December 20, 2011

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Cheapest House in Berkeley!

DEALS, DEALS, DEALS, we’re going to travel all around the Bay Area to bring them to you!  Here’s something close to a major center of higher learning!  No, not Stanford, that would be the cheapest house in Palo Alto.  This is the cheapest house near Cal!

And since Cal’s a public school, you can pay a public house price!

1509 ASHBY Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703
$170,000

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BEDS: 3
BATHS: 1
SQ. FT.: 754
$/SQ. FT.: $225
LOT SIZE: 2,516 Sq. Ft.
TYPE: Detached
STYLE: Bungalow
STORIES: 1
YEAR BUILT: 1922
COMMUNITY: Berkeley
COUNTY: Alameda
MLS#: 40498800
SOURCE: EBRD
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 384 days

Nice home but does need work. Public record shows 754 sq feet, and 1 bedroom but it has 3 bedrooms, so sq foot is larger.

image“It has 3 bedrooms, so sq foot is larger.”

You know, maybe someone subdivided that one bedroom into three and turned this into a super-cheap student rental.  Maybe the sq foot is not larger after all.  Maybe it is.  Maybe it’s a tesseract and the house is actually 25,000 sq foot.  Maybe it’s in some kind of non-Euclidian geometry zone where a sq foot is 25,000 sq inch.  (That may be the best explanation, as Euclid is on the northeast side of town.)

There’s no inside photos, so the only way you’re ever going to find out if sq foot is larger is to BUY THIS HOUSE RIGHT NOW.  Think of it as a lucky raffle ticket, only instead of possibly winning a new car, you could win a larger sq foot.

Comments (9) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 4:07 am

9 Responses to “BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Cheapest House in Berkeley!”

  1. PKamp3 Says:

    Hmm, OP, maybe they’ve got one of these deals going on in one of the bedrooms? Just because you can’t see a dimension doesn’t mean it’s not there!

  2. z2amiller Says:

    I’m running low on snark today, but +1 for the discussion of non euclidian geometry. Maybe it has pocket dimensions instead of pocket doors.

  3. nomadic Says:

    The extra two bedrooms are inside the portal to hell and don’t occupy space on this astral plane.

  4. stoppie Says:

    Ever since the housing bust went mainstream, more and more Burbed posts have been moving away from it’s original focus of “look how crazy this price is” to “look how little effort the agent put into this listing.” But this one takes the cake. Aren’t agents supposed to research comps and come up with info to support your asking price? How could this agent do any of that without having any idea what the square footage is?

  5. Petsmart groomer Says:

    > Aren’t agents supposed to research comps and come up with info to support your asking price?

    Do you really think agents want to go on record? “Buyer to verify” is #1 disclaimer.

  6. SEA Says:

    “posts have been moving away from it’s original focus of “look how crazy this price is” to “look how little effort the agent put into this listing.””

    It’s tough to suggest these lower prices are way high when in some cases it’s a 75%+ reduction.

  7. madhaus Says:

    If you go to the listing and look at the birds-eye views, you can see what appears to be a cheapo addition out back. If the County doesn’t know about it, you can bet there aren’t any permits on that thing, and only a cash buyer would be able to purchase this place.

    Also there’s very little room left on the lot, and plenty of “stuff” crammed in what’s left of the 3 feet of “back yard.” That’s going to make it difficult to get to the Portal.

  8. gardener1 Says:

    According to Redfin ad 12/21/2011 this is an “off market property”.

  9. madhaus Says:

    Yessssss! This property has earned the Burbed and Perturbed badge!

    Edit: Redfin says Pending 12/20/11.


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