August 27, 2012

Million dollar education in a five and dime neighborhood

Good morning, and welcome back to another exciting Real Estate Week of Win here on Burbed!  Let’s get right to today’s spotlighted spectacular in the palatial premises of Palo Alto!  Thanks very much to Burbed reader Petsmart Groomer for the drive-by!

3980 El Cmaino Real #13
Palo Alto, CA 94306
$20,000

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120826-elcmaino-interiorProperty Type: Mobile Home (Single Wide)
County: Santa Clara
Community: Barron Park
MLS#: 81230106

Palo Alto Schools for a rental cost of $675/month! By renting in this park, children eligible to attend Palo Alto Schools. Family of 4 with children attending Palo Alto Schools moving so now you can enjoy a million dollar education without the million dollar home purchase price! Laundry facilities in park. Good family park with good neighbors all getting along. Walk to Elementary school.

120826-elcmaino-bathroomWait, you can still buy a home in Palo Alto for a million?  Who knew?  Let us know if you have any success finding one.

And if you can’t, there’s always today’s featured home!  This property shows the benefits of jaw-dropping listing copy coupled with a misspelled street address, photos with plenty of clutter,  the mandatory crapper-cam with the lid fully raised  and proudly proclaiming its crappertude, and most important of all, good neighbors all getting along.  All this at an unbelievably affordable buy-in price and a monthly space rent that will no doubt be ratcheted up the split second you finish signing over that escrow.

But this is a good family park.  It says so, right in the listing.  And it must be, because we’ve featured this park on Burbed before.

Want to see how good this neighborhood is?  Well then, why not meet a couple of your new neighbors?  We’re sure they can’t wait to make the acquaintance of you, and especially the rest of your family. 

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Comments (21) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:06 am

21 Responses to “Million dollar education in a five and dime neighborhood”

  1. SEA Says:

    Ask yourself, if you are going to buy something that’s not RBA, would you rather be close or too close.

  2. mabledu Says:

    with neighbors like that you’d better call your fortress the prowler. coulda picked a scarier looking logo, tho. doubt that’ll keep them from stopping by for a chat.

  3. herpderp Says:

    So that’s $675 a month on top of the cost of the single-wide? That’s ridiculous. At that rate I’d rather buy the park than the trailer.

  4. Crissa Says:

    Where would you put the kids in a one-bedroom?

  5. SEA Says:

    “Where would you put the kids in a one-bedroom?”

    “Family of 4 with children attending Palo Alto Schools moving so now you can enjoy a million dollar education without the million dollar home purchase price.”

    More like where do they put those two kids? And why are they moving away from the million dollar education?

  6. madhaus Says:

    Holy crap, I just noticed this is a 300 square foot home. I’m not sure it’s even legal to house four people in a space that size.

    Going to add the “cozy” tag. Heh heh.

  7. madhaus Says:

    And now for a moment of Zen.


    Car crashes into house

  8. nomadic Says:

    SEA, I’d wager it’s one parent and three kids.

  9. SEA Says:

    #8- I’m not taking you up on that. Which would you rather: You with three kids in 300 square feet versus you and another adult with two kids in that same 300 square feet. Tough choice.

  10. ms Says:

    How do mobile homes work as property?
    Do you get first rights on the space rent?
    If you don’t pay the space rent, can the landlord of the space tow the structure? Where would it go?

    Another thought: $20K is a couple years of private school. If the schools in Palo Alto were so guaranteed and so great, someone would buy this just for the address.

  11. Petsmart groomer Says:

    > If the schools in Palo Alto were so guaranteed and so great, someone would buy this just for the address.

    You can’t just get an address, you also need to live there.

  12. Crissa Says:

    Landlords can’t force families to move, in CA. Getting a household booted legally for exceeding numbers when those numbers are children is really, really difficult.

    The apartment complex I was renting at had to issue a retraction for asking people to keep children under supervision… 9-9

  13. Crissa Says:

    For some reason, I always worry about a car crashing into the house. The neighbor’s carport overlooks our bedroom, for instance.

    If I was near an intersection, I’d totally put concrete piers between me and it. o-o

  14. Sunny(vale) Kim Says:

    I am impressed with real estate agent’s honesty. At least he did not end up sending that poor (and dead) guy’s kids to wrong schools. If he did, his listing would have been like this:

    Let your children sit next to Steve Job’s kids for a rental cost of $675/month! By renting in this park, your children can be eligible to become the batchmates of Steve Job’s kids. Family of 4 with children, playing with Steve Job’s kids everyday, are moving out. Now you can enjoy a million dollar education without the million dollar home purchase price! Laundry facilities in park. Good family park with good neighbors all getting along. Walk to Steve Job’s house.

  15. SEA Says:

    I’m sure when those kids get older they will definitely remember the experience of the million dollar education! They’ll remember all 300 square foot of it.

  16. DreamT Says:

    Nicely put, SEA!

  17. ms Says:

    11)
    A parent buys this thing as a storage locker for his kids’ toys.
    Then a parent puts the PG&E in their name, claims the homeowner’s deduction on this property.
    It seems the parent would be set. Not that I am condoning it, but it seems really easy to get around.

  18. ms Says:

    12) Crissa, so the kids could use the pool, the hot tub unsupervised? Turn the parking lot into a skateboard park? Are the parent(s) signing off on any liability from these actions?

  19. Petsmart groomer Says:

    > Not that I am condoning it, but it seems really easy to get around.

    Not that easy: http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/show_story.php?id=19367

    The residency hotline and online violation form make it really easy to report someone.

  20. ms Says:

    Petsmart, you see this one?

    I called three times last year about my child’s classmate at Hays who lives in East Palo Alto and is not part of the Tinsley program. Nothing happened. Once someone is admitted to the district as a kindergartner, there is no effort made check residency for the next six years…and families from surrounding communities know this.

    This mom is trying to throw a kid out. Nothin’ personal. Nothin’ about her kid. Bullshit. A parent will really admit that there are “bad influences” that they wish to protect their child from. They’re all liberal until it becomes about their kid.

    I live in a school district that has developed a California distinguished school. As a result, there is a yuppie cafe across the street, and the neighborhood kids that got pushed out go to my neighborhood school. With an API of 2.

    There’s no real “equality” here. Hasn’t been for decades if ever.

  21. SEA Says:

    madhaus- Did you notice that trash bin?


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