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 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

June 28, 2013

Make this 6 BR house into a 6 BR retreat and please buy it already

We’re taking another drive by Redwood City this week, but this time we’re headed for the hills. Emerald Hills, that is. Or Cordilleras Heights, depending on which realtard portal you choose.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader laurenatuw for this find somewhere in the Woodside zip code. 

130627-california-redfin645 CALIFORNIA Way
Redwood City, CA 94062
$1,700,000

9 Beds
6 Baths
3,100 Sq. Ft.
$548 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 2007
Lot Size: 0.32 Acres
On Redfin: 22 days
Status: Active
Property Type Detached Single Family
Community: Cordilleras Heights
MLS#: 81319700

Best lot in Emerald Hills. Excellent location. 3100 sq foot main house and guest house with additional 579 sq feet. Great possibilities await you. Make it into a 6 bedroom retreat.

130627-california-livingUnfortunately for us, we were unable to find the interesting photos that laurenatuw must have seen when sending this in:

wow, a gem

3100 square foot main house is apparently not big enough to have a couch that wouldn’t block the door.

and maybe they are simply suggesting projects by the abundance of remodel supplies in the pics: tractor, ladder, random plywood, traffic cone – its practically a where’s waldo of construction items hiding in a 1.7mill listing

Alas no remodeling supplies in the current pictures. And for 3100 feet of main house they’re being awfully skimpy on the photos, because here are the other two.

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Fortunately, there are always some sites our there that take their sweet time updating listings.  Today we’re featuring a new one for you: HomeSwing.  (Wow, that sounds kind of sleazy, doesn’t it?  Maybe they arrange key parties.)

For Sale › California › Redwood City › 94062

130627-california-homeswing645 California Way
Redwood City, CA 94062
FOR SALE $1,680,000

  • $8,738/month
  • 9 Bedrooms
  • 6.0 Bathrooms
  • 3100 sq ft
  • Built 2007
  • Single-Family Home

Big Price Reduction. Beautiful Emerald Hills. Expansive 4 yr old home – 9 bdrms, 6 full bath. Main house 3100 sq ft & Guest house is additional 579 sq ft. 14000 sq ft Corner Level lot w/RV access & Electric gate. Backyard is large enough for a pool. (Pool plans already apprvd by design review board)

Property Highlights
  • San Mateo County
  • 9 Bedrooms
  • 130627-california-patio6.0 Bathrooms
  • Finished: 3100 sq ft
  • Built 2007
  • Geo Coordinates: 37.457, -122.276
  • ZIP: 94062
  • Days On Homeswing: 647

Wait, what… 647 days on market?  Unfortunately HomeSwing is leaving out some useful information, such as the MLS ID number so we could see just how old this listing is. But the 2011 copyright on the photos offer us a free clue.  (As do the exact same photos cached from California Moves, along with the MLS ID of #40541748.  As opposed to the other MLS ID of #40617479. Neither of which start with Lucky #8, so they’re probably dangerous.)

130627-california-couchThen we found a different couch blocking the door.

There was also a completely different random view from the second floor than in the most recent set of (only 4) pix. 

Plus a photo of the fence, in case you were worried there weren’t any.  Fences.

We’re sorry we couldn’t find the construction equipment scavenger hunt, but while we’re not finding any, feel free to predict just what the correct price level is to induce the proper overbidding.  This agent is off to a great start raising the price $20K on a house that didn’t sell in two years.

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Bunus: Did you make your best price estimate? See how well you tracked Zillow’s Zestimates! They didn’t think this house was appreciating very quickly. It must have been built in one of those Not Actually In The Real Bay Area portions of an otherwise RBA zip code.

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

June 25, 2013

Go East, Young Man! East Palo Alto!

Last week, site founder and still occasional guest poster burbed brought us a trio of triumphant East Palo Alto Burbed win.  Or would that be Burbed wins?  Let’s return to the scene of the crime and see what else is available at low, low entry prices, possible even for those of us who don’t work at Facegle or GoogIn or Linkedbook.  That is, of course, if you think $700K for not just a house but a business opportunity is a low price.

Thanks very much to Burbed reader Petsmart Groomer for noting there’s more to EPA than just Ikea!

130624-euclid-redfin1910 EUCLID Ave
East Palo Alto, CA 94025
$720,000

4 Beds
2 Baths
1,518 Sq. Ft.
$474 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1947
Lot Size: 5,544 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 69 days
Status: Active
Stories: 1
Community: West of U.S. 101
MLS#: 81312363
View: Neighborhood
County: San Mateo

This very well-maintained East Palo Alto duplex consists of two (2) one-bedroom/one-bath single-story units consisting of approximately 1,518 square feet of livable space situated on a parcel totaling 5,544 square feet. The building is constructed of a wood frame with stucco siding and has a pitched composition shingle roof as well as updated double-pane windows.

130624-euclid-trashbinsWe’re seeing opportunity everywhere in this listing. You get two units. That means you could rent them both out to Facegle employees, live in one and invent the next paradigm shift in the other, or go wild and use both as storage. The sky’s the limit, and don’t’ forget to set up bull spreads to lock in your profits!

Wow, look at this! The previous owner will even throw in these excellent receptacles to hold the cash this place will generate! Complete with wheels so you can take them to the bank of your choice!

