November 2, 2012


Here’s a find from Burbed reader hikelife.  Did you always want to live in a million dollar mansion?  If you have that million you could live in Sunnyvale instead!

121101-labella-redfin1354 LA BELLA Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

3 Beds 
1 Baths 
1,034 Sq. Ft.
$967 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1950 
Lot Size: 9,576 Sq. Ft. 
On Redfin: 1 day
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
View: Neighborhood
County: Santa Clara
Stories: 1
Community: Sunnyvale
MLS#: 81239620


Does this house look familiar?  It should, because it showed up in comments yesterday.  We’ll let you use that worthwhile section to admire how hard this agent is working for that $60,000 commission.  A word and a photo, both!

We’ll leave you with a peek at the actual house (which would have raised the agent’s commission to $80,000).


Super bunus!  Ginormous trash bin!

Comments (18) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:03 am

18 Responses to “Unbelievable”

  1. SEA Says:

    Unbelievable indeed.

  2. SEA Says:

    Let me fix this: “Otherwise, if there was every any doubt that BA real estate is heading into disaster, this listing should remove it!”

    Otherwise, if there was ever any doubt that BA real estate is heading into disaster, this listing should PROVE it!

  3. Mole Man Says:

    flipper baby

  4. nomadic Says:

    More pics on Redfin now! Still unbelievable.

    The value must be in the copper gutters.

  5. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    It was sold on Sept 14th with this listing copy :

    Property to be sold “as is ” Fixer / Scraper

    So… 6 weeks to take a completely run down house back to pristine…. Can’t be done. 6 weeks to slap up perigraniteel and buckets of lipstick? No problem!

    Set up perfectly like in The Money Pit. It just has to hold together long enough for some sucker to buy it.

  6. Rachael Says:

    I live about a mile from that house. House prices here are usually all about the schools. That house goes to Cupertino schools, which are very good. The lot is also huge. A typical lot around here is 6000 square feet.

    It’s not about the house – it’s about location. Land in my neighborhood goes for about $3M per acre, and that neighborhood is a few levels up. The house is such a small part of what you are paying for that it’s nearly irrelevant.

    Having said that – that’s a nice looking house for this area.

  7. SEA Says:

    Take a look at photo #4, and then please answer the following question:

    For $1M does the garage door properly close?

  8. SEA Says:

    “Upcoming Open Houses
    Saturday, Nov 10: 3:00-6:00 pm”

  9. SEA Says:

    In photo #5, one widow is double hung, yet the other is gliding. So classy!

  10. madhaus Says:

    I thought the minimalist listing copy (one word? unbelievable!) and photo of the backyard looked like a placeholder, but they’ve only added four more pix. Only one is inside. Thanks for the new photo alert, nomadic. I am going to add the flip tag.

    Holy crap the “before” picture is fugly. I’m pretty sure that link to the previous sale wasn’t there when I wrote this up last night.

    They paid $550K in September and think it’s now worth a million? That doesn’t fit Rachael‘s narrative at all! Someone bought the lot with a house in the way and now wants a 90% markup? The house looks expanded, but the realtard didn’t bother changing the square footage or config numbers. Way to earn that commission!

    Yes it is indeed all about location, location, location. And this place might have Cupertino schools, but they aren’t the good ones. Nimitz Elementary and Fremont High, Cupertino Schools but not Real Cupertino Schools.

  11. madhaus Says:

    SEA, re: windows. That double-hung is probably a bathroom, in which case there isn’t enough room to do a gliding window with portrait configuration. My house has the same deal; landscape gliding windows in the BRs, double-hung in the BAs.

  12. Rachael Says:

    Good point about Fremont. Definitely not one of the more sought after high schools.

    I think that somebody sold this to a relative or something. You haven’t been able to buy a house for $550K is this half of Sunnyvale for about 10 years.

    I am remembering now that I have visited a house on that street. Plus I looked on Zillow. It’s a higher end neighborhood for Sunnyvale. Maybe beaten price-wise by Cherry Chase Elementary area, but I’m not sure what else.

  13. nomadic Says:

    Y’all missed the most telling clue, prompted by sfbb pointing out the prior listing. The agent is the same this time around. That made me look for this: “Agent has Financial Interest” in the current listing. If I was selling that house for myself (especially for a big, fat profit), I’d certainly be a little more serious about it.

  14. nomadic Says:

    The “before” picture with all of the boxes on the porch looks like it belonged to a hoarder.

    I almost buy your window explanation, madhaus, but my house has two tiny slider windows in a bathroom. I’d guess each is not much more than 12-15″ wide. Realtard should have splurged on the correct window in the front of the house. It’s hidden by the wooden post in the front shot.

    Good catch on the garage door, SEA. Seems to be a bad fit – not surprising, given that it looks like they stuck redwood 2x6s on the old door.

  15. SEA Says:

    “My house has the same deal; landscape gliding windows in the BRs, double-hung in the BAs.”

    I hope your windows look better than these.

  16. Real Estater Says:

    Nothing should be unbelievable. Check out the requirements for buying this Belmont property:

    >>Only cash buyers for this property, the buyer(s) are to take possession with the occupant(s) in possession. There will be NO interior inspections for this property, only drive by.

  17. SEA Says:

    #16- Definitely needs to be less than not a lot of money.

  18. Joe White Says:

    A big price difference than Philadelphia!
    The same real estate listing here would go for a fraction of the cost.

    That’s indeed the case! And you know what else, Joe? The same attempt to spam us with your Philadelphia real estate website address probably would go for a fraction of the cost back there as well. We’ve removed it until you pay us $24,950. Remember, location, location, location! –ed.

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