April 23, 2008

Fun purple colored house in Redwood City – for sustainable living

171 Buckingham Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063 – Property Details.


* Status: Active
* Bedroom: 3
* Bathroom: 2
* Year Built: 1942
* Lot Size: 4410
* Square Footage: 1210
* List Date: 4/1/2008
* Garage Spaces: 1
* MLS#: 788410

Wow… this color sure beats the house from December 2006 that the Queen of England was looking at:


Robin’s Egg Blue, or Kool-Aid Purple.

I’m guessing Kool-Aid purple would be better, after all it can attract the youth. Also, I’m a bit surprised that the add didn’t call out the giant apartment complex next door – just think about how much the shadow will reduce your cooling costs. And the metal gate on the door? Uh… that’ll keep your house cool too because you can leave the front door open.

You do want to live green don’t you?

Comments (23) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:01 am

April 22, 2008

$249,000 for a house in Redwood City

2829 Curtis Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063 – Property Details.


* Status: Active
* Bedroom: 2
* Bathroom: 1
* Year Built: N/A
* Lot Size: 1500
* Square Footage: 830
* List Date: 6/21/2007
* Garage Spaces: 1

* MLS#: 734574

Perfect home for a first time buyer. Recently remodeled flooring, bathroom, dining area in family room,kitchen,new windows,paint exterior and interior. Priced reduced/Do not miss this opportunity!! (LENDERS APPROVE,QUICKLY TO SALE.)

Dear Redwood City,

You are now officially no longer in the The Real Bay Area, or the Bay Area itself.

Auf Wiedersehen, kiss kiss.

(Thanks to Burbed readers Jeff and Madhaus for this find.)

Comments (35) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:54 am

April 21, 2008

Those are some mighty expensive sprinklers in San Jose!

3092 CHERRY AVE, San Jose, CA 95118 | $599,950 | Cambrian Real Estate

Price: $599,950
Beds:     3
Baths:     2
Sq. Ft.:     1,285
$/Sq. Ft.:     $467
Lot Size:     5,662 Sq. Ft.
Year Built:    1971
Neighborhood:    Cambrian
County:     Santa Clara
MLS#:     786331
Status:     Active
On Redfin:     5 days
Great starter home in Willow Glen a great enrty home in a good area. Beautiful hardwood floors. New vinyl floors in kitchen and bath. Living room and eating area painted this week. There is a “florida” room for a play area for the kids or?Has good curb appeal. recent landscaping looks great. Neighbors are remodeling and area is in the Willow Glean school district, San Jose Unified.

An anonymous Burbed reader sent this in. Wow… this is definitely a great entry home in Willow Glen. Check it out! It’s got new vinyl floors inside (NO PHOTOS) and amazing sprinklers on the outside. Really, you can’t get sprinklers better than this!


That means they’re millionaires, and if you buy in now, you are going to be filthy rich! OPM OPM OPM OPM OPM (Other People’s Money)!

And that strange brown stretch of grass? Uh… buried pirate treasure. It keeps with the Florida theme of this house!

Comments (16) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:59 am

April 20, 2008

Why does Christopher Thornberg hate freedom?

Home prices plunge, sales still slow – San Jose Mercury News
Economist Christopher Thornberg, founder and principal of Los Angeles- and San Rafael-based Beacon Economics, said that prices falling across the coastal Bay Area is the last part of the housing bubble bursting. Unfortunately, that area has been most resistant to the idea that their values may drop.


Instead, Thornberg said that the first signs of the housing bubble started in inland areas and are slowly moving outwards to the Pacific.

“You can’t have plummeting prices in San Joaquin and East Contra Costa counties that don’t affect Western Contra Costa and Alameda counties,” he said. “And you can’t have plummeting prices in Alameda and Contra Costa counties that don’t affect San Mateo and Marin.”

Foreclosures have become a larger part of the market in the Bay Area, making up 76.2 percent of home sales in San Joaquin County, 49.7 percent in Solano, 44.7 percent in Contra Costa, 26.1 percent in Alameda and 12.3 percent in San Mateo.


When will the MSM (Main Street Media) realize the difference between the Real Bay Area, and the Bay Area?


Comments (35) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:45 am

April 19, 2008

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Comments (2) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:40 am

Foreclosure map – Real Bay Area or not

Burbed reader Madhaus shared this recently:


WIthout a doubt, the East Bay is definitely not in the Real Bay Area. But clearly this visualization is skewed. Palo Alto in the orange? Uh, 1 in 1200 isn’t exactly a screaming rate of foreclosures.

What do you think?

Comments (37) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:15 am

April 18, 2008

$995,000 for a church in Belmont

MLS: 7813063209long.jpg

Property Overview
Belmont (Belmont) 94002
Detached Single Family (Class 1)
Bed/Bath: 2 / 2
Lot: —
Age: —
List Price: $995,000
Assoc Fee:
Property was built as church and is still, currently used as a church. Some remodeling needed to convert to a residence. Structure size est. 3000 . Sanctuary has high ceilings. Parking lot for 17 cars provides plenty of room to add a garage.

Wow… now this is pretty unusual. It’s not every day that you can buy a church – especially one that has room for 17 cars.

Just think of the partying opportunities this would provide! Here are some more photos:


Wow… the imagination simply runs wild! What would you do with this amazing property (that wouldn’t ban you to Hell)?

Comments (64) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:14 am

April 17, 2008

$299k for a 2/1 in Redwood City – what are you waiting for?


Redwood City, CA 94063
Price: $299,000
Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 630
$/Sq. Ft.: $475
Lot Size: 2,625 Sq. Ft.
Age (Years): 103
Year Built: 1905
Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1 Story
View(s): Neighborhood
Neighborhood: Dumbarton Etc.
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 780395

Charming doll house very well maintained, granite tile counter tops in kitchen area. Walking distance to Target Regency Shopping Center, Bus & train station. 2nd bedroom converted into a Livingroom. A must see, make offer before it’s gone!!!

I like it when the ads are really modest. For example, this ad completely overlooks this glamor shot:

Let’s face it, this house is quite simply an amazing deal. $300k. For a house. Near the Real Bay Area.

I mean, how can you seriously beat this?

Don’t forget, it last sold in 2005 for $485k! If you’re lucky enough to buy this at the list price (prepare to overbid!), that’s $186k in instant equity. What are you waiting for?

Come on bubbleheads… work with me. You wanted a bubble burst, here it is!

(Thanks to Burbed reader Madhaus for this find.)

Comments (31) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:16 am

PSA: Silicon Valley Marrow Drive this Saturday

The fine folks at Silicon Valley Moms Blogs asked me to post this – and I’m happy to:

My fellow Silicon Valley Friends! I am asking every viewer, every person living in Silicon Valley, everyone in the blogosphere….to help me spread the word about a Marrow Drive that we are co-hosting on April 19, 2008.

Comments (1) -- Posted by: burbed @ 4:50 am

April 16, 2008

Are you having problems posting to this site?

I’ve occasionally received comments that the new “Type Y into the box” thing is tripping up people from posting comments. That’s not good.

Does anyone have any consistent steps to reproduce the problem? Time of day? etc?

If you run into it, please e-mail me asap so I can investigate.

The alternative is to require people to register to post – which would break the preview feature incidentally.

Let me know your thoughts.

Comments (3) -- Posted by: burbed @ 10:15 pm