July 31, 2013

Party On, in Los Gatos!

We haven’t heard much from Burbed reader Swan lately, so we were delighted to receive this:

One of my favorite posts was "Party House in Los Gatos."  I noticed this house had come on the market again… Believe it or not, the property sold!  They only got $4.8 million for it which is a far cry from the $11.5 they wanted back in 2008!

Wait, 2008? Party House ran in 2011! How could we forget?

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You might want to take a look at the current listing, because The Party Is Over.  There are pictures indoors but nobody’s Getting Down With Their Bad Selves.

130730-kennedy-redfin15681 KENNEDY Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Sold for $4,800,000

7 Beds
12.5 Baths
12,405 Sq. Ft.
$387 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1991
Lot Size: 3.58 Acres
Sold On: Jul 16, 2013
Status: Sold
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 3
Community: Los Gatos/Monte Sereno
MLS#: 81317503
Style: French
View: Mountains
County: Santa Clara

Magnificent Gated Palatial French Chateau Estate! Main house 9,000sf, music room, library, wine cellar. Guest house 3,100sf w/ guest suite, caterer’s kitchen, ballroom, theater, game room & bar. Infinity pool, waterfalls, patios & views. Truly a gorgeous estate set on 3.6 private acres. Extreme Quality thru out. Co listed with Frank Grengo

Oh, look at that.  They thought they were being clever leaving out that 2008 listing price from the Redfin listing history (click the link to see it). Good thing the Party House piece saved it for us.  Better yet, the Big Z tracks the falling knife:

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And nice to know agents have a sense of humor! See 8/12/2010 for some of those Realtor Rib Ticklers!

Comments (5) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:04 am






July 30, 2013

Rebuild with your family in mind

It may be another day, but there’s never an end to Mountain View Realty #winning on Burbed.  Today’s million dollar listing at a six digit price arrives courtesy of Burbed reader LomaLuvr. Thanks very much!

130729-alice-trulia495 Alice Ave
Mountain View, CA 94041
$980,000

4 bed
2 full, 1 partial bath
2,494 sqft
Single-Family Home
$4,773 / mo Mortgage Center
83 Days on Trulia
3,659 views
Built in 2002
Status: For Sale
Contemporary Architecture
Lot Size: 6,249 sqft

495 Alice Ave This contemporary style home offers a blend of traditional stile and modern convenience.Located in the quiet,family oriented neighborhood of Mountain view, This home was rebuild and updated in 2002 with your family in mind.The private backyard is designed for family fun. Over than 2400 sf home with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths,2 car garage very close to mountain view down town and easy access to freeway

We swear we looked at every single picture and couldn’t find any sign of that traditional stile. And while Trulia won’t tell us which neighborhood of Mountain View is the quiet,family oriented one, we did find it on a map.

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They definitely meant it about easy access to freeway. Why didn’t they tell us they meant easy access to freeways? Two is twice as good. Are they part of the family fun?

Comments (11) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:04 am

July 29, 2013

A house near intrigue, excitement, sex & piles of cash

Tired of your boring life working in a cube farm and returning to your apartment farm? This listing is for you! Best of all, it’s in the center of happening stuff. That’s right! Mountain View!

Thanks very much to Burbed reader dollarbin for not only sending us the listing, but the amazing story that goes with it. Or next to it. Or, if you don’t read this article, may involve the next owner.

130728-tyrella-redfin620 TYRELLA Ave
Mountain View, CA 94043
$899,000

4 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,833 Sq. Ft.
$490 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 2002
Lot Size: 4,978 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 59 days
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 2
Community: Whisman
MLS#: 81318701
Style: Traditional
View: Neighborhood
County: Santa Clara

Gorgeous light & bright 2-story home! Almost new-11 years old! Gourmet kitchen has granite counter tops. Sep Family Room has gas fireplace. Living Room is perfect for Downstairs 4th BR! Formal dining room. Gleaming hardwood floors & new carpeting. Master suite features spa-tub & walk in closet. Redwood deck is perfect for outdoor entertaining. Large 2-car garage. Lush Landscaping. Mt View High!

130728-tyrella-gleamingWell that’s pretty exciting, an eleven year old house calling itself almost new. We guess if you compare it to the typical Mountain View Eichloid put up in 1956 this place was practically finaled yesterday. If only they’d put in confetti tile to get with the 2010s.

And if the gleaming hardwood floors aren’t enough high drama, then the following story directly from the same block as this house certainly will be.

 

Blind date robbers strike a third time

by Nick Veronin, Mountain View Voice Staff
Uploaded: Friday, June 7, 2013, 4:33 PM, Updated: Monday, June 10, 2013, 10:46 AM

They did it again.

For the third time in just over a week, a man was lured to the 600 block of Tyrella Avenue believing he would have sex with a woman he met online on top of a bed covered in money. Unfortunately for this man — and the two others who were duped before him — instead of taking a roll through cold hard cash, he was rolled for his cash.

