November 23, 2007

Smallest House in Toronto – kicks the Bay Area’s ass

Let’s celebrate Black Friday by looking at some of the stranger deals out there. Here’s one from across the border in Canada:

mls.ca – Property Details
Real Estate Type : Single Family
Building Type : House
Bedrooms : 1
Bathrooms : 1
Storeys : Bungalow
Land Size : 7.25×113.67 FT
Location : 128 DAY AVE
TORONTO, ON M6E 3W2

General Description
Smallest House In Toronto! ‘The Little House’ Completely Re-Done Top-To-Bottom, Front-To-Back! Tumbled Stone Entrance Walk. Reno’d Bath, Reno’d Kit Incls New Cabinets, Stacked New Washer/Dryer! Bedrm With Murphy Bed Built-Ins Doubles As Den. Walk-Out To Fenced Patio.**** EXTRAS **** Plus 2 Car Parking! A ‘Must See’! 10 ! Newer Stove,Fridge,New Washer/Dryer,Elf’s, Window Coverings,Built-InMurphy Bed Frame/Cabinet, Bedroom Wardrobe/Cabinetry,100 Amp Service,2 Satillite Dishes Receiver,Hwt Rental.Window A/C Available

Thanks to Richard in Chicago for this find.

Wow… this house totally kicks the Bay Area’s ass. Could it be that Toronto is more special that Mountain View?

How do we compete against this??

Especially with our dollar being worth so little these days!

Comments (5) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:19 am






November 22, 2007

Bay Area Groceries now only 16% more! Thanksgiving Price Shootout 2007

Last year I had the ultimate Thanksgiving Price Shootout on this blog: Using safeway.com’s website, I compared the prices of a hypothetical Thanksgiving shopping list between the Bay Area and Seattle/Redmond area.

Also known as “Zune vs iPod, Wii vs PS3″ since Sony/Apple are either based in, or have significant operations in the Bay Area, versus Nintendo and Microsoft which are in Seattle/Redmond. I guess I could’ve also called it Google vs Microsoft, but that seems so cliche.

Anyhoo, here are the prices for this year! Again, I compared prices of the exact same item in the Bay Area vs Seattle/Redmond. I also tried my best to pick items without coupon deals (the only exception was stuffing – crazy sale on stuffing right now!). Also, if you compare to last year, the prices won’t match – in part because I may have picked different brands/items last year. For example, this year I went for Roma tomatoes – I think last year I picked beefsteak tomatoes.

That said, it’s the same general list otherwise. Here we go!

Item Bay Area Redmond Difference
Turkey $24.21 $24.21 0%
Yellow Onions $0.74 $0.59 -25%
Celery $0.99 $1.19 17%
Cranberries $3.99 $3.49 -14%
Oranges $4.99 $4.99 0%
Garlic $0.50 $0.69 28%
Lemons $1.50 $0.99 -52%
Green Beans $1.49 $1.26 -18%
Pork Sausage $3.69 $3.19 -16%
Eggs $3.79 $3.39 -12%
Milk $4.59 $2.69 -71%
Corn $1.49 $1.26 -18%
Olive Oil $12.99 $8.99 -44%
Chicken Broth $3.25 $2.79 -16%
Flour $2.79 $2.49 -12%
Sugar $3.49 $3.49 0%
Ginger $0.80 $1.40 43%
Pecans $6.89 $6.19 -11%
Salt $0.79 $0.79 0%
Rosemary $1.99 $1.99 0%
Honey $3.00 $2.50 -20%
Black Olives $1.39 $1.29 -8%
Green Onion $0.99 $0.66 -50%
Pumpkin Pie $6.49 $5.49 -18%
Spinach $3.69 $3.29 -12%
Grape Jelly $3.51 $2.95 -19%
Butter $2.49 $2.39 -4%
Biscuits $2.15 $1.55 -39%
Tomatoes $0.60 $0.46 -30%
Orange Juice $6.79 $5.69 -19%
Potatoes $3.99 $3.69 -8%
Carrots $1.49 $1.29 -16%
Rice $3.66 $3.47 -5%
Grey Poupon $4.42 $3.39 -30%
French Fries $4.39 $3.59 -22%
Ketchup $3.29 $2.79 -18%
Stuffing $2.00 $1.50 -33%
Ham $4.79 $3.99 -20%

Difference: Bay Area is 16% more expensive

(BTW, I’ll never understand why milk is so much more expensive here…)

This is pretty disappointing frankly. Last year the difference was 20%. This means either that Seattle/Redmond has gotten more expensive, or the Bay Area has gotten cheaper.

