March 6, 2012

UPDATED: New Construction in Mountain View! Really, really new!

Here’s a fantastic find from Burbed reader Petsmart Groomer for your Super Tuesday pleasure.  Almost anything with a Mountain View address is going to sell in a New York minute, so imagine how Rocky Mountain High the overbidding will go with a brand new house!

The new UPDATE is at the bottom, with more pictures!

Mountain View, CA 94043


BATHS: 4.5
SQ. FT.: 3,235
$/SQ. FT.: $464
LOT SIZE: 5,001 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Modern/High Tech, Contemporary
VIEW: Neighborhood
COMMUNITY: North Shoreline
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81205009
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 25 days

Here’s why Petsmart Groomer sent this house in for some Burbed loving:

120305-stierlin-livingroomDefinitely where people want to spend $1.5M: Walking distance to Social Services Agency.

That sounds really handy.  Pick up your disability check and your government cheese without needing to borrow a shopping cart from the Safeway.

And we can see from the 25 photos of the house that the inside is just loving its close-up.  Wonder why the outside was so shy?  Nary a shot of the house or the grounds.  Let’s see if Google Streetview can help.


Looks like the Googlecam is overdue for a neighborhood spin.  Fortunately, there’s a Virtual Tour available.  And I do suggest you check this one out, because it has dozens and dozens of pictures not found on the listing.  The Virtual Tour is not afraid to show us what the house looks like.  Click on through to see those pictures and so much more!


Yup.  That’s exactly what I expected for a million and a half dollars in the ‘43 (Close to Google!).  And look at this one.  It looks shopped.  I can tell by the pixels.


120305-stierlin-switches120305-stierlin-patioDo check out the many, many extra pictures on the Tour.  I’ve included my two favorite shots here.  Feel free to ponder why the agent thought these could help sell the house, and just how romantic a patio sunk to coffin depth could be.  Also ask yourself how this genius thinks he’s going to sell a house for double the going rate in this zip code without writing a single piece of listing copy.

But wait, there’s more!  Can you say location, location, location?


UPDATE 10:30 am: Burbed reader Metalhead points out that this home’s previous listings are still available on Redfin, complete with photos.  Or rather, this lot’s previous listings, as it was a very different building before this paean to New Soviet Design appeared.  Just in case something terrible happens to them, here are the “better” photos for your edification.


And a few examples of what a fixer upper is:


Now I see where the architect got those amazing ideas for the current home!

Comments (25) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:12 am

25 Responses to “UPDATED: New Construction in Mountain View! Really, really new!”

  1. SEA Says:

    When will this place be worth $3M?

  2. nomadic Says:

    This house rivals yesterday in exterior ugliness. It is stunningly unattractive.

    As for the one car garage – what do they think this is, Palo Alto?

  3. nomadic Says:

    I love how the nearby “similar” sales are all more than a mile away. What a difference a mile makes.

  4. AstroWallaby Says:

    In Soviet Russia sturdy and utterly nondescript blockhouse has bidding war over YOU!

    Income opportunity: buy this house, paint it solid maraschino cherry red (even the windows) and set up a collection booth to convince passer-byers that they owe you maximum rent for landing on *your spot*.

  5. Metalhead Says:

    A “New” find in the RBA – thanks to Redfin for showing how to go from a contractor’s special and make 100% on the sale in less than 4 years! Check out the previous listing:

  6. madhaus Says:

    OMG, great find Metalhead! I wonder if those pix are going to stay on Redfin or if they need a home on our site, you know, just in case this house wins a “Burbed and Perturbed” award.

    I agree, this house is amazingly ugly on the outside. It reminds me of some of those terrible housing projects thrown up in the 1960s only they were 30 stories instead of 3. If the builders were going for the ultrahipster Dwell look, they needed to at least paint it white and have a bunch of cantilevered crap sticking out.

  7. Crissa Says:

    Curb appeal? What curb appeal?

  8. SEA Says:

    From Redfin:

    “Nearby Similar Listings
    Range: $2,468,000 – $3,885,000
    Average: $890/Sq. Ft.
    This home at $890/Sq. Ft.: $2,879,150”

    Looking at that fine exterior shot, I cannot help but wonder, is there a lower quality construction in the over 3,000 square foot market?

    Yes, I know; I know: The value is in the land.

  9. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    I was inside that place back when it was for sale the first time. It was a commercial building being converted into a house. And it was teerrrrrible. The new one looks like a complete tear down, and is a VAST improvement over what was going on at the time.