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You can read the entire story at the link above, and yes, all three of these dudes actually believed they were going to meet a woman whose fantasy was to “make the beast with two backs on a bed full of Benjamins.”

We absolutely swear that is a direct quote from the Voice.

If only one of these men had bought this house instead of showing up at a rental apartment building, they wouldn’t have had any spare cash to get rolled for. Instead, they could have met a woman online who would join them on top of a bed which is in turn on top of a house covered by an even huger pile of money (never mind that most of it belongs to the bank).

Plus, it would be much harder for her to steal the money that way. Unless she’s with the bank.

Comments (4) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:07 am

July 28, 2013

For the Rich, $5 Million is the new $1 Million

Discuss, particularly as it pertains to Real Bay Area home values. 

From The Wall Street Journal, which also believes poor people are Lucky Duckies.

Comments (9) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:04 am

July 27, 2013

Coming to a listing near you

130726-bowers-placementProduct placement in movies and television have been going on for a while.  Remember the Reese’s Pieces in E.T.? If you see a brand in a movie or other video, you can be sure it was put there deliberately.

Well then… why haven’t realtards tried product placement in listing photos? After all, buyers are such a fickle lot, underbidding during bubbles and expecting freebies thrown in like refrigerators and kitchen cabinets when the sellers have every right to keep them. At least if they had product placement to fall back on, there would be some bucks in it for them, whether or not the house sold!

Let’s have a look at a really egregious example of product placement. We’re not talking about a loving paean to Andersen Windows or Bosch dishwashers that are features of the house for sale, either.

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130726-bowers-greygoose-farHere’s the Redfin listing, where you’ll find another photo of the booze.  The even better Bunus portion of this amusing photo is where we found this REGULAR SALE!

Would you buy your next house from this realty firm?

And it’s Open Thread time! Tell us what products you saw placed when you looked at open houses!

Comments (7) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:07 am

July 26, 2013

Lovely Livingroom in East Palo Alto

Let’s launch you into your weekend Open Housing with a great find from Burbed reader Petsmart Groomer. Enjoy!

130726-azalia-redfin220 AZALIA Dr
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
$349,000

2 Beds
1 Baths
860 Sq. Ft.
$406 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1951
Lot Size: 5,500 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 24 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
County: San Mateo
Style: Traditional
Community: East of U.S. 101
MLS#: 813236

One Story Home, Two Bedrooms, One Bathroom, Livingroom, Garaga Conversion, Large Back Yard.

Wow, a Garaga Conversion. That sounds ethnic. Maybe they’re saying you can open a restaurant here. That’s why the vehicles in the driveway are featured so prominently.  Because this is what Silicon Valley is all about: starting a business in your garaga, and then converting it into something that is not a garaga. In this case, a Honda.

Comments (2) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:02 am

July 25, 2013

Blockbuster in San Mateo

It’s Search Engine Thursday! You know what that means, don’t you? It means we’ve been spending much too much time doing Real Work and completely forgot about this blog. So, no house today. Don’t worry, it was pending anyway.

Recently someone used a Search Engine, which amazingly Did Not Rhyme With Kugel, and typed in the following:

car block driveway which number i should call in san mateo

Here’s what they found out when that Search Engine That Also Does Not Rhyme With Ping sent them here.

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Wait, if this driveway had a 4+ car capacity, wouldn’t it being blocked make you want to do more than just call a number? If it were us, we may very well DO a number on that car block driveway.

Speaking of doing numbers, this house last sold for $512,000.  In 2008.  And for $649,000.  In 2005. Looks like that $868K was a wishing price that never, ever came true. Maybe car block driveway open house which number I should overbid in san mateo.

Comments (10) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:08 am

July 24, 2013

Not a Drive by in Vallejo. More like ez access to GTFO.

There’s Real Bay Area, there’s Almost the Real Bay Area, there’s Might Be Real Bay Area… and then there’s No Way No How is this RBA. Today’s house is definitely in the latter category.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader L in Vallejo for this fascinating find.

130723-ruby-vallejo296 Ruby Ln
Vallejo, CA 94590
$347,000

HOA Dues: $108/mo.
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,632 Sq. Ft.
$213 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1992
Lot Size: 6,902 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 15 days
Status: Active
HOA Dues: $108/month
Style: Contemporary
View: Greenbelt, Other
County: Solano
Type: Detached
Stories: Split Level
Community: Crystal Pointe
MLS#: 40621890

Beautiful tri-level home, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath 2 car garage attached in a nice quiet cul-de sac. .location , redwood deck 2 fireplaces , well maintained, clean, spacious . .. ez access to Fway. .. not a drive by. .. a must see. ..

Does L think this is a must see? Let’s listen:

130723-ruby-fireplaceYour blog was so refreshing as I went through the home buying process!

