October 6, 2011

Country-style family room kitchen

Today’s listing was sent in by Burbed reader Britt, who suspects that something is missing from this Mountain View house.  I don’t know why all the fuss, it’s in the same zip code as Google. That ought to be enough reason to make an offer and do a Search for whatever you can’t Find.


2419 TAMALPAIS St, Mountain View, CA 94043


SQ. FT.: 1,104
$/SQ. FT.: $624
LOT SIZE: 5,520 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Contemporary
VIEW: Neighborhood
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81138652
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 25 days

Just back on the market. Great value in Mountain View! 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in outstanding Monta Loma neighborhood. Huge windows give abundant natural light. Beautiful newly refinished hardwood floors plus new paint inside & out. Vaulted ceilings. Flexible floorplan with living/dining combo and country-style family room kitchen. Attached one car garage. Approx. 1,104 sq ft of living space.

imageHere’s what Britt has to say about this home:

Am I missing something?  The kitchen seems incomplete. Where’s the refrigerator? The stove? Maybe it’s a Manhattan-style kitchen and they’re hidden behind the cabinets so everything looks streamlined? In any event, I don’t get it.

Yes, they did an excellent job of hiding the appliances by taking 14 pictures of the living room and family room and just two of the kitchen.  But so what?

imageIf you worked at Google they give you free food anyway.  It’s not like you would actually waste what little free time you’ll have COOKING when there’s good, hot, free food as long as you’re at work.

In fact, you should probably pay extra for that flexible floorplan.  No refrigerator or stove means more room for your monitors and game consoles.


Comments (17) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:16 am

17 Responses to “Country-style family room kitchen”

  1. z2amiller Says:

    Didn’t you see “Country-style” kitchen? We call it an “icebox”. The bathroom is also “Country-Style”, although the corncob is not included. When you’ve only got 1100 sqft to work with you have to make some sacrifices.

    I noticed that about the house on Laura Lane from a couple days ago also. Although there was a (50 year old) stove in the picture, the refrigerator was nowhere to be seen, and no obvious place for one in the kitchen.

  2. madhaus Says:

    Icebox? That’s pretty newfangled high technology for country-style. I was thinking using the crawlspace as a root cellar, but if this is an Ecchler, they’d have to smash into the slab foundation.

  3. AstroWallaby Says:

    Wow. Photo after photo of the same things at slightly different angles. Click through them fast and just try not to feel nauseous!

    (It’s like the Realtor was pirouetting on skates between the vaguely defined “living” and “dining” areas and snapping a picture every time she was airborne.)

    I admit it, though, I’m stumped. Maybe the remainder of the kitchen flips down like a Murphy bed from that one white wall? (In which case does that mean that the stove and refrigerator are lying on their back in plain sight out in the yard right now?)

    The house *is* sort of pretty in a “I can’t decide whether I’d rather live in a plant nursery or an Apple Store” sort of way. Who knew that’s what you’d get if you slathered white paint all over the original funky Eichler colors?

  4. SEA Says:

    The photos show that the washer and dryer match the stove and refrigerator.

  5. nomadic Says:

    I bet that realtor bores his friends to death with his un-edited vacation pictures too. Just one shot of Stonehenge is enough, thank-you-very-much.

  6. Divasm Says:

    Haha, nomadic, you are so right about Stonehenge. Somehow in person it is much more interesting from every angle but when you look at the photos you realize, it’s a pile of stones no matter how you slice it.

    Perhaps this realtor is from SF, don’t they do the whole 600-square-foot-apartment-from-every-angle thing?

  7. SFGuy Says:

    I think the realtor is confused. A “country-style” kitchen should mean a wood-burning stove. What we have here is a “Colonial-style” kitchen, where you put a roasting spit in the fireplace.

  8. Adam Says:

    Wait, I just happened to find this blog, so is the whole point to copy from MLS and they talk shit about the post? Success..

    I was looking for a decent blog with commentary about the building industry in the South Bay. Is there one?

  9. PKamp3 Says:

    #8 – Usually the posts, while snarky, lead to a huge info dump in the comments. While I was looking for my house it was pretty useful to get insider perspectives from the people that post here. You don’t want to bury your head in the sand while attempting to buy something as expensive as a house… you want to hear both sides of the story.

    That said, what info are you looking for on builders?

  10. gallileo Says:


    You want a blog about building industry in the South Bay? Why waste your time?

    What you should do is find a blog about the building industry in the Real Bay Area, where prices double approximately every seven years and $500,000 is not a lot of money.

  11. nomadic Says:

    #8, they aren’t making any more land. Where are they supposed to build? Unless you want to tear down a crapbox and replace it with a McMansion, there isn’t much to be said about the “building industry” in the SJ area.

    You could always check out some of the sites in the blog roll on the right side of the page =======>

  12. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    This house really backs dat ass up… right up to the Central Expressway. There’s no fridge or stove because you wouldn’t want to eat anything exposed to the high levels of airborne pollution you’d get there.

  13. madhaus Says:

    I wonder if we’ll ever see Adam again. Or have we already met him under a bunch of other names?

    Thanks, sfbb, for noting this house’s location, location, location! “Bunus:” Trains run nearby, too! Same CalTrain Steve Jobs used to have to listen to!

  14. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    This looks like a trailer with a bit less class. Or structural integrity (trailers have to be DOT legal at least when new) or …. amenities.

  15. Petsmart groomer Says:

    > Wait, I just happened to find this blog […] I was looking for a decent blog with commentary about the building industry in the South Bay.

    So you are saying you suck at searching?

  16. z2amiller Says:

    @#2/madhaus: I think this house is actually a Mackay, since in down-rent low-class Mountain VIew we don’t deserve full on Eichlers. There is a crawlspace, and maybe that is where the icebox is. Or maybe there are just a bunch of styrofoam coolers down there.

    @#3/AstroWallaby: I think you might be right on with the Murphy Bed comment, or maybe the whole kitchen wall flips around on a pivot like the fake bookcases in old Scooby Doo cartoons!

  17. Petsmart groomer Says:

    Sold for $660K.

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