April 16, 2012

Castro Valley Value is in the Land. And the Vehicle.

This site does not get out to the East Bay enough.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader Jeremy from Hayward for doing the legwork for us, with this vintage villa in Castro Valley.  Remember, if you want us to cover more hella-fine houses from your hometown, be sure to send some in!

Today’s house is one you may be able to pick up with your income tax refund.  Now who says there isn’t affordable housing in the Bay Area?

5939 E Castro Valley Blvd
Castro Valley, CA 94552


SQ. FT.: 1,390
$/SQ. FT.: $144
LOT SIZE: 1.74 Acres
TYPE: Detached
STYLE: Contemporary
COMMUNITY: Castro Valley
COUNTY: Alameda
MLS#: 40567572
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 16 days

Bank Owned !!! CONTRACTOR Special !!! Home needs Extensive repairs or may need to be torn down. LOT’s of POTENTIAL for this 1.75 acre lot.

120413-castro-additionHere’s why Jeremy sent us this classic structure:

All I can say is Best. Addition. Ever!!!

No Kitchen? Need extra space? No problem! In the East Bay we just knock out a wall and drive our RV up next to the house, some duct tape, and viola! Mama’s new kitchen!

Oi….at least it’s not $1million!

120413-castro-rv-parkedThis has got to be a whole new level of WTFness, even if it didn’t have that lovely support post right next to the RV entrance.

Here’s another view of the RV.

Hoe.  Leigh.  Crap.

Jeremy followed up with:

Do you get a break on a combined auto/home policy for this?

120413-castro-rv-doorDo you pay property tax or car registration?

It is pretty spectacular. Loving the retro dwell-ready colors on the RV as well….

Be sure to head over to the listing, because there are plenty more photos, although most are of the house without an RV parked in the middle of it.

Lot’s of POTENTIAL, indeed.  Too bad the listing doesn’t specify if the RV stays.

Bunus: Location, location, location!


Comments (21) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:09 am

21 Responses to “Castro Valley Value is in the Land. And the Vehicle.”

  1. nomadic Says:

    This is a great place for an aspiring contractor to try out his skills without bothering with pesky permits. There’s clearly no code enforcement there. Close to the freeway, yet it’s like you’re in the hills of Appalachia.

  2. SEA Says:

    Definitely needs light bulbs, and it’s the perfect location for an aspiring Tracy landlord.

  3. very amused Says:

    Excellent parking job.

  4. Dr. Chorillo Says:

    This belongs in Sunset’s recent “Inspired Homes in the West” series — which already includes a “recycled jumbo jet, Airstream trailer, modern houseboat, and more innovative design.”


  5. AstroWallaby Says:

    I *should* think this is terrible, but part of me absolutely loves it. Perhaps if you wander around this property long enough you’ll be able to find the event horizon of the black hole holding open this end of the wormhole connecting it to West Virgina. Best put up a warning sign ‘fore the neighbors find themselves spaghettified. (One of those clever “Trespassers will be VIOLATED” signs will probably do.)

    Of course at the West Virginia end there’s a neighborhood of confused hayseeds still wondering what happened to ol’ Cleetus and who (seemingly out of nowhere) erected the clump of Gables End-style townhouses where he used to live.

  6. CB Says:

    As long as people are attaching those hideous sun rooms to their homes, I don’t see much room to complain about this.

  7. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    This listing is so full of win(nebago)! I nominated for a place in ‘best of burbed!’

  8. Dr. Chorillo Says:

    If a “sun room” is a “Florida room” does that make this a “Kentucky room”?

  9. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    I wonder if this is where Walt from Breaking Bad is cooking these days.

  10. Tracy Tea House Says:

    It actually looks cleaner then some of the mini mansions,I have seen pictured here, and I like the urbanite patio. I think there is even a double pane window upstairs!RV thrown in? Deal…

  11. Zak Says:

    Interesting listing. Ideal for a Prepper.

    Where are the “Thumbs Up / Down” buttons?

  12. herpderp Says:


  13. Sunny(vale) Jim Says:

    Ah, the dark side of the bay, the land of 880 and 680 where working rats dwell. Living there may cause self esteem problems. Buy at your own risk.

  14. madhaus Says:

    #11 Zak, we took them down because the site was having a lot of memory outage problems and they seemed to contribute to them. I miss the thumbs too.

  15. kir Says:

    This is the BEST house ever. No other words are necessary.

  16. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    Actually not good for a prepper, no water well/stream/spring, not quite enough land to produce food easily, although it can be enough, but mainly, too close to the freeway! The zombies will tend to “channel” along major roads and freeways, how do you think that guy in The Road got so far with a shopping cart, a vehicle suited only for very smooth pavement?

  17. traumatic Says:

    STP and Fix-a-Flat. The new Draino and lightbulbs!

  18. Alex Says:


    This has got to be one of the best listings I’ve ever seen. EVAR!!

  19. Sunny(vale) Kim Says:

    Built in 1900!!! I am guessing one of Palo Alto homes without “moving parts” is going look like this within 21 years.

  20. Chuck Says:

    Great hide out for serial killers or sex offenders. The whole street on Google Maps is scary.

  21. A Burbed Classic Design Goes Upscale. Way Upscale. [Burbed.com] Says:

    […] little more than a year ago we ran a house that had a most unusual addition.  Remember the Budget-Add-A-Room strategy?  Just back a cheap RV next to the house, […]

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