September 23, 2009

Picket fence, Palo Alto style

4076 WILKIE Way, Palo Alto, CA 94306 | MLS# 80940079
4076 WILKIE Way Palo Alto, CA 94306
Price: $869,000

4076
Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 886
$/Sq. Ft.: $981
Lot Size: 6,000 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Cottage/Bungalow
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 1948
Community: Ventura
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 80940079
Source: MLSListings
Status: Pending Without Release
On Redfin: 18 days
Absolutely charming two bedroom, one bath cottage with so much potential ??? best gateway into Palo Alto. It has wonderful curb appeal with its custom picket fence and inviting garden both lovingly created by the owners. The home is built on a good-sized lot with potential to remodel or expand into the spacious backyard. Desirable Palo Alto schools and neighborhood park nearby.

Thanks to Burbed reader Herve for this fine.

Burbed sent this in because he thought there was mistake – that the picket fence listed wasn’t really a picket fence.

WRONGO!

It’s a custom picket fence. You see, Palo Alto is a hotbed of innovation, and the latest is custom picket fences. Who wants traditional, when you can now innovate by adding a safety bar to the top. BOOM! It’s Picket Fence 2.0 baby!

What I find interesting is the ??? after potential. It leave so much to the imagination. It piques it, and says “think about it” “think some more” “no really, keep thinking because you don’t have it right yet.” What would you have put in this listing in that spot?

And finally, let’s look at the kitchen.

4076a

If that isn’t palo alto charm, I don’t know what is.

$981 per square foot. Bellissimo! And, it’s pending without release. Things are hot hot hot these days! Fall bounce baby!

Comments (20) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:37 am

20 Responses to “Picket fence, Palo Alto style”

  1. UnrealAlex Says:

    Custo Picket Fence

    ???

    Profit!!

  2. steve Says:

    “middle manager” house comparison. greenwich is kicking palo alto *ss: http://money.cnn.com/2009/09/23/real_estate/home_price_comparison/index.htm

  3. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    Where’s the entertainment value on this blog anymore? I had to scan back a few days to find anybody spouting off nonsensical gibberish.

    Also, you missed the best part, where the owners lovingly created both the picket fence and the garden.

    You know, kinda like the beginning of the Bible.

    Proof that the gods themselves live in Palo Alto. (The clods can go live in Cupertino, I guess.)

  4. nomadic Says:

    sfbb – the regulars like for the new readers to go to new threads while we slug it out in the older ones. :-P Less collateral damage that way.

  5. BuyersAreIdiots Says:

    while we slug it out in the older ones

    Darn! Am I missing a good fight?? ;-)

  6. Pralay Says:

    I had to scan back a few days to find anybody spouting off nonsensical gibberish.
    —–

    Everybody started ignoring you since you called well-respected RealEstater idiot after joining his cult group of homeowners.

  7. Pralay Says:

    Darn! Am I missing a good fight??
    —–

    You definitely missed the advice about how you can experince the natural beauty of Yosemite in HDTV without going there.

  8. cardinal2007 Says:

    It is walking distance to Pizza Chicago, maybe that helps it sell. I think the value in this case is probably in the land, since I’m guessing 6000sqft is a “large” lot in the Bay Area.

  9. sonarrat Says:

    6000sf is about average for Palo Alto, and it’s in South PA. But I don’t care anymore, Palo Altans can stay in their high tree and I’ll just pretend like they don’t exist.

  10. Imagineer Says:

    Picket fence 2.0!!!

    Stumled across your article whilst googling sqft cost comparisons!!

    Most hilarious thing I’ve heard all week!!

    Thank you for the tears of laughter!! :)

    A Vancouver tourist (CA)

  11. bob Says:

    Its funny to see these posts. Its like the real estate agents hired in Palo Alto must all have degrees in creative writing and literature because I know I’d have a really difficult time coming up with such flowerly descriptions for what’s essentially a small shack of a house.

  12. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    #6 – Alas, I have lost my credibility on both sides of the fence. *weeps openly*

  13. nomadic Says:

    Its like the real estate agents hired in Palo Alto must all have degrees in creative writing and literature…

    So that’s what you do with a degree in creative writing!

    :-)

  14. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    #13 – Flipping houses beats flipping burgers. No wait, you can make money flipping burgers.

  15. Pralay Says:

    It has wonderful curb appeal with its custom picket fence
    —–

    In Prestige Alto everything must be custom made. From picket fence to furnitures.

  16. anon Says:

    Custom items help mediocre and unremarkable people feel unique.

  17. Pralay Says:

    Custom items help mediocre and unremarkable people feel unique.
    ——

    And international travels and 5 star hotels.

  18. nomadic Says:

    BTW, the featured house from Pralay’s post #15 (listed at $920k) finally sold in April for $776,000 after more than four months on the market.

  19. Pralay Says:

    And in the same thread, the great deal in Foster City is still in market. But this time it is short sale after three price reductions. The listing history is interesting. Initially they listed just below $1M. Then in April 09 they increased to $1.4M. Probably the owner got the memo that the market already bottom in January 09 and it’s time for double digit appreciation again.

  20. Real Estater Says:

    Some news on Steve’s favorite street in Palo Alto: 425 Ferne Ave. has gone pending, and it’s listed at $1.598M.


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