October 3, 2012

Messy hobby? Not enough parking? You’ll love this Los Gatos garage!

Our readers have mentioned what they’re looking for in an ideal home.  Some want a big, well-organized kitchen, some want spectacular views, some want the best school district possible.  And since Silicon Valley is We-Built-That Central, we’ve heard from many readers who want nothing more than a lot of garage and workshop space.  This lascivious Los Gatos listing, lobbed in by Burbed reader nomadic, may be where you’ll end up dropping your tools, banging your head, and having the time of your life.

Oh yeah, there’s supposedly a house somewhere on the property.

121002-harwood-redfin119 HARWOOD Ct
Los Gatos, CA 95032

5 Beds 
5 Baths 
5,361 Sq. Ft.
$540 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1987 
Lot Size: 1.49 Acres 
On Redfin: 20 days
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: Bi/Split Level
Community: Los Gatos/Monte Sereno
MLS#: 81233794
Style: Mediterranean
View: City Lights
County: Santa Clara

Under Construction! Unique opportunity to complete construction to your own taste. Serene setting next to natural open space & trails. Mediterranean home, 4 BR & 3.5 BA (2 BRs are suits with Jacuzzi), sweeping city light views from all rooms. High ceilings & skylights bring lots of natural light. SF includes separate guest unit(960 SF) w/ 1 BR & 1.5 BA * Unit has 4 car garages. Total 7 car garages.

121002-harwood-viewHere’s why nomadic sent in the gorgeous garage (with ginormous garrison).

A trunkey Mediterranean (sic)! 7 car garages (huh?) 2 of the bedrooms are suits with Jacuzzis (how do you keep the water out of your shoes?)

Purchased at the height of the bubble for $2.3M, now in the “middle of remodeling” and the seller is trying for $2.9M.  Comparing with the 2008 listing, it looks like they added 1500sf, but I suspect that’s the size of the “guest house” because looking at the site, it doesn’t appear that they’ve expanded the house.  The bedroom/bath counts match up with the old 2008 listing too.

121002-harwood-listing-2008I go past this house regularly, and it seems like they’ve been working on the new tile roof for at least a year.  I figured the owner was doing it himself and was low on cash. 

Alas, the listing doesn’t show the garage as it goes through construction.  Instead, all we get are exterior shots such as this smoggy and obstructed view of Milpitas, except there’s a bunch of buildings blocking The Great Mall.  (The photo at right is from the aforementioned old listing.)

121002-harwood-construction-nomadicFortunately, nomadic took some actual on-site pictures!  Ready?

As promised, here are the pictures of the current state of the house on Harwood.  It’s kind of bizarre that he started putting pavers down for the driveway and quit part way through.  Usually you can put them in pretty quickly once the hard part (the base and leveling) is done.

The guest house (bottom left) looks kind of abandoned, just like the main house.  The view from the main house is pretty good; you can see Communications Hill (no big deal) and downtown San Jose.



Still can’t see the Great Mall.  Might as well go back to the garage and enjoy that seller financing.

Comments (13) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:06 am

13 Responses to “Messy hobby? Not enough parking? You’ll love this Los Gatos garage!”

  1. L G Lorax Says:

    Definitely this one fails on all the ideal home tests. No kitchen, smoggy views, and no where near the best schools. Good luck to the seller, and buyer too.

  2. nomadic Says:

    What is with the fixation on Milpitas? The view up there is to the northeast rather than north. (Your first “view” pic is downtown SJ.)

    I’m bummed the listing agent fixed his original, stellar listing copy. The house isn’t trunkey anymore! At least the suits still have Jacuzzis.

  3. SEA Says:

    Will this sell for more than 104 Harwood?

  4. Divasm Says:

    Hmm…good question – what’s worth more, HDR photos or an artist rendering of what the house *could* look like?

  5. madhaus Says:

    What is with the fixation on Milpitas? The view up there is to the northeast rather than north. (Your first “view” pic is downtown SJ.)

    It would be Milpitas if those stupid buildings weren’t in the way.

    Added: I did wonder why you said “trunkey” so I used teh Google and found the original language:

    5 beds, 4 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 5,650 sq ft
    Lot Size: 64,904 sq ft
    Property Type: Residential, Detached Single Family
    MLS Number: 81233794
    Community: Los Gatos/Monte Sereno
    Tract: Custom

    Owner middle of remodeling has decided to sell. Main house is a split level Trunkey Mediterranean with lots of natural light, 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths (2 of the bedrooms are suits with Jacuzzi) sweeping city light views from almost all rooms and 3 car garages. Square footage includes separate guest cottage with 1 bedroom and 1.5 baths. Cottage has 4 car garages.Total of 7 car garages

    Listed with Moe Baniani, Alain Pinel Realtors

  6. nomadic Says:

    Thanks for the backup, madhaus, but that would be Alum Rock behind SJ from that angle. 😛 Or maybe Ed Levin Park in Milpitas.

    #3, it should sell for more than 104 because it does have two houses on the property, even if they both need work. 104 is in the midst of a major remodel at the moment. I don’t think it will be Tudor-style when they’re finished, and parts of the inside were gutted.

  7. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    You need lots of different garages to house your different startups! Or at least to have multiple hiding places from the family. Time for me to go build myself another garage in the back of our property…

  8. SEA Says:

    “it should sell for more than 104 because it does have two houses on the property, even if they both need work.”

    Those who have a REAL understanding of real RBA real estate know that “the value is in the land.”

  9. nomadic Says:

    1. This ain’t the RBA.
    2. This has more land than 104 too.

  10. SEA Says:

    Who spends $2.5M-$3M to live outside of the RBA?

  11. SiO2 Says:

    Harwood has a high price dynamic range. Prices on the hill in the 2.5 m range. In the flatlands, as low as $300k.
    I suspect that the $300k is not arms-length, but even the “normal” price in the flat part would be in the $650k range.

  12. nomadic Says:

    That definitely couldn’t have been arms-length, SiO2. Even the SJ side of the street is worth more than that.

    Here’s further proof this isn’t the RBA. This house is listed for $2.5M and the last sale (June 2000) was for $3.15M. Check out the pictures – the sculptures are, uh, interesting. Espectially the ones in #19 and #23.


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