March 11, 2011

Business Opportunities are Endless

Another great find from Burbed reader sonarrat, to help kick off your weekend!

1940 HAMILTON Ave, San Jose, CA 95008


SQ. FT.: 1,659
$/SQ. FT.: $784
LOT SIZE: 0.46 Acres
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
VIEW: Neighborhood
COMMUNITY: Willow Glen
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81042136
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 198 days

Excellent Location on Hamilton Near Leigh in city of Campbell. Last used as a residence, Zoned Professional Office with City. Business opportunities are endless. Can use existing house for Law Firm, Dentist Office, Optometry, Veterinary Clinic. Buyer to check with City. Large 20,000 sq ft Lot, plenty of parking. House has good bones for a remodel. Open to your creativity!

sonarrat asks: “Would you go to this dentist’s office?”  Would I!  Not many half acre properties in the San Jo sell for $784 a foot!  Think about that, you could live in San Jose with all the convenience of being close to the Shark Tank and the eastern gateway to Campbell, but know you have the prestige of Palo Alto prices!  Win-win!

And speaking of convenience, you’ll be able to walk to almost everything!


And that’s more win, because getting out of your driveway will have all the excitement of Frogger!

Comments (8) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:29 am

March 10, 2011

Accentuate the Pristine Granite Countertops

This house has it all!  Not just granite countertops, spacious closets and a marble fireplace, but location, location, location, and talk about history!  If you want a home of historical interest, this one is for you!  Our thanks to Burbed reader SEA for finding this winner… winner of the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butchered award for overdone listing copy.

1324 Modoc Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025


SQ. FT.: 1,020
$/SQ. FT.: $392
LOT SIZE: 4,900 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Traditional
VIEW: Neighborhood
COMMUNITY: East of U.S. 101
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81104404
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 33 days

Completely remodeled home. Vacant and ready to move in. Brand new beautiful hardwood floors throughout which accentuate the pristine granite countertops in the kitchen. Spacious closets including walk-in closet in main BR. A marble fireplace in the living room will keep you and your family warm for years to come. Fenced backyard fully equipped with a storage shed and a cheery, mature lemon tree!

imageSo, location, location, location?  Maybe not, as the listing copy sings the praises of the house rather than the ‘hood.  When the agent sells you on cocooning, better check if the mulberry grove is healthy… um, East of US 101? 

But that cheery, mature lemon tree is going to be the cherry on top of this domestic sundae!  Have you ever read such beautiful listing copy?  Vacant and ready to move in!  Maybe this agent is a frustrated novelist, and anyone trying to buy his house is going to find it a real thriller.  Yes, I said his house.  See this in the listing features?


Just expect that contract to be a real page-turner.  And speaking of lots of pages, did I mention historical interest?  Have a gander at THIS!


imageNot only is the current owner trying to flip this place for a $100K profit (how much did those granite countertops cost, anyway?), it’s been in foreclosure not once, not twice, but three different times.  Three times within four years.  Okay, maybe twice; it’s a little suspicious that it foreclosed at the exact same price in both April and November 2004, despite yet another couple sales between them.

Perhaps this house has such an interesting financial history because it’s haunted by a banker.  But no problem, just head to the backyard and take comfort from the cheery, mature lemon tree!  Because when you have lemon-painted lien-bait like this lulzicious listing, all you can do is make lemonade.

Comments (8) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:05 am

March 9, 2011

Palo Alto house perfect for twitter and facebook employees


Beds: 9
Baths: 6.5
Sq. Ft.: 4,627
$/Sq. Ft.: $711
Lot Size: 8,070 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Contemporary, French, Mediterranean
Stories: 3
View: Mountains, Neighborhood
Year Built: 2006
Community: Midtown
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81105993
Source: MLSListings
Status: ActiveThis listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.
On Redfin: 12 days

Thanks to Burbed reader M for this find!

Here’s what M had to say:

I know we aren’t supposed to discuss the city which cannot be named, but this house is just so perfect.$1013434$RES

Love the agent’s grammar. He will make just $100,000 on this sale, so he clearly can’t afford keyboard that doesn’t produce all caps. Oops, there are a couple of words in there that aren’t, like "QUIET 2Side CueDeSac". What exactly is a CueDeSac? I’m guessing either a place to store your custom-made pool sticks, or a bag that hold
s your signals to go on stage. No matter, this house has LOTS FEATURES and is GREAT 4 TODAY’s LIFE/ENTERTAINMENT. Hey, there is also a "TRILLIS", which must mean something that supports the piano flourishes your little snowflakes can play. With nine bedrooms, everyone in a family of nine can have their own bedroom with one left over for the in-laws.

