November 8, 2012

Two mirror image suites in Basements; two detached oversized

And — holy cow, it’s Friday already.  How about something aspirational for those of you with some seriously studly stock options?  Check out this little lulu in Los Altos!  Thanks very much to long-time Burbed reader/first-time caller RM for this find.

121108-holly-redfin1380 HOLLY Ave
Los Altos, CA 94024
$3,495,000

6 Beds 
6.5 Baths 
4,559 Sq. Ft.
$767 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 2009 
Lot Size: 0.28 Acres 
On Redfin: 20 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
View: Mountains, Neighborhood
County: Santa Clara
Stories: 2
Community: South of El Monte
MLS#: 81238438

Quality built architect designed custom home. Features top rated Los Altos School. incl. Oak Ave School. Close to schools and park. Easy access to hwy 85,Foothill & 280.Gourmet Kitchen Overlooking rear Patio, Great master suite. Two Bedroom suites on main floor & Two Mirror Image Suites in Basements. Spacious Livingroom w/ Vaulted ceilings. 4 car garage two car attached two detached oversized.

121108-holly-kitchenThis was built in 2009?  Srsly?  Just a casual glance gave me all these 1974 tingles.  Now, let’s hear from RM on why this house belongs on the front page.

This is a very odd house for sale in my neighborhood. Garage in the center of the house, two basement bedroom suites, and a giant detached garage in the back, with no paving for the driveway to the back. (And no pictures.) Lap pool combined with swimming pool in a very constrained space.

121108-holly-satelliteCheck out the google maps for a good overhead view of the oddness. And confetti colored tile in the kitchen and baths. Whoever buys it will be really sorry if they do not remove the redwood by the front driveway, or if they pay $3,495,000.

Wait, there’s a pool?  Is it in the Basements?

When did “confetti tile” become A Thing?  Didn’t we ran a house recently that had the same fascinating design choice?  Well, there was this.

Alas, this Quality built architect designed custom home is 441 square feet too small to merit the ginormous tag.

Comments (10) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 9:08 pm

10 Responses to “Two mirror image suites in Basements; two detached oversized”

  1. mabeldu Says:

    what’s a “quality built architect”? i’ve only met cheaply made ones from home depot.

    i like me some colorful tile, but that stuff… oy!

    zillow lists the house built in 1952. interesting price/tax history on zillow as well. looks like someone got a little nutty with bad flipper decor & delusions of grandure.

  2. mabeldu Says:

    er, make that delusions of grandeur.

  3. Divasm Says:

    I find it hard to believe that somebody will pay that price for access to the schools when there’s no way to run more than 2 feet in the backyard without falling into the pool.

    Those photos give me no sense whatsoever of the layout of the house other than it must be funky. It seems like there are rooms for the sake of having rooms. Weird.

  4. sfbubblebuyer Says:

    Words fail, buildings tumble. The ground opens wide.

  5. AstroWallaby Says:

    Wow, check out the blood red room with the couches. If you’re the sort of person for whom human interaction generates so many uncomfortable silences that you need a dedicated room to keep them in* this is the house for you!

    (* IE, if you’re an “Average Silicon Valley Tech Guy”)

  6. nomadic Says:

    Looks like a duplex in a poor disguise.

  7. Observer Says:

    Went to an open house here recently… Strange architecture.

    Second floor is ok, but has only the master bedroom + bath.

    Floorplan of first floor is impacted by the placement of the garage in the middle of the house dividing it into two halves. Kitchen and staircase are squeezed behind the garage, so the kitchen is pretty small. Small family room by the kitchen. Weird placement for a toilet between the living room, dining room and kitchen. Two bedrooms and baths are ok.

    Floorplan of basement is impacted by the placement in the middle of a machine room under the garage. Home theater room is squeezed behind it, so it’s too narrow. Two bedrooms and baths are ok. Two other rooms with unclear purpose.

    Lots of square footage, but it doesn’t feel that way because of the floorplan. Too compartmentalized, and not enough sense of space. Too many baths (5 1/2) eat too much space. Strangely, no cabinets in the baths. Windows are small and low, so not enough light. Much of the square footage is in the basement, so dark as well.

    Back yard is full of structures, including a large second garage which doesn’t seem to be usable for anything other than storage. Pool house is nice (feels more pleasant than the house…), but faces this garage. Very little open space in the back yard because of the garage, pool house, and pool.

    On the positive side, construction quality seems good overall.

    Left the open house baffled by the design choices made by the architect of this house…

  8. Ninetwentyeight Says:

    mabeldu you are certainly entitled to your opinions – but – when it damages other peoples’ lives….are you still so opinionated and brave? perhaps you should show some of your work and open it to critique?
    Divasm, who do you know that runs in their own backyard?..do you live in a real house?
    sfbubblebuyer – your point is what? you have the right to an opinion – don’t hide – enter the debate!
    AstroWallaby – perhaps if you were actually in the US your opinion might matter?
    Observer – you have the right to an opinion, and we have a right to know if you are trained in anything that gives you this ability? Any real professional that has any quality would not stoop to such superficial and uneducated banter – there are solid reasons for all design decisions – just because you cannot legally make them, or own them, or afford to do it – doesn’t make you an expert and a quality opinion. Why don’t you get a life?
    nomadic – obviously one of the old timers that tried to get the house blocked from approval – why don’t you just move on and get a life as well?

  9. madhaus Says:

    Just rescued #8 from the moderation folder and boy are my arms tired. Someone’s feefees are really in a twist, too.

  10. Petsmart groomer Says:

    > there are solid reasons for all design decisions

    You are certainly entitled to your opinion.

    Four price reductions since last October (now full of lucky 8s at $2,848,888), it looks like many people share the same opinion as Observer.


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