Recently, we took a look at a house in Midtown Palo Alto that a number of commenters thought was overbuilt for the neighborhood. That reminded me of a similarly situated structure in Sunnyvale, so I pulled it up for nostalgia’s sake. What a delightful surprise to discover that it’s once again for sale! It was relisted just in time for April Fool’s Day, and at the same attractive price as it was three years ago.
1474 VALCARTIER St
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
SQ. FT.: 4,790
$/SQ. FT.: $417
LOT SIZE: 8,000 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
YEAR BUILT: 1991
COUNTY: Santa Clara
ON REDFIN: 7 days
Extraordinary six-bedroom, four and one half-bath custom estate perfect for executive lifestyle of luxury and unmatched class. Within this showcase home you will find a remodeled ONE-OF-KIND gourmet kitchen featuring best-in-class appliances with close access to the formal dining room, casual family room and truly alluring outdoor venue that is perfect for entertainment.
But, this is a Custom Bahl Home! And if you haven’t heard of Bahl Homes, they built a few tracts around Silicon Valley, including some zero lot line curiosities and the snout-house “patio homes” just around the corner from this place. Now that they’re done with building tracts, they remain as a real estate company. Fortunately for us, today’s house has its own webpage on Bahl’s site, with pictures even! We don’t know when these were taken, though, as it’s been listed and sold many times since its construction. Have a look at those pictures and more, after the break.
And what’s this? OMG, MAWBUL KAWLUMS! In SUNNYVALE.
And of COURSE we should count on Movoto to have kept the pictures up from the 2009 listing! They also have the original listing copy:
A resplendent six-bedroom, four and one half-bath custom residence boasting a lifestyle of luxury and simple elegance. Inside this showcase home is the recently remodeled epicurean kitchen featuring best-in-class appliances with easy access to the formal dining room, casual family room and truly alluring outdoor venue that is anchored by a built-in BBQ, above ground spa and covered dining area
And, wouldn’t you know it, back in 2009 this house was bigger than it is now! 5400 square feet! So instead of reducing the price, they’ve knocked down the area. Maybe the extra 610 square feet are in this car parked up front (note: no car on driveway in current façade picture).
Or maybe they’re in these bunus KAWLUMS in the front entryway.
Here are the rest of the old listing photos, just in case the entire MLS legal team swoops down on Movoto and sues them out of existence.
And now, presented as a Burbed Article for the First Time Ever, the write-up based on a series of comments I made back in December, 2008.
Update 11:39 AM: Slightly edited below, removing or shortening a few sentences. Also added more photos at the end as Redfin now has new pictures!
I went to visit the Two Million Dollar property in Sunnyvale CUSD today (December 2008). Remember when I said it was totally wrong for the neighborhood. You Have No Idea how wrong.
The place was built in 1991 as a custom home by a builder who put up a few places in the neighborhood . There are step-down levels everywhere. There’s a step-down formal living room. There’s a step down sitting room in the master suite. There’s a step-down bonus area off the third floor other bonus area. There’s a step-down bar off the family room. Clearly this was a builder who got a close-out on staircase banisters.
We see the usual trick of re-using the granite in the kitchen on the bar, so we know somebody got another close-out. And check out the entryway! Notice something? Dat’s right! Mawbul Kawlums!
The house is on an 8000 square foot lot. Yes, a 5300 sf house on an 8000 sf lot. That’s like parking a turbo-less Porsche in 94301. The yard hasn’t much left over with a footprint this size. Forget about storing your excess appliances in the side yards, because they’re all built up. Instead, store them in one of the SIX BEDROOMS.
This place even has (dang, I didn’t take a picture of it) a wine cellar that isn’t just step-down, it’s down 13 stairs. Builder definitely got a closeout on steps too. Here’s some features that aren’t in the official pictures.
A step-down bar off the family room, with a big ol’ honking metal cube sitting there (above). What does it do? Crush ice? Mix margaritas? Chop the dog food?
Here’s the step-down sitting area in the master bedroom (right), taken from the sleeping area. Are you tossing and turning? Well, get up and run up and down your own private staircase without waking the kids!
Speaking of the kids, one of them is going to love this room, because it has an octagonal office area off in the corner.
Do you like mirrors? Sure you do! Everybody loves mirrors, because if you’re a typical Silicon Valley techno-dweeb, you’re far too busy at the office to have any time to work out, but at least you can be motivated to do something about that extra flab you’re building up. And in this house, you’ll be extra motivated, because there’s mirrored closets everywhere in the master bath.
Finally, did you ever wish you had a place in your house where you could just relax and enjoy a good book or a fun movie? Sure you do, and in most homes that’s called a family room! But not in this house! Because this house not only has a family room and a library, but a secret bonus space on the third floor, which has a step-down extra bonus relaxation secret secret room (below)! So if you’re worried that Hugo Weaving is coming after you, this might be a good place to hide.
This house has got Nimitz Elementary, the second worst one in the entire Cupertino School District, so demand a discount. Heck, your kids could WALK there, not that you’d allow them to attend. Best of all, this palace has HOMESTEAD HIGH. Did you hear that, everyone? HOMESTEAD HIGH! Yes, your kids can get crushed in with 2498 other lucky students and be told they’re getting a superior education! I said that in 2008 to be sarcastic. The current 2011-12 enrollment at Homestead High is 2311 and is continuing to increase.
This is no ordinary house, which is why it’s being pitched by Alain Pinel instead of the boring old real estate brokers. Whoops, looks like they switched to boring old Interno this time. This is the kind of house where you can show your neighbors how much better your are than they. Your three-story house will block their sunlight, obstruct their views, and be impossible to ignore. This is perfect for the person who wants to say, “I have arrived. I belong here. I am leaving a monument to my importance.”
Feel free to predict what price this house could possibly sell for. Here’s a Zillow map to get you started.
The ZEstimate of this house is $1,422,700, and those little slices of lot behind the back fence are those Bahl Patio Homes that helped pay for this palace.
Update: New pictures were added to the listing after this was written. We’ll present a few using Burbed KawlumVision, because they are otherwise truly painful to behold.
Also, there’s now a Virtual Tour, complete with Pachelbel’s Canon! Lots more bad HDR! So much for only two million!