June 14, 2012

Diamond in a Rough part of East San Jose

Here’s a find in the East Hills of San Jose, in Almost-But-Not-Quite-Evergreen.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader Tracy Tea House for this disappearing domicile.  Yes, disappearing, the listing went Pending-Do Not Show the day we wrote this and we had to search for it on literally SEVEN different real estate sites until we found one that hadn’t pulled the pix fast enough.  Today’s Thank-goodness-somebody-out-there-is-lazy real estate website is SAWBUCK.

3157 Markwood Court
San Jose, CA 95148


120612-markwood-stairwayBedrooms : 5
Bathrooms : 3
Lot Size : 0.29 ac
Finished Sq Ft : 2,253 sq. ft.
Type : Detached Single Family
Style : Traditional
Year Built : 1976
Subdivision : Evergreen
Stories : 2
MLS# : 81220317
WalkScore™ : 38 (Car-Dependent)

Diamond in a rough. Good location, near schools, EastRidge Mall. No warranty on Swimming pool/spa. Big lot. Two separate storages with no permit at rear. A lot of potential for this property. As-is sale.

120612-markwood-sidewaysHere’s why Tracy sent this Evergreen edifice in:

Not only does it have the favorite phrase Diamond in the rough.” The pictures are “works of art.” From the sideways one, the stairway cage or the coiled hose… Classic… especially the non-warrantied swimming pool.  120612-markwood-hose

Humm I wonder what is wrong right with it??

That’s “Diamond in A rough” not “diamond in THE rough.”  Perhaps they left a word or two out after rough.

Tracy also notes that the listing copy used to end with “Price reflect deferred maintenance on property.” instead of the current “As-is sale.”  We’ve added both the as-is and needs work tags. 

The pictures, all of them. are indeed works of art, if by “art” we actually mean “seriously, WTF?”  We’ve got every one of them for you (in case Sawbuck feels the need to abide by MLS rules) after the break.


Because you can never have enough Stairway.


We love the one of the kitchen.  It would make an excellent perspective drawing exercise, where the real trick is to not make the part behind the counter look like it’s an image on a giant-ass flatscreen.


Okay, everybody in the pool!

Comments (33) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:02 am

33 Responses to “Diamond in a Rough part of East San Jose”

  1. madhaus Says:

    Where the heck is everyone today? These pictures are delicious! Are you all out hanging up flags?

  2. mabeldu Says:

    jeezus! at first glance, i thought that first pic of the staircase was a baby crib.

    digital cameras allow you to take FREE pix over and over until you get it right. it ain’t hard – this is coming from someone who had to take her own pix because the former realtor was too stoopid to take reasonable pix… and that was after telling her what shots i wanted her to take… and “don’t take shots of the furniture, take shots of the rooms!” obviously, i was expecting too much from a “professional” (a mistake i won’t repeat).

    why do realtors think a pic of the bathroom requires highlighting the toilet? i think most adults understand the concept of “bathroom” and want to see the size of the room.

    lousy pic of the front door mat. since the ugly door’s head was cut off in the pic, i can only assume the focus is supposed to be on the mat.

    nice pool – looks like a skate park.

    will someone look at a this listing and think “yeah, those are the type of artsy shots i need to capture the perfect buyer. i’ll hire him as my realtor”. and the answer to that is – yes.

  3. Dewane Says:

    Is EastRidge Mall near Star Bucks?

  4. nomadic Says:

    Am I the only one who has a realtor who hires a professional photographer to take the pictures?

    Going back outside to hang more flags now. Have to finish the yard work today before the next heat wave.

  5. SEA Says:

    Not all professionals are created equal.

  6. Crissa Says:

    My parents hired a ‘professional’ photographer for their wedding in 1980. He left a yellow filter on for nearly all the shots…

  7. Real Estater Says:

    Did everyone buy FB on weakness? I loaded up at $26.

  8. SEA Says:

    Of course everyone did–now let’s see what happens when everyone tries to sell on strength.

  9. South Bayer Says:

    I have a friend who works for FB, and he says business is doing extremely well, and they will grow a lot in the next few years. Menlo Park properties are getting snapped up right now, even east side of 101.