I’m sure many people want to cook in a GOMT KITCHEN, no matter if it actually contains TOPLINE MTL or APPLIANCES.

Never had a sale since it was new in 2006. I guess it isn’t one of the LOTS NEW HOUSE AROUND. At this rate, it’s going to be Old Palo Alto without ever being lived in. Buy it now or be priced out forever!

Dude this house is totally aimed at all the Facebookers and Twitterers who are about to become rich! Know your customer! Speak their language! Shrt is betr. Drp lttrs to sv spce. TL;DR.

Comments (43) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:00 am

March 8, 2011

Live in the 408? Maybe Not Anymore

Here is a little news that will have some of you quaking in your boots: You could lose your prestigious 408 area code.  Oh noez!

Santa Clara County’s 408 will spin off a new area code: 669

By Bruce Newman, SJ Mercury News
Posted: 03/07/2011 06:18:25 AM PST ; Updated: 03/07/2011 01:51:36 PM PST

There are 8 million phone numbers in the naked city. And no matter who you were calling in San Jose — or large swaths of the South Bay — for the past half century, you’ve had to dial this: area code 408.

But with the explosive proliferation of cell phones, wireless IP addresses and 4G-enabled baby pacifiers, the area code that has served San Jose since neighbors could listen in on each other’s party line calls is officially "exhausted."

That conclusion — arrived at by the Orwellian-sounding North American Numbering Plan Administration, or NANPA, in December — means some South Bay phone customers will start being assigned area code 669 by the end of next year.

Deciding who gets to hang onto their 408, and who becomes a 669, is the job of the California Public Utilities Commission, which will convene hearings March 16-18 in San Jose, Los Gatos and Morgan Hill to explain the switch.

Brie is 415, Velveeta is 408.  Columnist Herb Caen played the Area Code Game in the SF Chronicle, back in the early 1980s.  That was before all those other area codes bloomed in the little family tree above.  Now I guess Brie is 650, Velveeta is 209, Kraft American is 925, Vegan Gourmet Cheese Alternative is 831, and ten pound blocks of government cheese is 510.  Oh, 415 and 408?  415 is Myzithra.  408 is whatever you put in front of them, it’s not like they’re tasting it while they’re writing iOS device drivers.

The new area code will be arriving by October 2012.  So, who’s going to go to the CPUC meetings to complain about losing their Silicon Valley area code?  There are a couple of proposals, one of them where everyone keeps their numbers and new ones are assigned the 669 code (the overlay), and the other where there is an area code split.

Next up for this kind of torture will be area code 510, forecast to run out of available phone number blocks by 2016.  415 should follow a year later.  And bet you didn’t know this: a new area code should have kicked in ten years ago, but by pooling phone number blocks everyone has been able to keep their area code and their seven digit dialing.

Below is the map of the proposed 408-669 split.  It comes from the CPUC, who obviously don’t care much about geographical features such as city borders, streets, freeways, or rivers.  So good luck figuring out whether this map actually affects you.  Also note how they don’t commit to who gets to keep the coveted 408 identity, but I’ll tell you who: it’s the B People.


But don’t get too upset, after meeting with the telephone providers,the CPUC is inclined to go with the overlay plan anyway. And that means instead of turning Los Gatos, Campbell, Saratoga, and San Jose West into 69ers, instead the newbies are going to have that 669 area code.  It also means that you’ll have to dial eleven digits when making phone calls, even to next door, or for that matter to the fax machine in the same room.  Have fun reprogramming just about anything you have that calls phone numbers, and hoping that your alarm company and your cable company and anything else doesn’t forget to switch over to 1-408+number dialing.

And what this means for Burbed readers is that Silicon Valley area code jokes are going to get a lot more raunchy.  Have fun figuring out what kind of cheese they are.

Comments (15) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:15 am

March 7, 2011

This house will have you seeing pink in Menlo Park!

