April 30, 2012

Tons of potential to add bedrooms if needed

Want a house in the lovely Rose Garden area of San Jose?  So do a lot of people!  Central location, big houses on beautiful lots… what’s not to like?  Tracy Tea House found a real goodie that shows every rule has an exception, and every good neighborhood has some Fail.

Now this property is gone,  It’s not on Redfin at all, nor on Movoto even, and Trulia says it’s off-market.  Guess who still has it.  Zillow.

1135 Yosemite Ave
San Jose, CA 95126


Beds: 2
Baths: 2
Sqft: 2,868
Lot: 13,068 sq ft / 0.30 acres
Type: Single Family
Year built: 1922
Parking: —
Cooling: Central
Heating: Forced air
Fireplace: —

Spacious floor plan on a large lot. Tons of potential to add bedrooms if needed. Charming home located in the Historic Rose Garden area. Formal dining room with plenty of natural light, living room with wood burning fireplace, separate family room looking out into backyard and pool. Perfect for entertaining. Hardwood floors, A/C, side yard with space for boat or RV parking.

120428-yosemite-couchesHere’s what Tracy had to say about this find.

The price on this house keeps dropping like a stone. I looked at it a few times over the years and it is a great old place, full of charm. Except it has location FAIL. It is located at the corner of Yosemite and Race, famous for the prostitution ring, busted 120429-yosemite-poolacross the street. Shares a wall with a Mexican restaurant parking lot, and is down the street  from the “water Garden.”  If only it was located a few more blocks into the Rose garden.. Sigh..

Looks like we had best get some pictures up before Zillow gets a friendly visit from the wild and crazy lawyers who work for MLS.  They even have a much better front view than the one they led with.


There are several higher-resolution photos of an empty house.  This is a photographer who loves the interplay of light.  See these and more photos after the break.





This photographer also really likes indoor glare.  It’s a shame the power lines shot had to be taken outdoors; hard to get the overexposure just right.  Now check out the work of the OTHER photographer.


In case the photos are gone from Zillow, the second set are much smaller (the size is exactly what you see above, which is why they’re not arranged all that nicely) and seem to contain lots and lots and LOTS of furniture.

Is this house really in the Rose Garden neighborhood, or is the listing copy a little bit wishful?  And by wishful we actually mean lying one’s ass off.

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

5 Responses to “Tons of potential to add bedrooms if needed”

  1. Petsmart groomer Says:

    The backyard (if I may call it that) looks like some cheap motel’s pool area. At least maintenance should be easy.

  2. SEA Says:

    “Rent Zestimate: $2,849/mo.
    Est. Mortgage: $2,706/mo.”

    I know what you’re thinking–it really is cheaper to buy than rent.

    Before you get your panties all wet, please review over this one minor detail: “Estimated taxes & insurance of $443 are not included.”

    Value added!

    “Year Property taxes Change Tax assessment
    2011 $1,793 2.0% $96,799”

    Now you might be thinking that is low enough and all, but what do you think will happen once you buy this fine place, and the friendly assessor makes an appropriate adjustment to the assessment?

  3. very amused Says:

    In the second set of photos one of these things is not like the others.

  4. madhaus Says:

    Added a picture of the motel pool, and the “potential” and “landscaping” tags.

    But it looks like what our readers really like are more pictures of cozy SF detached homes like yesterday’s. Very cozy. And fragrant.

  5. Tracy Tea House Says:

    I forgot to mention, it has a full basement. Very convenient for tacos by the pool, being that it shares a wall with the restaurant lot, there is a lot of fragrance at this property too!

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