March 20, 2013

be the one to gain from the sweat equity

We’re spending too much time in Silicon Valley.  Let’s pop over to the East Bay and see if Bay Area Bubble 4.0 has wafted across the San Mateo Bridge yet.  Today’s featured property bubbled up from Burbed reader J from Alameda!  Thanks very much for keeping us Real, which means the whole Bay Area.

130319-central-redfin623 CENTRAL Ave
Alameda, CA 94501
$285,000

2 Beds
1 Baths
1,139 Sq. Ft.
$250 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1909
Lot Size: 3,960 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 1 day
Type: Detached
Stories: 1
Community: West End
MLS#: 40607329
Style: Colonial
View: Other
County: Alameda

Classic Colonial Revival, 2 bed 1 bath ready to refinish. be the one to gain from the sweat equity.

Upcoming Open Houses

Saturday, Mar 23: 2:00-4:30 pm; Sunday, Mar 24: 2:00-4:30 pm

Comments

Bring your contractors

130319-central-fireplaceThat last phrase under comments? It’s hidden in the web page and popped up when we did a copy and paste.  Heh heh.  What else is hidden on all those Redfin pages? Maybe it’s an early Easter Egg Hunt.

Now let’s check in with J.

I have been driving by this house for years and wondered how it was still standing. I am still wondering. Let’s see how hot the Alameda market is – how fast will this fly? While not quite RBA it is just a bridge….or ferry…or BART ride away….oh, and make sue you check out the street view.

First let’s check out some more of the house.

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And the streetview?

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Wow! Lots of neighbors ready to welcome you!

Comments (16) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:07 am

16 Responses to “be the one to gain from the sweat equity”

  1. SEA Says:

    If only this were in Tracy.

    Beyond that, why an open house?

    CRAZY!

  2. magdalena Says:

    Classic colonial revival????? The question is what type of colony is living there.

  3. Jb Says:

    The open house surprised me as well. Guess its not condemned. The took the plywood off the windows for the pictures (but it’s back up – same as street view). Guess the agent wanted to make sure everyone saw the classic clonocial revival details in the aluminum windows.

  4. Dr. Chorillo Says:

    Reminds me a little of those Chinese nail houses:
    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/photos/we-re-staying-put-the-homeowners-who-refused-to-move-1353686587-slideshow/

    Will they be providing hard hats at the open house? Or is the open house just so the buyer’s demolition crew can size the place up and figure out what size wrecking ball to use?

  5. Tami Von Zalez Says:

    That is one sad little house. Looks like a previous owner didn’t know how to maintain a fireplace (among other things).

    Popped in from the Blog Blitz.

    thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

  6. sonarrat Says:

    There’s a lot of interesting period detail that could be brought back to life, as long as it isn’t structurally deficient. I’ve seen people pay more for worse and do remarkable things. The location between two massive apartment buildings is definitely a problem though.

  7. Divasm Says:

    Too bad it’s not in Mountain View, where it would be worth four times as much!

  8. Zak Says:

    I followed the redfin link above and after a few clicks landed on:

    http://www.redfin.com/collections/madhaus-b-u866627

    Madhaus, thanks for maintaining these albums. They bring back a lot of old burbed memories.

    I am surprised that refin has not deleted these albums.

  9. peanutbutter Says:

    The biggest issue I see is that the foundation looks like its made out of good ole’ fashion cement, which in the Bay Area usually means dredged up sand, sea shells, and concrete mix. Over time the concrete deteriorates and you’re looking at a new foundation. Might as well add at least another $100k to the price.

  10. madhaus Says:

    Zak, #8, Redfin doesn’t know what to do about Burbed. They finally started adding our trackbacks to their listings again, but they do everything they can to hide the fact. Also, take a look at some of the other Collections, There are some similar ones to ours.

  11. Petsmart groomer Says:

    > Redfin doesn’t know what to do about Burbed.

    I think they are pretty good sport in general. They even showed us in the past that they had a good sense of humor.

  12. madhaus Says:

    Yes, but this is how they used to showcase our links to them.

    And after almost a year of ignoring us completely, they are now linking again. This is what it looks like. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it.

  13. Mole Man Says:

    This lot being zoned for and surrounded by apartments is an opportunity. Pack them in or throw them back. Dingbats are back in style, right? Midcentury modern and all that.

  14. YOU+DUMB+IGNORANT+RACIST+FUCKS Says:

    A DEVELOPMENT OF MILLION-DOLLAR SHORELINE HOMES ABOUT TO BE BUILT ACROSS THE STREET.

    THAT HOUSE FACES ONE OF THE NICEST BEACHES IN THE SF BAY AREA.

    READ THE PAPER YOU STUPID CUNTS.

    THAT HOME YOU DUMB FUCKS ARE LAUGHING AT IS ABOUT TO BE WORTH THREE TIMES THE ASKING PRICE.

    EAT A DICK.

  15. madhaus Says:

    Awesome! We love it when we hear from the listing agent!

  16. nomadic Says:

    Agent? My money is on seller. Another reason to avoid the East Bay. Psychos.

    Or maybe the poster is a disgruntled would-be buyer who lost out in the multiple bids.


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