June 30, 2010

This house needs finishing touches – like walls



Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 1,110
$/Sq. Ft.: $387
Lot Size: 6,450 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Year Built: 1912
Community: Carlmont
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 81001900
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active This listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.
On Redfin: 162 days

Thanks to Burbed reader Sam for this find!

Here’s what Sam had to say:

Not that Belmont is ghetto or anything, but something about this house reminds me of whistle-tips- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nnzw_i4YmKk

Check out that new siding!  Dayumn!  That’s not a contractor’s special- that is modern art!  It’s a statement about the cost of conformity!  Why, oh why would the bank want to get rid of this post-post modernist masterpiece?  This is installation art taken to its next level!  I mean, hell, if a shark in formaldehdye can sell for $12M  (http://www.stuckism.com/Shark.html) this place ought to be worth at least $6M.  If this place came with some shark’s teeth, it might be worth $12M too.  Shark’s teeth are frickin cool!

To the realtor’s credit, the disclosures are made openly- “HOME NEEDS FINISHING TOUCHES”.  This kind of statement speaks volumes about perspective.  When I think about finishing touches, I think about adding outlet colors, picking color schemes, hanging drapes, etc.  These guys think about $100K remodeling jobs.
But the realtor really nails it with his/her description- “THIS PROPERTY HAS A LOT OF POTENTIAL!!”  Like potential energy.  Like potential to be blown over in the next storm.


Uh, Sam… they’re practically giving this house away. All you need to do is add a little elbow grease… and some walls… and… uh… some innovation.

Personally, I think this house enables you to express your freedom. Therefore, if you hate this house, you hate Freedom. Why do you hate freedom this close to July 4th? Are you a terrorist?

Comments (7) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:59 am

7 Responses to “This house needs finishing touches – like walls”

  1. madhaus Says:

    I felt sorry for this article sitting here all alone and nobody saying anything about what a crapbox this house is.

  2. Alex Says:

    It is a crapbox. What more needs to be said?

    I think burbed should post fewer entries. Maybe just a 2-3 each week. That way, it’ll give us more time to enjoy each entry.

    burbed, you communist, when will you sell this site to me for $50?

  3. DreamT Says:

    I don’t hate the house, but I think the house hates me. I’m terrorized! (** mission accomplished **)

  4. nomadic Says:

    What could be better here than a house that looks like it has already taken the worst an earthquake can dish out?

  5. Gallileo Says:

    I’ve bn pttng th fnshing ouches n a pst ‘bt this hose for dys now.

    Lk, t’s nerly ct!

  6. Gallileo Says:


    Burbed knows that the real money is an ipo, not an acquisition.

  7. Ditto Says:

    I actually looked at this house with 4 contractors.
    It needs about 250K in work if not more.
    The foundation is in bad shape, there’s no kitchen or bathroom to speak of, needs new plumbing, electrical, heating, roof, insulation, exterior, dry wall in some rooms, the flooring needs to be re-framed, the walls will probably need to be re-framed as well since it’s not to current code. The house may need a garage to be added as per the city of Belmont’s codes.

    so yea the house does need some “finishing” touches, but it really does have a lot of “potential”!

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