September 27, 2012

This new home in Millbrae is unbelievable!

Millbrae, CA 94030


Ah, who doesn’t love the smell of a new home in the morning. And, look, this even comes with an Au-Pair suite! (Translation: Revenue stream opportunity! Pivot today!)

And what a reasonable price of just $601 per square foot. Practically a steal since it is just minutes from SFO where you’ll be going everyday to take your Gulfstream to whatever important business place you are going to. Caymans, perhaps?

Let’s take a look at some pictures of this new home!


Huh. Look at that! Who knew that new home developers were putting in race cookers, step stools, water bottles, and frosted mini wheats as part of staging. Already I feel more emotionally bonded to this home! Nice job!


Oh, nice work new home stagers! I can totally see myself having a 49er’s loving boy who has lots of hats and… is that a pink pair of sneakers under the bed? And… uh… what’s up with that weird wall fixture? That seems like a waste of space.

Odd choices… but it’s a new home after all.

Let’s look at one more picture of this new home!


Wow. I am absolutely impressed with this staging company. I mean, they’ve made this new home look lived in. How did they find a stained bath math like that to include? Did they even add some wear to the vent?

I am convinced that ILM was the staging company used to make this new home so awesome. ‘cuz, it’s new. Right?

What are your theories?

Comments (27) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:55 am

27 Responses to “This new home in Millbrae is unbelievable!”

  1. Tracy Tea House Says:

    The built in ledge in the bedroom looks really weird, like a Styrofoam

  2. PK Says:

    Maybe it used to be a motel – it has that familiar flat front of the discount chains?

    That way it is newly a ‘house’ but all the stuff patrons left behind is a special burbed bunus!

  3. madhaus Says:

    New ten year old house! Question is, does it merit the Burbed Good Housekeeping Tag of Approval? I don’t think they tried hard enough to qualify.

  4. nomadic Says:

    The “vent” in the bathroom appears to be a heat lamp.

    This house needs the “misleading” tag.

  5. Divasm Says:

    When you say “ILM,” what company are you talking about?

    This is definitely an example of where HDR photography really hurts – the front of that house doesn’t look 10 years old, it looks 50!

  6. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    I can’t believe nobody mentioned the fact that their entire side yard is a giant concrete staircase! You could have your kid’s entire football team over, and MAKE THEM RUN STAIRS! And they better enjoy that, because there’s not much yard to speak of otherwise.

  7. Alex Says:

    Look on the bright side.

    The noise from the air traffic will drown out your kids and neighbors.

  8. Divasm Says:

    It looks as though there are way too many stairs inside the house too – really badly designed. Perhaps they’re trying for a Millbrae Mystery House. I knew there was a reason I broke up with Millbrae!

  9. nomadic Says:

    #5, I’m sorry but we have to revoke your geek credentials. That’s George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic, one of the best special effects studios ever – and the pioneer of all the cool stuff you see on screen.

  10. Divasm Says:

    Oh, I’m intimately familiar with ILM, my geek credentials are quite safe on that front (and that’s all I’m saying.)

    I just don’t think of house staging and ILM in the same sentence, but I guess the joke was that teddy bear was added in post with CG. 🙂

  11. burbed Says:

    Clearly they had to use ILM to make this new house look lived in.

  12. z2amiller Says:

    Is it me or is the bathtub full of water? I think that the rug in the bathroom is wet, not stained. There is probably a NDHO (Naked Dude Hanging Out) just outside the frame that got surprised when someone with a camera interrupted his bath.

    (And yeah, that is a heatlamp/bathroom vent combo thingie, I have the same ugly thing in my house)

  13. Divasm Says:

    Yes, I think it does have water in it (thus proving it’s not ILM, because CG water sim was definitely not in this Realtard’s budget, ha). But I’m more impressed by the bidet. I mean, what master bathroom is complete without one, really?

  14. very amused Says:

    Square footage: 2160
    Number of bedrooms: 4
    Number of bathrooms: 4
    Number of common rooms: At least 3
    Number of listing photos: 6
    Asking price: $1.3 million
    Appearing on Burbed: priceless

  15. madhaus Says:

    Holy high voltage, Batman! Would you LOOK at the power-tower right next door?

  16. Alex Says:

    That’s not a power tower, you numbskull.

    It’s a big antenna! Imagine all the channels you can pull from all over the world and the money you save. On top of that, you can collect revenue from Verizon for cell usage.

    Positive cash flow instead of more bills from Comcast or Dish.

    Now you can afford to treat your kids to McDonald’s once a week instead of the perpetual ramen and PBJ rotation.

  17. Crissa Says:

    Where do the huge concrete stairs go? Is it the only house in the neighborhood without at least a courtyard? It’s walkable to nearly nothing except an elementary school.

    I love how the HDR photograph shows you the wear on the stucco out front – you can see where there’s probably missing house wrap under the windows.

  18. SEA Says:

    Likely 480V.

