December 24, 2007

The Cupertino of New York – Herricks house prices

It’s Christmas Eve! Whenever I think of Santa, I think of Miracle on 34th St. And that reminds me of Macy’s and New York.

Sure I could jump the shark and do a New York vs San Francisco post like this guy did, but let’s face it – SF would win by a landslide. After all, SF is safer, you never need a car, has great magnet public schools, has a diverse economy, low taxes and no taxes on clothing, is the only place with diversity and gay rights, the most and the best colleges, only place with diversity, and has mild weather. Oh, and we’ve got Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39!

Instead being that this is – let’s focus on the ‘burbs. Here, we have the shining star of Cupertino – the anchor of The Real Bay Area. So let’s look a comparable suburb city of Manhattan: Manhasset Hills.

They’re both pretty similar in distance from The City (ok, the Cupertino one is twice as far), they’re both solidly upper-middle class, and they both have great schools – heck, the high schools even have pretty similar racial/ethnic demographic – yes that’s right, the high school for the Manhasset Hills house below is 47% Asian!

So let’s take a look shall we?

The Cupertino contender, located 44.7 miles from the Macy’s in San Francisco’s Historic Union Square: Property Details
10260 ORANGE AV, Cupertino,CA,95014 – $1,098,000


3 Beds 1015 Sq.Ft. Aprx. 2 Car Garage MLS#: 701195
1.0 Baths 7,405 Lot Size 62 Yrs Old Aprx. List Date: 2007-01-09

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

Description – 10260 ORANGE AV, Cupertino,CA,95014
Best Cupertino Schools, Large Lot, Very Close to Monta Vista High School Nice Open and Sunny Lot, Ready for your plans.

Alright… so far so good. We have a $1 million dollar house on a 7405 lot that is ready for you to tear down and build your dream house. So far Cupertino is in the far lead!

Let’s look at Manhasset Hills – located 18.4 miles from the Macy’s in boring and jobless Manhattan: – Find a Home
List Price: $1,059,000


Single family, 7 room Split
3 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths 1 Half Bath
Gas, Hw heating
A/C: Cac
Detached Stucco construction
Year Built: 1963
School Dist: Herricks
Lot: 73 X 115
Appearance: Diamond

GAH! Who wants that? A Diamond appearance? An 8000 sqft lot? 3 br/3.5 ba? How will you be able to build your own home when your home already looks like this? Boo! Hiss! Ridiculous.

See, another reason why Bay Area real estate is so expensive: you have the freedom to do what you want!

I don’t know why I even posted this – it was obviously going to be a landslide in favor of Cupertino. Don’t you agree?

Which would you prefer Santa to deliver to you tonight, readers?

Comments (8) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:28 am

8 Responses to “The Cupertino of New York – Herricks house prices”

  1. Sprezzatura Says:

    Two one-way plane tickets to New York, please.

  2. sonarrat Says:

    280 beats the pants off of the Long Island Expressway, though. It would probably take less time to get to San Francisco from Cupertino than it would to drive from Manhasset Hills to Manhattan.

  3. So Sorry Charlie Says:

    Ah come on. I’d much rather have the hovel in Cupertino. This way, I’ll have all that opportunity to learn about the many wonderful customs and cultures found there. The many different languages spoken (English optional), the many salient features of Toyota automobiles, a quick Field Trip to the 99 market to inhale the wonderful aroma of day-old fish, experience orient-style congestion and aggresssion and lack of basic driving (thicker glasses?)skill and manners.

    Why who even needs to live there? I’m close enough, I think I’ll take a field trip and just hang out…

    It makes a million for a hovel seem paltry…

  4. cupertino sucks btw Says:

    That’s not even close to living in the city, you may as well live in another state.

  5. sg Says:

    This particular house Cupertino has been unsold for at least 349 days. What is going on? Sellers really think someone will pay $1mil for this shack in this market?

  6. ex-sunnyvale-renter Says:

    Haha that’s by De Anza college, can you say, kids spinning donuts in the parking lots all night, and pulling guns? Yep, the early-early crowd for the swapmeet can verify that …..

    It’s a so-so neighborhood.

    That same house and ‘hood quality would be like $100k in most of the US.

  7. ex-sunnyvale-renter Says:

    cupertino-sucks — by the way, it’s not that bad to get to the City from there, just not that good …. let me explain.

    The last thing you want to take to the city is your car, so leave that at home. Luckily you’re near De Anza so there are lots of buses around there, take one that gets you to a CalTrain station then take the train into the city. Now, I’d say take a bus to the Sunnyvale station offhand, but you’d want to study the routes, you may find that a bus that takes you to the mountain view station or something works better.

    Of course if you drive, then it’s easy – 85 to 280 to the city.

  8. Greg Says:

    Mr. Burbed, do you live in the SF bay area? If so, why? If the rest of the country is so much better and cheaper then why not enjoy it? just curious.

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