September 24, 2010

Truly Unique Property in its Original Condition

Let’s continue our slumming in the East Bay one more day.  When sonarrat sent in yesterday’s property, also enclosed was this one as a little PS.  As in PS, this self-satisfied enclave, conveniently located in Oakland, doesn’t just have overpriced wrecks you can’t rebuild because they’re historically registered.  It also has out-and-out problem properties.  The difference is this is a problem with a view.

65 Wildwood Gdns  Piedmont, CA 94611


Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 1,494
$/Sq. Ft.: $586
Lot Size: 9,338 Sq. Ft.
TYPE: Detached
STYLE: Cottage
VIEW: Bay, Bay Bridge, City Lights, Downtown, Lake, Panoramic, San Francisco
Year Built: 1910
Community: Piedmnt/Wildwood
County: Alameda
MLS#: 40486849
Source: EBRD
Status: Active
On Redfin: 14 days

Truly unique property in its original condition. Entry from top street through a winding stair path. Majestic oak trees, sweeping views over Oakland & the Bay. No garage but possible access from bottom street. Rare potential for development. Privacy, harmony & simplicity best describe this property.

Hey, this property has something else in common with yesterday’s!  No garage!  Maybe this is a prestige thing.  You know, if one-car garages imply the land is too valuable to waste parking two cars, what could be more "this land is made out of unobtainium” than no garage at all?

The listing is, for the most part, pretty up-front with its challenges.  We’re talking about a hundred-year-old house that you have to cannot access unless you take the winding stair path.  We’re talking about no garage — heck, no driveway.  (Talk about prestigious!)  “Possible access from bottom street?” What’s that mean?  Maybe this house has possible beachfront if the Bay rises 250 feet, too!

But “Rare potential for development”?  Look, “development” is a listing codeword for “teardown.”  And “development” and “Piedmont” go together like “restraint” and “Palo Alto.”  We are talking about the place with the second oldest housing stock in the entire country.

Fortunately, there are always people in the know who want to help this site out.  So here, only on burbed, is the flowchart for how remodeling permits are handled in Piedmont:


Whoever buys today’s listing has no idea what kind of pros they are up against.

Comments (9) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:03 am

9 Responses to “Truly Unique Property in its Original Condition”

  1. maryjane Says:

    Picture #5 is truly scary.
    Listing courtesy of Christophe Rat! LOL

  2. BK Says:

    Anyone else wonder how they got the piano in there up the winding staircase?

  3. maryjane Says:

    #2 –

    The legs come off, they turn it on its side and they charge per step. I bet they were happy to do it for the right price.

  4. sonarrat Says:

    Last time I had to move a piano, they quoted me a base rate plus $5 per step. It won’t break the bank.

  5. A. Lewis Says:

    EAST BAY #1! Take that peninsula bee-atches! Sorry…something comes over me…

    When we moved when I was 7, we had an upright, and we called this guy – like a 55-year old guy who came with a big strap and like 3 solid wood blocks and nothing else. He moved the whole thing by himself, down 25 steps including a corner. Master of leverage.

    Uprights are easier than Grands, though…

  6. Alexomadic Says:

    Keep up the affirmations, A! I hope they help you through the day. 😉

    I like the staging with the bottle of wine on the dining table. Each day when you come home to that scary staircase, you can drink your fears away…

  7. TheGilroyAlex Says:

    There are 6 applicants for every job now so ….. you get 6 piano movers to move that beast where you used to only get one.

  8. Tuno Says:

    “Truly unique property in its original condition.”

    um, I think that its original condition was bright, shiny and new. it is now in fact in a cruddy and dilapidated condition.

  9. Jonquil Says:

    Am I alone in thinking it’s beautiful? Put in an exterior elevator to the street (yeah, I know, I’m dreaming), make sure the heating, plumbing, and roof are sound, and I’ll move in tomorrow. A tiny gem.

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