October 31, 2011

A Scary Neighborhood for Trick or Treating!

Happy Halloween!

Burbed reader Moxie Girl has a suggestion for you on where to look for Halloween Treats.  Or Tricks.  Or lots and lots of instant equity.  So please give Moxie Girl a big, warm Real Bay Area welcome for this Guest Column on a great new neighborhood for you to check out tonight!

imageI’ve been reading your blog for awhile, and find it horrifyingly (and refreshingly) informative. I currently rent in RBA Mountain View, also known as the 900-sq.-foot-house-on-the-weensiest lot-available-asking-price-$1M capital of California.

Anywhoo, I was tootling along minding my own business, and as I cast my keen eye over Redfin this morning, found this (see attachment) in Redwood City. Let me backtrack first and say that Redfin has been updating the mini neighborhoods in cities for those of us not in the know (Birdland Neighbors in Sunnyvale? Castro City in Mountain View? Sign me up!). And apparently Redwood City has a new neighborhood. Who knew?


image*Possible Contamination* is the new, hot, move-in mess you’ve been waiting for. Adjacent to Woodside Plaza and in sniffing distance of Alameda de las Pulgas (Street of the Fleas…perhaps this is linked to the contamination problem?), Possible Contamination is your dream destination: houses built in the 1960s with an asking price of $800K+, which are all basically tear downs just waiting to happen. Then you can spend another $500K building the house of your dreams while being hemmed in by average schools and weird neighbors. But hey, isn’t Redwood City’s motto “Climate Best by Government Test“?

I can only imagine that your other eagle-eyed Burbed readers will want to know and move to this neighborhood ASAP. Our own mini-me Chernobyl site! Does that make RWC a sister city to Alviso? Or would that be Three Mile Island?

p.s. This aberration is attributable only to Redfin’s site–if you check out RWC on Google maps, *Possible Contamination* is not there.

Comments (9) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:05 am

9 Responses to “A Scary Neighborhood for Trick or Treating!”

  1. dollarbin Says:

    Nice find. I always assumed that Possible Contamination would be in south east Mountain View or Sunnyvale.

    By the way, Castro City is one of Mountain View’s oldest neighborhoods. It’s a small six square block neighborhood with lots of Burbed appeal. It’s full of early 20th century teardowns and early 21st century spec house misadventures.

  2. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    Possible Contamination ….. it sounds so full of possibilities!

  3. madhaus Says:

    Possible Contamination ….. it sounds so full of possibilities!

    Yeah, this place has “unlimited potential” written all over it. With Cesium-137.

  4. DreamT Says:

    illegal well – http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/morning_call/2011/09/redwood-city-cancels-water-warning.html

  5. madhaus Says:

    This article has a little more detail and a map of the affected area. Given how quickly the “boil water” warning was pulled (it was announced September 16th and followed up two days later), I wonder why Redfin got that label up so quick and didn’t remove it. Anything else going on in that neighborhood?

  6. nomadic Says:

    Tonight I got to see all of the “other people’s kids” my 10x property tax (compared to the old fogeys next door) goes to educate. About 80 showed up for free candy. 🙂 More kids than last year – I guess Halloween on a weekend wasn’t good for the kids.

  7. ms Says:

    I went through $30 worth of candy in 2.5 hours. I got about 80-90 kids too.

  8. madhaus Says:

    We had way fewer kids than last year, I would say barely 25. We bought candy for 100. Other neighbors remarked they had even fewer visitors. I wonder if our street lost critical mass in decorating or something so groups just skipped it. We did decorate but didn’t have time to carve pumpkins this year.

  9. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    We had hardly any kids! Also, when being drug around the neighborhood by my kid, people were happy to hand out 2 or 3 handfuls of candy to try and clean it out.

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