October 11, 2012

Menlo Park Manse for not much more than not a lot of money

Menlo Park, like its nearby neighbors, is having a bit of a real estate run right now.  Fortunately, some properties have that certain je ne sais pas that put them on our front page no matter how much Facebook employees want to buy a house.  Today’s featured facade, foisted upon us by Burbed reader peninsula.man, punctuates this perfectly.  Please proceed.

121010-8th-mlslistings410 8TH AVE
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Offered at $699,000
– Pending (Do Not Show)

Type: Single Family Home
MLS #  ML81233923 
SqFt  2,170
Beds  5  Baths  3 Full / 1 Partial 
Lot Size 5,350 SqFt
121010-8th-intakeYear / Age  1935 / 77
Virtual Tour
This spacious and newly remodeled home with 2170 sf is in immaculate move-in condition. Beautifully updated kitchen, baths, recessed lighting, crown moldings, dual-pane windows, and Cherry engineered hardwood floors. Secure front gate with professionally landscaped yard. A perfect home with great convenient location, ready and waiting for its new owner.

121010-8th-faucetAnd here’s what the P-Man himself has to say about this place:

Can not wait to live next to pizza hut! for just over half a million

More like almost half again over half a million. You’ve been living on the Peninsula too long if $199,000 isn’t worth mentioning in a home price.

More importantly, these photos suggest that this not-quite-vintage-enough-to-qualify-for-the-old-house-tag listing has had a few upgrades put in recently.  Very recently.  Because let’s have a look at the last time this place went pending.

121010-8th-redfin-old410 8TH Ave
Menlo Park, CA 94025
$355,000 –  Last Sold Price

4 Beds 
4.5 Baths 
2,000 Sq. Ft.
$178 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1935 
Lot Size: 5,350 Sq. Ft. 
Sold On: Jan 13, 2012
Property Type: Detached Single Family
View: Neighborhood
County: San Mateo
Stories: 1
Community: County Area/Fair Oaks Ave
MLS#: 81150047

This property is a fixer upper need cash buyer to buy this property

121010-8th-listing-historySomeone had the cash, as the place went pending in eleven days.  Now look what they did to it!  This time it went pending in only seven days. 

Whoops, according to Zillow it went pending in seven days after the $76,000 price reduction five weeks after the $50,000 price reduction which was a month after this place was first listed for an eye-popping $825,000. 

Where the heck do they think they are, Mountain View?  Bunus: House is not actually next to Pizza Hut. 


You can clearly see there is a Quik-Stop in the way.  Be sure to check out the Streetview so you can appreciate this location, location, location! 


Score! Trash bins and DHO!

Comments (8) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:06 am

8 Responses to “Menlo Park Manse for not much more than not a lot of money”

  1. Mole Man Says:

    Unincorporated North Fair Oaks with a Menlo Park address, actually. Menlo Park and its superior schools are a couple of miles down the road.

    There is a plan for the County to rebuild all the local roads with drainage ditches, but this part of 8th voted that down in order to keep the rustic character of the area.

    The place next door that is adjacent to the Quick Stop swirled the drain for a long time before it finally foreclosed, so it would be interesting to see if it is getting the same mismatched new window mullions treatment.

    I am not totally sure, but recall that the back yard of this place is corner to corner with the place on 9th where the guy kept chasing away County employees who came by to discuss his many code violations. He may have been driven out by foreclosure as well. This used to be the nicer end of the local area, but the crowds of kids and St. Anthony’s dining room patrons have taken things down a notch. Then there is all the smoke from chickens roasting just up and across Middlefield.

  2. Petsmart groomer Says:

    You are diluting the value of the DHO and trash bin tags by considering Street View.

  3. PK Says:

    Some tremendous macro photography in there, and nice bokeh. Really shows off the agent’s camera and lens combo. It gives a level of detail you need when you pay one quarter of not a lot of money plus one half of not a lot of money – I walked away satisfied with the hanging kitchen lamps, the brass numbers, the range hood’s label, and the flowers.

  4. madhaus Says:

    #2, you’re right. I’ll add the streetview tag.

    Nobody noticed how lucky this house is? It’s on ** 8th ** Ave! Maybe the 4 in the address cancels it out.

  5. mabeldu Says:

    #3 stole my snark. idiotic pix.

    2300sf house on a 5300sf lot – where’ the yard?!?

    #4 i think it’s a double 4 cancelling the 8. 410+8=13; 1+3=4. unless 2x the deathly 4 reverts back to 8? i’m so confused. this the 2nd listing this week that requires math.

  6. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    This is only a few blocks away from where I used to rent. Not a bad neighborhood in general, but this house is WAY closer to the ghetto-y commercial strip that is Middlefield from 6th to Woodside. And the grade school it dumps into is perhaps the lowest scoring one this side of 101!

  7. Divasm Says:

    #6, see #3…with flowers like that, how can this place be near a ghetto?? Everyone knows flowers like that don’t grow in bad parts of town.

  8. sprezzatura Says:

    Impressively executed flip.

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