February 9, 2012

Are having a hard time finding the perfect home?

Today we return to the Not Real Bay Area, for a very special home despite the location.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader J from Alameda for this listing, which we join already in progress.

2431 Olympic Blvd
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
$389,000

120208-olympic-redfin

BEDS: 4
BATHS:  4
SQ. FT.:  2,741
$/SQ. FT.:  $142
LOT SIZE:  9,100 Sq. Ft.
TYPE:  Detached
STYLE:  Contemporary
STORIES:  1
YEAR BUILT:  2009
COMMUNITY:  Saranap
COUNTY:  Contra Costa
MLS#:  40555341
SOURCE:  EBRD
STATUS:  Active
ON REDFIN:  48 days

Are having a hard time finding the perfect home? then this is a must see! You could finish this home and customize it to fit your needs. 4 bedroom 4 bath with a pool.

120208-olympic-trashbinsHere’s what J had to say about this fine find:

Burbed fan here – this is the first listing I have found that is Burbed worthy….the photo of the trash bins has to be unique. Zillow has a photo that appears to be a small hole in the ground…..

Oh dear, if J from Alameda thinks a photo of a trash bin or two in a home listing is unique, then clearly we 120208-olympic-interioraren’t doing our job that well.  There’s now a trash bins tag so everyone who enjoys comparing bins around the Bay Area can peruse them at their leisure.  We just had a bunch of them featured earlier this week.

But while this home isn’t unique in featuring photos of where to put your garbage and recycling, it sure lets you know what an absolute blast you’ll have sprucing the place up.  120208-olympic-yardThat is, if by “blast” we are actually referring to the effect it will have on your finances.

Anyone have any luck locating the promised pool?  Do you think this is it?

Or is it hidden under the unique trash bins?

120208-olympic-holeNo luck looking on Zillow.  They don’t have any pictures of this house at all, other than the default birds-eye shot.  That could be because the listing was removed on February 4th.

But this must be the picture J was thinking of, courtesy of Trulia.  Trulia has a different set of pictures than Redfin for this home.  This could very well be the pool.  Or it could be the Portal to Hell.

Customize it to fit your needs.

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

16 Responses to “Are having a hard time finding the perfect home?”

  1. SEA Says:

    My vote: Portal to Hell.

  2. Metalhead Says:

    The opportunity to complete someone else’s partial construction – priceless. The “no heating” and “other flooring” are just a few examples of understated features of this non-RBA listing. With the portal and mound in the backyard, I think a mini golf course in the backyard (maybe with some castle features) is in order.

  3. sonarrat Says:

    Pending. How on earth?

  4. madhaus Says:

    I wonder what this home would go for if it were in the Real Bay Area. Like, let’s say the same part of Mountain View as the “Google” house this week.

    I’m thinking $999K. Who’s with me?

  5. Divasm Says:

    Hmmm…I would put money on $888K, because it’s much more of a RBA number, isn’t it?

  6. Real Estater Says:

    >>’m thinking $999K. Who’s with me?

    Not me.

  7. B Says:

    No frigging way. I used to live just up the road. This is on an extremely busy road, and best described as “sagging” with “good ventilation”. I imagine the whole thing is a teardown.

    It has had rain falling on non-waterproofed wood for a couple of years now, and is an incomplete McMansion attachment to a very small old cottage. Good luck with selling this one.

  8. A. Lewis Says:

    The value’s in the land (minus the demolition costs).

    How long can you leave construction that unfinished exposed to the elements before all the wood is useless?

  9. SEA Says:

    “Pending (Pending – Show for Backups)”

    That’s not Real Pending.

  10. Scott Says:

    Now it just needs a Ouija board to be complete!

  11. Mole Man Says:

    How does this happen? Thank you, Burbed, for opening my eyes once again. Just when it seems like there could be no worse listing … oif!

  12. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    It looks like a lot of places around here. I saw a house today that’s all made of Oriented Strand Board, cawlums and all! And half-finished.

  13. Jb Says:

    Could the land really be worth that? And as someone said – tear down haul away costs? And then building another house…it’s not RBA…perhaps it will reappear in a new incarnation some day soon.

  14. Greg Fielding Says:

    This one is pretty ridiculous. No way for anyone to put money into it and gain any sweat equity.

  15. nomadic Says:

    Check out the street view. On the plus side, there’s a service drive that keeps it from being directly on the busy road. On the minus (or maybe a plus for defensibility, Gilroy Alex) it has a tall block wall around it like you might see in Mexico.

  16. Dr. Chorillo Says:

    HAHA! Funny you should mention the tall block wall! This place reminds me of all the unfinished houses down in Estado Baja! I can’t be sure, but is there lots of re-bar poking out of the tops of all the cinderblocks? My wife and I travel down in S. America a lot, and in its current condition, this place would be right at home in the suburbs of La Paz or Quito!

    On another topic, has anyone ever suffered the indignity of being a “pending — show for backups” ?!


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