November 24, 2011

Something to be Thankful for Today

Happy Thanksgiving from Burbed!  And one thing to be thankful for is we’re not taking today off.  We are also thankful for our many wonderful readers, without whom we would never be able to bring you Real Bay Area Real Estate, House Price and Mortgage Insanity on a regular basis.

Speaking of wonderful readers, here’s a momentous mansion in Mountain View from Burbed reader dollarbin!

2178 LELAND Ave, Mountain View, CA 94040


SQ. FT.: 1,920
$/SQ. FT.: $378
LOT SIZE: 4,947 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
COMMUNITY: San Antonio
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81129200
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 144 days

Maybe the Final Price Reduction before it goes to auction! Take a second look! Enjoy this stunning 4 year old well maintained home with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, 1920 sf of living area, wrap around porch, granite kitchen, granite faced fireplace in living room, 4 spacious bedrooms including downstairs master suite. This home sits in a 4791 SF lot in a well sought after Mountain View area.

imageHere’s what dollarbin was thinking when sending us today’s Thanksgiving Turkey.

I swear this has been on Burbed before, if not it might spark some discussion. I don’t know if this house has ever actually been occupied, the sales history suggests it hasn’t. Mere inches from the Caltrain tracks, you can shop at Mi Pueblo in your slippers too.

If this house has been on Burbed, it was hiding under a different address.  And it has quite a history, too.  Take a look at this!


And if you think that’s interesting, then look what Zillow has to say about this place!  But none of those missing listings from 2007-08 are there.


imageHere’s the link to in case you want to bid on this house.  I really like the exterior shot they’re using instead of the one above on Redfin (sorry about their annoying little banner there).  Arty!  Too bad the other 4 photos are the same as before.

$725,000 really was the final price before the auction after all.  Take a second look, since you’ll be eating today’s meal a few more times too.  This house and its history can make you feel thankful for so many things.  Why not share them in comments?

Remember to get up extra early tomorrow as we begin our Black Friday Sales!  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Comments (6) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:26 am

6 Responses to “Something to be Thankful for Today”

  1. PKamp3 Says:

    Burbed ate my comment from work yesterday – I was rambling about the British term ‘executive cars’.

    Hopefully this house will be 25% off tomorrow so someone can buy it on Amazon!

    Happy thanksgiving!

  2. z2amiller Says:

    I don’t even think that these houses have a soundwall between them and the tracks (And maybe even worse, Central Expressway) in the backyard. If there is, it certainly isn’t tall enough to cover the second story of this house. With the Rengstorff crossing just down the street, the southbound train will be blowing its horn right into the bedroom windows of this house. Central Expressway would be another constant drone of noise in the background.

    On the plus side, you’d hardly even need that fancy kitchen, with Mi Pueblo with the Taqueria window out front just 20 feet away.

    They’ve been talking about either trenching the tracks, or digging Rengstorff below the tracks, so maybe this house would at least be somewhat habitable in 5 or 10 years when they finish construction there. Also there is the spectre of high speed rail coming thru the caltrain right-of-way — The current plan is to have elevated tracks, so if that happens, you’ll have the express train running 10 feet away from your bedroom window on the elevated platform.

  3. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    With all those great features, no wonder the price has what, doubled? $319k to $725k is more than double.

    With Mi Pueblo right there, I mean, they have a bakery/panaderia, taquiria, all kinds of take-out food, hell 20 feet away you can just use ’em as your refrigerator too – leave a few $ on the table for the kids in the morning, they can just go over and buy milk and a bun. Or breakfast burritos! This means you can convert your kitchen to a “profit center” er, rental room, ka-ching!

    And as for CalTrain, well, everyone loves CalTrain! Choo-choos and churros FTW.

  4. Divasm Says:

    One of my best friends lives two blocks away from there along the tracks. It’s funny, because often when I’m leaving her place as I’m getting in my car I can look up and the train will be passing by, not 100 feet away, yet I don’t often think of how close she lives to the tracks. I think after a few years you get immune to it. And hey, if you work at Google you’re never home anyway, right?

  5. dollarbin Says:

    I’ve lived within one block of the Caltrain tracks on Villa St. and you do stop noticing the train fairly quickly. Pretty soon you think it’s perfectly normal to not be able to hear your TV for 20 seconds once or twice an hour.

    As my turkey feast winds its peristaltic journey through my alimentary tract, let me say thanks for the schadenfreude provided by seeing the market failure of ill considered spec houses like 2178 Leland. And thanks for all of the mawbul kawlumns lending Greco-Roman flair to McMansions across America. And thanks to Burbed and madhaus for making Real Estate fun.

  6. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    Damn I lived by Villa St. for a while….. what a “mixed” neighborhood, everyone I knew was friggin’ broke, the “old money” was the Mexicans who had a pickup truck and thus could do yard work.

    This whole Google thing makes me laugh, I can’t see how anyone’s making a thin dime off of the Internet, other than the ISP’s of course, getting $100+ a month for people to get onto the net. I guess Google has to be there so the ISP’s have a product to sell. The whole “Silicon Valley” really needs to go back to growing peaches and prunes.

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