December 11, 2013

Mountain View move-in!

Enough with the catty comments about no posts in two weeks. We’ll post when and if we feel like it, no matter what websites are on your toolbar. Today’s heralded homestead is from z2amiller and this is a hot, hot property! Why? Because it’s CLOSE TO GOOGLE!

131210-spring-redfin1639 SPRING St
Mountain View, CA 94043

— Beds
— Baths
— Sq. Ft.
Built: —
Lot Size: 5,300 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 6 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Residential Land (Single Family)
Community: North Shoreline
MLS#: 81342322

Lot still has foundation left from house burn down Jan. 2013. Nice neighborhood close to HWY 101

The Streetview photos show the property before house burn down Jan. 2013 (but really, it’s a nice neighborhood close to HWY 101!)  Fortunately, z2a thinks bigger than that.

IMG_20131206-spring-fire2Okay so now I feel bad.  I went to take pictures of this place and there’s basically a person squatting here with possessions scattered around and it looks like they are taking shelter under a tarp tied up in a tree.

I am guessing it is the property owner, with as much stuff as there is the property, MV police would’ve kicked them out if they didn’t belong.  (I think?!)   Also based on the MV voice article the lady who lived there was a hoarder, so given the state of the property (all of the garbage bags and random stuff all over) maybe it is the same person.

IMG_20131206-spring-fire1You can see the back of the person’s head (DHO?) in one of the pictures, hanging out under the tarp.

Anyway I’m having a hard time being too snarky about it now.  :-/

I guess the neighbors will be pretty thrilled when the place sells.

And that could be you, Mr. or Ms. Burbed reader, all three of you. You could put up a six-story apartment house and become rich beyond measure renting out cubicles to Googlers who will only come home to sleep.

Comments (9) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:07 am

9 Responses to “Mountain View move-in!”

  1. Jb Says:

    1 reader. Half a million for a lot you have to empty before you build your….

  2. maryjane Says:

    OK – You’re back on the toolbar. I just can’t quit you guys:)

  3. z2amiller Says:

    Wow, they raised it from 350k to 500k already. I guess me swinging by to snap a couple pictures must have been interpreted as “heavy interest”. I hope the current owner gets at least some piece of the money.

    How does a house that burns down stay vacant/unused for so long (~1 year) in this market? Maybe the owner had either no or woefully inadequate insurance? The insurance refused to pay out? The insurance payment got used for something else?

  4. waiting_for_the_fall Says:

    Maybe they didn’t have insurance. You are only required to have insurance when you have a mortgage.
    But most sane people have insurance. Clearly, this person was not sane.

  5. nomadic Says:

    Redfin link:

    I guess someone forgot that posts usually include the link. 😛

  6. Napyhed Says:

    Wow I used to live in this house over 25 years ago.
    I am looking to buy real estate and was surprised to see I now can get the very plot of land my childhood home sat upon for merely half a mil. What a bargain.

    No I think my husband might be a bit angry if he comes home from a long day at work to see his dear wife signed a loan for 500 thou on a square piece of dirt in Silicon Valley. ‘Nice neighborhood’ or not I believe it is not quite the vacation home he has in mind…

  7. dollarbin Says:

    Nice feet-on-the-street reporting z2amiller! Despite the market boost this place experienced after your photographic foray, I’m not surprised at all that this lot found a lot of interest at $350,000. R1 zoned lots in Mountain View are paved with gold, even in funky little neighborhoods like this one. Especially when it’s merely close to and not on top of a Superfund cleanup site. If somebody got $835K for the cozy cottage (link below) on the freeway side of the street, imagine what they’ll get for the FAR limit 2300 sq. ft. abode allowed on this lot.

  8. dollarbin Says:

    It’s back! They cleaned up the lot and tacked on an additional $150,000. Let’s see what 5,300 square feet of mostly non-toxic Mountain View dirt fetches these days.

  9. dollarbin Says:

    Turns out it’s worth what they asked, $650,000. Coming soon, 2300 square feet of trendy backsplash!

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