect against you from avian flu. Extreme privacy for a median priced home…

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May 2, 2007

Best house on the block in East Palo Alto

It’s Median Home Price Week on Burbed! As you know, the Median Home Price in Silicon Valley tends to be in the $68x,000 range, so each day we’ll be featuring a fine house of that price. Welcome to Day 3!

East Palo Alto, CA Homes for Sale – 2345 Oakwood Dr, East Palo Alto, 94303
2345 Oakwood Dr, East Palo Alto 94303

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Bedroom: 2 Bathroom: 1 MLS#: 715734 Square Footage: 820 $679,000
Status:
Active
Year Built: N/A Parking Spaces: 1 List Date: 3/28/2007 Lot Size: N/A

DESCRIPTION -
2345 Oakwood Dr, East Palo Alto
Best house on the block! Completely remodeled! All new appliances throughout. Newly tiled garage floor. Newly paved driveway. Granite countertops w/ partial hardwood floors. Move-in condition. Tenants cooperative.

Wow! This is the best house on the block! Unfortunately, if you know EPA as well as I do, that often doesn’t mean very much. :(

But hey,  it’s 820 sqft! That makes this house about $828 per square foot! And… best of all… the tenants are cooperative. Oh look! It might even be prewired for ADT security. Sweet!

Better buy this median priced home before you get priced out forever!

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May 1, 2007

Lots of parking potential for the price!

It’s Median Home Price Week on Burbed! As you know, the Median Home Price in Silicon Valley tends to be in the $68x,000 range, so each day we’ll be featuring a fine house of that price. Welcome to Day 2!

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 710862
MADISON AV
Redwood City, CA 94061
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$679,000
lOTS OF POTENTIAL FOR THE PRICE
•Attractive entranceway leads to a large family living room and a light bright open floor plan with a handsome granite fireplace, rich natural tones tile floor and Colonial crown moldings. •Laundry and utility room off kitchen. •Recently painted exterior and interior with dramatic paint accents and window coverings, recently remodeled bathroom with designer tile. •Open Kitchen plenty of cupboard space. •Foundation was up dated approximately 10 years ago. •Two Comfortable bedrooms, one of the bedrooms has a large sliding glass door looking out to the back yard. •A new 462 Square Feet two detached car garage with a sink bar, perfect for an artist studio, private office with wet bar or child care room. •Lot Size Approx, 5,184 Square Feet. Very private back yard is perfectly set up for entertaining with a fairly good size deck and rear alley access for two additional parking an RV, Boat, large truck and a medium size vehicle. •Long pave drive way for three additional parking space.

This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 710862 Approx Age: 81 Years Approx Sq Ft: 780
Detached Single Family 1 Story Cottage/Bungalow
2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom 1 Stall Shower

Is it me or does this ad try selling the parking possibilities a bit too hard? They’re not kidding around though… check out this photo that’s included:

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Wow! You could totally buy this house and store quite a few WMDs here! Perhaps 1  mini-scud in the driveway… who knows what might fit in the back?

This house sure competes hard with yesterday’s house for “Best Taxi/Limo Service Home!” Which of these Bay Area Median Priced homes would you go for when it comes to parking?

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