Comments (11) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:04 am

June 24, 2013

Rhinestone in the Rough of Redwood City

Feeling a little stomped by the THERE IS NO HOUSING BUBBLE IN THE BAY AREA? Here’s a property for under $750K! There was a time when you could have bought this house with a $729K conforming loan, but then the government had to change the rules on us. Thanks very much to Burbed reader hOtSauCe from San Carlos for the find!

130623-alexander-redfin186 ALEXANDER Ave
Redwood City, CA 94061
$699,900

2 Beds
1 Baths
770 Sq. Ft.
$909 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1952
Lot Size: 2,550 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 48 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Community: Horgan Ranch
MLS#: 81314440
Style: Contemporary
View: Neighborhood
County: San Mateo

A 2BR 1BA single family residential located in a very desirable area west of Redwood City, near the border of Atherton. A diamond in the rough, this starter home has great potential and with some TLC and creativity, can transform into a charming house with picket fences and great curb appeal. Near Woodside Shopping Complex, transportation, school and other commercial establishments.

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The house may need some TLC and creativity, but the picket fences are already there and are painted white for your convenience. Now just work on the curb appeal: check out that Streetview below, and did they have to feature the trash bins in two different listing photos? 

Also practice saying “West Atherton” a bunch.

130621-alexander-streetview

Comments (6) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:04 am

June 22, 2013

The very best house “in the center of silicone Valley”

2148 RALMAR Ave, East Palo Alto, CA 94303

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Let’s face it – there are enormous pools of cash these days, in search of great investment opportunity. You probably have some of that cash, desperate to get some sort of return for it.

And here, ladies and gentlemen, is one of the best investments… ever.

In “the center of silicone Valley” is this amazing cash cow gem. Now, we all know that Realtors cannot lie – because if they do, they are sent to the Realtor Tribunal, judged by other Realtors who have only the highest ethics and professionalism in the land – and thus we must acknowledge that this house really does have 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in a mere 1,728 sqft.

Just think about how many hackers you can fit in there, hacking away at the next service that can allow us to record 200 characters, 8 seconds of video, or find 3 matching virtual dog treats and crush them together. Think how much you will be able to charge these hackers who make $300,000 a year, changing the way we live, eat, sleep, crush virtual dog treats.

It even comes with gated doors and windows, to help the enormously valuable intellectual property that will lie asleep within – dreaming up new ways to help us be more local, social, mobile, farm to fork, Second Life… oh whoops… big data.

This can be yours. It will be yours. Pick up the phone today. But a bid in. No wait, but in two bids. Then hire Frank Gehry and M.C. Escher to remodel this home. Hey, after all, you’ve gotten to level 924 in Kitty Treat Crush Sagas… tackling this remodel will be a cinch for you!

Comments (2) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:33 am

June 21, 2013

On the market for 13 days… or since 2012

2166 UNIVERSITY Ave, East Palo Alto, CA 94303

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Whoa, this has been on the market for 13 days already? And it hasn’t been snapped up despite the prestigious University Avenue address? What’s going on???

Wait a minute! I’m getting that déjà vu feeling all over again. Where have I seen this before?

Are you ready for 2012 – you know, end of the world and all that?

2166 UNIVERSITY Ave
East Palo Alto, CA 94303

$650,000

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Huh. Go figure. 1 year, 1 month later, this house is once again on the market.

Ok, so we all survived the apocalypse and brain eating undead zombies. But, how do we know that it wasn’t a simple off-by-one error and that the world won’t end this year? I bet you could spray paint some silver paint onto that fence and make it look all metal-y. (Of course, someone by then steal your faux metal fence and be sorely disappointed at the scrapper…)

Are you concerned about the end of the world? Are you concerned about privacy? If so, why aren’t you concerned that you don’t own this house already?

Comments (5) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:35 am

June 20, 2013

Hello again 2164 POPLAR Ave!

2164 POPLAR Ave, East Palo Alto, CA 94303

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Hm… something about this listing seems familiar. Where have I seen this before?

Oh wait! I know!

http://www.burbed.com/2008/02/25/rent-or-buy-the-saga-of-2164-poplar-ave-continues/

Very Clean – Beautifluly Remodled Home ++Pics++
1200 / 2br – Very Clean – Beautifluly Remodled Home Pics (east palo alto)

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2164 Poplar Ave, East Palo Alto

This Bungalow style home is located in East Palo Alto. This cozy home is conveniently located near shopping and transportation and the trendy University Avenue area.

The home has 2 bedroom and 1 Bathroom. The House also has been fully remodeled with new paint, granite counter tops, and a large front yard patio.
• Pets are negotiable. • Lease negotiable • AVAILABLE NOW • Security Deposit $1200.00 Please Drive by unit and take a look. If you have any questions please feel free to call 650 270 6869 or 650 344 4066 or just reply to this add.

But didn’t we see this house before? Oh wait that’s right!

http://www.burbed.com/2006/02/09/400k-for-a-1br-1ba-480-sqft/

$400k for a 1br, 1ba 480 sqft house in east palo alto

Cashin Company Realtors
2164 POPLAR AV
EAST PALO ALTO, CA 94303

$399,000

1 Bedrooms, 1 Bath(s)
480 Estimated Sq. Ft.

Listing #: 602056

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Back to 2006 pricing baby! As we all know, Real Estate operates in cycles. We are now back to the “awesome” “sane” “reality” “best time to buy” part of the cycle. And this house has only gotten better with age. Check it out – look how new everything is!

So, what’s stopping you from buying this amazing, famous, legacy house?

Comments (4) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:27 am