December 1, 2011

Huge lot with many possibilities in San Carlos

Here’s a San Carlos special for you, from Burbed reader Kirill!  Thanks very much!

Why is this house Special?  It has “the best local schools” and “convenient access anywhere on the Peninsula”! That means there are schools assigned to this location, which makes them the only (best) ones. It also means that the house is on a street that connects to other streets.

Maybe this agent didn’t take a logic class because we’ve already found two tautologies.  Or maybe this agent did take a logic class, because there are buyers who think “best local schools” actually means something.

399 WINDING Way, San Carlos, CA 94070


SQ. FT.: 780
$/SQ. FT.: $801
LOT SIZE: 0.37 Acres
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Cottage/Bungalow
VIEW: Neighborhood, Valley
COMMUNITY: Beverly Terrace
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81145448
STATUS: Pending Without Release
ON REDFIN: 33 days

Country-style cottage in natural setting. Tranquil and quiet neighborhood with views and trails in San Carlos hills. A getaway location with convenient access anywhere on the peninsula. Best local schools, and great place to raise a family. Huge lot with many possibilities.

imageHere’s why Kirill sent this property in:

Thought it would be good candidate for Burbed due to combination of  diminutive size, insane price per sq. foot, one car garage separated from the house by long stairs and suggestion that it would be a "great place to raise a family" in the description.

But it is a great place to raise a family! If you need some space, just say WOULD YOU KIDS GO PLAY OUTSIDE?!  And they’re going to get a LOT of exercise outside:



And it is a “getaway” location all right; somebody left the back door open and now there’s a rooster in the kitchen.


This picture makes my head hurt.  We have a desert color motif here with the sand-colored chairs and the off-white wall.  We’ve got palm tree action on the seat cushions; the candlesticks are suggestive of palm trees but lack fronds, the picture frame has starfish, I can’t figure out what’s in the picture/shadowbox but it looks like an upside-down palm tree trapped behind some shelving, and the actual yard, also framed, shows a rather sprawling bush that needs cutting back.  At least it echoes the top of the palm tree, but all that green is clashing with the living room.


Getaway… tranquil and private… natural setting… Did somebody say grow house?  Many possibilities.

Comments (9) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:08 am

9 Responses to “Huge lot with many possibilities in San Carlos”

  1. Divasm Says:

    Yeah, that’s Winding Way for you – we’ve looked at a couple places on that street and they are mostly marketed as “staycation” homes, meaning they are “rustic” (fixer-uppers), and “private” (major PITA to get to and park). My husband adamantly refused to look at anything on that street anymore because there’s no room to get anywhere.

    At least it’s not as bad as some of the one-way streets nearby, check out the street view from this house on Fay Ave.

  2. wahnny Says:

    Price/orientation seems pretty steep for the area, but nevertheless someone thinks it’s a good deal.

  3. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    First, that’s a mirror, not a picture.

    Second, we have friends that live on Winding Way. Every lot on that street is ridiculously steep and the street is so narrow motorcycles have trouble passing one another going in different directions. They have a pretty big, new house, and it has a hilarious bonus room that’s only reachable by :
    A) Rappelling down the cliff to the outside door.
    B) Walking through a maze of doors and passages that begins INSIDE a closet and has catwalks across the foundation and exposed bedrock to reach an inside door to the bonus room. (I didn’t even bother asking if it was permitted.)
    C) Teleportation.

    It is so ridiculously inaccessible that it actually BECOMES a selling feature. I find myself wishing I had a secret bunker I could recreate the scene from Downfall in like they have.

  4. madhaus Says:


    Yeah, recreate it something like this. Your friends’ house needs some Burbed love!

  5. nomadic Says:

    wahnny, of course it’s a good deal! Just look at the price – instead of doubling in 10 years, it took 20. Instant equity!

  6. Paul Says:

    Totally agree on the narrow (scary) roads and the steep lots. Last year I looked at a property around here that was in “unincorporated” and so didn’t have to deal with so many pesky building laws. Love the “cat walk” story. great!

    BTW this little hut will be great for urban homesteader/post-peak folks who just want a humble little abode, and LOTS OF LAND. Agent should have commented on the soil quality and amount of daily sun. And hey, if it is in unincorporated, no problem putting in that composting toilet and 10,000 gallon rain water collection system!

  7. nomadic Says:

    .37 acres is LOTS OF LAND?

    That’s 16,117 square feet.

    Yet $500,000 is not a lot of money.

    I’ve been in California too long.

  8. SEA Says:

    #7- Exactly right. Money is meaningless, valueless compared to very small amounts of land. The value is in the land.

  9. Swan Says:

    Kids these days don’t play outside anymore so that idea is out…

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