July 1, 2011

Too Late! Charming House in Redwood City You Can’t Have

burbedguestbloggerHere’s another terrific submission from Burbed reader sfbubblebuyer, who takes the front page again today as Guest Blogger.  We’re going back to one of our favorite sources for the quintessential Burbed residence: Redwood City!  Alas, the house has sold since it was submitted, but it’s still worth admiring!

Please give sfbubblebuyer your best, warmest Real Bay Area welcome!

677 HAMPSHIRE Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063


BATHS: 1.5
SQ. FT.: 1,080
$/SQ. FT.: $231
LOT SIZE: 5,000 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Cottage/Bungalow
VIEW: Neighborhood
COMMUNITY: Dumbarton
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81058792

Open and bright home with well used space. Formal entry/foyer, living room is spacious, eat-in family kitchen, nicely fenced with a gated long driveway leading to detached garage. Location is convenient and close to school and school grounds. Good opportunity to own a home.

imageThe best thing about this piece of crap is that TWO Redfin agents have toured it. One notes the mold in the bedrooms which is easily visible in the photos, and the other one notes a “shed-like structure in backyard.” Not a shed, a shed-like structure. OoooOOOH! What a mystery!

I must find out more about this shed-like structure! Perhaps it is the entrance to Batman’s west-coast secret base! Maybe it conceals a nuclear missile launch bay! Who knows? Because it’s not a shed, but a SHED-LIKE STRUCTURE!


imageIf we move on to the listing agent, they want to make it absolutely clear that not only is this house close to the a school, it’s also close to the ground on which the school is located!

What a relief! I was afraid this house was in some Esheresque void in Redwood City where you can reach up and touch the school, but to get to the GROUNDS, you needed to climb dozens of space warping staircases to navigate your way there.


Comments (10) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:12 am

10 Responses to “Too Late! Charming House in Redwood City You Can’t Have”

  1. SEA Says:

    Let’s talk instant equity!

    From Zillow:

    “08/03/1979 Sold $73,000 — $67 Public Record”

    A double every 10 years suggest the place is really worth ~$600k. Even if we cut the rate in half, the place should be worth at least ~$300k, and what kind of a place doesn’t double every 20 years, or sooner?

    And before you laugh, let me point out that in 2007 the Zestimate peaked near $700k. Yet my guess is that in 2007 the owners would have suggested that property values were going ever higher.

    I’m sure there’s at least one regular here that will suggest this is a ‘tremendous opportunity.’

  2. ES Says:

    I would have bought this. Well below rental parity at first glance, at least.

  3. Mole Man Says:

    Given the condition of those sad, sick trees this lot can be expected to get much more sun in the near future.

  4. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    That back yard looks like the grass was pounded away by barefoot kids and pit bulls.

  5. Kari Says:

    They don’t look like sad, sickly trees, they look like coastal redwoods, or some other coastal tree. Why cut them down? They keep the house cool on hot days!

  6. Mole Man Says:

    I could be wrong, but those trees look to me like Monterey Pines. They never adapted to this area where they have trouble growing roots in the heavy clay soil and get attacked by imported parasites. One is already leaning over which is a sign the end is not far off. Most of these in the area have been infected with bark beetles for years. Cutting them without good reason would probably be a mistake, but they will probably die on their own within a few years.

    This turns out to be a general problem. The trees in this area are a big draw, but a large percentage were planted in the 1950s and are sick and losing vigor. UC Davis has done some great studies of this. It turns out that aggressively replacing failed or failing trees provides better cover in the long term than strategies that focus on protection of trees that may be mismatched to the location or sick or both.

  7. nomadic Says:

    Sold? Damn, this would have made a great meth house!

  8. madhaus Says:

    I would only buy it if the chain-link fence is included. It looks like it was thrown up to keep out lookie-loos, but I figure the metal’s got to be worth, oh, two hundred easy.

  9. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    Somebody should have bought it just to film a cut-rate horror show in it. The whole place is ominous.

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