December 16, 2011

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Cheapest House in Los Altos!

DEALS, DEALS, DEALS!  Even Saks Fifth Avenue has a sale sometimes, and we’re moving those homes out in Los Altos!

26 PASA ROBLES Ave, Los Altos, CA 94022



SQ. FT.: 1,334
$/SQ. FT.: $839
LOT SIZE: 5,828 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
COMMUNITY: North Los Altos
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81139656
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 90 days

Beautifully Remodeled Spanish Mediterranean Home in the Heart of North Los Altos. Open, sunny floor plan with lots of windows, stainless steel appliances, and plantation shutters. Living room with wood-burning fireplace and separate dining area. Hardwood floors throughout. Completely remodeled bathrooms with travertine floors and stone-tiled walls. Bonus room currently configured as an office.

Listed at a substantial price cut from its 2006 sale price, this one won’t last!  Yes, under 2006 pricing.  In Los Altos.  It’s time to CALL THE BOTTOM!

Meanwhile, these poor homeloaners have been trying to ditch this millstone since 2008.  But their nightmare could be your dream house!  HURRY!

Comments (4) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 4:02 am

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

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Cheapest House in Redwood City!

If you want DEALS, DEALS, DEALS, you came to the right place!  Not only are the BLACK FRIDAY DEALS continuing, today’s DEAL is in Redwood City!  You just never know what’s going to pop up there!  Pop pop!

Undisclosed, Redwood City, CA 94063


SQ. FT.: -
LOT SIZE: 2,500 Sq. Ft.
TYPE: Detached
STYLE: Contemporary
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 40534692
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 147 days


The agent didn’t waste any words on this listing, so we won’t either.  But this house definitely earned its “Good Housekeeping” tag of approval.




Address disclosed: 516 McArthur Avenue.  You’re welcome.

“Bunus”!  Looks like this place is in a gated community!


Comments (6) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 4:01 am

December 14, 2011

20 foot vaulted ceilings and 81 sf “bedroom”

We have another Guest Post for you today, this time from all the way across the Bay!  Yes, live, from El Cerrito, it’s Burbed reader A Lewis!  A (he says I can still call him A) is a big fan of Burbed because we love the East Bay so much.  And there’s so much to love, if by “love” we really mean “POINT AND LAUGH!”

So share the love, enjoy today’s visit to the East Bay, and give A Lewis a big, warm, Real Bay Area welcome as today’s Guest Blogger!

6601 Gatto Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530


SQ. FT.: 1,279
$/SQ. FT.: $281
LOT SIZE: 3,534 Sq. Ft.
TYPE: Detached
STYLE: Contemporary
VIEW: Bay, Bay Bridge, City Lights, Panoramic, San Francisco
COMMUNITY: Junction Heights
COUNTY: Contra Costa
MLS#: 40547115
STATUS: Pending – Subject to Lender Approval
ON REDFIN: 62 days

Sweeping panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay seen through the walls of glass in this beautifully modern home in the El Cerrito hills. Beautifully remodeled two bedroom, two bath plus home office features 20 foot vaulted ceilings in the living room and kitchen. Master bedroom w/ walk in closet.

"Distinctive" Staging, the ladder to nowhere, and a listing history only a mother could love!

It’s time for some East Bay goodness – here’s a local favorite I’ve been watching struggle since Aug. 2010.  So many fun things happening with this listing. First, the interior layout:


Yes, it does have a great view, but only if you can tear your eyes from the 100% carpeted stairs jutting diagonally into the dining/living combo. That metal railing – oooh, shivers of delight. And what better place for those intake vents then the stairs? I have got to talk to the architect!


Fortunately for the realtor, these bizarre stairs give you the opportunity for a ‘make it look way bigger than it actually is’ picture of the kitchen & nook. Which I actually kind of like, except for that gigantic free standing cabinet jutting out of the wall. It looks like an alien artifact posed to open a portal from another dimension and unleash demons into our world. But maybe that’s just me. Don’t miss the awesome view of the gravel roof of your neighbor’s house only 18 inches away from the kitchen sink! But wait, there are MORE pictures of this room taken from the top of the stairs!


Mmmm, close up view of that metal railing on the stairs – and nice detail visible on the non-vacuumed carpet. Oh the color of that carpet is just so….so….help me out here. Is this thing staged or is this how they live in it? Let’s move on to the best room in the house:


The only thing to say about this ‘special’ room is WTF. One 90-degree angle is all you need to enjoy 81 square feet of dim crampedness. Looks like the non-permitted 3rd bedroom I’ve been dreaming of! Not seeing a closet. But now we know this thing MUST be staged. A ladder to nowhere? That’s the true gem in this listing. I LOVE this ladder. I come back to this listing time and again just to gaze at that ladder. It gets my vote for best-attempt-by-an-overpaid-stager-to-turn-a-sub-100-square-foot-room-into-the-idea-of-a-massive-library-via-use-of-a-ladder! (I admit, we do get very few entries in this category each year). But c’mon, people, put your hands together for that shiny black ladder! It matches the desk!

