April 14, 2011

Beautiful Ecchler, I mean Eichler, with Pool. Or something that starts with Poo.

Here’s a great find by Burbed reader sfbubblebuyer, from the comments.  Usually we prefer that you send listings to us so everyone can enjoy discovering it together, but sometimes a shared find is so notable, so amazing, so completely without any value to a buyer but lots of value to a reader, it deserves the full Burbed treatment.  And there’s plenty to note here!

2115 EDGEWOOD Dr, Palo Alto, CA 94303
$850,000

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BEDS: 4
BATHS: 2
SQ. FT.: 1,614
$/SQ. FT.: $527
LOT SIZE: 7,875 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STORIES: 1VIEW:
Neighborhood YEAR BUILT: 1956
COMMUNITY: Green Gables
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81113857
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 5 days

beautiful eichler home * Great value * Backs to the exit from 101 to Embarcadero. Make offer subject to inspection please. ..

Here’s what sfbubblebuyer had to say about this “beautiful eichler home.”  It was not “* Great value *”

If they’re going to drop a deuce like that on us, they should at least PRICE it like a PA deuce.

 

This isn’t a deuce, sfbb!  This one is at least an eight, as in I sure would eight to live here!  Wow, complete with an exit ramp?  I can’t wait to submit my overbid.

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imageBut wait, there’s more!

All those lines, the wall, the ceiling, the radiator, the fence… it’s a perspective exercise from hell.  Agent must have flunked out of art school.

You know who else didn’t finish art school?  That’s right!  HITLER!

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…the drawers, the tiles, the transoms, make it stop, I’ll tell you where the secret codes are kept, I’ll confess anything you want…

 

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Did this agent not take Real Estate Photography for Dummies* and Why You Should Never Photograph Outside When Sun Is High?

Plus a US Mailbox, conveniently located right in the backyard!

*But I repeat myself.

 

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Whoa.  That carpet, so suggestive of Bermuda.  If Bermuda’s waters were cut on 90 degree angles and careless aligned.  And what’s with the sky in these pictures?  Did someone take a 2 hour Real Estate Photography and How to Use Photoshop to Make That Sale instead of the full 16 hour series?

 

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Rather nice of them to show us the pool without the Bermuda carpet.  Everybody in!

 

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Ah, blissful summer days, playing Marco Polo until the all the ponies drowned.

Seeing the pool like this sure gives you a whole new perspective on the pleasures of owning one.

 

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I think this last photo is my favorite.  Note clever product placement in foreground.

You know what? This house isn’t a deuce and it an eight either.  This is a Jack!

As in, would somebody please take a Jackhammer to this place?

Comments (57) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:05 am

57 Responses to “Beautiful Ecchler, I mean Eichler, with Pool. Or something that starts with Poo.”

  1. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    Wow, you took ‘deuce’ to mean something far more polite than what I meant when I said it.

  2. nomadic Says:

    I think that was just a little artistic license, sfbb. That POS was quite a find.

    It looks like Carmen Miranda left her hat on the kitchen counter. (Just granite tiles, no slab. Is this really Palo Alto?)

  3. Perfect Sense Says:

    “Some people who are losing $3-million homes are very happy, happy to lease for $10,000 a month because they want to still look like they are making it,” said broker Anita Rich, who oversees the Rich Group Keller Williams in Encino. “It’s really important they still have an address that goes along with the lifestyle.”

    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-luxury-lease-20110414,0,6883536.story

  4. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    I hadn’t even notice the tiling on the granite counter top! It’s hard to tell in the picture how tight and shallow the grooves are, but I friggin’ HATE tiled counter tops. They are a pain to clean, they can cause stuff to catch and tip over instead of sliding, and they look like giant sheets of graph paper.

    My current kitchen has ‘em. But I’m not paying to replace them because they’re in great condition.

  5. madhaus Says:

    Wow, these pictures are a mess. They didn’t display like this in the preview. Must be that mess at the bottom of the poo. I will fix them when I get some time.

  6. SEA Says:

    How many MGD double deuces would it take for you to write an offer on this place?

  7. madhaus Says:

    Okay, got the pictures fixed, mostly. Another fine mess brought to you by Windows Live Writer. Adding in a bunch of “clear breaks” solved the issue, but it still looks better on my Preview screen than it does on the site.

    Ahem. On to today’s house. I think the “wtf” tag really does say it all, but I gotta admit I love that last picture with the City of Palo Alto logo’d bin.

  8. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    I’m seriously surprised it’s not already under contract. Palo-alto wannabes should be sniffing this thing out like hound dogs on a bacon cheeseburger!

    I guess the short sale status is the reason for that. I wonder how much of the copper wiring will still be in place when the eventual ‘winner’ winds up buying it.

    Notice : Short sale @ 850k, previous sale price in 2002 $713k. So they blew through at LEAST 137 grand with that bad boy! And it sure doesn’t look like any of that money went to home improvement!

