November 12, 2012

Downstairs bedrooms may be locked

Listings tend to fall into certain kinds of categories here at Burbed.  There’s your all around crapshack, usually sold for the land value and no pictures inside.  There’s your overbuilt flip that’s wrong for the neighborhood.  There’s your overbuilt “dream home” that’s wrong for any neighborhood, and its cousin, the nightmare home whose builder ran out of money. Burbed reader Tracy Tea House has found us something else entirely over in East San Jose: winner of the wtf tag.

121111-mtkenya-zillow1764 Mount Kenya Dr
San Jose, CA 95127
Not for Sale

Zestimate $434,672
Rent Zestimate $2,549/mo
Est. Mortgage $1,507/mo

Beds: 5
Baths: 2
Sqft: 1,884
Lot: 5,662 sq ft / 0.13 acres
Type: Single Family
Year built: 1961
Construction quality: 6.0
County: Santa Clara
Last remodel year: 1961
Legal description: TRACT 2450 MT PLEASANT BOOK 132 PAGE1 7 LOT 792
Lot depth: 105
Lot width: 54
121111-mtkenya-kitchenParcel #: 64724054
Per floor sqft: 1,884
Total rooms: 7
# Stories: 2.0
Structure type: Other
Unit cnt: 1
Zillow Home ID: 19786732

Split level home with so much potential. Three bedrooms upstairs and two downstairs. Open floor plan with large living room. Inside laundry. Downstairs bedrooms may be locked but rest of the house is view-able. Large separate storage room outside, detached workshop. Some double-pane windows. Home needs front and back landscaping, has nice decorative stone wall. Good handyman special.

121111-mtkenya-livingWe’re not going to let a little thing like the house not being for sale stop us.  Besides, Movoto’s got it for $350,000.

Here’s what Tracy had to say when sending in this Alum Rock redoubt:

Do not drink before viewing these pictures!

Oh wow. Wrong in so many ways, but the picture of the kitchen is a first for me! This house just hit the market for 350K

What, you’ve never seen green cabinets before?  Oh, you mean this one.


We don’t think we’ve ever seen one of those in a kitchen before either.  Guess putting it outside isn’t that good an idea.


Bunus: Check out the (five years) old listing photos currently on Redfin.

Comments (8) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am

8 Responses to “Downstairs bedrooms may be locked”

  1. Tracy Tea House Says:

    I want to know! Can you use a grill in the kitchen, or is it inside to prevent it being stolen and they wheel it out to use it??? The hot sauce collection on the counter screams “Gourmet.” So they must be onto something!

  2. SEA Says:

    From Zillow: “01/13/2006 Sold $670,000”

    Yes, that’s more than our “not a lot of money” standard.

  3. L G Lorax Says:

    The frig in grill-kitchen is different than the frig in green-kitchen. Does it have two kitchens or is one before, one after? Fascinating….

  4. madhaus Says:

    If there are locked downstairs bedrooms, why not two kitchens (one not having a real stove)? The tile, the cabinetry, fixtures, layout… all are different.

    SEA, good find on the bubblicious 2006 sale price. Maybe we could construct a map of the RBA based on what percent of 2006, 07, or 08 pricing the current zip or census tract sells for now. If you aren’t over 100%, you’re not in the RBA. Have to find a way to correct for flips and new construction since then, but it would be an interesting exercise.

    Don’t know what to think of ZEstimates, as they were restated long after the fact. My home’s peak value in September 2008 was cut by 10%, which made it “worth” more now.

  5. Metalhead Says:

    Looks like the locked bedrooms are actually in-law units? Can this actually be advertised as “gourmet grill” in kitchen? Aerial photos show a nice wraparound garage – can we say bonus rooms around the back of the house?

  6. nomadic Says:

    Yes, and those “in-law” units probably have tenants. I wonder what happens to them when the house is sold? Are they month-to-month or the buyer’s problem?

  7. SEA Says:

    “Have to find a way to correct for flips and new construction since then, but it would be an interesting exercise.”

    Recall: The value is in the land.

  8. Gladstone Investment Properties Says:

    Yaa there are some points that should be considered but still i loved the drawing room.

    You know what points we love to consider? Spam with an Indian email addy and an Aussie URL (sorry, impounded at border due to Agricultural Import restrictions). Visiting from your Russian drawing room?

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