  10. Real Estater Says:

    Some people never seem to learn that the best time to buy something is when everybody else thinks the sky is falling.

    Whenever I see the removed names of third parties –ed. of the world come out to laugh at a recommendation, I know it’s just about the right time to get in.

  11. Sunny(vale) Kim Says:

    We all bought FB at 25.62. Thanks for asking.

  12. Real Estater Says:

    LOL. Removed for needless attack — ed. Didn’t you say you have an order at $8? What the hell happened?

  13. Sunny(vale) Kim Says:

    That’s just our another trigger point. Learn the art of investing.

  14. Real Estater Says:


    You removed my valid comment, but you see this is why I’m saying he embarrasses himself.

  15. madhaus Says:

    #14, you have a rather interesting definition of “valid.” Please reread the guidelines for comments if you are having difficulty understanding why some of yours have been edited or disallowed.

  16. Sunny(vale) Kim Says:

    Investment is all about making money and we are making a lot after buying FB $25.62. There is nothing to be embarrassed about it.

    The only thing people should be embarrassed about is showing bad behavior and getting moderated.

  17. madhaus Says:

    Now, now, #16, let’s not gloat. Please show some true Bay Area spirit!

  18. Sunny(vale) Kim Says:

    I have a friend who works for FB

    We don’t need friends at FB. We are friend of FB. Currently Zuck asked us to create fake users (aka “sock puppets”), so that FB reaches 1 billion user mark before lockup period expires. In return he offered us lots of RSUs. Working feverishly, but we need more people to create sock puppets. South Bayer, do you have that kind of skillsets? If so, you are hired.

  19. South Bayer Says:

    #18 seems to be the crazy person here. I’m just adding to the conversation, and he goes off calling me out every time. I don’t want to cause trouble here, but don’t appreciate the pest on my back either.

  20. Sunny(vale) Kim Says:

    South Bayer, we are just trying to “help” you. We will be as rich as your friend if you accept the offer.

  21. SEA Says:

    Do people not understand how amazing FB is? Previously it was thought there was no center of the Universe, but after FB that theory has been totally disproved.

  22. Real Estater Says:


    [insult removed] What is your goal here?

    If the goal is to enforce biased opinions and assist a “special agenda” group here, then please don’t change a thing. [insult removed]

    If the goal is to stop shit from happening, then you should establish a standard for everyone to abide by. Why do you allow the shit above to go on? [complaints about another poster removed]

    Please state your goals and give yourself some credibility.

  23. Real Estater Says:

    Why is the moderator so slow here? [insult removed]

  24. madhaus Says:

    #23: Let me see if I understand you correctly. You behave in such a way to require all your posts go to the moderation queue, and now you’re upset that they’re not released quickly enough?

    So the obvious solution of posting without insulting people is not viable?

    If you wish, you can upgrade to expedited moderation service. This Executive Gold Class 888 Golden Club requires a monthly fee. Contact me offline for more details.

  25. Real Estater Says:


    You behave in a wave that assimilates if not promotes the policies of governments such as Syria and China. Are you not ashamed of yourself to charge for dictatorship service?

  26. madhaus Says:

    Your assessment is in error. Have a great day.

  27. Real Estater Says:

    Your just affirmed my statement. All dictatorships think other people are in error.

  28. Real Estater Says:

    [Removed for excessive whining]

  29. SEA Says:

    The sun’ll come out
    Bet your bottom dollar
    That tomorrow
    There’ll be sun!

  30. Real Estater Says:

    [whining removed]

  31. Sunny(vale) Kim Says:

    I don’t know what is the fuss about Syria and China. China is not all that bad, considering the fact that it provides financial aid to Tibet. China does not have problem of attacking other countries, racial discrimination and slavery.

  32. Petsmart groomer Says:

    > Did everyone buy FB on weakness? I loaded up at $26.

    You’ve been betting on the wrong horse.

  33. * Says:


    you did a great job editing posts. i like the reason for the edits was listed.

    the inflammatory stuff usually goes on and on once someone gets started. you seemed to have successfully reduced the amount of trash talking significantly.


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