On to the location:


It’s not just a corner lot – it’s an almost 180-degree turn! With absolutely no yard space! Look at that efficient use of a lot that should never have been developed! At least it’s on awkward, hilly terrain – who wants a level lot these days, anyways?

If that isn’t enough for you, let’s sit back and enjoy the listing history, shall we?

From Redfin:


That’s what we like to see – put ingredients into Redfin listing on ‘low’, add a "not an arm’s length transaction" into the pot to pique the curiosity, and stir occasionally every month while adding nothing of value or taste. Step 3 = ????. Step 4 = Profit! It’s pending! For the 4th time!

Let’s pop over to Zillow for the full price history, shall we?


imageAw, it’s not all here! My faint recollection says they started at $600k in 2010. But after a few slaps in the face, they were willing to bite the bullet and move to a lower asking price than what they paid of $499,900 starting in April of 2011. Tried the old ‘make it new again!’ trick of pulling it off Redfin for 20 minutes and re-listing trick a few times. How’d that work out for you? Looks like it only cost you ANOTHER $140k so far! And they’ve been willing to switch between the incredible services of "J. Rockcliff Realtors" and "Distinctive Home Tours" not once, but three times! The competitive marketplace of real estate in action. I bet "Distinctive" paid for the staging and pictures the first time, and J. Rockcliff has just been coasting on their hard work ever since.

How will the story end? Wonder what that pending offer is…I’ll let you know if it sells! Thanks for joining me in this distinctive jaunt over to the East Bay!

Comments (9) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:09 am

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Cheapest House in Cupertino with 8s!

DEALS, DEALS, DEALS!  We got them all over, even in places like Cupertino where families will sell both grandmothers just to get their kids enrolled in these schools.  Best of all, we found an incredible DEAL in Cupertino that has not one but TWO lucky 8s! 

18811 ARATA Way, Cupertino, CA 95014


SQ. FT.: 814
$/SQ. FT.: $737
LOT SIZE: 5,187 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
VIEW: Neighborhood
COMMUNITY: Cupertino
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81145411
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 47 days

Excellent opportunity for first time home buyers and or build your dream home! This homes needs TLC but lots of potential in a neighborhood of million dollar homes. . Excellent Cupertino schools

In a neighborhood of million dollar homes?  Is there any place anywhere in Cupertino that isn’t in a neighborhood of million dollar homes?  Or at least in a neighborhood of potential million dollar homes?  Just because the house backs up to apartments, is a block from a six-lane arterial, a six-lane expressway, and an eight-lane freeway doesn’t mean there aren’t million dollar homes somewhere.


Also we promised two Lucky 8s, and we delivered.  They aren’t in the asking price, either.  They’re in the street address, so you get to keep them!  Bid this one up to $688,888!

Comments (3) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 4:10 am

December 13, 2011

String-Like Lot for Construction-Like Challenge!

Today’s find is from Burbed reader Petsmart Groomer!  No house, but you get to use your imagination coming up with the best design to fit this location, location, location!

1544 Woodland Ave, East Palo Alto, CA 94303


SQ. FT.: –
LOT SIZE: 0.62 Acres
PROPERTY TYPE: Residential Land (Single Family)
COMMUNITY: West of U.S. 101
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81142619
STATUS: Pending Without Release
ON REDFIN: 67 days

A wooded terraced landscape located along San Francisquito Creek bordering Crescent Park, one of Palo Alto’s finest neighborhoods and across the street from the University Circle office complex, home of the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel of Silicon Valley.

It looks tranquil enough, as long as it isn’t in that Special Flood Zone we keep hearing about; whoops, it’s “In Flood Plain” according to the listing information.  Plain, not Special at all.  But if you don’t like the house you end up building here, check into the hotel across the street!

Now, what kind of building would you site on this lot?


Maybe a spaghetti factory?  Does it matter, really?  It’s bordering one of Palo Alto’s finest neighborhoods!

Comments (8) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:12 am

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Cheapest House in Daly City!

DEALS, DEALS, DEALS, we’re going to keep them coming for you!  Let’s see what kind of DEAL we can find in the land of little boxes on the hillside.  If they all look just the same, then grab yourself the cheapest one!

If there’s somewhere you want to see a DEAL, let us know in comments!  We want to be sure these DEALS represent your favorite places!  Remember, Black Friday Deals run right up until Christmas!

Today’s DEAL is is a discount for the city misspelling the street name.

322 ACCACIA St, Daly City, CA 94014


SQ. FT.: 610
$/SQ. FT.: $326
LOT SIZE: 2,500 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
COMMUNITY: Southern Hills
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81133268
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 136 days

Subject to lender’s approval of short sale. Open house Sunday August 7 at 1-3pm

Wow, Open House!  Everyone, let’s go to the Open House!  It’s going to be on… um… dang, we missed it!