At this rate, the prices might be the same – that would be a disaster! Would high housing prices, and a 9.3% state income tax (that keeps our roads in fantastic condition) be enough to keep the Bay Area as special as it is?

Of course if you leave the the Bay Area, you’ll find that they don’t have any Chinese restaurants, Korean restaurants, Japanese restaurants, Thai restaurants, Vietnamese restaurants, gays, smart people, guacamole, tech companies, snow sports, hiking, mountains, liberals, In-n-outs, or 9 months of sun. And let’s not forget our cheap housing, amazing public schools, great roads, low taxes, and lack of traffic.

Here’s to hoping that 2008 will be more expensive!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Comments (7) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:28 am

November 21, 2007

Do you know what happens when you look at too many houses?

782 Lakewood Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94089 – Property Details.
$540,000

* Status: Active
* Bedroom: 3
* Bathroom: 2
* Year Built: 1957
* Lot Size: 6098
* Square Footage: 1108
* List Date: 10/1/2007
* Parking Spaces: 1
* MLS#: 755239
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782 Lakewood Dr, Sunnyvale
Beautiful home and area to live, for your family. Some upgrades. Large lot over 6000 sqft. Home is ready to move in.

Yep, this is what happens when you look at too many houses.

When you look at Burbed.com too much.

Other, more pure people might see this beautiful house in Sunnyvale’s prestigious Lakewood district.

But you? You’ll just see this.

Shame on you.

(Thanks to Burbed reader Heather for this find!)

Comments (9) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:42 am

November 20, 2007

You can rent out the garage in this Milpitas house – heck it’s rented already

MLS-2.com: Property Details
1425 CANTON DR, MILPITAS,CA,95035 – $639,000

4 Beds 1289 Sq.Ft. Aprx. Garage – Converted,Uncovered MLS#: 752692
2.0 Baths 6,098 Lot Size 52 Yrs Old Aprx. List Date: 2007-09-18

What’s new on MLS-2: Search by % Price Drop // Search by “MOTIVATED SELLERS”

Description – 1425 CANTON DR, MILPITAS,CA,95035
GREAT 3 BEDROOM & 1BATH HOME W/ PERMITTED 1 BEDROOM & 1 BATHROOM GARAGE CONVERSION (EXCEPT THE STOVE IS NOT PERMITTED)!!PERFECT FOR IN-LAW QUARTERS OR RENTAL INCOME TO HELP PAY YOUR MORTGAGE (CURRENT RENTERS WILLING STAY IF YOU CHOOSE)!!CLOSE TO THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!!LARGE BACK YARD WITH TWO STORAGE AREAS!!NEW EXTERIOR PAINT!!SPACIOUS LIVING ROOM!!LARGE BEDROOMS!!CLOSE TO STORES & FREEWAYS!!

Actually I find this ad refreshingly honest. Upfront it tells you that the stove is not permitted in the 1br/1ba garage. And that the current owners rented out the garage already. And that they’re willing to stay.

If only more ads were like this!

  • “Front yard serves as campground to help you pay your mortgage!”
  • “Plastic shed in backyard can be a Hilton franchise!”
  • “Laundry room has its own door! Serves as a laundromat!”

I can wish, can’t I?

Comments (11) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:44 am

November 19, 2007

Building houses takes away water…

Mountain View Voice Mountain View Voice: Letters to the Editor (November 16, 2007)
The Voice’s article on Hawthorne Park reported that Tamara Colby, a member of the Sierra Club, wants high density infill housing on Whisman Road (“Greens clash with neighbors over ‘Hawthorne Park,’” Nov. 9).

Ms. Colby does not realize that high density developments are the source of our present traffic congestion problems. Traveling north on Highway 101 is now stop and go, including in the diamond lane, for several hours in the evening from Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto to Ellis Street in Mountain View.

The City Council was asked if they had any responsibly for traffic congestion due to high density housing in Mountain View. They failed to reply during a study session about a Rengstorff development. The mayor stated they do not answer questions in a study session.

Infill housing destroys the efforts of other Sierra Club chapters to save the Sierras and the Central Valley from development. For example, these new residents will require more water. The governor is asking for more dams to store water when the dams we have are only half full. Meanwhile, the Sierra Club is asking for dams to be removed so that the salmon fishery can be restored to its natural level.

The City Council should go for more open space that will not tax the environment, create even more traffic congestion and burden city services such as water, schools, etc.

Godfrey Baumgartner

Betlo Avenue

Amen. Every house you build in Mountain View takes away more water from our environment. It also increases the number of houses available – preventing prices from soaring.

It’s clear that we need to start destroying houses in order to keep Mountain View the way it was, to ensure every homeowner has a chance at selling their pre-1978 house for $4 million, and to save the environment.

