October 20, 2008

An update on sales at Gables End in Mountain View

I just had to send you this update since you talk about Gables End ALL the time.

I don’t get over to Mountain View that much, but whenever I do, I think of you and your blog.  So you can imagine my delight when I was stopped at a light at Alma and Rengstorff this past weekend, and what do I see but a “bike billboard” advertising Gables End (see attached pic for a sample).

I had actually never seen one of these things before.  Sure, I’ve seen plenty of those oversized arrows waved by people on street corners trying to drive street traffic to a real estate open house.  And I’ve seen the car/truck billboards before.  But a BIKE billboard?  This was a new one for me, and it made me LOL.  If a train hadn’t come by delaying my left turn, I would have tried to catch up to Mr. Bike and take a picture for you.

Gables End.  They’re pulling out all the stops until the very last unit sells!

Thanks for the update Burbed reader Mia! Fascinating stuff!

I’m so proud to hear that Regis Homes is spending extra money to help inform the population that there are still some homes available in Mountain View. That said, I’m a bit puzzled – I drove by this weekend and the SOLD signs are gone, but the window coverings to replace them haven’t gone up yet.

What’s going on there?

Comments (17) -- Posted by: burbed @ 1:00 pm

17 Responses to “An update on sales at Gables End in Mountain View”

  1. madhaus Says:

    whatever picture was attached didn’t seem to make it, but here’s a photo of a billboard bike.

    I’ve seen great use of truck billboards to harangue politicians as they appear. One of the best was the photo of New Orleans with the levees broken, complete with Grover Norquist’s infamous quote.

  2. Pralay Says:

    Come of Google employees, you guys moved from segway to bikes for inter-building transportation. We did too. We both are green. What is stopping you from buying Gables End?

  3. sonarrat Says:

    I don’t understand one thing: remember that article about proximity to the Google shuttle impacting prices in Noe Valley? Why is this not having the same effect on properties along the 40 bus line which runs right to the Google campus? I’m thinking particularly of the Rengstorff corridor, which has a large quantity of relatively affordable condos and townhouses for young Googlers.

  4. nomadic Says:

    We both are green. What is stopping you from buying Gables End?

    Ain’t nothin’ green about Gables End, Pralay!

  5. anon Says:

    Ya know what’s great? Watching places like this unable to sell their units as other similar town home “communities” complete units down the street.

  6. madhaus Says:

    Pralay forgot my ode to Gables End:

    Tune: Penny Lane, by the Beatles

    Gable’s End, there is a Geiger counter reacting
    To every nucleus that’s decaying will show
    And all the electrons that come and go
    Stop to say hello

    On the corner is a bunker cov’ring well water
    The little children found a way in from the back
    But the groundwater will attack
    All their chromosomes, very strange

    Gable’s End is in my skin and in my hair
    Right next to an eight-lane freeway there
    I sit, and meanwhile back

    In Gable’s End there is a fireman in a bunny suit
    Because the radon makes his meters leave the green
    He likes to count the curies that he’s seen
    From urani’eem
    [sfx: nuclear attack sirens]

    Gable’s end is in my blood and in my nails
    Whoever let them sell should go to jail
    Gable’s end!

    and this one’s just for bob, the country music fan:

    Tune: All My Exes

    All my dachshunds died of toxins
    And toxins in a place I’d thought I’d own
    But all my dachshunds died of toxins
    And that’s why I rent on Latham, screw this loan.

    Brunhilde grabbed a filter from the groundwater culvert
    And sweet Grizel fell down the well, she passed on before she hit
    And Halfrida has a half-life somewhat like polonium
    And Kathe already did the math, she’s decayed on 101.

    All my dachshunds died of toxins
    And toxins in a place I’d thought I’d own
    But all my dachshunds died of toxins
    And that’s why I rent on Latham, screw this loan.

  7. cardinal2007 Says:

    I guess they have trouble selling townhouses that are next to the 101, and built on a superfund site, you would think they would go fast though. Afterall this is the RBA.

  8. DreamT Says:

    Here’s what Gables End is missing (to bike to the Googleplex):
    http://kansascity.bizjournals.com/sanjose/stories/2008/09/08/story5.html
    Maybe someday it’ll be a work of art, but so far it looks completely out of place.

  9. madhaus Says:

    Re: Mary Avenue footbridge article:

    “It is going to be functional and it’s a work of art, and that’s the best kind of sculpture you can have. It will be a tremendous gateway to Silicon Valley.”

    Oh ho! So Sunnyvale is no longer part of Silicon Valley if it’s the gateway to it!

    This bridge not only will connect the Sunnyvale and Cupertino ends of Mary Avenue, it goes right by the world famous Homestead High School!

  10. nomadic Says:

    Thanks for the link, DreamT. I was wondering what the heck that was! I only get a glimpse going from 85 to 280.

  11. WillowGlenner Says:

    LOL Madhaus
    maybe you can sell that to GE as a theme song?

  12. WillowGlenner Says:

    Hmm don’t care much for that 280 footbridge. In my area they built out the Los gatos bridge trail with bridges UNDER the freeway, I prefer that. You can now walk from WG on a trail to downtown SJ.

  13. sonarrat Says:

    That beats the ghetto chain-link walkway over Woodside Road at Middlefield in RWC.

  14. Herve Says:

    It looks a bit like the Normandy bridge?

  15. WillowGlenner Says:

    madhaus thanks for the background on billboard bikes (never seen one of these) and the Grover Norquist quote. We don’t always agree on Real Estate but we certainly agree on politics. the amazing thing about the Bush administration and the brain dead staffers, is that Bush actually expanded government more than any other president in history! But not to pay for anything that people actually wanted or needed like healthcare and infrastructure improvements. It all went to war, with an unquantifiable goal – a war on terror, gosh how do you define winning that anyway?- in the tradition of Vietnam.

  16. sonarrat Says:

    Yahoo profit down 64%, laying off 1,400 employees.

  17. madhaus Says:

    WG, that was all part of the plan: starve social services by bankrupting government with the war. Steal whatever wasn’t nailed down. They were sending pallets of money to Iraq and not tracking who walked off with it. They didn’t care.

    I seriously want every single one of them in this administration behind bars for the rest of their lives.


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