Comments (3) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 4:08 am

December 12, 2011

Exciting San Mateo Neighborhood Features Storied History!

Today’s find is from Burbed reader MS, bringing you another scrumptious sampling of Superb San Mateo!  Here’s a house that combines the luxury of a detached single family house in bucolic suburbia with the exciting night life of the nearby big city!  Okay, I didn’t say which city.

What could possibly go wrong with a one-two combo like that?

200 N KINGSTON St, San Mateo, CA 94401


SQ. FT.: 1,610
$/SQ. FT.: $276
LOT SIZE: 5,148 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
COMMUNITY: North Shoreview/Dore Cavanaugh
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81145428
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 44 days

Great home for first time buyers or investors! Spacious with large eat-in kitchen, formal living room and dining area plus a den. All with fresh paint and new carpet. Detached garage (partially converted) all on a corner lot.

Here’s what MS has to say about why this home deserves your attention.

imageHome was is occupied/partied in by relative’s sometimes violent descendants for years and years. The sheriff brought numerous backup units to evict "struggling family" terrorizing the neighborhood through October.

If you’re a potential owner-occupier, there are some of the best neighbors in North Shoreview right there. Change the locks, you should be good to go.




imageThere’s more excitement right at the corner of Mount Diablo. Yes, where the house is. Not enough? How about this friendly block party?

Plus, the garage is only partially converted, so you’ll only need obtain a partial permit to partially fix things with the city.

Best of all, you won’t be dealing with those troublesome relatives. All you have to do is convince the bank you want the house more than they do!

Comments (8) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:10 am

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Cheapest House in Fremont!

Fremont doesn’t get anywhere near enough attention from Burbed, but today we take a step toward correcting that oversight.  This is a DEAL, DEAL, DEAL that should make anyone happy. 

Fremont: Close enough to Silicon Valley that commuting is in the realm of possibility, yet with all the quality features we’ve come to expect from close-in areas such as Redwood City, East Palo Alto, or Alum Rock!

57 Sycamore St, Fremont, CA 94536


SQ. FT.: 845
$/SQ. FT.: $174
LOT SIZE: 4,237 Sq. Ft.
TYPE: Detached
STYLE: Fixer/Handyman Special
COUNTY: Alameda
MLS#: 40551215
STATUS: Pending
ON REDFIN: 27 days

View of Creek Hills, Trees, View of Niles River directly behind property, Very Scenic Location. Dual Pane Windows, Walk to Park. Sold in AS-IS condition.

Walk to Park.  Well, I’m sold!  Although I would love to see the inside.  How did they fit 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in 845 square feet?  Did they leave out the living room and the kitchen?

The house has plenty of history, too.  Plenty of listing history.  BUY NOW!!!!!!

Comments (3) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 4:09 am

December 11, 2011

NASA encouraging Commuter Airplanes: This means War!

imageDid you know that your tax dollars are subsidizing the possible destruction of the Real Bay Area as we know it?

NASA is offering a series of prizes to encourage Green Flight.  These “green” flying machines are called SAVs, or Suburban Air Vehicles, which would have either VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) or ESTOL (extremely short yadda yadda) abilities.  “Pocket airports,” which need be no larger than 2 acres, could be placed anywhere as the planes would have electric motors. 

Electric motors would be much quieter than gas motors, so there wouldn’t be the noise factor that you get from a conventional airport.  Think flying EVs.  Being close to a pocket airport could be not a location fail but a location win.  Heavily trafficked areas could have SAV taxis rather than leaving the plane parked all day. 

imageWhile this X-Prize approach to solving traffic problems might sound all ecological and high minded (ha ha), this is a threat to our entire way of life!  Realize what this would mean to home prices in the RBA

NASA is encouraging aircraft designs that could have a range of up to one thousand miles per battery charge.  That means the RBA could expand as far away as Montana!  After all, why is the RBA so Special?  It’s close to the great jobs.  And what keeps commutes from further afield long and painful?  Gridlocked traffic!  That’s why people pay the prices they do for Burbed-worthy habitation!

imageNot only that, Google has just stabbed us all in the back by being a major backer of the prize money!  The first stage of awards, totaling $1.65 million, were made possible by Google’s involvement.

According to a study done using patterns in Sonoma County, removing just 3500 vehicles a day from the Golden Gate Bridge and San Rafael Bridges would alleviate gridlock (see page 27, Sonoma-Marin County Commute Model, also the traffic study itself).  That means commutes would be less painful for the automobile drivers as well as those on these SAVs (which everyone knows stands for Suburban Assault Vehicle).

imageNot only that, imagine these damned miniplanes hogging the ChargeStation and leaving your Leaf or Volt stranded!  I tell you, Real Bay Areans, contact your Congresscritter and demand that NASA stop investing in technology that will allow just anyone to get to work at Google yet also own a house on ten acres for half the price you paid for a mansion in Cupertino

Remember, high property values means nobody else gets in after you!  This is an Open Thread.

Comments (6) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:04 am