Beds: 4
Baths: 3
Sq. Ft.: 2,340
$/Sq. Ft.: $340
Lot Size: 7,920 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Contemporary
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 1951
Community: Flood Park Area
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 81051090
Source: MLSListings
Status: ActiveThis listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.
On Redfin: 123 days
WOW! BEST BUY IN MENLO PARK! Enjoy the large, upgraded home in the Menlo Park School District. Nicely remodeled kitchen, recessed lighting, hardwood floors. Huge living room with fireplace. Bright and open family room. Spacious bedrooms. RV parking, Extra storage, and much more!

Thanks to Burbed reader Herve for this find.

I think what really caught his attention was the RV parking! Nah, just kidding… it’s this:


Adult entertainment establishment? Horror scene? LSD trip? Your guess is good as mine!

Here’s what else Herve had t
o say:

Corner of Ringwood and Van Buren (named after the NY street gang). Best buy in Menlo Park, only steps from 101. WOW!

That’s right! Just check out the location!


This house will have you seeing pink… if not outright pink-eye in no time!

Comments (21) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:44 am

March 6, 2011

Sorry for the interruption

As those of you who tried to access the site today noticed, the site had been down for some maintenance.

Long story short: I zapped the database and rebuilt it.

There will be weirdness – things that I’ve forgotten to reset, or things that are flat out broken.

Please let me know if you encounter any issues in the comments for this post.


Comments (2) -- Posted by: burbed @ 7:26 pm

Former Sun CEO Scott McNealy Worries About Region’s Prospects

Former Sun CEO Worries About Region’s Prospects

WSJ: When did you see Silicon Valley begin to recover from the recession, and how far along has it come?

Mr. McNealy: It’s not a terribly job-filled recovery. Productivity gains continue to push the need to hire out. A lot of the jobs today are around two areas: government-sponsored green initiatives and the social-networking space.

I’m skeptical that the green jobs are [going to drive the recovery]. So far, the track record’s been terrible. That’s going to be a challenge for the people here who stuck their neck out to go green.

Then there’s social networking, which is a pretty interesting phenomenon. There’s a lot of energy there, but that’s not a terribly labor-intensive kind of activity. I don’t think social networking is the jobs driver.

I see a migration from the early days of the Valley. We aren’t doing manufacturing; we aren’t doing design; we aren’t doing computers. It’s all moving to Asia and other places where there are lots of technical engineers who are willing to work at a more reasonable salary because they don’t have to spend $3.5 million on a home and pay half of it to taxes.


WSJ: What needs to change in Silicon Valley to foster job creation?

Mr. McNealy: It’s not the Valley. It’s the overhead and the overhang, the clouds brought in by Sacramento and Washington, D.C., the regulations, the deficit and the misallocation of resources. It’s all of those things. Obviously, I’m a believer in the private sector and in personal responsibility.

The biggest issues with the Valley are local, state and federal governmental overreach and overregulation. It’s over-pensioned, over-unionized and over the top.

Yeah! Damn all those over-pensioned and over-unionized workers in the Valley. If it weren’t for all those pensions and unions… we’d… uh…. have…. uh…. more tech jobs! (Quick, can someone fill in the logic?)

But hey… Scott feels your pain:

WSJ: Are there any unconventional indicators that you watch to judge the health of the local economy?

Mr. McNealy: It’s not very scientific, but my boys all play a pretty expensive, but middle-class sport: ice hockey. I see very clearly that there are a lot more financial strains on the families of the hockey teams here in the Bay Area. Families vote not to go to the tournament in Colorado Springs or their kids vote not to do the highest level of hockey because it’s too expensive. Or they drop out of hockey altogether. It’s significantly worse than it was a couple years ago.

Hm… the only families that I know who has kids playing ice hockey are now Scott McNealy and Guy Kawasaki. Goes to show that if you’re not worth millions, you’re not middle class here in the Valley!

Comments (35) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:52 am

March 5, 2011

A Million to Live in a Below Average Tract

Many neighborhoods have mailing lists organized to keep everyone informed.  When this message was sent beyond the original in-group, I found the name of the ‘hood intriguing enough to check out the house.

Subject: Fw: [subparcoop] Friends interested in buying in SubPar?

From one of my neighbors.  I can attest that my neighborhood is a special place for families!  Houses don’t last long on the market.

