September 27, 2011

A project in need of alot of work. Utilities are off.

It’s nice to remember what Burbed started out as: the site with expensive crapboxes.  Today we go back to our roots with a prime find, centrally located in the not-in-Campbell part of San Jose.  And if you object that this is not a lot of money, remember that the median price for a home in California is now $252,000.


610 FENLEY Ave, San Jose, CA 95117
Listed for $379,900   Sold for $385,000


SQ. FT.: 1,277
$/SQ. FT.: $301
LOT SIZE: 8,024 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Traditional
VIEW: Neighborhood
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81123104

Large lot in Campbell Union School District, close to Moorpark and 280. Home is a project in need of alot of work; ready for a contractor. 4th bedroom added- no permits. Property is unlikely to qualify for low down financing. Utilities are off.

I’m sorry this place has already been sold to a contractor ready for alot of work, but this one is Special on so many levels.  There’s so much to admire about the photography.  For one, the agent appears to know how to set the date properly.  Also the outdoor pictures were taken at 10:00, while the indoor pictures were taken at 1:20.  Any ideas what he was doing in the interim?









What I really appreciate about these pictures is how well the landscaping complements the interior.  And do be sure to check out the listing history.  Seems like this hot potato’s been tossed to several people who decided they didn’t want a bite after all.  Wonder who the sucker lucky ducky is who caught this delicious house project?

Next, this property has been personally inspected by a Redfin Agent who is enrolled in the Witness Protection Program!


Finally: Location, location, location!


Comments (19) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:02 am

19 Responses to “A project in need of alot of work. Utilities are off.”

  1. SEA Says:

    “Also the outdoor pictures were taken at 10:00, while the indoor pictures were taken at 1:20. Any ideas what he was doing in the interim?”

    Maybe he was locked out for the 12 days?

  2. madhaus Says:

    Oh wow, I hadn’t caught that the indoor pix were taken on a different DAY. What’s really weird is the indoor pix were taken FIRST. You’d think the agent would have access to at least the front of the house anytime. Here, my working theory was the agent had to spend 2.5 hours cleaning up the garbage left in the house before taking any pix.

  3. nomadic Says:

    Looks to me like the outdoor pics were 5/10 and the indoor 5/22. What dates do you think you see, madhaus?

  4. Sean Says:

    Is that a crop circle in the backyard?

  5. sfbubblebuyer Says:


    Maybe a collapsed septic tank? Or a nascent gateway to hell?

  6. nomadic Says:

    Or just a divot from an above-ground pool.

  7. sfbubblebuyer Says:


  8. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    Okay, let’s place bets on when this bad boy is back on the market. I’m betting it’s a 3 month flip, so October 17th is my ‘relist date’ call.

  9. madhaus Says:

    nomadic, I thought I saw 6/10 outside and 5/22 inside. And zooming in on the Redfin pix, that’s still what I see.

    sfbb, then find some less boring listings for us. Here I thought you guys were sick of expensive houses. Sheesh.

  10. Divasm Says:

    I’m going with small crater from an alien ship landing for the circle in the backyard. But my second choice, of course, is portal to hell.

  11. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    Madhaus, the boring was directed at it being an above ground pool divot, and not soon to be a gaping maw into either:
    A) A fiery inferno
    2) A pit of poo

  12. madhaus Says:

    You can never go wrong with a Portal to Hell.

  13. madhaus Says:

    sfbb, I can’t believe you don’t recognize the footprint of the Ginormous Pink Elephant.

  14. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    $50k down and you get to lose $50k a year. What a deal!

  15. SEA Says:

    The picture with the fireplace, does the date start with 05 or 06?

  16. Sam_Adu Says:

    Seriously? A freakin’ bomb crater in the back yard!!!

  17. ms Says:

    I think the agent did a respectable job with his listing.
    No “$888,888” either.
    No pictures designed to hide obvious features, like the crater or pool fill in.
    He just tells you and shows you what the house is.
    Doing so made the house not seem worse.
    He did a good job.

  18. Petsmart groomer Says:

    > He just tells you and shows you what the house is.

    No “permits unknown” either but instead a blunt “no permits”. Awesome.

  19. traumatic Says:

    future home for the buttress of the HSR viaduct?

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