January 27, 2011

Combines Character of the Past Era with Modern Monthly HOA Fees

Here’s another delightful find from Burbed reader sonarrat, who only comments, “One of the oddest listings I’ve ever seen.”  And sonarrat has certainly found us some odd ones before!

1566 Duckett Way #19, San Jose, CA 95129


BATHS: 2.5
SQ. FT.: 2,776
$/SQ. FT.: $576
LOT SIZE: 4,620 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Colonial
VIEW: Green Belt, Neighborhood
COMMUNITY: Cupertino
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81050795
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 99 days

This beautifully restored Colonial Revival home in new home community combines the character of the past era while offering all the luxuries of today’s lifestyle. 2 story home plus sunroom, detached artist studio and basement/wine cellar. Gourmet kitchen with viking appliances. Large redwood deck off master overlooking wooded creek! Top Cupertino School District (Blue Hills, Miller, Lynbrook).

imageOdd?  It’s a listing with Cupertino schools and there’s 8s in the price.  That sounds downright normal!  What is odd is the small lot size and all those extraneous buildings.  Which ones are yours and which are merely situated really, really, really close to yours?

You know what else is odd?  Upwards of a million and a half for the house and not one interior picture.  Are they still restoring it?  Guess they don’t want you to know, because they conveniently left the year built off the listing.

But the satellite view might give us a hint.


Heck, the $175 a month HOA fees are needed just to sweep up all that construction mess.  Well, other than the unspecified townhouses or condos on the site, let’s see who the neighbors are!


Definitely a million plus view!  So, is this a convenient location?


You betcha!  This house is within 1000 feet of three gas stations, four shopping centers, a bus line, and the world-famous California 85 freeway, which goes directly to Google! 

Now all the seller needs is the economy to do a Revival along with this Colonial.  Then some lucky buyer, somewhere, will say, “Honey, do you know what I want?  I want to live in a big Colonial Revival right next to a bunch of attached housing!  Then they will all know that WE live in the Big House, even if it has an apartment number!”

Plantation boss lifestyle without the kudzu!  What are you waiting for?  Think of the fun your kids will have giving out their new street address!

Comments (13) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am

13 Responses to “Combines Character of the Past Era with Modern Monthly HOA Fees”

  1. Alex Says:

    At 1.5 M for this thing, you’ll be a slave to your mortgage.

    But you get to be one of the proud house slaves, not a field slave who has to live in the dormitories attached housing.

  2. nomadic Says:

    I always wanted to be a member of the “landed gentry” without all that maintenance of actual property.

  3. nomadic Says:

    madhaus, your street view picture is from across the street and a couple lots down. Not that it miraculously makes this place a good buy, but it clears up my confusion over the realtard’s pics.

  4. ES Says:

    I can almost guarantee you that this will sell. Some Chinese businessman will pay cash or 50+% down payment sight unseen because it’s in Lynbrook’s district. Recently, I’ve had family friends sell for $1.3 and $1.4 to Chinese businessmen, sight unseen, because one was in Lynbrook’s area and one was in Monta Vista’s area.

  5. SEA Says:

    “I can almost guarantee you that this will sell.”

    All places do sell, sooner or later, and at some price.

    The bigger questions is not if it will sell, but rather, when and how much.

  6. madhaus Says:

    #3, the Streetview pretty much ran out at the edge of the big property, and this actual house wasn’t visible. I just liked the view of the back of the shopping center next to the other McMansion.

    So foreigners with cash on the sidelines will save us again? Then who will live in the serf houses?

  7. anon Says:

    Duh – Gen Y.

  8. nomadic Says:

    Then who will live in the serf houses?

    Anyone with more money than sense – and is blinded by the prospect of sending their precious DNA to Lynbrook for training to become cubicle veal.

  9. sonarrat Says:

    I’m a Gen Y’er who grew up in the Bay Area, and I’d be delighted to be able to afford a serf house.

  10. anon Says:

    Sonar, if you had the income (roughly 500k/year) to support this house would you actually spend it in that fashion?

  11. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    I read it too fast at first and got “Colonial Ravioli”. At least to celebrate living on Duckett st. you can go to the Fish Market on ECR and get Duckett’s Bucket.

    A neighbor’s house just went for sale, and an SFA (Sour-Faced Asian) was around to look at it right away. He didn’t seem impressed, I’m sure seeing we, the hicks, out picking olives off of one of our trees didn’t impress him either.

  12. sonarrat Says:

    #10, who’s to say what I would do if I increased my income by a factor of ten? That’s a life-changing kind of thing. But I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t consider this house even if it was in my price range.

  13. Tuno Says:

    ha, ha, Gilroy Alex, you should offer to stay out of sight – for a fee – when prospective buyers come around. Of course, if you don’t want the place to sell, being out in the yard with your 22 aimed at the ancient rooster-for-dinner should keep the place in limbo for a nice long time. really any interesting gardening experiments should work, too.

    depending on the Asian guy’s age, perhaps he went through the Cultural Revolution and was hoping for the olives himself. an acquaintance of mine has a mother in law from China who cleans out the neighbor’s bird feeders for the tasty millet.

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