March 16, 2011

Beautiful Specious Home

What, it’s Wednesday already, and no submissions from Burbed reader sonarrat yet?  Better fix that oversight right now now.

4094 GIBRALTAR Dr, Fremont, CA 94536


SQ. FT.: 884
$/SQ. FT.: $270
LOT SIZE: 1,312 Sq. Ft.
TYPE: Townhouse
STYLE: Cape Cod
COUNTY: Alameda
MLS#: 40495747
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 131 days

Open Home Sat & Sun 1:30 – 4:30 Beautiful specious home with crown moldings and oak laminated floors throughout. Plenty of double pane windows. Gourmet kitchen with beautiful cherry wood cabinetry, granite tile countertops and stainless steel appliances. Inside full size washer and dryer.

Here’s what sonarrat had to say about this, um, place:

If ever there was a perfect Freudian slip, it would be this listing.

Yes, even over in Fremont, better known as Six Cities in Search of an Offer, lower-end housing has succumbed to the obligatory stainless and granite.  This place features all the charm of a Motel 6 coupled with the convenience of monthly homeowner’s association fees ($211).  But hey, you get Common Hot Water for those HOA dues!  Plus pink roses poorly Photoshopped right outside your lot line!

So let’s check out the neighbors!


Diversity rocks!  If you want an integrated neighborhood, you got it! Integrated with apartments, townhouses, single-family houses, a park and what appear to be a bunch of scattered cargo containers.  Maybe they were dropped here by some hurried vessel captain who couldn’t find Alviso?

Better grab this one fast, as it’s been temporarily de-listed, no doubt by canny sellers who know it will lead to multiple offers over asking!  Hurry!

Comments (11) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:02 am

February 8, 2011

It’s Like Living in a Pop-Up Book!

So much to admire about this house, so little they’re willing to show us!  It must be full of awesome sauce inside!

3601 Howe Ct, Fremont, CA 94538


SQ. FT.: 1,640
$/SQ. FT.: $255
LOT SIZE: 7,134 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Contemporary
VIEW: Neighborhood
COMMUNITY: Alameda County
COUNTY: Alameda
MLS#: 81019451
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 289 days

Property in a cul-de-sac; 3 bdrms 2 baths, the garage was converted into a bedroom legality unknown by the seller. Good size backyards. Living room with a fireplace, kitchen with a granite countertops & double sink. This house needs some TLC.

Oh come on, how come none of these listings ever come right out and say “this is an illegal conversion, we’re sorry”?  Legality unknown?  The only thing unknown is why the agent thinks nobody could figure that out.  I mean, look at the place, the garage conversion was done by such unpleasant people that the second floor is trying to make a break for it.

This house needs some TLC, alright.  Some TNT Lit and Combusting.  If you use enough, you can blow the back fence out, too.  Then enjoy watching the trains go back and forth right behind where the house used to be.


Whoo-whoo!  But hey, it’s got granite countertops.

Update: Thanks to Burbed reader nomadic for calling out this amazing Street View!  Wow!


What’s really great about this is it makes the next-door neighbor’s entire house look like it’s the detached garage for the featured place, right down to the echo of the green Yen sign in the housepaint.  Extra points for the yellow vehicle having the hood up.

Comments (16) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:03 am

February 1, 2011

The Vast Conspiracy to Raise Peninsula Real Estate Prices

And, lower East Bay prices too!  Win-win-win!

Officials push for higher tolls during rush hours on San Mateo, Dumbarton bridges

By Mike Rosenberg, The Oakland Tribune

Posted: 01/31/2011 07:23:07 AM PST, Updated: 01/31/2011 09:26:52 AM PST

imageDrivers crossing the San Mateo and Dumbarton bridges would pay higher tolls during rush hours under a plan Peninsula officials are urging Bay Area leaders to adopt.

A group of city, county and transportation officials this week released the new San Mateo Countywide Transportation Plan, which includes support for congestion pricing on the two bridges that connect the Peninsula and East Bay.

"I think it’s a shame they haven’t done congestion pricing," said Rich Napier, executive director of the county’s congestion management agency, which is overseeing the transportation plan. "It does work."

(Photo, above right: Drivers crossing the San Mateo and Dumbarton bridges would pay higher tolls during rush hours under a plan Peninsula officials are urging Bay Area leaders to adopt. File photo, The Oakland Tribune.)

Now, some readers of this site are really clever people, and will simply glance at the headline above and figure it out immediately.  Others of you need to be taken by the hand and have a few things spelled out really slowly and carefully.

