December 15, 2011

What would YOU do with 2+ acres?

Here’s a find somewhat far afield from our usual fun fare: all the way in Morgan Hill, and not on a reservoir!  So there’s a good chance you won’t lose half the yard when the water level at Uvas goes up.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader Tracy for this delightful domicile.

19660 CAPRISTA Ct, Morgan Hill, CA 95037


SQ. FT.: 1,614
$/SQ. FT.: $285
LOT SIZE: 2.29 Acres
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Ranch
VIEW: Mountains
COMMUNITY: Morgan Hill/Gilroy/San Martin
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81139760
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 75 days

REGULAR SALE! Just $459k for a 3/2 house on 2+ ACRES in North Morgan Hill – only 10 minutes to 85/101. Look at the pictures – yes it’s rough, yes there’s a PG & E tower at the front of the lot, but, this flat deep 2+ acres has loads of potential! What would YOU do with 2+ acres? Ride horses? Grow crops? Play soccer? Raise livestock? Run your own business? Use your imagination & make it your own.

imageHere’s why Tracy sent this listing in to Burbed:

Take a look at his write up… It is refreshing, the realtor admits to a tower! I have shown up at many open houses only to find that a large high power unit was photo shopped out of the pictures on the MLS. Also, the pictures are very real as well, no clean- up crew here@ WYSIWYG

I guess Diogenes can put that lamp down, because Tracy has finally found us some honest listing copy.  Also, with the high-voltage transmission lines so nearby, why waste the lamp oil?

imageMeanwhile, what would you do with 2+ acres IN MORGAN HILL?  I’m thinking you could rent out some of the land to the FBs who got foreclosed on or sold short, but still have a one hour commute because they can’t afford Mountain View.

One of the listing photos shows the seller had the same idea.  But do use your imagination and make it your own.


Comments (16) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:06 am

16 Responses to “What would YOU do with 2+ acres?”

  1. PKamp3 Says:

    “So there’s a good chance you won’t lose half the yard when the water level at Uvas goes up.”


    “So there’s a good chance you won’t double your yard when the water level at Uvas goes down.”

    See what I did there, OP? Turned a negative into a positive! My talents are wasted on Engineering…

  2. SEA Says:

    Like the automatic RBA price double, I’ve never known anyone to have any concern that their property will double in size.

  3. gallileo Says:

    Truly some inspired copy here–an allusion to a Greek philosopher on a real-estate blog? And an appropriate one too. Well done.

    Of course, Diogenes was a cynic.

    This place is ten minutes to 101 and 85? I’m surprised a facebook millionaire hasn’t bought it already.

  4. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    Pkamp if you’re in Engineering you’re probably looking for a good underpass to camp under.

    They talk about 2 acres as if it’s the Pondorosa. They price it that way too.

  5. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    A REAL NAR member would have replaced “PG&E tower” with “Pre-built Zipline structure! Good for kids! Encourages brain growths!”

  6. Tracy Tea House Says:

    That’s “Meanwhile, what would YOU do with 2+ acres IN MORGAN HILL?” Emphasis on the YOU! We are getting down right personal about prop 215 rights in this copy.

  7. madhaus Says:

    As in what will YOU do when your property fails to double in ten years, in either size or value?

  8. wahnny Says:

    From the Google Maps view, it looks like the PG&E tower is over an acre away from the house. Assuming there’s leakage, I might be a little more worried about the house next door, which is closer to the tower.

  9. mabeldu Says:

    what to do, what to do…

    that tower gives me an idea: i’d start a small SETI field to reach out to our friendly neighbors. let’s compare real estate prices in Cignus.

  10. nomadic Says:

    #3, not THAT 101 & 85…

    Also, burbed & Diogenes go way back.

  11. madhaus Says:

    Interesting find, nomadic. I thought you were going to link to this one (last line in article, before the update).

    There was also this comment. Man, I need some other allusions, because I’m burning the lamp on both ends.

  12. nomadic Says:

    Hey, madhaus, no reason to throw the lamp out with the oil – it’s Hanukkah after all!

    I got a funny ad served up here (for a DR Horton development):
    Move Up to Morgan Hill
    Move Into a Sense of Belonging Exciting homes from the mid $400s.

    Movin’ on up… to the South County…

  13. wahnny Says:

    Looks like I was mistaken … on closer inspection of Google Maps, there is another PG&E tower on the other side of the house … so the property is bounded by PG&E towers/cables! Location fail?

  14. SiO2 Says:

    at first glance I thought the street name was Crapista.

  15. AstroWallaby Says:

    I hate to go there, but… sadly enough I can see some appeal to this place. Sure, a place in the sticks like this just about anywhere else in the country would cost about 1/4 as much, but given the fact it’s *not* anywhere else it’s probably priced, uhm, semi-appropriately? Given the cratering prices down south you could certainly get a much larger and nicer *house* for the same money but it’ll be on a cramped little lot non-lot with a (bankrupt and desperate) HOA.

    (And sadly, the development you’ll find it in was itself almost certainly built on top of one of these little pocket-farms. If you look at an aerial map of the South County/Gilroy area you’ll see a patchwork of that sort of thing; surviving two-to-four acre plots hemmed in on both sides with walled McMansion-meets-Condo ghettos that from above look like a heavily magnified section of a smoker’s lung.)

    Fix the fence, get some chickens and goats, plant yourself one of those cheap steel buildings to use for your redneck barn/garage/workshop and enjoy the good life in the Off-World Colonies. If you can stand the commute it beats blowing the same dough on a ghetto two bedroom condo in Cupertino… if you don’t mind home-schooling your kids, that is.

  16. sonarrat Says:

    There’s another problem with this location that you can’t see from a satellite: the mushroom processing plant on Hale stinks to high heaven. You can smell it for miles.

    Nonetheless, I lived in Morgan Hill most of my life, would love to have space for some animals and so I would cheerfully buy this at list price if I had the funds.

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