December 11, 2011

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Cheapest House in Campbell!

The DEALS continue, and we’re back in Santa Clara County, too!  So if we’re going to go bargain hunting, let’s head to one of the best places to find underappreciated houses: Campbell!

Because nothing says poorly maintained old house that isn’t in East San Jose like Campbell does.

And nothing says poorly maintained old house for HOW MUCH???? like Burbed.  So we at Burbed love us some Campbell very much.  Mmm – mmm – good!

176 W ROSEMARY Ln, Campbell, CA 95008
$350,000

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BEDS: 2
BATHS: 2
SQ. FT.: 1,118
$/SQ. FT.: $313
LOT SIZE: 9,170 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Cottage/Bungalow
STORIES: 1
VIEW: Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 1942
COMMUNITY: Campbell
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81149398
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 3 days

Nice and quite location, 2 bed rooms, 2 baths. original 3 br, one bed room open up to make living room biger.

Alright, we’ve got the picnic in the back yard that wasn’t cleaned up, we got the toys in the living room not cleaned up, and there are a lot of items on the kitchen counters as well.  Maybe you’re going to have to do some serious overbidding to get their attention because these sellers really can’t be bothered with this “staging” business and they figure the bank will get back to you in about a year and a half.

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Comments (5) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 4:05 am






December 10, 2011

Cannonball! Not in the pool, through your house!

Here’s another problem to worry about while you’re househunting.  You already knew about busy streets, railroad tracks, airports, and high-voltage power lines.  Did you also check to make sure that Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters production crew isn’t firing cannonballs on a nearby artillery range? 

Thanks very much to Burbed reader Real Alex for alerting us to this unique location fail.

Mythbusters Accidentally Shoot House

The cannonball that caused the damage came from the popular show "Mythbusters."

By Mathew Luschek, |  Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011  |  Updated 9:11 AM PST

A projectile from an Alameda County firing range in Dublin  accidentally missed its intended target, said JD Nelson, the public information officer for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. Instead, the object blasted through the wall of a home near Tassajara Road and Somerset Lane.

The projectile reportedly entered the home through one wall and exited through another. It also damaged a vehicle in the neighborhood.

According to the Alameda Sheriff, the cannonball "took a few unfortunate bounces" during a "Mythbusters" experiment gone awry.

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The softball-sized cannonball was fired off at the Alameda County Sheriff’s office bomb disposal range in Dublin, on a US Army Combat range next to Santa Rita Jail.  The ball should have hit a row of barrels full of water, which would have reduced its momentum. 

Instead, the cannon misfired, the 30 pound shot missed the barrels and bounced off the hillside surrounding the firing range.  This launched it toward homes in the Tassajara Creek neighborhood 700 yards away.

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The blasted ball traveled right through this Cassata Place house (shown by the blue pin on the map above), smashing through the front door, internal walls, and out the back.  Note that despite the front door entry, the peripatetic plus-sized pellet propelled itself UP THE STAIRS and departed from the second floor. 

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Residents of the house slept through the whole thing, woken by the settling plaster dust.

From there the pitiless projectile propagated across six-lane Tassajara Road, repeatedly bounced off Ming Jiang’s tiled roof on Bellevue Circle (shown by the red pin in the map above), then went through the window of Jasbir Gill’s minivan on Springvale Drive (green pin), smashed the dashboard and came to rest inside.  Gill had been in the Toyota Sienna with his 13 year old son just ten minutes before the incident.  The County Sheriff’s office took both minivan and cannonball as evidence.

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Homes in this neighborhood are valued from $550K to $680K and are about ten years old.  ZEstimates suggest that they are currently worth what they were selling for when they were built in 2000 and 2001, with peak ZEstimates at an even million back in December, 2005.  This Streetview picture of Gill’s Springvale Drive home also caught the doomed Toyota Sienna, long before its cannonball contact.

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imageAs of this writing, nobody from Mythbusters would return calls to media.   Host Adam Savage hung up on a San Francisco Chronicle reporter.

Meanwhile, a tweet sent on Tuesday by Mythbusters co-host Grant Imahara (photo at right), mentioning the planned cannon experiments, was scrubbed along with the photo it had linked to.

Mythbusters has been using the firing range/bomb disposal area for the past eight years without incident.  While the show is San Francisco-based, their artillery experiments are not.  Just one more reason to stick to the Real Bay Area when looking for a house!

