April 27, 2013

X marks the spot

130426-scrabble-xBlogAtoZ-XWelcome to the most difficult entry in the entire Blogging from A to Z Challenge. X is the letter that leads to cheats (like finding a house in FairfaX), tweet-style entries (X-treme anything), and words that are unrelated to the blog’s subject (wouldn’t you all like an entry on Xylophones? Hint: they’re supposed to be made of wood).

But no, we’re going to rise to this challenge properly, even if we have to go all the way back to 2010 to comply!  It was either that or another one of our tl;dr essays on the subject of how odd Xenophobia looks to residents of the Real Bay Area.  You can let us know whether we made the right choice with the property listings by speaking up in comments.

130426-lorelei-redfin72 LORELEI Ln
Menlo Park, CA 94025
$780,000

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,120 Sq. Ft.
$696 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1956
Lot Size: 5,130 Sq. Ft.
Sold On: Aug 24, 2010
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Community: Flood Park Area
MLS#: 81033951

Charming remodeled 3 bedroom/ 2 full bathroom home, inspired by the California and Silicon Valley lifestyle, on a quiet cul-de-sac in a wonderful Menlo Park neighborhood. Notice the professionally designed xeriscape in the front yard that utilizes California native and drought resistant vegetation. Check out the no-mow front lawn (it is very cool). Hardwood floors, open beamed ceilings.

Yes, dear readers, our entry for today is Xeriscaping.  Xeriscaping is landscaping with drought-resistant or desert-native plants. The point of xeriscaping is to conserve water and reduce yard waste, and it’s also one of those trendy terms we find on this parody site (of late neglected). And we’ve covered many a house with those kind of front yards! So now that we went back to 2010 to find the only use of the word in any Bay Area home listing anywhere (and they had to turn it into a fracking noun while they were at it), let’s come up with a more recent offering more suitable to the needs of the current home buyer.

130426-riochico-redfin201 RIO CHICO Dr
San Jose, CA 95111
$440,000

6 Beds
3 Baths
1,769 Sq. Ft.
$249 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1959
Lot Size: 5,100 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 63 days
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Community: South San Jose
MLS#: 81305376

This is an excellent opportunity for an investor or a large family. This house needs a little TLC and is located near schools, shopping and freeways. Thank-you for showing.

Xeriscaping without all the fuss, and no pretentious neighbors anywhere near this location, location, location to say you’re doing it wrong!  Or to imply that it is not very cool. We apologize for the City-owned parking strip with greenery.  Thank you for showing.

Comments (9) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:02 am

9 Responses to “X marks the spot”

  1. waiting_for_the_fall Says:

    According to the redfin link, this house sold for over 1 million in 2006 and for 15k in 2003.
    That’s just crazy.

  2. nomadic Says:

    Ooh, Seven Trees! It’s in the one neighborhood I’d be more afraid to live in than EPA.

    How does one cram six bedrooms into less than 1800sf?

  3. SEA Says:

    “Sep 21, 2006 Sold (Public Records) $1,093,500 250.9%/yr Public Records
    Apr 22, 2003 Sold (Public Records) $15,000 -79.7%/yr Public Records
    Mar 30, 2001 Sold (Public Records) $400,000 7.5%/yr Public Records
    Aug 03, 1989 Sold (Public Records) $172,500 32.1%/yr Public Records
    Jun 06, 1988 Sold (Public Records) $125,000 — Public Records”

  4. Real Estater Says:

    It’s time to welcome the newcomers to Palo Alto.

    Welcome!

    Welcome!

  5. Real Estater Says:

    2013 high school rankings are out!

  6. SiO2 Says:

    Xeriscaping, very clever, Madhaus. The only X I could come up with is scanning purchaser names starting with X. Xi, Xu, etc. Your idea is definitely better.

  7. SiO2 Says:

    RE, in #5, you cite the USNR ratings. Paly and Gunn are unrated. Comments?

  8. madhaus Says:

    #6, SiO2, the only other options I came up with were the company Xilinx and finding properties on streets named Xerxes. More in Sacramento, for some reason. Then again there’s the classic “Xtreme” anything.

    There are no cities in the Bay Area that start with Z, either. What will tomorrow bring?

  9. nomadic Says:

    We’re on a bubble roll, so how about a property that requires Zero down?


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