July 1, 2011

Too Late! Charming House in Redwood City You Can’t Have

burbedguestbloggerHere’s another terrific submission from Burbed reader sfbubblebuyer, who takes the front page again today as Guest Blogger.  We’re going back to one of our favorite sources for the quintessential Burbed residence: Redwood City!  Alas, the house has sold since it was submitted, but it’s still worth admiring!

Please give sfbubblebuyer your best, warmest Real Bay Area welcome!

677 HAMPSHIRE Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063


BATHS: 1.5
SQ. FT.: 1,080
$/SQ. FT.: $231
LOT SIZE: 5,000 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Cottage/Bungalow
VIEW: Neighborhood
COMMUNITY: Dumbarton
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81058792

Open and bright home with well used space. Formal entry/foyer, living room is spacious, eat-in family kitchen, nicely fenced with a gated long driveway leading to detached garage. Location is convenient and close to school and school grounds. Good opportunity to own a home.

imageThe best thing about this piece of crap is that TWO Redfin agents have toured it. One notes the mold in the bedrooms which is easily visible in the photos, and the other one notes a “shed-like structure in backyard.” Not a shed, a shed-like structure. OoooOOOH! What a mystery!

I must find out more about this shed-like structure! Perhaps it is the entrance to Batman’s west-coast secret base! Maybe it conceals a nuclear missile launch bay! Who knows? Because it’s not a shed, but a SHED-LIKE STRUCTURE!


imageIf we move on to the listing agent, they want to make it absolutely clear that not only is this house close to the a school, it’s also close to the ground on which the school is located!

What a relief! I was afraid this house was in some Esheresque void in Redwood City where you can reach up and touch the school, but to get to the GROUNDS, you needed to climb dozens of space warping staircases to navigate your way there.


Comments (10) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:12 am

June 20, 2011

House for the Adventurous in Redwood City

Here’s a really special find from Burbed reader tuno.

150 FINGER Ave, Redwood City, CA 94062


BATHS: 2.5
SQ. FT.: 3,040
$/SQ. FT.: $427
LOT SIZE: 0.34 Acres
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Spanish
VIEW: Neighborhood
COMMUNITY: High School Acres
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81122866
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 15 days

Wonderful Spanish Style in Wellesley Park. Beautiful Two Level Home with large 1/3 acre lot. This spacious Wellesley Park home offers 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths plus an office. Enjoy 3,040 sq. ft. of living area on two stories. This classic home abounds w/ character throughout: concrete floors and walls, custom wrought-iron handrails and copper gutters. A great home for entertaining both indoors & out!

Here’s what tuno had to say about this listing:

imagewhat caught my eye re this one was the presentation photo; you know, the first one you see, the one that is supposed to represent the house.  I thought gee, why would they want you to think that this is a high crime area???  esp. when the house is so costly?

then when I saw the baby blue formica in the kitchen, the big "martini" sign, and the other bits of wrought iron, I realized that I was looking at a genuine "swingers" house, and that the window bars are to keep excited partiers *in*.

Um, yeah, party on.  Maybe they can invite the two dudes chillin’ over.

Comments (91) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:08 am

June 13, 2011

“Price Reduction” in Redwood City. New lower “price”. And more quotes.



Beds: 3
Baths: 2.5
Sq. Ft.: 1,890
$/Sq. Ft.: $489
Lot Size: 6,000 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Ranch
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 1980
Community: High School Acres
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 81115802
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active





On Redfin: 49 days

Thanks to Burbed Reader Overheard in San Carlos for this find!

Wow… a price reduction? In this booming economy? What’s going on!


Oh… it’s one of those price reductions. A “nudge nudge wink wink” kind of price reductions.

But what really caught the attention of O.S.C. was the comment about walking distance. According to Google Maps, this is a .8 mile walk to the Redwood City Caltrain station. It requires a pleasant walk down bucolic and peaceful streets like Broadway and, the street of royalty, El Camino Real.

Is this considered walking distance by your standards?


Comments (22) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:59 am

May 5, 2011

Huge Yard for income also

Today’s featured listing is from Burbed reader Tuno!  Thanks very much for this this fab find, the kind of listing that this site is famous for!

442 1st Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063


BATHS: 1.5
SQ. FT.: 810
$/SQ. FT.: $271
LOT SIZE: 6,975 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
VIEW: Neighborhood
COMMUNITY: Dumbarton
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81054683
STATUS: Pending With Release
ON REDFIN: 170 days

Huge Yard. Smaller home and its rented right now. Great income property they rent out part of the yard for income also. 2 bedroom 1 bath needs some love.