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imageUpdate: Looks like the Mythbusters stars, hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, visited the neighborhood in person and promised to make repairs to all affected properties.  They also promised not to fire any more cannonballs at the firing range, saying they would use a range in the Gold Country for their “can a cannonball breach a castle wall” experiments.  The Dublin range is shut while the County Sheriff’s office reviews the incident.

Given that these are Bay Area castles, the answer to whether a cannonball can breach a castle wall is obviously yes.  Myth confirmed!

Comments (7) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:05 am

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Cheapest House in East Palo Alto

DEALS, we have DEALS, this is the place for the DEALS!  We haven’t visited Palo Alto’s favorite neighbor in a while, so let’s see how the bottom of the market is faring there.

We’re going to show you the second cheapest home today, because the one with the rock-bottom lowest listing price is 1. Pending and 2. Already featured on Burbed when the SJ Mercury News discovered that there were some crapboxes in the Bay Area.  Note to the Merc: We look at crap several times a week, every week!

2280 GLEN Way, East Palo Alto, CA 94303
$180,000

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BEDS: 2
BATHS: 1
SQ. FT.: 760
$/SQ. FT.: $237
LOT SIZE: 2,500 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Contemporary
STORIES: 1
VIEW: Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 1954
COMMUNITY: East of U.S. 101
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81119301
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 219 days

Gorgeous 2bd/1ba with granite counter tops throughout the kitchen. Easy access to all major freeways and shopping. A must see home.

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I agree this is a must see.  Who knew you could find a trendy 2010 white kitchen in East Palo Alto?  With granite, yet.

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The agent seems to have the camera permanently jammed up against her face, and neglected to turn it the other way.  So we’ll turn to the GoogleCam for a better look at the exterior.

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Yowza!  This must be a Burbed record.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen FOUR different houses in a Streetview shot before.  And “bunus” points for the car with its hood open.  I checked and…

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I can’t tell if that’s a DHO behind the hood.  What say you?

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

December 9, 2011

Million Dollar Mansion in Cupertino

Today’s high-end luxury find is thanks to Burbed reader Fun Dip, with a fun-filled first Guest Post from the land of high-scoring schools and higher-hitting prices.  All I have to say in introducing this pimped-out palace is YOU SNOOZE, YOU LOSE!  It’s going, going, GONE!  Yes this place sold faster than the parents queue up for Kindergarten registration at Lincoln Elementary.

Please give Fun Dip a big, warm, Real Bay Area welcome as today’s Burbed Guest Blogger!


20916 FARGO Dr, Cupertino, CA 95014
Listed for $1,088,888; Sold for $990,000

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BEDS: 5
BATHS: 2
SQ. FT.: 1,606
$/SQ. FT.: $616
LOT SIZE: 9,600 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Contemporary
STORIES: 1
VIEW: Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 1951
COMMUNITY: Cupertino
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81146836
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Sold

Main house is 3/1 and rear house is 2/1 * Copy of 1986 permit for cottage avail * Separate gas and elec meters * Prime Garden Gate area surrounded by large, elegant newer homes! North facing door * Excellent Cupertino Schools! 9600 square ft rectangular lot! Build new house? Remodel existing house & cottage? Convenient commute, close to De Anza College, Apple Cupertino, Whole Foods. ..

imageCheck out this one, listed on 11/11/11 for $1,088,888 – so you know this one is going FAST!

Price History

Date          Description        Price    % Chg     $/sqft     Source

11/11/2011 Listed for sale $1,088,888     –          $678      Referral Realty

 

imageNot only is the 5/2 really a 3/1 + 2/1, but more awesomeness in the description

  • surrounded by large, elegant newer homes! (really? this is such a crap box, you have to talk about the houses surrounding it?)
  • rectangular lot! (OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!)
  • and convenient commute … to… Whole Foods! (you know, in case some bagger really has an eye on that cottage)

 

imageNow I heard of people during the peak peak peak years buying up crapboxes in this zip for like 700k, tearing it down, getting another nice line of credit to build a new house for 600k or so…. so I couldn’t figure out why this house is listed at $1,088,888.

Then I read on in your blog that zip 90514 comes in at #188 in terms of ranking, so maybe Listing Agent Nora Cook figured a imagefew more lucky 8′s, maybe add a zero for good measure, and prestomagic!!

Sitting on a beach, earning 3%!

and for some reason, this listing just wants me to say:

DON’T EVER INTERRUPT ME JERRY! JUST SHUT THE F*CK UP!

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Comments (15) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:09 am

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Cheapest House in San Bruno

The DEALS, DEALS, DEALS don’t stop.  Or maybe they will stop if readers don’t comment or at least uprate these entries.  And use the thumbs down if you think you’ve seen enough of these.

