July 14, 2014

Super development opportunity in Redwood City

249 E OAKWOOD Blvd
Redwood City, CA 94061
$698,000 Price 
2 Beds 
1 Baths  840 Sq. Ft.
$831 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1920 Lot Size: 6,578 Sq. Ft. On Redfin: 71 days Status: Active

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NOW’S YOUR CHANCE! GREAT PRICE FOR SUPER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR CASH BUYER & QUICK CLOSE. ABOUT 6,580 SQ FT LOT ZONED R-1. GREAT SPOT TO BUILD A NEW HOUSE & MAYBE A GUEST HOUSE – CHECK W/ REDWOOD CITY FOR GUIDELINES. FLAT, SUNNY LOT. OLDER COTTAGE OCCUPIED BUT NEEDS EVERYTHING. PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB OCCUPANTS OR GO ON THE PROPERTY WITHOUT ME. "FELL THROUGH" – NO FAULT OF THE PROPERTY.

Who doesn’t want a super development opportunity?

I mean, just look at this! It even comes with some supplies to help jumpstart your new project!

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That’s probably a good thing since there is an older cottage that is “occupied but needs everything”.

But hey, just check out what else this house comes with:

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Awww. How cute!

What would you do with this super development opportunity in Redwood City?

Comments (1) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:11 am






June 16, 2014

Can you breathe underwater too?

461 HAMILTON Ave
Menlo Park, CA 94025
$699,999 Price 
4 Beds 
2 Baths  1,020 Sq. Ft.
$686 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1951 Lot Size: 5,870 Sq. Ft. On Redfin: 30 days

Fabulous remodeled home in great central location. Designer niches, window coverings and lighting. Large Lot 5870 square feet. The home includes a wonderful kitchen with large counter top, family room with fireplace attached. Formal dining and living room areas. Open floor plan great for family and entertaining. Lots of backyard space with new patio cover, paved walkways, vegetable and fruit trees

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Thanks to Burbed reader JL for sending this in.

So what? Isn’t this just another ordinary 4 bed room 2 bathroom house in 1020 sqft?

Let’s take a look inside!

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Everything is so curved!!

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Is this the mystery spot?

JL and I agree: Most realtors probably have gills. That can be the only explanation for this genre of photography.

Comments (1) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:50 am

June 10, 2014

BOGO in Redwood City

414 ST FRANCIS St
Redwood City, CA 94062
$675,000 Price 
1 Beds 
1 Baths  690 Sq. Ft.
$978 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1946 Lot Size: 6,517 Sq. Ft. On Redfin: 11 days Status: Active

Very unique property offering endless possibilities! TWO SEPARATE UNITS on a large lot. Terrific location! Great opportunity for investors, builders or owner occupied buyers. Main house is a charming 1 bedroom, 1 bath featuring a cheerful living/dining room combo; deck with views of the hills; a large bedroom; hardwood floors. The second unit is 1 bedroom with a private side yard. Open Sat/Sun 2-4.

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That’s right! Buy one get one! Who doesn’t like a deal?

I don’t know about you, but that second house (which looks suspiciously like a former garage or barn) would be great for servants.

That’s right, all you Downton Abbey fans – this is the house for you! Just think! You could be the lord of 414 St Francis! How prestigious!

Most importantly, your servants would literally be below you (since the second unit is a bit sunken). Feeling high and mighty already, right?

Deals like this don’t come up everyday! And at just $675k! What a steal!

Bogo before it gogos!

Comments (4) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:51 am

June 2, 2014

Burlingame house that proves there’s no housing bubble

121 HUMBOLDT Rd
Burlingame, CA 94010
$1,260,000 Price 
3 Beds 
2 Baths  1,340 Sq. Ft.
$940 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1955 Lot Size: 6,100 Sq. Ft. On Redfin: 48 days Status: Active

Charming home with eat-in-kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2bathrooms and spacious living room with fireplace and dining area. Converted garage in backyard with bath. .. permits unknown. Attached 2-car garage with laundry area and access to backdoor.

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There are those pessimists that declare we are at the peak of another housing bubble.

First, let’s get things straight – there was never a housing bubble. Those wild days of 2004-2006 were simply some housing exuberance, like an EDM song waiting for the bass to drop. (Not familiar? Educate yourself here)

Now, we all know that Burlingame is one of the most desirable cities in the nation because of its _____, _____, and halfway between SF and Mountain View.

