June 25, 2012

Showing Photographs but there is no Barber

Today’s listing is another outlier to the hot, hot, HOT housing market in Mountain View.  Maybe you can spot what’s wrong with this house, because just about everything else is flying off the shelf.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader Petsmart Groomer for this leftover listing.

590 PENNY Ln
Mountain View, CA  94043


120624-penny-garageBEDS:  3
BATHS:  2.5
SQ. FT.:  1,196
$/SQ. FT.:  $690
HOA DUES:  $174/month
LOT SIZE:  3,255 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Contemporary
VIEW: Neighborhood
COMMUNITY:  Rengstorff
COUNTY:  Santa Clara
MLS#:  81214154
SOURCE:  MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN:  68 days

Welcome to Penny Lane, where homeowners can enjoy living in the heart of Silicon Valley. New construction home replete with modern amenities and detached garage.

Replete?  Somebody was paying attention when those SAT words were passed around.

Now we need another word for wtf is going on with the garage (above).  The Beatles song it calls to mind is NOT “Drive My Car” because you’re never going to get it past those killer zombie vines.

Here’s a picture of the front of the house, just in case you suspect the agent took that bizarre first shot because there’s something to hide.


Oh no, it’s too late!  The whole house is GONE!  If you can hack your way through, maybe there’s a sleeping princess in there.  Could it be Lovely Rita?


Comments (12) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:05 am

12 Responses to “Showing Photographs but there is no Barber”

  1. Tracy Tea House Says:

    Maybe the neighbors should consider a final solution like these folks in Marin. or maybe the folks in Marin could have made their problem house disappear like this one.


  2. waiting_for_the_fall Says:

    Vines should not be planted near anything other than stone walls. It might look pretty, but the vines damage the wood they’re attached to.

  3. nomadic Says:

    I think it’s preferred to have the appearance trees/shrubs ate the house than to see all of the traffic on Middlefield – or the passersby looking in.

  4. nomadic Says:

    Off-topic, but holy crap! Did you know that EPA has gunshot detection microphones around town?! I never heard of such a thing. Check it out:


  5. SEA Says:

    Does the sleeping princess shave her legs?

  6. mabeldu Says:

    the garage is shared w/ the neighbor – no thanks.

    the game of “house peek-a-boo”‘ is incorporated into many homes on middlefield & rengstorff. they may be trying to dull noise or trying to hide from our pal Larry Stone, SCC assessor (he keeps trying to sneak me up to Los Altos for comps (i couldn’t afford a lean-to in los altos)).

    nomadic – that’s not news. at least not for those of us who’ve survived, eh lived, in exciting cities like oakland. the detectors triangulate on specific sounds and… maybe it’s not a good thing that i know details?

  7. nomadic Says:

    Yes, mabeldu, it’s very old news as I discovered. Redwood City was one of the first to install them – way back in 2004. Detroit was considering them last fall but probably can’t afford them.

  8. AstroWallaby Says:

    #4/7: That gunshot detection system actually provided some forensic evidence following that Tesla employee’s airplane crash a couple years ago.

    The article says that “The system triggers only on loud, impulsive noises — things that go ‘bang’.” I wonder if they can pick up the sound of Facebook’s stock rattling around from there.

  9. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    Those detectors are a joke. By the time they figure out which block a gunshot happened, and the police get there, the shooter is long gone.

    Since this is a borderline bad n’hood, the thing to do is, do your part to make it dangerous for the bad guys.

  10. kwf Says:

    I thought the the catch was “new construction”, built in 2002. Love the yard, the vine is bad, yes.

  11. Petsmart groomer Says:

    > Those detectors are a joke.

    Too high-tech to your taste?

  12. Melanie Bailey Says:

    Nice view. I appreciate your effort in sharing this lifeblood information. I think the housing is a bit expensive compared to the nearby ares and considering its size.

    Nice attempt. I think the spammage is a bit expensive compared to the nearby comments and considering its lies. –ed.

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