July 13, 2011

There are two of everything: House for Double Dip Recession

Thanks very much to Burbed reader Tracy for today’s featured listing, which should be twice as much fun as the usual property of the day.

2342 RICHLAND Ave, San Jose, CA 95125


BATHS: 3.5
SQ. FT.: 2,175
$/SQ. FT.: $391
LOT SIZE: 10,500 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Cottage/Bungalow
VIEW: Neighborhood
COMMUNITY: Willow Glen
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81126291
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 16 days

The most unique property in Willow Glen. Perfect for the extended family. This home is capability of being either large single family home or two completely separate units (duplex) with all the privacy of two homes. There are two of everything. Kitchens, Living rooms, Laundry rooms, fireplaces, dishwashers, furnances, water heaters, entrances and much more. All on one of the best streets in Willow Glen.

imageAt least it isn’t “very unique,” merely “the most unique.”  There are two of everything, even two furnances, but only on one of the best streets.  I would have paid $850K if it were on two of the best streets.

Look, there’s even two pieces of old, crappy furniture in the back yard!  I bet there’s even more most unique antiques on the other side of that fence.

But riddle me this: if there’s two of everything, then how come there are three bedrooms?

imageThat means one part of the house gets an extra bedroom and (gasp) one does not.  Same deal with the bathrooms: 3.5 baths means one of them doesn’t have a bath or shower.

And this agent is having some more fun with us.  Did you catch the same picture in there twice (see red outline)?  And two cars in that doubled picture.

For extra fun, find the second bike and the second ladder and Waldo.

You know what else I’m wondering?  Does this place have two mortgages too?

Comments (11) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:04 am

11 Responses to “There are two of everything: House for Double Dip Recession”

  1. Alex Says:

    2 massively big turds.

  2. madhaus Says:

    Now there are TWO comments. Ha ha!

  3. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    Listing withdrawn! TWO LATE!

  4. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    I didn’t post because I didn’t want two be the one two ruin the twoness.

  5. Alex Says:

    I, too, avoided lengthening the thread to preserve the TWO theme.

    #3 ruined it.

  6. Real Estater Says:

    Enough is enough. No more stimulus. No more socialism. Let’s raise the UC tuition another 25% instead of putting the burden on the state. The economy is doing just fine right now. Google reported blockbuster results. The last I checked restaurants in Palo Alto were jam packed.

  7. bmwman91 Says:

    I do agree with #6 in that we need to cut the entitlements. All it does is breed dependence & resentment (and more poor people). There should be SOME sort of safety net as no civilized society should allow people to die of malnourishment, but the government teat should also not be permitting people to be 100% dependent, and reproduce with it.

    As for college tuition…I also agree that the cost should be born more by those wishing to attend than all taxpayers. As someone that went to private college on private loans, scholarships & some parental support, I don’t really feel bad for people complaining about UC tuition. I think that the issue is that a lot of people think that college is where they go to do what they “are passionate about” (party/drink/smoke pot/catch herpes) & that it will automatically lead to a comfortable living after. Many need to re-evaluate this, because loving art & getting a degree in it won’t clear $50k in loans. Study something that will provide a living. I did, and my $55k in loans were all gone in 24 months.

    At the same time, college tuition is really getting out of hand. I am not sure what on earth these institutions are doing with all that money, but I have to imagine that it is being pissed away on administration & unnecessary programs rather than being used directly for the service of students. College should not cost what it does. As many are probably aware, government-backed loans have done exactly the same thing to college tuition as they did to housing. Colleges are addicted to easy money. In this case though, borrowers don’t get to file for bankruptcy.

    The economy as a whole may look fine, but I think that’s a failure to see the forest from the trees. Most of our economy was/is dependent on consumer credit that was never going to be repaid. There is trouble coming, and while the SV seems insulated, I think that it will get hit as the rest of the nation’s economy continues to crumble. The main economic input to MV/PA seems to be e-advertising. When companies can’t afford to advertise, it hits everyone. PC hardware companies that build servers get nailed as advertisers scale back, and the myriad companies that support PC hardware get hit. Consumption by employees drops, injecting less money into the market…rinse & repeat. This is a tad pessimistic of course, but I really see a lot of the SV economy as being based on frivolous internet BS, and I am not certain that enough people learned anything valuable from the 2000 crash.

  8. SEA Says:

    Why does ‘free’ public education end at 12? Why not 6?