Doesn’t that automatically make this house worth $1.26M?

Also, this is really two houses!

Bubble? What bubble.

Comments (9) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:50 am

May 19, 2014

Redwood City house with secret treasure?

358 POPLAR Ave
Redwood City, CA 94061
$699,000 Price 
2 Beds 
1 Baths  1,110 Sq. Ft.
$630 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1946 Lot Size: 5,616 Sq. Ft. On Redfin: 26 days Status: Active

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Cozy and efficient home. Need some TLC and updating to make this home really shine again. Large lot with potential for home expansion/addition. Excellent open floor plan with hard wood flooring and wood burning fire place. Convenient location. Close to shopping and restaurants. Easy access to highways.

Easy access to highways indeed!

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But let’s look at some of the latter photos:

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Huh. Notice the barred windows, the carefully concealed crawl space.

But wait… there’s more!

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Do you spy what I spy? Let’s go in for a closer look!

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Whoa. What is this! Is there buried treasure underneath? Is that what makes this home so special? What could possibly be under there? Pre-ipo shares of GOOG? AAPL?

I think you had better buy this house soon before Nicholas Cage does!

Comments (7) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:12 am

April 7, 2014

What will you use the special place under this Millbrae house for?

522 CAPUCHINO Dr Millbrae, CA 94030
$838,888 Price
2 Beds
1 Baths
1,020 Sq. Ft.
$822 / Sq. Ft.

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A lovely ranch home located on a quiet street with refinished hardwood floors. Great floor plan, fully fenced back yard with flagstone patio and a spacious bonus area under the house for storage, laundry, or?? Painted inside and out.

Storage, laundry, or???

Unfortunately, there are no photos of this space – or maybe that’s fortunate!

The imagination runs wild!

You could set up a cool, exclusive, space just for founders! You could build a tech incubator! You could run a server farm to power your own cloud! You could build a man cave! You could… you could… you could…

Don’t let this could turn into a should’ve! Especially given its lucky price.

What will you be doing with this bonus area?

Comments (37) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:54 am

March 31, 2014

Have you ever wanted your own Abbottabad mansion?

819 STAMBAUGH St Redwood City, CA 94063
$699,000 Price
2 Beds
1 Baths
890 Sq. Ft.
$785 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1948 Lot Size: 5,000 Sq. Ft.

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THIS COZY WELL MAINTAINED HOME, 2Bed & 2bat, has the potential to be turned into your dream home. 2nd bath, permit unknown, Buyer research by his own responsibility. Bathroom is nicely tiled with bathtub glass enclosure, updated kitchen w/ newer cabinets, hardwood floors throughout, dual pane windows, newer doors, good sized yard. Close to transportations with Easy access to Freeways I-101, I-280.

Let’s face it, in these topys turvey times, we could all use a little extra security. Like maybe the level of security of a mansion in Abbottabad.

Now, if you’re that kind of person, this house is for you. Just look at that fence. Motorize that puppy, and no one is going to be able to sneak into your house and rob you.

And look at that front yard – that’s right there is none! It’s ready for you to install some motorized plating so that you can disable attacking vehicles. They’re pretty effective! (Just be sure to lower them when your own vehicles are coming through.)

Nothing can stop anyone from invading this house – that’s a fact. And that’s why this is such an amazing buy.

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

December 23, 2013

Possible Crime Scene in Pacifica

Today’s featured property is no longer available either in this condition or at this price. Yes, you are now priced out forever! But let’s enjoy what you could have had in 2009, if only you had acted! Thanks very much to Redfin Collections member Quinn, who showcased this place in the awesome gallery Possible Crime Scene.  Some Burbed properties are featured there, which is how we found this one and are now returning the favor!

131213-francisco-redfin2222 FRANCISCO Blvd
Pacifica, CA 94044
Sold for $179,000

1 Beds
1 Baths
— Sq. Ft.
Built: 1948
Lot Size: —
Sold On: Feb 27, 2009
Status: Sold
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Community: West Sharp Park
MLS#: 80821476
Stories: 1
County: San Mateo

Complete fixer!!! Everything needs replacing. Do not enter. Property is sold "As Is". Trash and garbage have not been removed. Public records do not state Sq Ft of lot nor building. Age is an estimate. Bulldoze and start from scratch.

