December 31, 2011

This year in Burbed–2011 [A serious post]

2011 was a year of transitions. Some things ended too soon (Steve Jobs), some things finally concluded (the Iraq War). For me personally, 2011 was also a year of transitions – second order impacts of the challenges of 2010.

I would like to thank the entire Burbed community for continuing to make this such an interesting, funny, educational place to be. I would like to thank all the commenters – quality, trolls – all alike (except spammers – thanks but no thanks.) I would like to thank the sponsors of Burbed for helping keep the site running. I would like to thank all those who sent in their “finds” – there were some awesome finds this year.

I would especially like to thank Madhaus for keeping this site going. To be frank, without Madhaus there wouldn’t have been a Burbed in 2011. Madhaus’ perseverance in delivering great posts on the site has amazed me, as is her persistence in getting me motivated to do some of the behind the scenes chores that I so suck at. (Like site uptime…)

It goes without saying that 2012 will be another interesting year for all. My involvement on Burbed will likely continue at its current level due to ongoing personal challenges. I look forward to continuing to see the great “finds” that you folks keep sending in.

I wish you all a Happy New Year.

Thank you for your support.

Comments (21) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:00 am

December 30, 2011

House are now affordable in Mountain View

Mountain View, CA 94040



<snarky comment> <sarcastic comment> <snarky comment>

Wait a minute, this feels like déjà vu ALL OVER AGAIN.

Oh this is why:

December 7, 2009

House are now affordable in Mountain View

110 COLLEGE St, Mountain View, CA 94040 | MLS# 80945064
110 COLLEGE St Mountain View, CA 94040


Wow, what’s up with this! This house is still on the market after all this time? Please, for the love of god, could someone just buy this house and put it out of its misery? It’s time to bring this to a close!

Someone, make it your new year’s resolution to buy this house ASAP!

Comments (11) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:50 am

December 29, 2011

SHOCKER: Price cut in Palo Alto.

1820 ASH St
Palo Alto, CA 94306



At $2017 per square foot, this listing is the pride and joy of Bay Area real estate. Now, granted, this isn’t exactly accurate as there’s also a guest house that can bring in revenue – and as we all know, revenue is what counts.

But wait. This house sure seems familiar. Where have we seen this before? Quick! To the wayback machine to a period when I was still regularly contributing to this site!

September 7, 2010

A healthy priced property in Palo Alto

1820 ASH St Palo Alto, CA 94306



OMG. What. Is. Going. On? No, seriously… what is going on with these prices?


What’s your prediction for what this house will sell for next year? Keep in mind the coming torrent of IPOs that will rock the Valley!

Comments (14) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:36 am

December 28, 2011

Opportunity is Here! Lowest price single family home in Millbrae.

50 MATEO Ave
Millbrae, CA 94030



Didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas? Well here’s your chance! Look at this deal! Most of us could charge this on our Centurion cards, right?

Let’s take a look at some of the fine interior pics:

50 MATEO Ave, Millbrae, CA 9403050 MATEO Ave, Millbrae, CA 94030

50 MATEO Ave, Millbrae, CA 9403050 MATEO Ave, Millbrae, CA 94030

Wow, talk about #winning! Unfortunately, the Iraq War is now over – so references to Fallujah and etc are now over. What would be a good modern day comparison for this house?

In any case, at $650 per square foot, this house demonstrates the awesome power of the Bay Area. Maybe you could buy this and create your new social, gamification, hyper local, daily deal, analytics, heroin shooting gallery! Just think of the potential! It’d be so addictive and viral! You could call it (Please remember me for Friends and Family Shares. Thanks!)

Comments (12) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:14 am

December 27, 2011

A little larger than county records

Saratoga, CA 95030



Yes. I would also guess that this home may be larger than county records. By just a little though.

Any thoughts on how one would go about measuring this?

Comments (11) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:59 am

December 26, 2011

House in San Mateo–great for interrogations!