  9. Real Estater Says:


    You raise some very valid points. There’s no reason college should cost as much as it does. Only when the state stops subsidizing it would colleges start finding innovative ways to reduce cost. With all the technology available these days, Freshman year ought to be virtual. Majority of those courses can be taped, with notes published electronically, instead of having kids sit in a lecture hall taking notes. That’s a total waste of time. Text books should all be e-books. With some basic use of technology, college costs can be reduced by 1/4. Health care is going electronic; why can’t education?

  10. bmwman91 Says:

    I think that a big problem with college is that they don’t teach kids how to LEARN. Truly, the most valuable skill you should leave your undergraduate years with is the ability to learn. Too many kids think that attendance & grades alone are what will pull them through life. The older you get, the harder it seems to be to learn how to learn as your personal biases grow & dominate your worldview. You have to do it while you are young, and it seems to me that our entire educational system is a total failure. The only classes I can think back on where I learned to learn were science classes, and those seem to be the ones that get cut first.

    Textbooks…total crock. Some publishers came through my engineering building once (2005’ish) while I was doing homework with classmates. They wanted to talk with us about “why we weren’t buying new books”. Well, because they are expensive as fuck, and even used ones are too pricey. They basically said that used books are the reason they have to revision texts every other year, to force us to get new ones. So, it was “students’ fault” that books cost so much. LOL. I think that, with the exception of history & sociology books, texts from 3-7 decades ago will impart the exact same knowledge in most fields. These dummies built themselves up on selling the same shit year-over-year, and their shareholders have them by the balls demanding that they burn students. I am really glad I am done with school. At least I have a $5000 library of engineering/science & sociological knowledge now.

  11. bob Says:

    I don’t understand the “Socialist” argument being used today. That or the taxes issue. Social services do not automatically= socialism. Such services have been around since the dawn of government. The ancient Greeks had public baths. Benjamin Franklin formed the first public library system in the US. There is a big difference between a socialist form of government and one that is democratic and simply provides social services. Understand the differences between the 2 because they couldn’t be more different.

    There’s a lot of talk today about axing this and that in the name of shrinking government. Things that even recently were taken for granted- like public schools, police departments, and infrastructural maintenance are becoming in some cases outright luxuries- as seen with the public school system in the Bay Area where you just about have to be rich so you can basically support your child’s education-whether they go to public or private schools- out of pocket.

    There’s a few big things going on behind the scenes that are behind this slow metamorphosis. Its not that these social services or programs are necessarily costly but more that the economy needed to support such a system has been disappearing for decades. We used to make and export things. Now we consume and import. I used to work retail in college and right out of college. This was circa 1997-2002. As late as 2002 most of what I sold was made in the US. Now those same things are made overseas. What used to be products made by 100+ year old brick and mortar manufacturing companies is now either made overseas or was taken over by some huge multinational conglomerate-that also makes everything overseas. Brand doesn’t have the same meaning. Slap a label over something that used to have uniqueness. Now the brand is all that is left because its all cheaply made crap. All of this comes back to the US in the form of a working populace that has less choices and less upward mobility. Since we don’t export as much as don’t bring in as much money. The good that comes out of this is that US-based companies in many cases do more business overseas than in the US and thus investing in their stocks in many cases means you earn a decent interest because they continue to earn even if the US economy tanks.

    But ultimately this means an increasingly poor general population that can’t afford to buy as many things and if they do buy- chances are the items are imported.

    Where am I going with this? At one point the majority of Americans had access to public services that were never given a 2nd thought mainly because there was money to pay for these things. That money came from the profits of production and the infusion of foreign cash from the purchase of our goods. Since we don’t export as much and instead have relied on internal consumption and the debt it created this in turn puts states into debt. That in turn means less money for services. Now those services are in the spotlight and the argument to reduce them is in many cases misguided. Getting rid of those services will solve nothing. The solution is far more extensive. Its the US economy and how it functions. The reason this recession seems especially harsh is because the faults of the economy were swept under the carpet for 20 years. What was determined to be a “healthy” economy was really one based on bubbles and debt. The housing bubble helped weaken the middle class by extracting their wealth. Now that the bubble is past and economists scratch their heads as to why housing isn’t recovering they fail to realize that its because the middle class didn’t have the money to start with.

    There has never been a country in history that retained a middle class without a healthy export-based economy. Take that with a grain of salt.

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