Why is Burbed abandoning the rich vein of crapboxes in Santa Clara County?  Because we’ve been neglecting North San Mateo County for a very long time, needlessly.  This has always been a terrific location if you’re looking for Burbed housing win.  The County of San Mateo’s foreclosure report even said so.

From January‐July 2011, East Palo Alto, Brisbane, South San Francisco, and Daly City led in pre‐foreclosure rates in the county.

Thanks, Foreclosure Report people, we’ll be sure to check out those other places on your list too.  And San Mateo looks like it’s winning big on instant equity!

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283 WALNUT St, San Bruno, CA 94066
$210,000

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BEDS: 1
BATHS: 1
SQ. FT.: 810
$/SQ. FT.: $259
LOT SIZE: 3,000 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Contemporary
STORIES: 1
YEAR BUILT: 1912
COMMUNITY: Belle Air
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81129190
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Pending With Release
ON REDFIN: 158 days

See, this place is a win right away!  What kind of house won’t show you the outside, and for the one interior shot picks the bathroom?

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But that driveway is surprisingly oil-spot free!  “Bunus:” Close to freeway, too!

Comments (9) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 4:03 am

December 8, 2011

This is what Two and a Half Million looks like

We’ve been having such a whirlwind tour of the Bay Area that we forgot about one of our favorite places!  And just because the seller took this sky-high priced listing off the market doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider it.  Anyone could contact the agent with the right price to make this sale happen.  Remember, it only takes ONE buyer.  One really misinformed buyer.

Thanks very much to Burbed reader Wendie for this eye-popping palace in Palo Alto!

405 MARLOWE St, Palo Alto, CA 94301
OFF-MARKET ($2,495,000, Reduced to $2,370,000)

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BEDS: 4
BATHS: 3
SQ. FT.: 3,108
$/SQ. FT.: $660
LOT SIZE: 10,000 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Contemporary
STORIES: 1
YEAR BUILT: 1960
COMMUNITY: Crescent Park
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 80656322
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Sold

Price Reduced Again! Execellent location in Crescent Park. Square 10,419 lot Designed for easy living. Sep guest qrts or recreation room. Very light inside House Sq Ft are approximate. .. Remodel or Build . .Not in Special Flood Zone

imageHere’s what Wendie had to say about this big lot with location, location, location!

2.4 for an Eichler.

For 2.4 million, you can have your own carport AND hear the travel up and down University! And boy, does this glorified Eichler have some curb appeal!!  Look at that driveway, circa 1957.

So much curb appeal the agent didn’t dare put the front of the house as the first listing photo.  Potential buyers might expire on the spot from the awesomeness of this place with an opening like that.  Execellent!

But Burbed has you covered!  All FOUR of the pictures of this 3100 square foot house are here for your viewing pleasure (two inside, two out!), just in case the MLS copy and pix get yanked.

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“Bunus”: it’s NOT in a Special Flood Zone, which is a real shame.  For this kind of money, everything about the house ought to be Special.

Comments (9) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:02 am

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Cheapest House in Brisbane!

This weekend, I mentioned Brisbane in passing in the last Expensive Zip Code installment.  I said it was time Burbed showed Brisbane a little bit of love.  So here’s a hug and a big wet one for you, Brisbane!

676 SIERRA POINT Rd, Brisbane, CA 94005
$245,000

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BEDS: 2
BATHS: 1
SQ. FT.: 800
$/SQ. FT.: $306
LOT SIZE: 4,950 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Cottage/Bungalow
STORIES: 1
VIEW: Bay, Neighborhood, Ocean, City Lights
YEAR BUILT: 1933
COMMUNITY: Brisbane
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81131286
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Pending With Release
ON REDFIN: 143 days

Great fixer in Brisbane with Million dollar views of SF, bay and city lights. Open floor plan 2br 1bath – needs much work.

You don’t realize just how much work this place needs: “Open floor plan” doesn’t mean what you think it means. 

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Also I am going to spot this place the Bay view despite what I can see from the street, which looks like several houses in better repair than this one.  But an Ocean view as well?  I’m dubious.  As to the “city lights,” they didn’t tell you it was Foster City.

Comments (4) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 4:06 am

December 7, 2011

A Whole Lot of Nothing in San Jose!

Remember all those listings that said “value is in the land”?  Burbed reader Swan has sent in a parcel that’s going to stress-test that theory.  Thanks a “lot” Swan!

