June 8, 2011

Innovation on Curtiss Ave in San Jose

$659,000

Beds: 3
Baths: 2
Sq. Ft.: 1,449
$/Sq. Ft.: $455
Lot Size: 3,920 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Craftsman
Stories: 2
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 1910
Community: Willow Glen
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81119629
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active

On Redfin: 15 days
TIMELESS STUNNING RESTORATION OF OLD WORLD CRAFTSMAN. CLASSIC DESIGN, MODERN CONVENIENCES. ORIGINAL REDWOOD PANELING, HDWD FLOORS, GOURMET KITCHEN W/ GRANITE & STAINLESS APPLIANCES. FRESH DESIGNER CUSTOM CRAFTSMAN COLORS. FILLED WITH CHARACTER. YOU DO NOT FIND THEM LIKE THIS. COMPLEX MOULDINGS AND ORIGINAL BUILT-INS. WALK TO LINCOLN AVE. FABULOUS DOWNTOWN AREA. NEW LIBRARY. DANCIN ON ‘THE AVE’

Thanks to Burbed reader BCD for this find!

Here’s what BCD had to say:

Looks like this modest and nice-looking home from 1910 was once on a larger lot … then someone got greedy and built three new houses nearly touching each other immediately behind it.
The new three houses sold, but nobody has wanted this 1910 house for quite awhile.  Maybe it’s the hobbit-sized "third" bedroom, maybe it’s the five-foot-wide strip of a "backyard" that faces a prison-like blank wall, but the property has been listed more than 10 times between the summer of 2007 and now.
Sniff.

If you go to Redfin and sign in, your browser will explode with history. Seriously.

Wow… this definitely is… uh… dense:

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But hey… you’ll love your neighbors! Or not! Maybe you can put up a toll and charge the other 3 houses an entry fee. Oh how sweet that would be!

Comments (15) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:59 am

15 Responses to “Innovation on Curtiss Ave in San Jose”

  1. SamAdu Says:

    Why does SJ allow this sort of crap to occur? I’m sure the neighbors were happy to see the lot subdivided so much.

  2. SamAdu Says:

    The Redfin listing shows that this house sold for $518k on April 18, 2011. Was the house bought for a steal in a short-sale or something else? Is the $141k increase in price the “instant equity” that everyone here talks about?

  3. SEA Says:

    Of course the $141k is “instant equity,” especially if the seller spent $200k to get it.

  4. CB Says:

    Impressive that this has a large kitchen and foyer and is under 1500 sq ft. Has anybody seen it?

  5. madhaus Says:

    Pending!

  6. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    Of course it’s pending! It’s got an eyebrow arbor over the front gate! That’s quality you can’t just buy for way cheaper by building it yourself on a decent sized lot!

  7. Joe Says:

    Hey, they’re not building anymore land, so subdivide away! Who needs a backyard when you have an iPhone, iPad, Nintendo Wii, xBox, Playstation, etc. to play on INSIDE!

  8. nomadic Says:

    Maybe you can put up a toll and charge the other 3 houses an entry fee.

    Love it! That’s the bay area spirit: thinking of new ways to collect other people’s money.

    .
    The “multi-property” note is odd. I think the lot was subdivided before the developer bought it, but I have no idea why there would be a $2599 “sale” between banks (per PropertyShark) in 2008. It’s awfully cheap to have been a foreclosure.

  9. nomadic Says:

    Another odd thing. If you go to the Redfin map of the area and look for sales in the past year, you find today’s featured listing with its sale April 18 for $518k (and now pending at $659k list) and also, the house behind it with a sale on April 13 for $570k (and now pending at $749k list).

    The other listing – THREE YEARS OLD AND NEVER BEEN LIVED IN! per the realtard’s screaming copy:
    http://www.redfin.com/CA/San-Jose/906-Willowshire-Way-95125/home/12441706

    WTF?

  10. bob Says:

    Is there a reason like 90% of all home listings I see are written in ALL CAPS?

  11. DreamT Says:

    certainly – no need to worry about capitalization when it’s all CAPS… one less thing to worry about

  12. madhaus Says:

    90% of them, #10? Why that would be millions and millions of listings!

    Try clicking the ALL CAPS tag and see how good that estimate is.

  13. Real Estater Says:

    Mounting evidence people are basically going after the same things.

  14. Cash Estater Says:

    ALL CAPS or ALL CASH? Nowadays 90% investors are buying with ALL CASH. There are plenty of cash at sideline. Buy your home now or be priced out forever.

  15. SEA Says:

    What has burbed become? The new Maury show?


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