November 5, 2012

2x better than a DHO? Belmont house with CHO!

We do enjoy a few inside jokes here at Burbed, and sometimes our new readers may not understand all the mysterious terms.  If you ever wondered what we mean by the acronym DHO (which even has its own tag), today you’re going to find out!

Thanks very much to Burbed reader Divasm for this beautilicious battlement in Belmont!

121104-elder-redfin16 ELDER Dr
Belmont, CA 94002

4 Beds 
2.5 Baths 
2,490 Sq. Ft.
$494 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1974 
Lot Size: 0.26 Acres 
On Redfin: 108 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 2
Community: Belmont Woods
MLS#: 81227108
Style: Ranch
View: Bay, Green Belt, Mountains, Canyon, Marina, City Lights
County: San Mateo

Sweeping views of SF skyline, Bridges, East bay. Public rooms on main level:L shaped living/dining rm w/ vaulted ceilings, kitchen w/ granite counters, family rm w/ vaulted ceilings and Fplc. Kitchen/family rm opens to deck. Bedrooms including master suite on lower level open to deck. New in 2006-roof, gutters, decks, driveway, garage door, copper plumbing, carpets, granite counters, water heater. Lot is 11,480 sqft

121104-elder-walkwayHere’s what Divasm had to say when passing this place along:

Bunus! House comes with couple hanging out watching the news!

This house worried me at first – more than half of the photos (13 of 23), including the first 9, are all of the exterior. Three of them feature the family minivan, and pic 6 is of a random stone walkway. So I thought, it must be horrible inside – you know, a contractor’s dream, etc. But it’s not, it seems well taken-care of, actually, It’s just that the current owners seemed to not want to bother with this pesky “staging” thing.

121104-elder-sinkI think the agent probably tried suggesting that maybe they remove some personal things while he took photos – like the dishes in the sink, for example – and they declined. So there they are, sitting in the kitchen at the table, apparently watching the television, which seems to be on some sort of news program from what I can tell.

What’s also weird is the listing history. It appears to have been listed July 19 at 1,295,000, sold on August 17 for 13,000, then Pending Without Release on August 22, now it’s back at $1,229,500. Is the real estate agent as incompetent at MLS history as he is at managing his sellers? He must be, otherwise there would be 8’s in the price.


121104-elder-kitchenBut what I really want to know is if that CHO comes with the house…maybe they are the live-in staff. That explains why it says “Public Rooms on main level” in the copy – because your maid and butler stay there (where do they sleep, the minivan?). If so I’m going to need their resumes and references before I buy the house.

If you clicked on the DHO tag, you might have figured out it meant somebody got caught in a listing photo. We have to go back to this house with not one but two Dudes Hanging Out to find the birth of this Burbed meme.

Comments (12) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am

12 Responses to “2x better than a DHO? Belmont house with CHO!”

  1. Tracy Tea House Says:

    New DHO in San Carlos

  2. Divasm Says:

    Haha, I love it – he’s posing as though he’s captain of a ship, holding on to the for sale sign for dear life against the buffeting RBA price winds sweeping the HDR ocean.

  3. SEA Says:

    Is it any surprise that there’s an older couple hanging out on Elder Drive?

  4. SEA Says:

    #1- That DHO appears to be the listing agent, David Young.

  5. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    You usually don’t see old men in that pose outside of the gym locker room. And they won’t break eye contact then, either. They won’t. Break. Eye. Contact.

  6. mabeldu Says:

    i like the pic of the walkway; it’s so Zen. and so much better than the kitschy grandma decor spewed throughout the house.

  7. nomadic Says:

    I figured the picture of the “CHO” was actually the agent pleading with the owner to tone down the dated decor and do the f*cking dishes, all while the photographer went about his business.

  8. mabeldu Says:

    i forgot to include earler: whenever i see a dishtub loaded with dirty water & dirty dishes inside a sink, it gives me the willies.

    i don’t understand the idea of putting a dishtub into a sink in the first place (my sink holds water, but maybe it has special powers that other sinks don’t have), but to leave things in the funky water growing new life forms? blechhhhhhhh.


  9. nomadic Says:

    mabeldu, did you notice the slime ring around the dish tub about 1″ above the water line? mmmm, tasty nasty!

  10. mabeldu Says:

    nomadic – oh yeah, i caught that. there’s pond scum that would be offended by that slime ring.

    willies. heebie jeebies. spine crunchers. ack!

  11. Divasm Says:

    #7, I think you’re right, that probably is the agent, he appears to almost be covering his face, huh? What a difference from Captain Obvious in the San Carlos listing in #1.

  12. madhaus Says:

    Just in case the San Carlos DHO (or his listing) gets eaten, here he is.

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