Here’s what tuno had to say about today’s house:

just an amazingly crappy crapshack that sold for 501K (!!!!!) in 2004.  it is so very, very awful.  and I *like* awful little houses.  but *yuck*.  and they claim as a selling point that part of the *yard* is presently being rented out!!!

They rent out… part of the yard… for income also.  And this is a 2/1.5 right?  Well 2/1 of that 2/1.5 needs some love.  That means there’s a perfectly content half bathroom.  And the inside pictures aren’t that bad as crapshacks go.  But the outside!  Ahhhh, and remember, this yard is working for you!


Look how many vehicles are parked here, obviously the property owner is making so much in rent he’s buying extra trucks and boats!  Remember: 1. Buy a house.  2. Rent some or all of it out.  3. Profit!!!!!!

Want to make even more money? TIME-SHARE!  Like fifty bucks to park in your yard during a big event near your house.  Or five hundred dollars to helpfully inform the cops the “bad guy” they’re looking for just headed toward the airport.  Rent your house, and then rent it during your tenants’ vacation or work hours; PROFIT MORE!

Comments (16) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:09 am

February 25, 2011

Serf’s Up in Redwood City!

Sometimes Burbed readers find a great house to share but can’t wait for us to write it up, post it and finally have it appear.  After all, we only post one house per weekday.  So instead they post the house to comments, and then we think, dang!  That’s such a terrific find, if only they’d sent to us for a write-up.  And sometimes we think, oh hell, we’ll write it up anyway!  So, you may have seen this before, but it’s getting the Full Burby!  Our thanks to Burbed reader Tuno for this insightful look at socioeconomic disparity.

Remember, if you prefer the element of surprise, you can always send listings and contributions to either burbed or madhaus (at) burbed.com.

367 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City, CA 94062


SQ. FT.: 750
$/SQ. FT.: $679
LOT SIZE: 0.25 Acres
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Cabin
VIEW: Neighborhood
COMMUNITY: Cordilleras Heights
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81100851
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 43 days

Bank Owned Home located in one of the most desirable areas of upper Redwood City. This home offers 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, kitchen and living / dining room combo. The lot size is approximately . 25 acres. This home has great potential. Seller is extremely motivated – all reasonable offers welcomed.

Here’s what Tuno had to say about the house:

this is one of my favorite houses at the moment, because it is a perfect Serf House.  if you go to street view and look at it (you may have to scroll up the road a little), it looks like an ordinary very modest little house.  then turn around and see what is across the street.  Presto  -  you can be the live-out serf!!!
the house across the street may not be as magnificant as your examples, madhaus, but *they* don’t include serf huts.

Well, we’d best take a look at that Street View and see what Tuno is talking about!  Here’s the so-called Serf House we’re featuring today.


Not many Street View photos manage to fit three different houses on three different lots into one picture, but this one did it!  Wondering how?  Have a gander at those lot lines!


Hey, let’s have that peek at the house across the street, because its profile is wider than it is deep.


Whoa!  The other place had both neighbors elbowing their way into the picture, but this housing tumor just crowds the lens!  After looking at this across-the-street view, you’ll feel like you live in picture #9 from the listing:


They’ve even left the door open for you!  Maybe the current live-out serf is hard at work threshing the wheat.  No wonder the seller is extremely motivated!

Comments (18) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:06 am

December 27, 2010

Clearance Sale – Redwood City

Everything must go!  The banks say get these houses off the books, so here’s your opportunity to become a homeowner in time for the New Year!  Thanks to Burbed reader sonarrat for this listing.

843 Chestnut St, Redwood City, CA 94063

Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 1,020
$/Sq. Ft.: $270
Lot Size: 5,000 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Year Built: 1946
Community: Lenolt
County: San Mateo  
MLS#: 81058167
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 5 days

Great opportunity to own a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home. Wood flooring and double pane vinyl windows throughout. Roof is about 2 years old. Shopping center and public transportation close by.

image Here’s what sonarrat says: “This isn’t just another one of those houses next to Caltrain.. no, in this case, the freighters run right down the middle of the street. Endless hours of fun for the rail enthusiast!”

Yes sir, those train tracks are right in front of the house.  Good thing there’s double pane vinyl windows throughout!

Let’s get a better view of the tracks.  After all, a house for a train fanatic needs the appropriate features called out.  Whooo-whoooooooo!  Perfect house for an engineer!


Purchased in 1996 for $200K and a steal at twice the price,  buy with Redfin and save $1,031!

Comments (78) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:53 am

December 8, 2010

Cheapest house in San Mateo County! It’s in Redwood City!