So, I know Vallejo isn’t included in the RBA – but enjoyed the listing pictures on this one very much – especially coupled with the copy.

Potential song pairing: Train, "Drive By"

I think my favorite pic is the pillows surrounding the fireplace.

It’s hard for us to choose just one favorite pic, and it was even harder for the realtard to do so.  And she didn’t have to! The same shots appear over and over and over!  For example, here are pictures 3,4,5 and 11.  Also #10 looks suspiciously like #8 above (the pillows undergoing flammability testing).

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There are 23 pictures in the listing. See how many distinct images there are (hint, fewer than you think!). And yet not one of the ez access to Fway.

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And that’s not just any Fway, that’s the approach to the Carquinez Bridge! Which means if it’s backed up, you’ll know just by looking down the street!

Comments (8) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:08 am

July 23, 2013

10% Discount in Hillsborough (price subject to seller financing)

Today we turn our back on the crapboxen and Likelers. We’re off to Hillsborough, where you need not rub elbows with your neighbors at all. In fact, you won’t even see your neighbors unless you show up at one of their fundraising balls.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader Michael Boltonestater for sending this in this cozy contemporary, provided that by contemporary we mean we’re putting on our FDR campaign button.  Um, first campaign.

130722-verbalee-redfin40 VERBALEE Ln
Hillsborough, CA 94010
$26,000,000

12 Beds
13.5 Baths
35,000 Sq. Ft.
$743 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1932
Lot Size: 5.91 Acres
On Redfin: 26 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 3
County: San Mateo
Style: Tudor
Community: Tobin Clark Estate/Polo Terrace
MLS#: 81322895

Price subject to seller financing, otherwise $29 million. Tobin Clark Estate designed by David Adler on 6 landscaped acres. Grand Music Room w/ 15ft ceilings, soaring leaded-glass windows, antique parquet-de-Versailles floors, French doors to Loggia & Grand Tr. Marble Entry w/ 17th Century paneling, Formal Dining Room. VIP + 2 Master Suites, oak-paneled Library.

130722-verbalee-tesselationThis isn’t just any house. This is the Tobin Clark Estate. It has its own video. And no, we don’t mean the one Redfin puts together automatically (there’s one of those too! Save $243,750!)  Just think, this home has been host to “numerous dignitaries including Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush.”

Guess we now know the sellers’ politics.  And given that the price goes up to $29 million if you won’t let the sellers finance your purchase, guess we also know how they got enough saved up to buy a spread like this in the first place. Remember, if they won’t give you a cash discount, you can always save $243,750 with Redfin!

We hope you also caught that the link to the estate notes the house was being put up for sale… in January.  January, 2012.

On Redfin: 26 days.  Riiiiiiiiight.  At least the 35,000 square foot house isn’t a typo.

Comments (6) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:01 am

July 22, 2013

Neighbors from Hell: Burlingame Edition (Could be considered threatening to some)

We all know that good fences make good neighbors. You know what makes great neighbors? Pulling a Larry Page and buying up every property anywhere near yours.  And if you don’t do this, you end up with a situation like this:

Noise in the hills: Burlingame neighbors in bitter dispute over home construction

130721-construction-gfyJuly 10, 2013, 05:00 AM
By Bill Silverfarb, San Mateo Daily Journal

John Lucero Michael Gaul has posted this sign (photo, right) for his neighbor to see. It includes the term ‘GFY’ which could be considered threatening to some.

A simmering brouhaha in the Burlingame hills started with a beehive near a pool and a first complaint between neighbors, escalated when tortoises started burrowing across property lines, came to a fever pitch when band saws roared at 6 a.m. and will come to a head when the two parties finally sit down for mediation, which has been delayed three times already now.

The dispute pits San Bruno school teacher John Lucero against his neighbor Burlingame Planning Commissioner Michael Gaul and the sizable home Gaul is building above Mercy High School on Adeline Drive.

Gaul pulled permits for the property back in 2005 and has been working on the home ever since. It is near completion but Gaul will first have to address a code enforcement violation that Lucero pointed out to Burlingame officials.

130721-construction-neighborsOh, this should be fun, the teacher is telling on the planning commissioner for code violations, namely that Gaul was running a general contracting business out of his house while calling it “construction.”  And since the permit was “finaled” seven (!) years ago, it looks like the city isn’t in much of a hurry to enforce code against its own planning commissioner.

The aerial photo at left shows Gaul’s house on the left and Lucero’s on the right.  According to Zillow, Gaul’s house is 6600 square feet, over twice as large as Lucero’s 70s-era 3000 square foot shack.  Both homes are on lots of over 20,000 square feet.

Bunus: Cross-jurisdictional finger-pointing as every other house near Gaul is in unincorporated San Mateo County. Hilarity ensues!

Dubble Bunus: “Aberrational sexual gawking behavior.” 

Trippple Bunus: Illegal B&B. Plus annoying film crew.

Comments (9) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:02 am