Congestion pricing, in case you haven’t tried driving across the Bay Bridge during commute hours, means that the toll is higher during rush hour when everyone else is going to work.  At present, Bay Bridge congestion pricing is $6 during peak commute hours and $4 other times.  The San Mateo and Dumbarton bridges have a $5 toll at all times, rush hour or not.

Now, here’s the part you should have already worked out:

Drivers at the San Mateo and Dumbarton bridges typically wait less than two minutes to get through the toll booth, according to the Bay Area Toll Authority.

Still, officials said traffic data shows many of the logjams on Highway 101 are caused by commuters who take advantage of cheaper housing in the East Bay and cross the bridges for their jobs in the Peninsula. Slowing traffic on the bridges during the commute could have a ripple effect on Highway 101, where officials have struggled for years to ease bottlenecks, they said.

Ooooh, ripple effect!  Double rainbow all the way!  Across the sky!  By making commuting more expensive or more inconvenient, homes on the Peninsula close to jobs will become even more valuable.  Meanwhile, “cheaper housing in the East Bay” won’t be such a bargain once the commute costs more time and money.  Expect that desirability deficit to work itself into pricing homes in the East Bay if congestion pricing moves to Peninsula bridges.

In related bridge toll news, the Golden Gate bridge authority is getting rid of all their human toll-takers and switching to an all-electronic system.

Comments (15) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:08 am

January 4, 2011

Many Possible Bussiness Possibilities

Yesterday’s house in Newark generated such excitement we’ll look at another fantastic property in South Alameda County.  Drive a little further to work and save, save, save!

3825 Washington, Fremont, CA 94538


Beds: 4
Baths: 2
Sq. Ft.: 2,347
$/Sq. Ft.: $340
Lot Size: 10,560 Sq. Ft.
TYPE: Detached
STYLE: Cottage, Fixer/Handyman Special, Other
Year Built: 1890
Community: Irvington
County: Alameda
MLS#: 40493041
Source: EBRD
Status: Active
On Redfin: 78 days

Fixer built in the 1800 s 2 homes on one lot with a RARE Community Commercial Zoning. Units are sold AS-IS Lot faces Washington Blvd and back of lot on Main St. .Many possible bussiness possibilities or Residential Income. Do not enter property without Agent present. Zoned Multi-unit Res.

So much that is RARE about this offering!  Not one but two 120 year old properties in Irvington, with that RARE Community Commercial Zoning which is Zoned Multi-unit Res. That’s right, you can build an apartment complex and a shopping mall, both!  Think of the many possible bussiness possibilities there!  Just set up a 7-Eleven for your tenants’ late-night convenience and your round-the-clock profit!


But that’s not all that makes this place Special.  Look how sleek and streamlined this lot is compared to its dumpy plump neighbors.  And not every lot has a couple of scrapers on it older than your great-grandmother.  Think of all the Residential Income you will generate with these Units sold AS-IS.  Just be sure you do not enter property without Agent present.  No telling what could befall you if you did.  Maybe this is a bad neighborhood; somebody stole the For Sale sign from the agent’s photo.

Here’s what the Googlecam has on your new home!


Definitely an up and coming neighborhood to live in.  There’s your new place with all the palm trees!


So buy this RARE fixer build in the 1800 s! For this much commission, the Agent will stay at the property 24/7 after you move in.  Then you can always enter the property with Agent present.  Always.

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

July 28, 2010

A house in Fremont with a lucky price, and lucky marble columns


46890 RANCHO HIGUERA Rd Fremont, CA 94539


Beds: 6
Baths: 5
Sq. Ft.: 6,100
$/Sq. Ft.: $473
Lot Size: 0.88 Acres
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Tudor, Contemporary
Stories: 1
View: Green Belt
Year Built: 2001
Community: Alameda County
County: Alameda
MLS#: 81033347
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active This listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.
On Redfin: 5 days
Stunning custom one story home. One of a kind. Well-known Italian architect. East ing/ west wing floor plan. Hollywood-style Driveway. Grand entrance. Ideal for social events. Gourmet kitchen with butler station and octagonal skylight. High ceiling with special lighting throught out. Radiant floor heating. In-law set up. 2 sets of gargages. Media room and Library too. Private back yard and garden.
Thanks to Burbed reader G for this find!
Who will be the owner of this lucky house with the lucky price and the beautiful mawble… um… I mean, marble columns? Will it be this one, or that one? This one or that one?
This house is clearly meant for the jet set living in the east bay. Lindsey? Mel? Maybe it’s time for a change of scenery! Try chillaxing here in the Bay Area – it might do you some good!
Comments (8) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:24 am

June 25, 2010

What is Dat? Da Playboy Mansion? It’s Ridiculous!