Hi Neighbors,
Often times I see emails from people who have friends who are interested in buying a house in our wonderful neighborhood, so I wanted to reach out to let you know our house (15 Greenwood Place- 3 bed/1 bath) is on the market and will be open this weekend. We’ve found another house (close by!) that we’re hoping to buy (that will better fit our growing family), so we’re looking for eager Suburban Park lovers who are ready to buy. If you know someone who might be interested, please have them (or their realtor) reach out to our agent for details ASAP: Sharon Walz 650-279-4652

There it is in the subject line: are you interested in buying in SubPar?  SubPar? That’s a, um, er, fascinating nickname for the Suburban Park area of Menlo Park. Have a look and see what you get in this special place where houses don’t last long on the market.  (Including this one, it sold in a week.  But no overbidding.)

15 Greenwood Pl, Menlo Park, CA 94025


SQ. FT.: 1,210
$/SQ. FT.: $825
LOT SIZE: 6,820 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Ranch, Traditional
COMMUNITY: Flood Park Area
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81105961
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 4 days

Coveted Suburban Park remodeled and updated jewel. Fabulous kitchen w/ granite counters, viking range, stainless steel top appliances. New windows, plantation shutters crown moldings and baseboards, receessed lighting, high end interior and exterior doors. Newer air conditioning and forced air. Garage is amazing playroom with heat and air. Amazing family neighborhood w Menlo Schools. A real 10+

imageYes, it might be SubPar, but it’s still a real 10+!  And the garage is an amazing playroom with heat and air.  That’s amazing alright.  Most of the houses I’ve looked at didn’t have to call out that they had a breathable gas mix.  Maybe in Menlo Park the atmosphere is so rarefied you had better verify before submitting an offer.  Perhaps that’s why the lighting is receessed.

You do realize that they’re saying this house is much too valuable to waste any space for parking cars.  Let’s see, viking range (small v), check, stainless steel appliances, check, granite counters, check, what’s missing?  Pergo?  Hummer on the driveway?  Letter from a would-be buyer?  5% first mortgage and 15% second, with no out-of-pocket?  How about what the 2004 sellers pulled off, listing the place for $795K and selling it for $904K?  Is this place worth more now than it was then?  Remember, the garage is an amazing playroom and it’s in an amazing family neighborhood. With schools, even.  That’s almost as amazing as the heat and air.

Comments (23) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 4:55 am

March 4, 2011

2134 NOTTOWAY Ave is back!


Beds: 3
Baths: 2
Sq. Ft.: 1,066
$/Sq. Ft.: $342
Lot Size: 6,000 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Year Built: 1978
Community: Alum Rock
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81051932
Source: MLSListings
Status: ActiveThis listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.
On Redfin: 95 days
Beautiful home recently remodeled. new cabinets, granite counter, remodeled baths, marble flooring, texture, painting, stucco, lighting, dual paned windows. Garage is converted permits unknown. You must see it. Convenient location, close to freeways and shopping malls. This is a perfect for first time buyers. Seller can convert the garage back if needed.

Hey wait a minute… where have I seen this before?

August 28, 2006

NotToWay – a new Web 2.0 company?

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 646841
San Jose, CA 95116



This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 646841 Approx Age: 28 Years Approx Sq Ft: 1066
Detached Single Family 1 Story 3 Bedrooms

Actually, the only reason I cited this house was because of the funny name of the street :)

That and… well… from the front it looks like people are living in
the garage. Why else would you park all those nice cars outside?

Wow. How times have changed!


Wow… this actually sold in 2005 for $615k! That means that if you pick this up today, you’re going to get $250k in instant equity!

And, as we all know, things are different now. Real Estate prices are based on solid fundamentals now, and they can’t possibly go back down. So buy buy buy!

Comments (16) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:55 am

March 3, 2011

And the Top City to Meet a Nerd goes to…

Sorry to interrupt the horrible houses, but this is too good to pass up. just listed their Top Ten Cities to Meet A Nerd.  Why don’t you all make your predictions which city is the absolute petaflops best place to land yourself your very own nerd, before finding out what they came up with?

Go on, we’re waiting.  We’ll have that list for you right after the break. Did we make it? Did we?


Comments (17) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:03 am