  9. PerfectBanker Says:

    Please no short sale in Palo Alto. It is place where prices always go up. Palo Alto is the land of milk and honey.

  10. Real Estater Says:

    Why are we still talking about Palo Alto?

    This house is not for everyone, but if you have a Sunnyvale sized bank account and 2 school aged kids that you might otherwise need to send to private school, this could be the right compromise.

    Eichlers are acceptable in Palo Alto, and it won’t take much to fix up this property.

  11. NovaSupreme Says:

    See another one in PA: http://www.redfin.com/CA/Palo-Alto/2150-Hanover-St-94306/home/1748498
    I think 799k for this house is pretty reasonable given short walk to Stanford (rental property)

  12. Real Estater Says:

    Short walk to Facebook too.

  13. anon Says:

    We’re still talking pa because these houses show how stupid all you middle class aspirational wealthy borrowers are.

  14. Perfect Estater (with two bogus rentals) Says:

    This house is not for everyone, but if you have a Sunnyvale sized bank account and 2 school aged kids that you might otherwise need to send to private school, this could be the right compromise.
    —-

    Well said. Just look at the resident on Lincoln Ave who is compromising with small house and one car garage. Compromise is important thing of life. Steve Young, Larry Page and other rich residents of Palo Alto don’t have to send their kids to public school. Public school is for someone who cannot afford private school. So, yes this Eicher on Edgewood would definitely compromise for someone who cannot afford to send his/her kids to private school. He/she can buy this house and send his/her kids to public school, keeping finger crossed that his/her kids will think about career track, NOT train track.

  15. Perfect Estater (with two bogus rentals) Says:

    Short walk to Facebook too.
    —-

    Pretty soon East Palo Alto people will have lot shorter work to Facebook office than Palo Alto people.

  16. anon Says:

    Boy perfect estater, you’re so much nicer.

  17. nomadic Says:

    The lot for Hanover is shaped like a hand pointing a gun. And it’s sooooo tiny!

  18. madhaus Says:

    That place on Hanover has street parking only. The land is so valuable no garage may sully it.

  19. Real Estater Says:

    Pralay,

    You might as well put your denial to good use. Please tell your landlord that he has a bogus rental and you’re not buying him a flat screen TV this month. Report back and let’s see what happens.

  20. Perfect Estater (with two bogus rentals) Says:

    Real Estater,
    I know my landlord does not have bogus rental. And I don’t mind buying flat screen TV for my landlord as long as I can live in his property. :)

  21. Real Estater Says:

    And I am sure your landlord doesn’t mind having you volunteer to buy the house for him :-) !

  22. Perfect Estater (with two bogus rentals) Says:

    Well, I need shelter and I pay for it with appropriate price. What he does with that money is not my business.

    Using your logic, Gaddafi must be “volunteering” to pay your salary, considering the fact that your employer has a significant business in Libya.

  23. anon Says:

    “And I don’t mind buying flat screen TV for my landlord as long as I can live in his property”

    No, no, no.

    What you mean is that you don’t mind paying him enough money to purchase a flat screen TV so long as he is willing to subsidize your lifestyle.

    I have to tell you, it is awfully nice of these landlords to graciously take losses on behalf of us renters. What did we ever do to deserve this?

  24. Real Estater Says:

    Pralay,

    Why don’t you call yourself Perfect Renter if you are so proud of your status?

    You’re right about needing shelter. This is why real estate is forever in demand.

  25. anon Says:

    Uh oh, real estater. Reality’s coming for you: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42556230/ns/business-real_estate/

    You’re at least 2 decades too late with your brain dead scheme.

  26. SEA Says:

    Rent for the cost of a flat screen television?

    Are you living in East Palo Alto?

  27. Perfect Estater (with two bogus rentals) Says:

    Why don’t you call yourself Perfect Renter if you are so proud of your status?
    —-

    If you call yourself my recommended name “Perfect Estater (with two bogus rentals)“, I will call myself your recommended name. Deal or no deal?

  28. Perfect Estater (with two bogus rentals) Says:

    I have to tell you, it is awfully nice of these landlords to graciously take losses on behalf of us renters. What did we ever do to deserve this?
    —-

    But keep in mind that if someone has fictitious rentals, he can always claim fictitious profit.

  29. SEA Says:

    Scratch East Palo Alto and replace it with Detroit, Michigan.

  30. SEA Says:

    “…he can always claim fictitious profit.”

    Don’t forget: Rentals are supposed to be ‘cash flow neutral’ so you (cough) don’t have to pay any taxes.

    Maybe our real tax expert can explain the difference between cash flow and taxable income?

    I’m still wondering who would want to rent a place for the cost of a flat screen television.

  31. Perfect Estater (with two bogus rentals) Says:

    Don’t forget: Rentals are supposed to be ‘cash flow neutral’ so you (cough) don’t have to pay any taxes.
    —–

    Oh yes, I just quit my job today to make my earning “cash flow neutral”. Why paying tax?

  32. SEA Says:

    Here are some rentals for the cost of a flat screen television:

    http://detroit.craigslist.org/apa/

    You decide if it’s really worth it.

