February 14, 2013

Want to be romanced for Valentine’s Day?

burbed_guest_bloggerToday is a very special day if you love romance and lovers and all that twaddle.  Our featured home was suggested by Burbed reader Tracy Tea House, who thought it was perfect for February 14th. We went along with it because we really weren’t up to finding yet another pink house for this year.  Thanks very much and please give Tracy a big, warm Real Bay Area welcome as today’s Guest Blogger!

And also some chocolate.  This stupid Hallmark Holiday does have an upside.

130213-arlington-trulia1048 Arlington Ln
San Jose, CA 95129

4 bed, 3 bath
2,415 sqft
Single-Family Home
10 Days on Trulia
Status: For Sale
MLS/Source ID: NON
4 Bedrooms
3 Bathrooms
2,415 sqft
Single-Family Home
Built In 2007
Lot Size: 8,712 sqft
Zip: 95129
Neighborhood: West Valley

Beautiful Home in Top Cupertino School – Rebuilt in 2007

1048 Arlington Ln Rebuilt in 2007. 2415 SF of living space on a 7068 SF lot Hardwood flooring and recessed lighting throughout home. Fireplace in family room. Custom Cherry wood Kitchen cabinet and granite counters. All New Appliances. Master Suite with Sunken Jacuzzi Tub. Top Cupertino Schools.


Maybe a good house for Valentine’s Day as the Realtor is really trying hard to romance this house. Let’s go picture  by picture shall we?

Number one, bleak and dismal, focus on the stained and cracked concrete.

Number two, the desk will not fit in this small room so we will try to make you a believer by turning it diagonal.. Problem solved!

130213-arlington-doorNumber three, we are really proud of the stock door, and the paint. Pictures 3-5 are making the most of it.

Pic six, how to show the shower and tub in same photo? We wouldn’t want to waste an extra shot that could involve the commode. And, what makes the Jacuzzi sunken?

But my favorite is the last one. Like a set from a film in the San Fernando Valley. Imagine, an empty room, a bed, a bottle of wine and two glasses. And practically new remodeled 2007, and trying to get that back.


Comments (11) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:07 am

11 Responses to “Want to be romanced for Valentine’s Day?”

  1. waiting_for_the_fall Says:

    Schools are all rated 10 for this home.
    Wouldn’t it be a better deal buying a cheaper home somewhere else and paying for private school? Or renting in that area?

  2. nomadic Says:

    Trulia doesn’t actually say which schools belong with this house. Listing the five nearest high schools isn’t very useful, but I guess as long as at least one of the schools (elementary, middle, high) belongs to the Cupertino district, a foreigner with a suitcase full of cash should come and buy this for $170k over the peak 2007 price. For local buyers, it might be a concern that this place costs nearly twice the zip code average.

  3. sonarrat Says:

    I have students in this area. The schools are all Lynbrook, and recent comps suggest the price might even be low.

  4. SiO2 Says:

    #1 – Someone who buys this house for schools believes that 20 years later they will be able to sell it more easily than a house w/o the associated schools. So private school isn’t as clear-cut as you might think. basically, don’t look at the principal, but look at the additional interest and property tax.

    This house at 1.6m vs a similar house in Santa Clara non-Cupt school, let’s say $1m. $600k * 5% (mort interest + prop tax) = $30k/yr. Harker costs $25-35k per year. So if you have two kids, this is cheaper than that kind of school. Stratford is less, but you’re still better off buying with 2 or more kids.

    Plus, there are other benefits to living here vs other places; shorter commute to many jobs, nicer in the sense of less crime, better kept houses, etc.

    The hot tip is to buy where you think the schools would improve. Cupertino High had a sub 800 API 10 years ago, so was not held in the same esteem as MV and Lynbrook. Now, it’s still not quite as high, but not so far either, so I imagine that Cupt High houses have done well. Could Fremont High follow the same path?

    #2, looking at the zip code is insufficient, as half of 95129 is not cupt schools. Moreland is pretty good, but it’s not Cupertino either.

    This house does seem kind of pricey to me. For $1.6 you could get Cupt schools in Saratoga or Los Altos. Maybe smaller, but a bigger lot.

  5. mabeldu Says:

    $1.6M and no fridge? and a crappy old dishwasher?

    that desk if for your mate’s timeouts in the corner.

  6. madhaus Says:

    Redfin says Meyerholz, Miller and Lynbrook. All 10s. Extra value to Mandarin speakers as Meyerholz has the K-5 Mandarin program for the whole district. I think the 6-8 program is at Lawson, other side of Stevens Creek.

    Redfin also says the house was sold in 2007 and isnt’ for sale.

    #2, Cupertino is a K-8 district, but the Fremont Union HSD is 99% contiguous with it. Lynbrook’s scores are not only as high as Monta Vista’s, it’s the smallest school and the least crowded.

    Could Fremont HS improve? That would require a lot of gentrification in Northeast Sunnyvale, many areas of which are built on Superfund sites. Which kind of answers its own question.

  7. madhaus Says:

    News flash: Terrorist alert in Santa Clara.

    news: http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Sources-Bomb-suspect-threatened-Yee-4274909.php

    pix: http://photos.mercurynews.com/2013/02/13/santa-clara-county-sheriffs-bomb-squad-search-for-explosive-materials-at-a-residence/#2

  8. steve Says:

    SiO2 explains the school quality dynamic well. an added element is that schools with a track record of fundraising (and cities with the ability to pass special bond measures and parcel taxes) should outperform over time as more and more of california’s budget goes to prisons.

  9. SiO2 Says:

    #6, maybe NE Sunnyvale will give rise to some awesome genetic mutations leading to super intelligent beings.

  10. Sanjay Says:

    Paying toward a house allows you to build eqity, gain in appreciation, and tax deduction. Private school tuition is just an expense, much like rent.

  11. madhaus Says:

    Sounds like #10 has been romanced by a house all right.

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