August 25, 2010

If you want to live in a green-ish house in San Jose…

$699,000

1578 MISSION SPRINGS Cir San Jose, CA 95131

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Beds: 3
Baths: 2.5
Sq. Ft.: 1,630
$/Sq. Ft.: $429
Lot Size: 3,500 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Spanish
Stories: 2
Year Built: 1989
Community: Berryessa
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81035786
Source: MLSListings
Status: ActiveThis listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.
On Redfin: 27 days
Gorgeous NSJ 2-story house w/ Lots Upgrades, 3Bed 2.5Ba, Open Floor Plan w/ High Ceil. Upgrade Kitch. , New Top Quality Berber Carpet upstairs & New High-end Laminate Floor Downstairs, European Style Curtains in All Rooms, Beautiful Landscaped Backyard w/ Professional Pergola on Desired Corner Lot. Relaxing & Convenient Living to Golf Course, Supermarket, Costco and Park. A must see.
Thanks to Burbed reader sonarrat for this find!
Now, I’m not a professional architect, nor do I play one on TV, but yeah I’d have to agree with sonarrat that something looks a bit off in this house. Is it the charming green piping (which curiously is not mentioned in the listing? I mean, I’d expect a realtor to absolutely rave about something like that!)? Is it that funny window above the garage?
Any architects out there? What do you think makes this house look funny, aside from the fact that one of the biggest selling points is that it is near a Costco, and yet it is a mere $429 per square foot?
Comments (17) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:38 am

17 Responses to “If you want to live in a green-ish house in San Jose…”

  1. maryjane Says:

    Leave it to a realtor to spin ‘European Style Curtains’ into something positive.

    But close to Costco – priceless!

  2. nomadic Says:

    hmm, I didn’t know “European style curtains” meant hideous floral pattern.

    Did you all spot the oxymoron in the listing?
    “High-end Laminate Floor”

  3. maryjane Says:

    It’s like “High-end Formica”.

  4. sonarrat Says:

    I thought at first that “professional Pergola” was some kind of knock-off Pergo, but it seems that’s actually the wooden structure in the backyard.

  5. bob Says:

    This house is weird in every way. The interior looks more like the inside of a trailer. The outside has weird garden fixtures. The color scheme… were they color blind?

  6. madhaus Says:

    This house looks weird because Mondrian got his proportions right? That goes double for Frank Lloyd Wright.

    I’m afraid this facade was done by Frank Loyd Wrong.

  7. Tuno Says:

    It is not a real house. It is a Cake house, and the green piping is tinted frosting. it looks less silly when it is set upon a platter, and is very tasty.

  8. anon Says:

    Boy all these comments desperaging this 700k shitbox just reak of sour grapes! heh heh heh :) (KIDDING)

    As another wonderful day comes to an end, I thought I might link a very fun article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/24/nyregion/24appraisal.html?_r=3&src=me&ref=nyregion

    A few highlights:
    “Buyers, hearing about drops in prices, think they should pay far less than the asking price. Sellers are angry because they are not getting the prices they once expected, and are wondering why, when the Internet has made it easier to market their own apartments, they should have to pay a 6 percent commission, or whether brokers ought to be doing more to earn it — for instance, cleaning. ”

    ““They treat us like we’re starving and we need to do them all kinds of favors to possibly make some money,” said Michele Conte, a Corcoran Group broker who was recently asked by one former client to help her sell her apartment without a commission. She agreed to help, in hopes that the former client might eventually hire her. ”

    And the best part: “And for the client who wanted her to arrive two hours before the open house to scrub the windows and tables? Ms. Shtainer came only one hour early, but she scrubbed.

    “I have three kids to feed,” she said. ”

    Good times, Friends. Good times.

    P.S. Alex, if you feign interest in buying some overpriced shitbox, you may be able to elicit some ‘favors’ from a broker or two…

  9. DreamT Says:

    nice ones, anon. Obviously, if the brokers are caving in, it means that the requests were not outrageous enough.

  10. madhaus Says:

    I wonder if I could get the brokers here to paint my house for free in hopes of someday getting a commission. To choose the lucky winner who gets to market my shack I’ll make them have a cage match. And just to piss them off I plan on dying here instead.

  11. Petsmart groomer Says:

    Do you guys remember the letters prospective buyers had to write to convince the sellers they were the perfect buyers?

    Next time, ask the realtor to clean the bathrooms after Alex clogged both toilets.

  12. Petsmart groomer Says:

    For everybody’s viewing pleasure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS06JvtlAc8

  13. anon Says:

    *sniff sniff* I do indeed remember those days. I’m sure I am not the only one who longs for the days where buyers were lining up to suck off sellers for their chance to capture the sweet sweet appreciation that came with having your name on a title to real property.

    Articles such as this http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/invest/extra/P116389.asp really bring a tear to my eye.

    I wish I could find it but I remember reading about a seller who insisted that the new buyer continue to feed the squirrels that she had fed for so many years.

    How quickly the tides turn…

  14. madhaus Says:

    anon, do you mean this one?

    Squirrels, interviews for buyers so the neighbors would like them, and more. From the glory days of 2005.

  15. anon Says:

    While we’re crusing down memory lane, here’s the all time classic, “the debate” or, Suzanne Researched This:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ubsd-tWYmZw

    Looks like real estater isn’t the only one stupid enough to give credence to the “research” performed by a high school dropout with a vested interest in them causing a transaction.

    One can only guess as to what the ‘research’ consists of. Did Suzanne use the in-ter-net? Did she pull up a web sight [sic]? Did she visit open houses? Did she host them? Did she talk to buyers?

    There is no doubt in my mind that “Suzanne” is the most astute of mouthbreathers.

  16. anon Says:

    That’s the one madhaus… Thanks for finding that.

  17. Sio2 Says:

    Madhaus, #6, a great laugh. Keep it coming!


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