San Mateo, CA 94401



It looks like the art of writing great real estate copy has been lost in this new decade. Just look at the primary photo! Doesn’t this call for some reference to the enormous parking opportunities that this house has to offer? Just look at all the vans and suv’s that can fit in that driveway.

You know what this house really is right? It’s a safe house. Yep. Part of the CIA’s “black site” network. (Or CTU – you never know.) Those vans and suvs in the driveway? Disguised.

Let me show you where they use enhanced interrogation techniques:

15 S NORFOLK St, San Mateo, CA 94401

This house is what’s keeping freedom and liberty alive in America. You’re welcome, citizens.

Comments (12) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:45 am

December 25, 2011

A fence for the 99% in South San Francisco

South San Francisco, CA 94080


This house isn’t actually that bad – I mean, it’s only $457 per square foot. And look, it’s got a “separate” storage room. Sure it looks like it’s slightly leaning in the photo, but you’ll be enjoying views of that pole for years to come.

And, check out this fence:

117 FRANKLIN Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080

You don’t want a fence that says “I’m 1%”. You want a fence that says “I’m 99%”. And this, my friends, is that fence.

Comments (5) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:22 am

December 24, 2011

Your Holiday Weekend Open Thread

Last year, when we wished everyone the best wishes of the Season, we suggested you buy a house for some of your loved ones.  Looks like somebody took us seriously.


Look at the last bullet on the flyer:


imageSome home buyers purchase homes as gifts.  Hmmm, maybe by “some” they mean “I read this on a Real Estate website.  Therefore, somebody somewhere out there must have actually purchased a home as a gift.  Given that my income is about five percent of what it was in 2005, I will suggest almost anything to increase it in hopes that there is at least one suggestible person out there sitting on carloads of cash.”

Well, sure, this is a Bay Area real estate website, and we did indeed suggest buying a homes as a gift.  Whether these agents understood we were using the literary technique of humorous exaggeration to make a point is one of life’s eternal mysteries.

This is an Open Thread.  How many houses are you planning to purchase as gifts?  Are they all in the Real Bay Area?

Comments (1) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:04 am

December 23, 2011

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Cheapest House Near Google!

Let’s finish up with the Black Friday DEALS, DEALS, DEALS as close to the Googleplex as we can.  This is the best DEAL in Mountain View!

177 FAIRCHILD Dr, Mountain View, CA 94043


BATHS: 2.5
SQ. FT.: 1,720
$/SQ. FT.: $227
LOT SIZE: 5,367 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81114167
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 264 days

This is a bank owned property to be sold as is.

No muss, no fuss, no silly listing copy to make claims it can’t keep, and best of all, it’s already been featured on Burbed back in March, 2010!  Only back then, it was selling for (are you sitting down?) $760K!  All that instant equity could be yours, because it’s probably worth a million now! 

All this, and still close to freeway!


Comments (8) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 4:12 am

December 22, 2011

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Cheapest House in San Mateo!

We know, you’re busy holiday shopping!  So we’ll make your shopping really easy with this DEAL in San Mateo!

318 S DELAWARE St, San Mateo, CA 94401


SQ. FT.: 740
$/SQ. FT.: $269
LOT SIZE: 5,500 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81120671
STATUS: Pending With Release
ON REDFIN: 223 days

1bd/1ba land value only. Please do not disturb occupants.

imageThis house has practically everything you want in a listing from Burbed. 

We’ve featured it before!  It has no value as a residence, yet there are people living in it.  Plus the tenants living there mean you can’t look inside the house, and the agent isn’t going to show you any interior pictures.  It’s been pending for more than half a year!  It sold for $401,000… ten years ago.  Talk about instant equity!

imagePlus you get this AWESOME sign that matches the house paint, right in front of the white picket fence, reminding you of the other places you could have chosen to find a DEAL.

If only this house were closer to the freeway or built on a Superfund site.  Then it would be the Absolutely Perfect Burbed Property.

But it isn’t, and that means the $199K is just a starting point for your overbidding.  HURRY, WON’T LAST!

Comments (7) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 4:01 am