  19. Make Mine Millbrae, Take Two [] Says:

    […] you like yesterday’s house?  Well, you’ll just love today’s, because it is right next door and it also new […]

  20. Crissa Says:

    Look, SEA, I know you like to be smart, but do you know why 480v is one of the voltages that are on the lines? And why we use 240 and 120?

    There’s a reason. Maybe you’ll know, since you’re so smart.

  21. SEA Says:

    Starting with the single phase, the nominal voltage has been pushed up over the years, from 110/220 to 115/230 to 120/240.

    The mathematics behind the three phase is not as simple, since the phases are separated by 120 degrees, and there are two basic configurations, delta and wye. Transformers may be configured such that one side is delta and the other side is wye, see delta-wye.

    The wye configuration can give 120/208V, since there is that darn sqrt(3) floating around in the mathematics. Also note the 277/480 voltage. While there are always issues with current and power factor, for simplicity assume properly sized conductors and PF=1.0.

    There are also other configurations, such as the so-called “high leg delta,” which gives a third voltage. The high leg must be marked, and that friendly sqrt(3) is floating around in most of the computations. In any event, the voltages might be 120/240/208 high-leg.

    Transformers are rated by maximum voltages, and can safely operate at lower voltages. Power needs to be derated since the current maximum will remain the same, and, as always, power factor must be considered. (recall: P=EI)

    So why do we use 120/240V in residential applications? There is a balance between safety and cost. The maximum (nominal RMS as always) potential to ground is 120V since the transformer center tap is grounded. While maintaining the safety of a maximum of 120V to ground (Earth Potential), three conductors provide twice the power as two conductors, so a 50% increase in conductors provides a 100% increase in power carry capacity (use PF=1.0, for simplicity, otherwise derate accordingly). Also even if there were a better voltage or frequency, we are locked into the current system, since any major change would be very costly.

    A three phase wye service requires only one additional conductor, four conductors, but now we must use three phase power computations, so we increase the power by sqrt(3) over that three conductor single phase service, but we have also changed the transformer configuration and three phase power has no zero crossings.

    If the transformer secondary is 480V, then it is very likely that the transformer is part of a three phase service. So based on the limited information that’s available, my guess is that you live in/near an apartment building, and the building, not individual apartment, has a three phase service. Each individual apartment has a 120/240V three wire center tap grounded service.

  22. nomadic Says:

    To make a long story short, SEA, are you conceding that the alleged transformer above Crissa’s parking space could be 480V?

  23. SEA Says:

    Not if it is SFR, as she described.

  24. Crissa Says:

    So, nice long answer, but it’s funny… Because it’s wrong.

    Electrical transformers are most efficient when the number of coils (however they’re made; the transformer is known as the most efficient unit in electronics but it still varies) is symmetrical – so the most efficient down and up stepping of power is in powers of 2 or more commonly, x2. This is why we have 120/240/480/etc.

    It’s a basic electronic component rule. Why do we have variance from 110 to 130, 208, etc? Because electric distribution isn’t completely efficient, and depends upon the load. The more narrow the bands you want to provide, the more fiddling you need to do along the path – and at the generation point – to stay within bounds. Each time someone turns on a kettle, the voltage drops because the load increases, so this needs to be made up for at the generation point. Small balances can be made at substations, but they need to siphon off electrons to add back in later – and this isn’t at all efficient.

    So, are all the poles in a neighborhood 120/240? Heck no. Only the last step between the houses are. The lines that enter a neighborhood group would be 480, at least, the ones in my neighborhood are. The ones that enter a substation would be higher. The further you ware from the line voltage, the most steps it takes to transform it efficiently – it’s more efficient to transform large amounts of power at once. Which is probably why you seem to think all lines are 240. But they’re not.

    And even so, you can make 480v with three-phase 240 very simply by turning the two 240v into a sympathetic wave, 240 up 240 down. (Of course, you double the required current, so the 480v wouldn’t be at as high a current as you could get with the 240v, plus efficiency loss).

    But like I said, I know electronics, I’m not an electrician or linesman. PG&E tells me that line is 480v, I trust them. I’m not going to argue with them.

  25. madhaus Says:

    This electrical transmission and voltage thread that won’t power off needs to meet the solar power and electric utility discussion that started today. Just you wait until some owner starts pushing their electrons back to the substation!

    Eventually every thread will come down to the same thing: Mountain View is hot, hot, HOT!!!!!

  26. SEA Says:

    #23- Nice try.

  27. SEA Says:

    “Why do we have variance from 110 to 130, 208, etc? Because electric distribution isn’t completely efficient, and depends upon the load.”

    The 208 is because of the distance between the phases in electrical degrees, and has nothing to do with the load on the system. Also the nominal RMS voltage has nothing to do with load. Go back to #20 and you will see (nominal RMS as always).

    Distribution transformers are purposely made inefficient for good reason, including an inefficient transformer has lower short circuit current. Short circuit current should be kept below 10kA, otherwise bad things happen (or, in the terms of Crissa, things blow up literally). Other reasons include construction cost and voltage regulation under normal load.

    Since there is so much garbage in #23, it is now clear that “PG&E tells me that line is 480v, I trust them. I’m not going to argue with them.” is bunk.

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