August 24, 2011

Don’t Just Sing Folk Songs, Live in One!

Here’s another flipping find from the Redfin Bay Area forums, thanks to Lysistrata. Wow, talk about a convenient location, upgraded kitchen, and generous oversized lot!  Too bad a flipper got to it ahead of you! Now you have to pay a premium to live here!


46 CARMEL Ave, Daly City, CA 94015


SQ. FT.: 1,150
$/SQ. FT.: $400
LOT SIZE: 3,400 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
COMMUNITY: Westlake Heights
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81129477
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 29 days

Reduced! Just remodeled, this 3 bed 2 bath home boasts an updated kitchen, stainless steel appliances, new hardwood floors, a new furnace, recessed lighting, and fresh paint inside and out. With an open, inviting floor plan and landscaped front and rear yards, this beautiful home just steps to the ocean is not to be missed! Close to Northridge Park, shopping and freeway access for an easy commute!

imageHardwood, granite, and stainless may await inside, but the real surprise will be finding out who would pay for them given where this house is located!  No wonder the first picture is the kitchen rather than the front yard, but we’re sure you want to see the exterior shots.  In fact, we insist!

Convenient to San Francisco and I-280, this house is perfect for the two-income couple, one with the trendy creative class career in SoMa and the other with an equally high-powered position in Silicon Valley!  Perfect, that is, as long as you never let your colleagues know where you sleep at night.

imageFace it, you should have snapped this opportunity up and sold it to one of your less-entrepreneurial associates.  But there’s hundreds more just like it up and down the street, and all the other streets, so don’t despair!

And “steps to the ocean”?  Looks like about 500 steps.  Anyone know how easy it is to step down that sea cliff?  There is nearby Thornton Beach State Park if you head somewhat north (more than a few 500s of steps), but dang, the state has closed it.


Malvina Reynolds wrote a song in 1962 that epitomized the blandness of tract-house suburbia, built from shoddy construction materials.  What place inspired this classic folk song (called the most sanctimonious song ever by no less than Tom Lehrer)?  Was it Levittown, New York? 

Hell, no, this was an authentic Bay Area composition, triggered by Westlake in Daly City.  Now you can live in the very place that inspired a folk song!

imageThere’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.


And Live the Ticky Tacky Life!

Comments (14) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:03 am

14 Responses to “Don’t Just Sing Folk Songs, Live in One!”

  1. SEA Says:

    A nice photo of the cliff:

    Reynolds’ “Little Boxes” was used in Weeds.

  2. nomadic Says:

    Anyone know how easy it is to step down that sea cliff?

    If I lived there? Pretty easy.

    The sameness of the houses in that area has always given me the creeps. I’d heard that song before; it’s a perfect fit.

  3. SEA Says:

    What we needs is a “Little Boxes” type song for the RBA.

    The overbidding pays for their kids’ education
    But they keep the home in the family

    They pay interest, but the value is in the land
    They pay taxes, insurance, light bulbs and Drano
    But the housing price appreciation
    takes care of everything

    And they all thought they bought in the RBA,
    but some of them found trouble
    regarding the automatic price double

  4. Divasm Says:

    I often drive by those houses on the way to work and I have always thought about how I would hate to live there – somehow all of Daly City ended up like that, those identical packed-in tract houses. Ugh.

  5. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    I can’t stand the McMansion developments either. But Daly City really does have rows and rows and miles and rows of little boxes for people to live in, and they ALMOST make today’s tract homes look tolerable.

  6. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    Wow. I was just gonna say, this house is really nice, inside. But geesh! They’re crammed together more closely than “mobil” homes in a “mobil” home park. Still not as bad as a condo though. If this tract were instead one huge crystalline condo complex, in corporate color yet, would we, and Malvina, be as condemning?

    Malvina Reynolds must have been great fun at a party. That’s not a folk song, it’s a snide swipe at all those lousy people who had to go to college and get a job, damn them. Why can’t they have the decency to just inherit their money like nice people do?

    Now I have to go see this place sometime.

  7. madhaus Says:

    Yeah, I think she was on her way to some party somewhere expensive when she drove through Daly City from Berkeley. I think she was enroute to somewhere like Portola Valley or something, heh.

    The other interesting thing about “Little Boxes” is Reynolds was interviewed by some national news service, and the wanted a shot of her in front of the development that inspired the song… and she LITERALLY COULDN’T FIND IT. Why? Because in the interim between that fateful drive through Daly City and the song going viral, so many more subdivisions exactly like this one were built in Westlake.

    The reason I chose this as a Burbed house was the cognitive dissonance of verified subdivision hell with pergraniteel flippage.

  8. madhaus Says:

    House went pending on the 15th and is Listed Active two days later on the 17th. Oooooookay.

  9. nomadic Says:

    It would have been sooner, but it took the prospective FBs that long to sober up.

  10. SV Shopper Says:

    Virtually everything I see that interests me is gone in 2 weeks max.

    If something is either nice or cheap(like the featured property), it’s as good as sold.

  11. sfbubblebuyer Says:


  12. SEA Says:

    So nice and cheap sells?

    I’d never have guessed that.

  13. Real Estater Says:


    You don’t know the difference between “and” vs. “or”?

  14. SEA Says:

    #12- Special for you:

    Both nice or cheap sells?

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