June 29, 2012

Equisite English Gardens in Los Altos

Let’s finish the week on an up note, with this super structure from the seventies!  Thanks very much to Burbed reader hsjb for this luscious listing in Los Altos.

Los Altos, CA 94024


120629-redwood-gardenBEDS:  4
SQ. FT.:  2,502
$/SQ. FT.:  $677
LOT SIZE:  9,317 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Traditional
VIEW: Bay, Neighborhood, City Lights
COMMUNITY:  Highlands
COUNTY:  Santa Clara
MLS#:  81223371
SOURCE:  MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN:  7 days
This is the home you have been waiting for. Beautiful 4bd/3ba with views. Beautiful light filled rooms with new hardwood floors and carpet. The home has high lofted ceilings with views from the upper floor. 3 bd 2 ba upstairs, 1 bed and full bath downstairs. Equisite English Gardens and sparkling pool with blue/black bottom. PRIVATE back yard. Two new decks off both floors. Don’t miss it.

120629-redwood-bedroomHere’s why hsjb thought this home was Burbed-worthy:

Take a look at picture 13. There’s a sickly green glow [I know it’s HDR] but what could it also be?

1) Extra-terrestrials cowering at the side of the bed?
2) The agent forgot to clean the nuclear fuel on the floor?
3) Someone forgot Excalibur on their home tour?
4) The briefcase full of cash the owners are going to take to the bank?

While you’re on this home…check out the discrepancy of the pool size in two pictures. Image 20 makes it look HUGE! Image 22 makes it look puny!


Poltergeist in the bedroom?  Call 1–800–GHOSTBUSTERS!  Meanwhile, did you notice who is selling this property?  This place must be “corporate owned,” because the agent’s name is, I kid you not, Kimberly Clark.  That’s Kimberly Clark.  Makers of these fine paper products which have a lot in common with real estate agents.

Kc products

They both need frequent changing, for the same reason.

Should you buy today’s house?  Depends. 


How much do you love freeways?


Comments (24) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:04 am

24 Responses to “Equisite English Gardens in Los Altos”

  1. nomadic Says:

    Looking at pic #18, I am again surprised at how often homeowners will put expensive new countertops on crappy old cabinets. If you spend a couple grand on stone counters, go the extra mile and replace the cabinets first. This isn’t a cheap house.

  2. Crissa Says:

    Those counters aren’t more expensive than the cabinets. It’s a hideous bathroom, after all.

    That freeway is a heavy truck route, as is Foothill. And all the groceries and gas stations are really really expensive. I drive through that neighborhood regularly, and the traffic on the freeway is always heavy from early morning until seven or so at night.

  3. Crissa Says:

    The map doesn’t show it, but there’s a bit of a hill between the freeway and the houses, tho, so it might not be as bad as it looks. You’d have to go there and see at 8-9am.

  4. Real Estater Says:

    >>This isn’t a cheap house.

    What are you talking about? This house is under $2M!

  5. Real Estater Says:

    A buyer’s journey for a $2M house in Silicon Valley, Part 1 (Excerpt from the Daily Post):

    Will & Pauline have 2 small children and, hence, everything was about the perfect location without the hustles of busy streets, long commutes to schools and tight spaces.

    “It feels good when a $2M home had some money invested in it”, said Pauline.

    “It is said that, in Palo Alto, we are not looking to fall in love with the house, but rather whether we can live there or not…But that’s the price of living here”, said Will.

  6. Real Estater Says:

    Correction: “It is said that…” should be “It is sad that…”

  7. Real Estater Says:

    A buyer’s journey for a $2M house in Silicon Valley, Part 2

    Will had the chance to take money out of his start-up. The dilemma now: Is it worth it to buy a single family home in Palo Alto with a small lot? Or should they go to the next town, Los Altos, where the lots are bigger, less pricey and have room for remodeling/expansion?

    In Menlo Park, Will and Pauline found a new construction. It was a good location in terms of proximity to Palo Alto and 101 for less than 1.7 million!

    Now, Will and Pauline had to contemplate between living in quiet Menlo Park neighborhood versus the perks of living in a vibrant downtown with access to excellent public schools having 900+ APIs.

    RE’s translation: Is it worth it to get more house for the money in an inferior city?

  8. Real Estater Says:

    A buyer’s journey for a $2M house in Silicon Valley, Part 3

    Back to Palo Alto

    “There is no way we are going to get it!” said Will and Pauline every time they look at pictures of Bryant, a renovated 4BR/4BA Victorian home just a few steps away from downtown. Any buyer might have walked away since this 2 million dollar home was going to go over the list price by several hundred thousand dollars. This neighborhood is very desirable. The home is situated in a district with excellent schools and only a walk away from University Avenue.

    Now a month later, Will and Pauline are taking measurements to shop for furniture. They never imagined that their home search would culminate in downtown Palo Alto!

  9. SV Shopper Says:

    This is a nice family home. Los Altos is a quaint, beautiful town. Wish I can afford it!

  10. herpderp Says:

    You would have to pay ME 1.65mill to live there. Death to freeways.

  11. mabeldu Says:

    ahh, those hollywood lights are calling.

    again, i end up picking on the bathroom; pic #17. a hollywood light fixture with half the bulbs burned out. thanks for spending $30 on that gem. do i see a pink tub? or is it that nasty, peachy, flesh tone rarely used by humans who have working color rods in their eyes?

    “VIEW: Bay, Neighborhood, City Lights” what bay view, did i miss it?

    “Lot Sloped Down from Street” how’d ya arrange a bay view from LA, and on the downward side of the hill between you & the bay? must be magic!

    “black bottom poo”l??? is blue is the new black?

    $1.7M is a stretch for a house with such cheesy finishings, even in LA.

  12. Divasm Says:

    I think that’s one of those pools that has a sub-space anomaly in the middle of it that causes it to be much bigger when you stand on one side than on the other. Yeah, that must be it.

  13. nomadic Says:

    sparkling pool with blue/black bottom

    Depends(TM) on how often you clean it. Sometimes it can even be green!

  14. AstroWallaby Says:

    #7. Don’t all pools have that? It’s called the deep end; things always look bigger when viewed from the bottom of it.

  15. madhaus Says:

    I think they meant if you dive into that pool, YOU’LL have a black and blue bottom.

  16. madhaus Says:

    Note that the #7 in #14 is now #12. Five new comments added to this thread as #4-8. Carry on.

  17. hsjb Says:

    Hmmm, why is there a picture of a bathroom between two pictures of the pool?

  18. nomadic Says:

    #4, it’s almost 3.5x not a lot of money. Outside of the dumps that pass as nice houses in PA, people expect a little more out of a house listed for more than $1.5M.

  19. waiting_for_the_fall Says:

    #17- the picture of the bathroom between the pictures of the pool is to show the sewer empties into the pool. That explains the murky look of the water at the bottom of the pool.

  20. Tom Stone Says:

    Madhaus, I’m going to send you a listing showing you what that price will get you in Sonoma County. Of course, it’s not as vibrant an area as Los Altos….

  21. madhaus Says:

    Location, location, location Tom!

  22. madhaus Says:


  23. SV Family Says:

    Hi All. Just saw this, can someone explain why it may be already sold and for less than 1/2 the price? I’ve noticed in sold listings lately many in the LA area with super low prices. I’d always assumed they weren’t really listed and simply sold to family members…but this looks different.

  24. Gerald Armstrong Says:

    @Madhaus. I cannot help but agree. That should be the 11th or 12th commandment or something.

    Got no idea what you’re agreeing with, Mr. SpamBot. But I cleaned up that URL you were wearing cuz it made you look fat. –ed.

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