Source: MLSListings
Listing provided courtesy of: Galina Plizga, New Light Realty, DRE #01372469
Buyer’s Agent: NON MULTIPLE LISTING OFFICE

Is a non-Multiple Listing Service the same thing as a Single Listing Service?  While you’re pondering that, enjoy the Possible Crime Scene photos from this Non Multiple Listing.

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Maybe this is just us, but we’re sure getting a Was This House A Meth Lab vibe from these photos.

And be sure to check out what happened when someone bought the house, bulldozed, tore down, built up, and sold it for a lot mo’ money in 2012.

Comments (3) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:06 am

December 13, 2013

Celebrate this Property’s Centennial by Making it Yours

Other than the grousing about infrequent updates, people often say to us: “If only Burbed would run more older homes full of character!”  If only.  This Woodside wonderama features a house built in 1914 complete with a stupid street name PLUS the designer of the flipping playhouse gets a name-check. If that doesn’t make you reach for your bank-check, we don’t know what’s wrong with you.

Thanks very much to Burbed reader Petsmart Groomer for sending something in even when we didn’t feel like posting squat.

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Woodside, CA 94062
$1,995,000

5 Beds
5 Baths
2,800 Sq. Ft.
$713 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1914
Lot Size: 4.30 Acres
On Redfin: 102 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 2
Community: Old La Honda Road Area
MLS#: 81332003
Style: Cabin, Cottage/Bungalow
View: Bay, Valley, City Lights
County: San Mateo

Welcome to Upenuf View Lodge, circa 1914, one of the original lodges in the hills. 3 bed/3 bath on 4+ acres. Artist studio built in the 1860′s, and 2 bed/2bath guest house. Unique opportunity to bring this family compound into the 21st century. Live amongst the Redwoods with unsurpassed views of the valley. Barbara Butler designed playhouse. Award winning Portola Valley Schools. Only 10 minutes to 280

131210-upenuf-wutWait – artist studio built in the 1860s? That would be like being built in 1660 if this were the East Coast, or 1060 if we were in England.

Do you think this is the studio that dates from the Civil War, or just the Barbara Butler designed playhouse? Inquiring minds want to know… who the heck is Barbara Butler?

Also, check out the map on Redfin, this home is west of Skyline.  From some of the other Redfin photos, you’ll find this property is much more La Honda Hippie than Woodside Wealth.

Comments (5) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:07 am

November 9, 2013

We’re Number One! In Rent!

Take that, NYC.  San Francisco rents are even higher than yours.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader Petsmart Groomer for passing this awesome news along.

San Francisco Rents Skyrocket, Up 10.1% From Last Year

Forbes, LIFESTYLE | 11/05/2013 @ 12:59PM | 2,823 views

131108-rents-listTrulia TRLA +3.3% Chief Economist Jed Kolko dives into the latest findings from the Trulia Rent Monitor, the earliest leading indicator of how rents are trending nationally and locally. It adjust for the changing mix of listed homes and therefore show what’s really happening to rents.

Among the 25 largest rental markets, rents are rising fastest in San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle, while they’re falling slightly in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. San Francisco has not only the steepest year-over-year rent increase, but also has the highest median rent ($3250/month) for 2-bedroom units in the country, edging out the New York metro ($3150). No other market comes close to San Francisco and New York: Boston, the third-most expensive, comes in at $2300. At the other extreme, median rent for a 2-bedroom unit is less than $1000 in Phoenix, St. Louis, and Las Vegas.

Can you imagine how much higher SF rent would be if they threw in Santa Clara County? And there is a bit of a cheat in here, buried deep in the FAQ we discover this nugget:

Some MSA’s [Metropolitan Statistical Areas] are split into Metropolitan Divisions, which we use instead of MSA’s where available. For example, we report the “San Francisco – San Mateo – Redwood City” and “Oakland – Fremont – Hayward” metropolitan divisions separately, rather than the “San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont” MSA.  [explanation added –ed.]

Ho, ho, ho! So that’s how we did it, by throwing away away Oakland, Richmond, and Hayward, City of Diversity!  Meanwhile the New York City subcategory, according to this thrilling OMB document on Metropolitan Statistical Areas, is still saddled with all the working-class outer boroughs as well as the pricier suburbs.  At least we now know which government agency is responsible for splitting SF and SJ into two separate metro areas.

Comments (1) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:07 am