Today’s house is another in our continuing series of seven-digit properties, but the location is a bit of a surprise.  Let’s just say it’s not exactly Real Bay Area.  Thanks to burbed reader sonarrat for this find!

41752 Vargas Rd,  Fremont, CA 94539


Beds: 4
Baths: 3
Sq. Ft.: 5,237
$/Sq. Ft.: $549
Lot Size: 5 Acres
TYPE: Detached
STYLE: Colonial
STORIES: Tri-Level
VIEW: Greenbelt, Hills, Mountains, Panoramic, Valley
Year Built: 1996
Community: Mission
County: Alameda
MLS#: 40461526
Source: EBRD
Status: Active This listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.
On Redfin: 70 days

Stand out Panoramic view, warm and inviting house for any family, huge and usable completely fenced lot with retreat house, gazebo and plenty parking. 2 parcels in one. Automatic gates. 1.2 miles to Mission High. Potential for livestock or horses. http://yefimraysbergrealtor. shutterfly. com

imageFinally!  An expensive house that knows how to say “I got money and power!”  That’s right!  MAWBUL CAWLUMS!  Elegant, stoidy, and boisting with class!  Put them in your living room!  Your kitchen!  Your bathroom!  Your bedroom!  Your driveway!  What you wanna bet the car pullin’ up to dat driveway is a Rolls-Royce?

Hey, lookit dis one!  It’s in da hallway!  How crazy is dat?  Who lives here, da Pope?  Dis place looks like a PALACE!

Imagine going up to your house and seein’ dese and goin’, "Oh, my God! I live here!"

And notice what’s in the dining room?  A Chandelier! Delicate, sparkling, and boisting with CLASS! Nothing says "I’m loaded!" like a CHANDELIER!


Look! Are you kiddin’ me? If you had one of dese in your house, you could look like a millionaire! Like da King of England! Like da King of France, or somethin’.  We got one in every room in da house, and yes, dat does include da GARAGE!

If da King of France, or somethin’, lived in Fremont.

Imagine how crazy it would be to say I LIVE HERE!  It seems the agent had a little trouble visualizing it:

image image

imageThe panoramic view and the retreat house look a little bit blurry.  Maybe that’s from drinking all that wine under the chandelier, but look at DIS ONE!  Dere is no excuse for DIS ONE on da right being blurry! 

Notice something in dis room?  Dat’s right!  CAWLUM!

For 2.75 really really big ones, dey could make sure we can see da MAWBUL CAWLUM in da picture!  Ya think?

‘Cause nothin’ sez “I got money and power” like a photo of a MAWBUL CAWLUM.  You can stick dese dings EVERYWHERE!  Can you believe it?  It’s ridiculous!

Comments (11) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:02 am

February 13, 2010

Mission San Jose: California Mission Projects Made Easy

Mission San Jose: California Mission Projects Made Easy [Download: PDF] (Digital)
~ Betsy B. Malloy (Author)


Product Description
History of Mission San Jose (in Fremont, California), full-color model patterns, mission pictures and maps.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

The native people lived in northern California for thousands of years before the Spanish arrived to build Mission San Jose. They had stone and bone tools. They hunted and gathered food. Some of them moved when the seasons changed. Others lived in one place.

These are things we know about the. About 200 people lived in the area that is now Fremont. They lived in two small groups or tribes. They were called the Alson and Tuibun. They lived mostly in one place. Their villages were near the bay’s edge. They stood on high ground above a salt water marsh. They spoke a version of the Ohlone language called Chochenyo. They also spoke the Miwok language. They called their village Oroysom.

So as we know, there’s sometimes some sarcasm and cynicism on this site. Just a little. But who can resist this kit? With it, anyone can easily build a San Jose Mission. It’s like Maker Faire at the Cow Palace, but at home instead of driving to the impossible to find Cow Palace.

Buy a few packs of these so you can build your own subdivision. Pretend you’re a developer! Think of the possibilities!

When you’re not busy building Burbedville, you can help make sure this site continues to be great! Click this link to learn more about donating to this site’s hosting costs!

Comments (1) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:47 am

December 28, 2009

New “executive homes” in Fremont

Burbed reader AF had this interesting find.