  10. SEA Says:

    “Fortunately, there’s a Virtual Tour available. And I do suggest you check this one out, because it has dozens and dozens of pictures not found on the listing. The Virtual Tour is not afraid to show us what the house looks like.”

    The virtual tour is super delicious.

  11. Sunny(vale) Jim Says:

    You can’t judge a book by its cover. Beauty is on the inside.

  12. Petsmart groomer Says:

    > Almost anything with a Mountain View address is going to sell in a New York minute.

    According to Redfin, houses in 94043 don’t sell that fast. Although I find this one interesting: 2363 Adele. So close to Central Expressway and pending after only 2 weeks.

    Maybe z2amiller can tell us what is so Special™ about this one? Is it because it was professionally decorated?

  13. nomadic Says:

    The Redfin agent might offer some insight:
    “Third bedroom is open den area but could be converted back to a bedroom. Bathrooms need updating but the kitchen is nicely remodeled. “

    Hmm, that doesn’t sound very good.

  14. madhaus Says:

    Wow, that house on Adele reminds me of today’s charmer. Only as a “bunus” it also has Real Power Lines in the back yard.

  15. dollarbin Says:

    That 2363 Adele house languished on the market for half of 2011 from June to November. But it’s 2012 and I’m sure z2amiller will testify that Monta Loma is hotter than four-cheese pizza fresh from the oven. Let’s just hope the buyer doesn’t burn the roof of their mouth. Case study:
    Sold in 2011 for almost 10K less than asking at 740K after an extended listing history. Perhaps the “DUAL PAINED WINDOWS” scared off buyers, Ouch!
    Same model house, one block over. A little more fixed up with a nice yard instead of a sea of paver stones. Pending at 829K the weekend it was listed with what the listing realtor Monta Loma Specialist™ Pat Jordan assures us was multiple offers.

  16. z2amiller Says:

    That house on Adele is okay. I toured it once a few months ago when it was on the market the first time. It has been on and off the market a few times since June or so. The backyard is really small and you’re looking out of the living room windows right at the soundwall for Central expressway. The lot is 6000sqft but most of that is front yard.

    The second bedroom has the corner of it knocked out that faces the living room, making an open-ish den/office area, it actually looked pretty practical if you were happy with a 2 bedroom place. (Picture #5 in the listing is the office)

    The kitchen is nice and pretty modern, and the bathrooms are functional but dated. It is a pretty nice house overall despite having Central expressway in the backyard. The soundwall there is actually pretty effective, the traffic sounds aren’t too noticeable at my place (basically across the street from here). Trains are a little louder but tolerable. If they put in the high speed rail on an elevated track it’ll suck though.

    The houses in this part of the neighborhood are some of the Most Special in the Monta Loma neighborhood (maybe I’m biased). They’re all built on perimeter foundations instead of slabs so most of them have central heat and have been updated with central air, and it is much much easier to update the plumbing and electrical. Also houses in this corner of the ‘hood tend to be a little bigger than most – 1300+ sqft instead of the more normal 1104 sqft.

  17. Metalhead Says:

    Happy to help out with the previous listing on Redfin. I happened to notice the property listing history had various live links, including a previous sale. I almost never see this so I had to do a quick click. As they say, you can never be sure anything gets erased on the Internet.

  18. dollarbin Says:

    As an added bunus, for your 1.5e6 dollars, you might soon have a lot of new neighbors. In December the City Council approved a development project that would replace the county’s social services offices and the end of Stierlin Road with “high-density apartments of up to three stories”.

  19. dollarbin Says:

    As an addendum to my post about the Monta Loma bounce: before you have visions of RBA status in the 94043, check out the same 1954 Eichler in Palo Alto clocking a cool 1.375 Million last year:

    Nice try, Alvin Street. Call me when you’ve passed $1,000/sq. ft.

  20. Petsmart groomer Says:

    > check out the same 1954 Eichler in Palo Alto

    Perfect driveway for an RV.

  21. Sunny(vale) Jim Says:


    That house is on the wrong side of Middlefield.

  22. Sunny(vale) Jim Says:

    The featured house is a short hop to my job on the wrong side of 101. MV is up and coming city. A matter of time for Google to buy up all properties!

  23. Sunny(vale) Jim Says:

    For a million more you can live in this Eichler, still on the wrong side of Middlefield.

  24. dollarbin Says:

    Guess who’s back on the market with a lucky $88K price bump?

  25. dollarbin Says:

    Patience is a virtue, the market finally caught up with this place and it sold for the original $1.5 million. What seemed like hubris in 2012 now appears to be forward thinking in 2013.

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