November 23, 2011

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS, Why isn’t anyone answering?

Today’s find continues our pre-Thanksgiving run of prices on the higher side, in preparation for our upcoming Black Friday Sales.  Many thanks to Burbed reader Petsmart Groomer for this beauty in Belmont!

1824 HILLMAN Ave, Belmont, CA 94002


SQ. FT.: 3,820
$/SQ. FT.: $439
LOT SIZE: 8,900 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Contemporary
VIEW: Bay, City Lights
COMMUNITY: Belmont Country Club
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81140955
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 58 days

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS to own this spectacular spacious one-owner executive home with stunning Bay and City views. The contemporary European design with generous functional living space provides for a relaxed and inviting ambiance. The upstairs features a living room with vaulted beam ceiling and stone fireplace, formal dining room, large kitchen with hardwood floors, ample storage and dining area.

imageA few years ago, I met some neighbor parents when one of my kids befriended their kids, and we got to talking about real estate.  The dad was going on and on about how ridiculous it was that all he could afford was a dinky little tract house.  “I am a Vice President!  I should be living in an Executive Home!  Not here!”

Now I never asked him what he meant by “Executive Home.”  He probably meant a big, new house, on a big lot close to a golf course.  He sure didn’t mean his late-50s rancher with second story addition, on a lot closer to a fifth than a quarter acre.

imageI wonder if today’s house would have been acceptable to him, or if it’s still too close to the (gasp) worker bees.  Anyway, the guy and his family soon moved back to San Diego (where he could buy himself an Executive Home on a golf course, but then again, by 2003 so could almost anyone else).  I wonder what he thinks of Occupy San Diego?

Weren’t executives, at least back in the good old days, famous for having three-martini lunches?  Well, the bar’s all ready in this house!  Now, which is worse, the carpet or the wallpaper?

We have plenty more photos after the break!



Oh wait, I meant THIS wallpaper. When was foil wallpaper last in vogue? Maybe 1973? Also, here’s a great view of the Real Power Lines to go with the Bay and City views.  And maybe by City views they meant Foster City.


There’s too many pictures full of win to choose from. These show what happens when you take photos in full daylight instead of near sunrise or sunset.


Remember, when an agent is trying to get a share of a 6% commission on a $1.678 million dollar house, time is money!  No need to dawdle with silly things like sunlight and exposures.  Oh my god, is that FORMICA in the large kitchen with hardwood floors?


Thank goodness, it’s only tile.  Tile produced in a FORMICA color.  And some more wallpaper for you to admire, all in a relaxed and inviting ambiance, provided you felt relaxed and invited in the seventies.  Or you can be uptight and standoffish.  This is, after all, an Executive Home.

Comments (11) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am

11 Responses to “OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS, Why isn’t anyone answering?”

  1. Mole Man Says:

    “contemporary European design with generous functional living space”

    This place is not contemporary, European, or particularly functional. Is one out of four a good score for this test?

  2. gallileo Says:


    It is if you are one of those new-fangled agents just off the boat from Londonderry.

  3. nomadic Says:

    WTF is under the kitchen island? Naked baby or pig?


  4. PKamp3 Says:

    Does he use two ‘L’s in remodelling? I know for cars the British have a class called an ‘Executive Car‘ which is a bit larger than your normal family car.

    If the normal house in the Real Bay is a 1,200 square foot ranch, maybe he was looking for something 1,500 square feet or so? Certainly anything over 1,800 is a “RBA castle”, and likely has either turrets or kawlums.

  5. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    WTF is an “Executive house” anyway? The house is an executive? The house can go out and do stuff for you? Maybe it makes business decisions of some type? Imagine coming home and finding out the damn house just lost 80% of your retirement on some idiotic ETF.

  6. nomadic Says:

    Maybe it means the house is part of the 1% and you’re lowly 99% scum. It would change its locks on you if it could, so it will seep equity instead.

  7. Mole Man Says:

    WTF is under the kitchen island? Naked baby or pig?


    Remember that scene near the end of The Shining? This place is calling to you!

  8. Divasm Says:

    If you took that last shot of the bathroom and changed the wall color to red instead of silver it would have that “walls are bleeding” look about it, furthering the whole Shining theme…but before you do that, quick, let the location scout at “Mad Men” know about this place, I think we’ve found Don Draper’s new bachelor pad!

  9. madhaus Says:

    You know, if that really is a baby in that kitchen photo, this place would earn its DHO wings.

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