I have lived behind this development by Regis homes called Cedarbrook in Fremont.

Here is their website URL:

You might note that the first picture you see is over the quarry lakes looking toward the direction the homes are in which is rather deceptive.  I would also focus your attention to banners on the site intro page which indicate “Luxury Homes for today’s value conscious buyers.”  Right, that would make a nice title.

I currently live in a rental home at <redacted> Fremont 94536.  When I moved in to the house earlier this year,  the lot behind my back fence was being graded so we had wonderful sunset views through our large back windows.  Of course that is all over now that they have finished building a number of these two story homes right up to the back fence.  I have included a few photos to give you an idea of how close they are.

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There are three aspects of this development that I have found interesting:

1.  Price

a. The original pricing on these homes was in the $795000 to $896000.  It is interesting that Zillow estimates my rental home at a high of $718,000 which was in the mid 700’s when I moved in.

b. The Cedarbrook website used to have their pricing which has now been taken off , now all they say about prices is that they have been reduced by $100,000.

2. Lot Size

a. The lot sizes are really small compared to my neighborhood behind the fence.

b. I found if you do a search on my rental home on Redfin you can actually see the new development lot sizes behind my property.  If you select to see the property details (for my rental) you will be able to see an aerial photo that clearly shows lot size and the construction.

I enjoy your site and work.  I hope you can use this.  Perhaps this is why new home sales are significantly down.

Wow those houses are certainly close to each other. But just think! If your kids want to have a telephone system with their friends next door, the ol’ 2 cans-and-a-string will work just find! And if you can’t afford DSL, you can probably spend your time trying to guess the WEP key of your neighbor’s WiFi.

But in all seriousness, this really goes to show why the Real Bay Area, with its stately eichlers will continue to remain the true trophy houses of the region.

Thanks Burbed reader AF.

Comments (11) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:00 am

September 9, 2009

Live like an Egyptian pharaoh in Fremont!

FREMONT, CA 94536 | MLS# 40425478
Price: $250,000

Beds: 3
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: –
Lot Size: 5,000 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Single Family Detached
Style: Bungalow
Stories: 1
Neighborhood: NILES
Year Built: 1930
Community: NILES
County: Alameda
MLS#: 40425478
Source: EBRD
Status: Active
On Redfin: 14 days
Contractor Special in Old Niles. Bring your skills and reap the benefits!

Thanks to Burbed reader CB for this find.

Wow. Now you too can live like a pharaoh in Fremont! Frankly, I never knew that there was a community known as Niles there – learn something new every day.

I think most Real Bay Area people can really bring their skills and reap the benefits. Let’s see… bring on some Ruby on Rails, some Objective C, some .NET, some Beans, some SQL – PRESTO! You’ve got a $500k house!

But wait, there’s more! It really is near a river!


Wow… once you hire a team of archaeologists and interior decorators, you’ll be soon living near the banks of a mighty river, and with easy access to Mission Boulevard to boot!

Fit for a king. Fit for you!

Comments (29) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:41 am

April 16, 2009

Can you park a space shuttle, a fire truck, or a blimp in this Fremont house?

35983 CARNATION Way, FREMONT, CA 94536 | MLS# 40379294
Price: $689,950

Beds: 3
Baths: 2.5
Sq. Ft.: 1,353
$/Sq. Ft.: $510
Lot Size: 9,020 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Single Family Detached
Style: Ranch
Year Built: 1955
Stories: 1
View: Hills
Neighborhood: Not Listed
Area: Fremont
County: Alameda
MLS#: 40379294
Source: EBRD
Status: Active
On Redfin: 153 days
Unsold in 90 days
Niles home w/ 9-car garage! Completely remodeled, granite, hardwood, tile, recessed lighting, french doors, maple cabinets, AC & many more amenities. Garage: Approx 24×60 and 18×12 Roll-up. 14’7″ Ceiling height 16′ side Roll up w/ access to patio. Air compressor with built in air lines

Thanks to Burbed reader CB for this find.

Wow. Check out that garage. CB thought that this would be great if you worked for NASA and occasionally brought the space shuttle home with you. Personally, I think it’s a bit more modest – this is for all you firefighters who bring the crane home with you sometimes.

What I don’t quite get is the 9-car garage aspect. Is this targetted towards Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld?

Let’s take a closer look:


Oh, it’s obvious! It’s for those big rig drivers who want to park at home. Right next to their pinball machine, and their antique phone!

They say in marketing that you should always find a niche.

Consider this niche found!

Comments (104) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:21 am