  33. nomadic Says:

    #32, flat screens were more expensive when that argument first materialized…

  34. SEA Says:

    #33- I think you have that all backwards. Rents were much cheaper when the argument first materialized. :-)

    But seriously, what’s with a “flat screen television” being used as the base unit of value? Why not bags of candy? I can hear it now, ‘Last month you purchased your landlord 1,000 bags of candy.’

  35. madEstater Says:

    #34, how long have you been following this site?

    See my avatar here? It’s what it is because a subset of the regulars gave ourselves one user’s avatar, except we all improved them a bit. And he chose that avatar to remind everyone about the “flatscreen tv” that renters “throw away” every month. I suppose by that logic every one of us “throws away” a netbook or cheap laptop on groceries every month, too.

    Then he had to ruin the joke by switching avatars to the Alain Pinhead sign.

  36. SEA Says:

    From your link, “Exactly my point to Pralay, who’s paying over $2000 a month. It’s like giving away a 47″ flat screen TV every month. How generous of him!”

    How many 47″ flat screen televisions is the rent now? Is 3-4 per month reasonable?

    So rents have gone from a single 47″ flat screen television to 3-4 in just a few years? Talk about rental costs going UP!

    I do wonder, however, what the landlord’s place looks like with all those flat screen televisions. And imagine the landlord with two properties? That’s double the flat screen televisions every month.

    My guess is the best unit of measurement is the MGD double deuce.

  37. madEstater Says:

    I do wonder, however, what the landlord’s place looks like with all those flat screen televisions. And imagine the landlord with two properties? That’s double the flat screen televisions every month.

    #36 I would imagine it looks like this.

  38. no estater Says:

    Here, I dusted off my flat screen for ya.

  39. ChrisD Says:

    It’s a good analogy. We are giving in and looking to buy now. Rent has been creeping up and inflation is rising. Mortgage rate is going up too. If you think it’s tough now, just wait a couple of years.

  40. Bergen County Real Estate Says:

    Pictures either can make it or break it. Make a place look spacious or small, interesting and attactive or scary. It a matter of pride.

  41. anon Says:

    We are giving in and looking to buy now.

    Just in time for the double dip!

    Rent has been creeping up and inflation is rising.

    Rent has been creeping up? Where planet are you living on?

    Mortgage rate is going up too.

    Bad grammar sound like real estater.

    If you think it’s tough now, just wait a couple of years.

    It’s tough now?

  42. SEA Says:

    “We are giving in and looking to buy now. … If you think it’s tough now, just wait a couple of years.”

    This is a rare case where someone is admitting to buying now in a not ideal time, and suggesting others wait for better times.

  43. Petsmart banker Says:

    Reduced to $999K.

  44. nomadic Says:

    Reduced? This bad boy didn’t sell in two weeks so they jacked the price up $149,000! Sweet! Just think what it’ll be worth next year?!

  45. SEA Says:

    All the so-called “over-bidding” will bring the price right up to where it needs to be…

    …and you know with that price change the so-called “over-bidding” will be in the same amount, the buyer must pay a minimum of $149k more–It’s like that, and that’s the way it is.

  46. madhaus Says:

    Obviously the agent saw the property on Burbed and took sfbubblebuyer’s advice to “price it like a PA deuce.” They should have asked for $1.488 million because of “Gun” High School.

  47. MC Says:

    If you dont know how to do HDR photography well, dont do it at all.

  48. Petsmart Groomer Says:

    Updated description says “Live down the street from $7,495,000 home” (1535 Edgewood Dr).

  49. Real Estater Says:

    Edgewood is actually quite a beautiful and prestigious street. There is one section that gets too close to the freeway, and that’s where this house is.

  50. Real Estater Says:

    Different side on the other side of the street:

    http://www.mlslistings.com/2134-EDGEWOOD-DR-Palo-Alto-CA~i19$1026010$RES

  51. Real Estater Says:

    Different price on the other side of the street:

    http://www.mlslistings.com/2134-EDGEWOOD-DR-Palo-Alto-CA~i19$1026010$RES

  52. SEA Says:

    #51- How should asking an extra 25% [=quarter million] for the other side of the street be properly described?

  53. Real Estater Says:

    2046 Edgewood just sold for $1.23M.

  54. SanMatean Says:

    Jack up the price another quarter mill on this fine home, Mark Zuckerburg just bought a place down the street!

  55. madhaus Says:

    The Mark Zuckerberg purchase will be covered in tomorrow’s Burbed. I know, not soon enough.

  56. NovaSupreme Says:

    The price changes to $1M after adding this line to description:
    “* Live down the street from $7,495,000 home, 1535 EDGEWOOD DR ”

    Must be most valuable words ever!

  57. Petsmart groomer Says:

    I thought the house’s open septic tank was quite a novel idea. Hard to give it a price, but definitely original.

    Let’s give credits to the realtor for featuring it in 4 of the 9 pictures.


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