June 28, 2012

Alameda Gold Coast: Pay lots of gold while your agent coasts

Get out your FasTrak box, we’re crossing over to the East Bay today!  Thanks very much to Burbed reader J from Alameda, who reminds us that anyplace, no matter how unlike the RBA, can be Burbed-worthy.  Remember, if a property is in the Bay Area, it can be Burbed too!

J sent us a Zillow link, so that’s what we’re using. And that’s because we’re still really annoyed that Redfin stopped linking to us without explanation, but still emblazons “Bloggers, have you written about this property?” on every listing. So what are we, Redfin, chopped liver?

1629 San Antonio
Alameda, CA 94501


120627-sanantonio-frontBeds: 4
Baths: 2
Sqft: 2,371
Lot: 6,000 sq ft / 0.14 acres
Type: Single Family
Year built: 1970
Last sold: Oct 1998 for $375,000 —
Parking: —
Cooling: —
Heating: —
Fireplace: —
On Zillow: 42 days
Other facts
Construction quality: 6.0
County: Alameda
Last remodel year: 1971
120627-sanantonio-tableLegal description: MAP 58 PG 99 LOT 1
Parcel #: 072 031400502
Per floor sqft: 2,371 2,
Total rooms: 8
# Stories: 2
Structure type: Other
Unit cnt: 1
Zillow Home ID: 24861486

Affordable, Contemporary, Gold Coast Home




Here’s why J sent in this Alameda amazement.

Not RBA but perhaps Burbed worthy. So, it’s a partially finished remodel – not new news that someone ran out of money.

However, the photos. It’s sort of ‘staged’ – table in dining room, cabinet in living room, bed in bedroom (did not have time to get the comforter on right). The stair photo – written on the top stair is ‘keep out’. Finally, the lovely wall mounted fire extinguisher near the window in the other bedroom. Fascinating what an agent does, or does not bother to do.

You know what that lonely table in the dining room reminds us of?  Those abandoned real estate as art photos by Edgar Martins.  The bedroom photos are suggestive of his work as well.  Here are the two J mentioned above.


Plus this was an awesome opportunity to break out the RED ARROW toolkit.


Comments (28) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:04 am

28 Responses to “Alameda Gold Coast: Pay lots of gold while your agent coasts”

  1. SiO2 Says:

    Too bad Bob doesn’t post anymore, we could get the local Alameda take on this.

  2. SEA Says:

    The red box is a bit small, but written on that stair is “DANGER KEEP OFF.”

  3. Metalhead Says:

    I like the updated counters, appliances and such with the unfinished floors. Redfin shows it as sold on 6/30/12 for $730,000 ($81K over asking?). I sure hope it was a flooring contractor who bought it.

  4. Tom Stone Says:

    I have recently encountered a husband and wife team of agents that aren’t real detail oriented. The wife listed a $1MM plus home and put the wrong address on the MLS (Now corrected) and the Husband listed a place he claimed was within city limits that isn’t, also a $1MM plus property.

  5. SEA Says:

    #4- “I have recently encountered a husband and wife team of agents that aren’t real detail oriented.”

    Your first encounter?

  6. madhaus Says:

    And in other news today…

    Edited to different source because Photobucket stopped showing the original one

  7. madhaus Says:

    Added a link to the Redfin listing, which says sold 6/20/12 (was wondering how they knew it was selling tomorrow).

    Hopefully J from Alameda will weigh in a bit more on this house, since Bob no longer graces us with his unique take on his neighborhood.

  8. nomadic Says:

    madhaus, your photo conflicts with what I’ve been hearing on the radio and in the news… wtf?

    WASHINGTON – A narrowly divided Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s health care law Thursday in a complex opinion that gives the president a major election-year victory.

    The historic 5-4 decision will affect the way Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care. It upholds the individual mandate that most Americans get health insurance or pay a penalty — and it was the penalty, or tax, that ultimately saved the law.

    Chief Justice John Roberts announced the decision that allows the law to go forward with its aim of covering more than 30 million uninsured Americans. He argued that the mandate is constitutional only because the penalty “functions like a tax” and is therefore allowed under Congress’ taxing power.

  9. SEA Says:

    Fox is a very interesting source of news.

  10. SEA Says:

    Regarding Refin not posting the blog entries, check the pingback settings, maybe?

  11. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    First of all, did Fox really report the decision the wrong way? I know I was surprised given the questions Roberts asked during arguments that the law was upheld and they likely had graphics pre-prepped, but REALLY?

    Second, awesome job mirroring the red arrow in the mirror!

  12. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    They did, as did CNN! HA! They started reading the opinion and pulled the ‘unconstitutional’ lever as soon as they saw the commerce clause discussion without bothering to read the whole decision!

    Well done, guys! Well done!


  13. nomadic Says:

    Thanks, sfbb! Interesting.

    And thanks, madhaus, for the Redfin link. I was too lazy to look it up. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if a large part of the “overbid” was a seller give-back so the buyers can install flooring.

  14. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    #8 – There’s been a lot of discussion of this on Reddit. Basically, Fox, CNN, etc have no idea what they’re doing and are very bad at reporting the news. The Supreme Court’s own blog has been more timely and accurate on this.

    the US’s news outlets have been more about propaganda and entertainment than about anything resembling news for a long time.

  15. SEA Says:

    “If you are having trouble getting your link to appear on Redfin send an email to techsupport@redfin.com. Please include a link to your blog post and details on what you have tried so far when you email us so that we can best help you.”

  16. mabeldu Says:

    this house is not in RBA — taking 14 years to double in price? = disqualification.

    the stencil on the back of the kitchen cabs – priceless kitsch. that may account for the wacky overbidding.

    the sad dining table reminds me of the Lone Cypress in monterey.

  17. Divasm Says:

    Wait, redfin can’t have taken them all away, I just saw my “I’m breaking up with Millbrae” link and followed it to burbed.

  18. madhaus Says:

    Redfin hasn’t taken any links away, but for the past couple of months they don’t link to us even if I submit it manually. I’ve already emailed them to no avail. Perhaps if they heard from some of our readers?

    Come on, nomadic, don’t you recognize who Obama’s head is grafted onto? Hint: 1948.

  19. SEA Says:

    Obama should have a frown, not a great big smile, in that picture.

  20. Tom Stone Says:

    Sea, my first encounters with these two. They have been in the biz a long time and get some nice listings.Full disclosure, I am a Broker.

  21. madhaus Says:

    Good lord, do none of you get it?

    And here’s another view of Obama and CNN this time.

  22. Sunny(vale) Jim Says:

    Who cares about Redfin. I’m not even looking at houses!

  23. nomadic Says:

    Yes, yes, we get it. Your 1948 hint made it pretty obvious. Then tonight I got the full rundown from Stephen Colbert. Did you forget the crowd here on burbed? Highbrow humor is met with apathy… DreamT has left the building. 😉

  24. SEA Says:

    Madhaus- It was totally obvious, but not funny.

  25. madhaus Says:

    Obvious backtrack is obvious.

  26. SiO2 Says:

    Madhaus, thanks for the laugh!

  27. herpderp Says:

    Bring your tools and backhoe!

  28. DreamT Says:

    #23 – leaving the country Sunday, actually. I’ve been *REALLY* looking forward to that vacation!
    I didn’t get the initial reference, thanks madhaus for posting it!

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