September 24, 2013

Reader Request: Live/Work Situation

Here’s one of the more intriguing emails we’ve gotten this year:

I came across burbed and it seems like you have an eye on what’s going on.

We’re looking for a fairly unique place for our company. Something in the SF area (south bay preferred), with a great view.

I realise you’re not an agent, but thought you might be aware of something interesting.

  • 20,000sq ft+
  • great views

We’re a close knit company that live and work together. We realised that for the price of us getting modest apartments and a simple office we could instead live in a mansion together and so far that’s been a much nicer option, but we’re currently spread over three houses and need a bigger place where can live and work together again.

Wow, didn’t we just discuss hacker houses last week? Why, yes we did! Perhaps the above email was in response to our in-depth coverage of someone else’s in-depth coverage!

And well, actually we are indeed a bunch of agents, we just neglected to let anyone know it.  So since our entire writing staff appears to have taken off the last six months, we’re going to throw this one open to our far-flung network of readers, some of which aren’t just pretend agents.

Please reply in comments, and we’re sure our requester will respond to you if you actually found what they’re looking for.  And of course, we expect a 15% finders fee, which beats a 6% commission.

Also note that said reader neglected to say whether this was a purchase or rental. Ha ha! Now they’re going to get all kinds of unsuitable suggestions because they weren’t specific enough! Maybe they’ll post in comments, especially because they don’t want us to shoot the dog.

PS… Turns out they did tell us, in a follow-up:

We’re keen for exciting options, even if a little terrifying. Ideal is rent with option to buy in a year and build more on the land, but renting a large place for 6-12months is a viable option.

Alright! The race to pay us that 15% finders fee is ON! And you can be sure we’ll be holding it for ransom if you expect us to pass it on quietly to the OP.  Put it in the comment, though? Free-for-all!  We’re hoping this one post will generate at least 16 more live/work rent/buy situations just form people reading about this group.

Comments (14) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:07 am

14 Responses to “Reader Request: Live/Work Situation”

  1. donjumpsuit Says:

    20,000sq ft+
    great views

    Do they need Unicorns?

    I have one but the landlord insists the Unicorns stay. HE will give a discunt though.

  2. rickety419 Says:

    I’ll do it for 20%!

  3. Jb Says:

    I’d like some unicorns with my ponies, ok?

  4. Real Estater Says:

    Google paid cash for office space! At the rate they’re going, there will be no space left for Halloween stores.

  5. OP Says:

    Thanks for posting my request!

    Ideally we’re seeking a rental with the option to buy and build more on in the future.
    Rental is next best option.

    I’ve been to Rise (the place you mentioned last week). Three houses like that next to each other would also work out.

  6. Petsmart groomer Says:

    > 20,000sq ft+ and great views

    They cannot afford it.

  7. Real Estater Says:

    It’s the law: All new houses in Palo Alto must be wired to support electric vehicle charging.

  8. nomadic Says:

    Sure they can, PSG. As long as by “south bay” they’re okay with the hills around Morgan Hill or Gilroy.

    Living and working together sounds like a monumentally bad idea though. Saw that in action at my last job. People need boundaries.

  9. nomadic Says:

    #4, please let us know if Mountain View is going to do something about the horrific traffic around 85 and 101. An electric car to buy your way into the carpool lane is already only marginally useful. Forget driverless cars, Google needs to get moving on the flying cars futurists promised us 50 years ago.

  10. Real Estater Says:


  11. Real Estater Says:

    #8, To get the most value out of an electric car, you need to be in traffic. Electric car is most energy efficient in stop and go driving.

  12. bublidoo Says:

    Perhaps this might do?

    Commercial property with potential. Great views; rusty pick-up trucks in parking lot sold as is, buyer to check registration; excellent schools; central location – easy access to Google, Costco, REI … In&Out; buyer to inquire with city w.r.t. sleeping at the office.

  13. madhaus Says:

    #8, To get the most value out of an electric car, you need to be in traffic. Electric car is most energy efficient in stop and go driving.

    Yes, if the traffic is completely stopped, an electric car is amazingly efficient. Once the traffic goes, the battery starts draining again.

    What do you do when Rite-Aid is all out of 9-volts?

    As for OP (who also posted comment #5, now out of moderation), you can have my 20,000 sf live/work/play/boink/nap/snack palace when you pry it out of my ponies’ and unicorns’ cold, dead muzzles.

  14. nomadic Says:

    Maybe they can buy up the next phase of Gable’s End!

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