October 26, 2010

Walk in Masterbedroom Closet

We had so much fun in Santa Clara last week, we’re going to do it again!  burbed reader Herve has another find for us in the Mission City.

2410 Robinson Ave Santa Clara, CA 95051
$449,000

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Beds: 3
Baths: 2
Sq. Ft.: 1,336
$/Sq. Ft.: $336
Lot Size: 5,800 Sq. Ft.
imageProperty Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Ranch
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 1952
Community: Santa Clara
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81018633
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 192 days

Adorable home surrounded by fruit trees near shopping plazas and San Tomas Expressway. In addition to a cozy fireplace with hardwood floors and a walk in masterbedroom closet, there is a large patio in the back perfect for entertaining during the summer.

 Herve says: “What can possibly be on the picture above the toilet?”

While you ponder that, check out where the house is located.  You’re right in the middle of all the action, near shopping plazas and San Tomas Expressway!  How near?  How about 20 feet?

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I wish they had thrown in a picture of the fireplace with hardwood floors.  No logs required.

Comments (12) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:02 am

12 Responses to “Walk in Masterbedroom Closet”

  1. SEA Says:

    Selling shortly.

  2. nomadic Says:

    Is Santa Clara the new Palo Alto? Will we have to ban discussion of it soon? ;-)

  3. nomadic Says:

    Selling VERY shortly:
    Total Loans: $675,000

    Priced below the 2000 selling price.

    *
    What’s with the hardwood floor shot? Did little Johnny mistake the hallway for the fireplace with hardwood floors and try to build a fire?

  4. sonarrat Says:

    Horrible location for pollution/noise issues.. especially with a hotel right behind. Bowers Elementary/Cabrillo Middle/Wilcox High, so middle-of-the-road school district. Homely and hadn’t been updated in a while. But it’s under $500K and just a couple minutes to high tech jobs, so it won’t go much lower.

  5. SEA Says:

    “Selling VERY shortly:”

    We’re not talking about a lot of money.

    I find it very interesting that the place went from $220k in August 1995 to $460k in August 2000. That’s up $240k (more than a double) in 60 months, or $4k per month on average. Even if there was a remodel between 1995 and 2000, let’s say you put $110k in a $220k home, there was still a $130k profit, less selling expenses. I’d much rather own this home during 1995 and 2000 than rent.

    That said, this place sold June 2006 for $710k. The loss is going to be over $250k in less than 60 months, assuming it sells in the next eight months. That’s more than $4k loss per month on average in market value change. I’m thinking for $4k, not including all the other expenses, such as taxes, light bulbs, and Drano, I could rent a much nicer place–and I don’t have to worry about how shortly it sells.

  6. WillowGlenner Says:

    I knew something was wrong with that price and the look of this house, then I saw the location. A house that is NOT on a major road (and even some that are) will sell in a second at that price in Santa Clara or San Jose because of the rental dynamics.

    I don’t buy houses on major streets but I have noticed that the ones on these expressways like San Tomas or even Saratoga ave are actually LOUDER than some that abut a freeway. Has to do with the wave patterns of the noise I believe and the fact that freeways have extensive soundwalls but the expressways do not. I’ll bet this house is as loud as a windtunnel inside, its probably not even rentable.

  7. SEA Says:

    Only smart owners would buy this property that’s “probably not even rentable.”

    CRAZY!

  8. madhaus Says:

    I guess you have to walk in the masterbedroom closet. If you walk outside, you’ll be assaulted by the really busy streets.

    Oh come on, it has to be rentable. The traffic noise and auto exhaust will cover up that your tenant is running a meth lab.

  9. SEA Says:

    What the price to rent ratio on a “probably not even rentable” property?

  10. SiO2 Says:

    Hi WG, nice to see your posts again.
    One reason why expressways can be louder than freeways is that people accelerate from the traffic lights, whereas on freeways it’s a constant hum. Light turns green, zoooOOOm, zooOOOMMM etc. In fact you can see this in the satellite view – the cars are lined up, waiting for the green light.

  11. Mole Man Says:

    Hey! Don’t just walk in on me when I’m masterbedrooming!

  12. sonarrat Says:

    #6, I’ve worked next to 101 (Burlingame) and lived on Jefferson Ave in RWC, which has a steady flow of brisk traffic, and seen houses next to Woodside Road and I-880 in Oakland. I’ve noticed that on a freeway, the more it’s backed up, the quieter it is. When there are stoplights involved, you get waves of engine noise when it starts moving, and you also hear loud radios a lot more. That said, 880 is obnoxiously noisy because it’s elevated to the level of a second story of a house, and also because the road surface hasn’t been updated since the Cypress Freeway collapse. That was only the second most intrusive noise I’ve encountered, though; the 280 extension in San Francisco generates an incredible amount of noise in the Silver Terrace area.


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