0 PEACHTREE Ln (Unable to map), San Jose, CA 95128
$298,000

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BEDS: –
BATHS: –
SQ. FT.: –
LOT SIZE: 7,560 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Residential Land (Single Family)
COMMUNITY: Santa Clara
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81119634
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 215 days

To be sold with Lot 274-35-075 Approx 11,600 sf total. Price is for both parcels. ADDRESS SHOULD BE 0 CHERRYSTONE DR. ACCESS TO PARCELS IS FROM THE CORNER OF BASCOM AVE & CHERRYSTONE DR. PARCEL 2 IS BEHIND PARCEL 1 THRU CHAIN LINK FENCE.

imageHere’s why Swan sent this vacant lot in:

This is a lot for sale in my neighborhood.  The map link on the agent’s website does not take you to the correct location.  Use Google Maps to map 2012 Cherrystone, San Jose 95128The lot is next to the home, right along Bascom Ave.  It’s a very long and skinny lot. 

First, I can’t imagine anyone paying $298K for this though it does have *easy freeway access.*  Second, the lot is 7500 square feet which is decent for our neighborhood, but I have no idea how you’d fit a house on this lot!

Nonsense, this is a fantastic opportunity.  These parcels are in the thick of the teeming vitality that makes Silicon Valley such a Special place to live!  Nothing could be finer than this location, location, location! 

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And wouldn’t you love to live on the corner of Cherrystone and Bascom, so convenient to the freeway!  Why hasn’t this been snapped up ages ago?  It includes a CHAIN LINK FENCE.

imageDon’t worry that the agent put the wrong address for the parcel into MLS and “corrected” it in the listing copy.  That way it’s a secret private deal, just for you, or only those “in the know” who use Google.  Kind of the way 0 Peachtree is a secret, private lot. 

Maybe this listing is like the Mountain View three for one on Monday.  In today’s case, it’s a BOGO.  Or a BOGZ.  Or if we label it for locality, since it’s in the United States, a BOG-US.

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

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Cheapest House in Alviso!

DEALS, DEALS, DEALS!  They’re everywhere to be found all around the Bay, even in Silicon Valley.  Just yesterday we found an awesome place in Santa Clara for only $298,000!

What’s that? You don’t want to live in Santa Clara?

Plenty of other choices are yours in Silicon Valley!  How about a home close to world famous San Francisco Bay, yet convenient to both the job centers of Mountain View and the night life of Milpitas?

1256 WABASH St, San Jose, CA 95002
$199,000

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BEDS: 4
BATHS: 2
SQ. FT.: 1,300
$/SQ. FT.: $153
LOT SIZE: 5,662 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STORIES: 1
VIEW: Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 1920
COMMUNITY: Alviso (Santa Clara County)
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81147794
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 20 days

Cash flow property at a great price! Regular Sale! Great for first time homebuyer or investor in up and coming area! Close to 237/880/101, Great school district-Santa Clara Schools, This is a 2 unit property with $1700/month in total rental income, 3/1 in front, 1/1 in back

imageI don’t see how you could lose with this one.  Rent one unit or the other, or let your slumlord self come out to party by renting out both!  That is, if you can find it behind all that greenbelt.

imageAlso, take a look at what was hiding behind the SUV, in the Streetview photo on the right.  Nice to get a “feel” for the neighborhood before moving in.

At this price, you could pay cash for it, and the only way you’d ever be under water would be another 100 year flood.  And that shouldn’t happen until 2083.

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

December 6, 2011

A Scary Time in San Mateo

Here’s a great find from Burbed reader Tracy, in sunny, I mean spooky San Mateo!  Ooooooooo!

210 N IDAHO St, San Mateo, CA 94401
$495,000

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BEDS: 2
BATHS: 1
SQ. FT.: 770
$/SQ. FT.: $643
LOT SIZE: 4,000 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Attached Single Family
STYLE: Contemporary
STORIES: 1
VIEW: Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 1951
COMMUNITY: Eastern Addition/Downtown Area
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81105556
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 301 days

CLEAN AND WELL MAINTAINED HOME. GARAGE CONVERTED WITHOUT PERMITS.

One photo, one line of copy, and the truth about the garage conversion!  What more could you want, other than a better look at the house in the daytime…

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Gorgeous!  And maybe a look around the neighborhood…

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Yeah!  What’s not to like for half a million dollars?  All this and an honest agent, too!  You should be kissing this seller’s feet and offering $600,000!

Comments (20) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:02 am