Once we succeed in Mountain View – we can then make the rest of the Bay Area look like Hillsborough.

Comments (15) -- Posted by: burbed @ 10:44 am

752 sqft Cupertino House: $1.45 million

Reports
MLS: 748038

Property Overview
21918 LOMITA AV
CUPERTINO (Cupertino) 95014
Detached Single Family (Class 1)
Bed/Bath: 2 / 1
SqFt: 752
Lot: 9,000 sq ft
Age: 99 years
List Price: $1,450,000
Assoc Fee:
Remarks
Gently sloping 100 % usable almost perfectly square lot with 100 feet street frontage can build 3880 square foot new 2 story home with super curb appeal, walk to best schools, shopping, college, golf course, parks, Excellent

$1.45 million dollar house – check

$1.164 million construction costs – check

Having a $2.614 million dollar house in Cupertino? Priceless

More important, this house is located on Lomita – the street with the house that made Burbed.com famous. You, of course, remember this house from February 21, 2006 right?

 

Just think – if you had bought that house for $764,900 back then, you could’ve probably sold it for $1.3 million today.

It’s true what they say… real estate really is a can’t lose investment in the Bay Area (and by Bay Area, I mean Cupertino).

Comments (8) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:18 am

November 17, 2007

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Thanks readers!

Comments (4) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:30 am

November 16, 2007

Welcome home Papa Smurf

Reports
MLS: 733001
Property Overview
2746 BELFAST DR
San Jose (San Jose) 95127
Detached Single Family (Class 1)
Bed/Bath: 3 / 1
SqFt: 960
Lot: 5,227 sq ft
Age: –
List Price: $539,900
Assoc Fee:
Remarks
Huge Price Reduction!!! 3 Bed 1 Bath for under $550,000.00 Garage converted w/o permits, AS-IS SALE * Please respect tenants rights!!! Short Sale subjet to Lender’s approval

What’s blue and blue and blue and blue?

I’m not sure either, but I think it’s this house.

Personally I love how the garage is painted over. This is important especially with the rising crime in San Jose. Good luck stealing the tools from this garage – you can’t even find it. MUHAHAHHAHAHA.

Papa Smurf would be proud.

Comments (16) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:00 am

November 15, 2007

“I think you are an @sshole. I am a professional from Europe”

This comment from “Martin” got stuck in the spam filter – but it’s another haterz comment. Here are some key snippets – click the link for the full comment:

SFGate: Bay Area is too Expensive. Burbed:Bay Area is too Affordable [Burbed.com]
I think you are an asshole. I am a professional from Europe

[snip]

But, I think Bay Area has no other way, then down.

Area is overcrowded. People either very nervous, either snobbish, either paranoid. Area is extremely policed: police, police, police and police…

[snip]

No way I will buy a house in SFBA.
1. Dirt.
2. Overcrowded.
3. Crazy police.
4. Insane cost of living.
5. Paranoid, snobbish people.
6. Don’t want to be a mortgage slave.
7. Don’t want to carry parasites on my back.
9. No mainstream culture, too diverse. Don’t want to live in this zoo.

Hm, I’m not sure if everyone would agree that there’s too much police in the Bay Area. For example, the people at the Metreon earlier this week.

Also, I kind of wonder what #8 was.

At the end of the day, this sort of explains everything:

And again, yes, I work for hightech and a lot of my friends. Only 2-3 out of 15 could afford to buy something. Yes, we are smart. But we don’t want to have an army of parasites on our shoulders. We don’t want to become slaves for 30 years, dragging those 500k mortgages. So, I will be working, generating ideas and some parasite will get 2-3k a month as an interest from me, just doing nothing!!!! NO!!!!!NO!!!!NO!!!!NO!!!!

Remember where the part where Martin says he’s from Europe?

Yep. He probably expects houses to be given away here. Or for them to be affordable based on salary. Tsk tsk.

If you’re not working for your house, what are you working for?

Comments (19) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:29 am

$989 per square foot cattege – guess where!

Reports
MLS: 718068
Property Overview
126 N 12TH ST
San Jose (San Jose) 95112

Detached Single Family (Class 1)
Bed/Bath: 1 / 1
SqFt: 484
Lot: 2,178 sq ft
Age: –
List Price: $479,000
Assoc Fee:
Remarks
Well maintained cattege,close to shopps and restaurants,Newer roof,garage/with new automatic door,Doble pane windows,and much more.seller work nights please show after 10am.

$989 per square foot for this a cattege near shopps and with doble pane windows.

I have just one question: if I bid $500k, will you throw in the Caddy? Because that would be sweet! That’s like another 5 sqft of living space right there.

Comments (8) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:00 am