June 1, 2012

Perfect for the Minimalist

We continue our look at crapboxen lower-priced homes.  Here’s another more affordable property that you can no longer purchase because someone beat you to it.  Didn’t we tell you the market was hot, hot, hot?  Why aren’t you running out there and buying a house right now?  Do you want to be PRICED OUT FOREVER?

Thanks very much to Burbed reader Petsmart Groomer for passing along this excellent property in East Palo Alto.

533 WEEKS St
East Palo Alto, CA 94303


SQ. FT.: 1,170
$/SQ. FT.: $222
LOT SIZE: 6,325 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Traditional
COMMUNITY: East of U.S. 101
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81214470
STATUS: Pending With Release
ON REDFIN: 41 days

great property for invester or first time hom buyer.

120530-weeks-frontHere’s why PG shared this home with you:

9 words, 2 typos.  Close to Facebook, though.

And since a picture is worth a thousand words, best we share the rest of the photos.


Isn’t this place charming?  Now look at the Google Streetview.


Curb appeal!

Comments (19) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:02 am

19 Responses to “Perfect for the Minimalist”

  1. Tracy Tea House Says:

    This house could belong in Uruapan Mexico. The houses are walled off, or connected up for security. When we stayed with a family there they pulled a metal gate across the front and padlocked us in. One morning no one could find the key, and after many hours of searching, it turned up in the three year old’s “Bolsa.”

  2. AstroWallaby Says:

    > Curb appeal!

    You’re right, it’s missing the razor wire and automated turret-guns.

  3. Metalhead Says:

    Definitely like the over-sized chimney.

  4. Faux Estater Says:

    Not only this house is close to Facebook, it is also close to the infamous intersection. You can see the crosswalk marked yellow on satellite view.

  5. madhaus Says:

    Oh this poor, neglected property, abandoned while I discipline the toddlers whining in Gables End.

  6. AstroWallaby Says:

    While you’re at it over there smack someone for calling India at 11:30 pm their local time. Common courtesy dictates you pick a timeslot mutually inconvenient for both parties.

  7. AstroBoy Says:

    After graduating from college, I set a goal to buy my first house before age 30. I’ve been staying with my parents for the past 3 years, and I believe my dream will be realized in about another year. I am hoping that interest rate stays low until then. Can’t wait!

  8. Rock-afire_Explosion Says:

    #7: Don’t forget Son, your uncle Pedo is visting from India tonight. I want that robot butt of yours to be be ready to greet him by dinnertime!

  9. mabeldu Says:

    “You’re right, it’s missing the razor wire and automated turret-guns.”

    no need to pine over the lack of arms: http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/plush/e71c/?pfm=homepage_Featured_3_e71c

    you can load up on these, then wait for the imminent barrage of arms pointing back at you (we are talking about EPA). you’re on your own to find a source for cauldrons of hot oil to drop over that lovely wall.

    i don’t see the moat. did they screw up and put it on the wrong side of the wall?

  10. mabeldu Says:

    WTF?!? i just got caught up on the last couple days’ postings… 71 comments on 5/31… madhaus, that’s gotta be a record. someone needs to grab those two kids and take away the sugary treats & caffeine, up their ritalin doses, then smacks to the backside of their heads. uh, do those steps in reverse order.

    dollarbin – you mentioned this house from your neighborhood: http://www.redfin.com/CA/Mountain-View/2400-Alvin-St-94043/home/1486798

    i’d forgotten who laid claim to being a monta loman last year. don’t know who you are, but we should set up a secret signal to meet in the park so we can have a snark-fest. i’m still waiting to see what happens to the other two houses from that same probate sale – flips or new residents?

  11. nomadic Says:

    I think z2amiller is a Monta Loman – IIRC his house featured on burbed last year. He was a very good sport about it, and it was a nicer house than the typical burbed fare.

  12. sprezzatura Says:

    Well, at least it doesn’t have the infamous “Possession COE + 30” notation…..

  13. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    Curb appeal makes you a target in da EPA

  14. madhaus Says:

    mabeldu, we used to routinely have threads over 100 comments and would hit 200 every couple of weeks. But with the collapse of the housing bubble, interest in bubble sites went away. Many real estate bubble sites are gone. We’re still here, but not all the commenters stayed.

    That said, I’m not even sure the Gables End thread is a record for 2012. There may have been a recent one that went over 100, but lets just say some animals are more equal than others when it comes to how well-received their comments are.

    However, with new bubble pricing comes new opportunities for records of all types, including record stupidity in homedebtorship.

  15. dollarbin Says:

    mabeldu-Yeah, z2amiller and I are both known Monta Lomans, although my place doesn’t have enough character to have been a Burbed feature. I’m hoping to check out 2400 Alvin this weekend, I’m sure they fixed it up quite a bit. On the other hand, I’m a little sad to see that they got rid of the floor to ceiling windows in the living room, a key architectural feature for Eichlers. (compare photo 4 in the new listing to the 8th photo in the original listing: http://www.redfin.com/CA/Mountain-View/2400-Alvin-St-94043/home/1486798/mlsListings-81144474 ).

  16. nomadic Says:

    dollarbin, get yourself an avatar (gravatar.com) – assuming that’s what your link is about.

  17. sprezzatura Says:

    so for those of us who are not architecture fiends, what exactly is the big deal with Eichlers anyway?

    (yes, go ahead, feel free to point and laugh)

  18. Crissa Says:

    I don’t know, the Eichlers are expensive to heat. Drafty as heck.

  19. Petsmart groomer Says:

    2400 Alvin was sold for $875K. Nice flip: $300K over price paid back in February.

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