January 20, 2012

Welcome to this spacious home

It’s been far too long since we’ve heard from Burbed reader Petsmart Groomer.  PG has been sending in some great finds that are often pulled off MLS by the time we’re ready to give them some good ol’ Burbed lovin’.  But this one was willing to stay put long enough for a big ol’ sloppy Burbed kiss.

651 E MEADOW Dr
Palo Alto, CA 94306
$1,267,000

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BEDS: 5
BATHS: 3
SQ. FT.: 2,438
$/SQ. FT.: $520
LOT SIZE: 6,572 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Contemporary
STORIES: 2
YEAR BUILT: 1956
COMMUNITY: Midtown
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81200978
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 9 days

Welcome to this spacious home featuring 5 bedrooms & 2 separate offices with 3 full bathrooms. This special home has a large living room and a fireplace, a convenient separate family & inside laundry room. Attached one car garage w/ ample extra storage. Nice sized patio and fenced yard with mature landscaping and fruit trees. Close to parks & excellent Palo Alto Schools – buyer to verify schools.

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This house is Special, the listing copy says so.  The above pictures showcase the luxurious living you get for one and a quarter million dollars.

Or as PG says, “Simply beautiful.”  Let’s see if the Redfin agent agrees.

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But the closest schools are a fifth of a mile away, if we go by Redfin’s own school information.  Could the agent have been referring to this place directly across the street?  It looks a church-run day care center.

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Oh good, they take older kids as well as babies.  So you’ll be guaranteed to be running into extra traffic at both ends of your commute, and most of the time in between.  It’s the little touches like these that make this house so Special.

Plus, the current owners are taxed on a $100K assessment.  Buy this house, remove one more Prop 13 entitlement boomer, and help balance the City budget!

Comments (11) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:11 am

11 Responses to “Welcome to this spacious home”

  1. gallileo Says:

    The Presbyterian church across the street does indeed have a day care, as well as after-school care for elementary school students. Also, the main entrance parking for one of Palo Alto’s bigger parks is right across the street.

    So buy this house and sell your car, because you won’t ever be able to get out of your driveway. On the plus side, you can rent your driveway to a rich family driving their kids to Fairmeadow elementary down the street, because you may as well get some money from the people parking in front of your house every day.

    You can walk to JLS Middle School from here too–just another potential revenue stream.

    You’ll have cars parked in front of your house every night, and more turning around in your driveway every morning. Rent that space and make millions!

  2. Metalhead Says:

    I grew up across the street from an elementary school and middle school. I didn’t notice it when I was young but in recent years, my mom was pretty frustrated with people blocking her driveway. It didn’t matter if she was trying to pull in or out if it, people would not move or just try to only block half of it but never apologize.

  3. madhaus Says:

    I didn’t know whether this fine home merited the “Eichler” tag. Or in this case, more like Ecchler. Anyone familiar with the neighborhood history, please speak up.

  4. SEA Says:

    Looks like it needs a “most original” tag (a.k.a. most likely to need light bulbs soon).

  5. gallileo Says:

    #3, Yep, it’s an Eccler, at least Mark Easterday (who runs the Eichler Homes blog) thinks it is–strangely, he don’t consider it “mostly original” at all:

    http://www.eichlerhomes.com/2012/01/651-e-meadow-dr-palo-alto-94306.html

    “The second story addition and the converted garage make this Eichler seem like it now has a funky layout. However, the original paneling make it worth contacting an architect to see what can be done to bring this home back into something more functional.”

  6. sonarrat Says:

    I am bothered by the idea of being next to a church seeing how they are exempt from noise rules (found this out living near a Hispanic Baptist church in Evergreen), but as a piano teacher, I would be perfectly happy across from a school. When I get old and gray, I can still teach out of my house. No wasting time and gas driving from house to house. The whole $1.2 million thing is still a monumental problem though.

  7. nomadic Says:

    madhaus, I would recommend the “ickler” tag for this one. You have the original first level without the benefit of restoration, yet apparently the lucky buyer also gets an abomination of a second level.

  8. burbed Says:

    test 1246

  9. Sunny(vale) Kim Says:

    Everytime I see an Eichler, the only thing come to my mind – Glorified Shade. They just don’t like “house”.

    I would love to have this kind glass wall living room in Berkeley Hills or Oakland Hills – where I could view the the bay from living room. But what is the purpose of this kind of glass wall in South Palo Alto? Staring at squirrels playing at backyard?

  10. Sunny(vale) Kim Says:

    Correction in #9: They just don’t look like “house”.

  11. Real Estater Says:

    The house is of course sold. None of the issues really poses as a show-stopper because the home is located in Palo Alto. Eichler is OK; some traffic is OK; parking inconvenience is fine; church across the street is a blessing. If the home is located elsewhere, then any of these items could be a deal breaker. In Palo Alto, you should feel lucky to just get the house.


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