Beds: 1
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 630
$/Sq. Ft.: $278
Lot Size: 2,625 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Cottage/Bungalow
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 1905
Community: Dumbarton
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 81020028
Source: MLSListings
Status: ActiveThis listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.
On Redfin: 204 days
Bank Owned. Small Cottage Style house with loads of potential. Large Living Room. Granite Kitchen Countertops(no oven)Seller will install stove w/ accepted Offer. Good size bedroom overlooks backyard. Inside laundry!Cute front and back yards. 1 Car Carport. Close to Caltrain, shopping and restaurants! $75.00 Doc Fee paid by buyer. All contracts/offers subject to Indymac/OneWest Sr. Management Approval

Black Friday Mania Deals continue! Today, let’s look at the cheapest house in San Mateo County! Go figure, it’s in Redwood City!

I love how this house offers the buyer the chance to pay $75 for the doc fee – don’t you just hate it when the seller insists on doing that? I also love how the seller will install the stove once there’s an accepted offer. Hey, you can’t blame him – there might be sneaky renters posing as buyers who will come in during the open house, rip the stove out, and sell it for scrap so they can buy some more heroin. You know how those renters are, always jonesing for the next hit!

Oh… wait a minute… now I know why this house looks familiar…


August 7, 2008

Time to do your Christmas Shopping in Redwood City – sales are on!

170 Northumberland Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063 MLS# 80780395 – Property Details
170 Northumberland Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063


Hey, this was a great deal then… it’s an even better deal today! Go for it! What are you waiting for!

Comments (20) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:02 am

November 5, 2010

1/4 the price, but is it worth it?


801 INTREPID Ln Redwood Shores, CA 94065


Beds: 3
Baths: 3
Sq. Ft.: 1,800
$/Sq. Ft.: $455
Lot Size: -
Property Type: Townhouse
Style: Contemporary
Stories: 1-3 (Low Rise)
View: Mountains, Lake
Year Built: 1989
Community: Lighthouse Cove
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 81047063
Source: MLSListings
Status: ActiveThis listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.
On Redfin: 40 days
Regatta’s Halcyon plan on the wide water! Views from most rooms with westerly exposure ensconced. You’ll love the 18′ ceilings, imported glass block detailing, upgraded carpets, skylights and much more. You’ll luxuriate in the new master bathroom with new marble shower surround w/ seamless glass shower, new soothing tub and marble counters! Don’t miss the pool and spa.
Thanks to Burbed reader Bob for this find!
Here’s what Bob had to say!

Here’s my recommendations. I know people have given me hell over making comparisons, but I think its always interesting to see what "the rest of the country" is like in regards to housing costs.Here goes nothing.
So here’s a comparison:
The first is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath 1,800 sq foot home in Redwood city. Its referred to in the listing as a "co-op". It can be yours for $819,000

Done. That’s above.


As its comparison, here is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath house outside of Nashville TN.
It is about the same size- 1,844 sq feet and was built in 1930. The house has been fully renovated. Total cost? $219,000, or about 4 times less than the Redwood city house. Again- this is a comparison.

Well, let’s take a look:


Now, on face value this might seem ridiculous – after all, the Redwood Shores one is 4x as much and is likely to fall into the Bay when the Big One hits.

But that’s face value – let’s talk about FaceTime and FaceBook! Do they have Apple or social networking startups in Nashville? Nope. How are you going to make your millions there? Do they have a 2010 World Series Champion there? Probably not. Do they have the Bay Area’s best schools? Of course not!

Sorry Bob. Sure this might be 1/4 the price, but I can’t even think of 1/4 the reason why anyone would want to move to Nashville. And I haven’t even brought up the sushi argument yet…

Comments (42) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:54 am

November 1, 2010

TONS of UPSIDE Potential!!!

burbed reader sonarrat has yet another find in Redwood City.  And unlike Jerry Garcia’s place, this is a much more convenient drive to Google.

115 G St  Redwood City, CA 94063


Beds: 3
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 970
$/Sq. Ft.: $566
Lot Size: 5,565 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Contemporary
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 1950
Community: Lenolt
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 81007842
Source: MLSListings
Status: Pending With Release

Nice quiet location in charming neighborhood. Seperate Dining Room. Spacious kitchen. Large Backyard, great school District. TONS of UPSIDE Potential!! Needs work but worth it!!

imageNeeds work?  How can a find like this need work?  It’s so ready to sell the mantle is jumping for joy,

Check out the price history of this home!  It’s such a hot property that they had to raise the asking price by a full $100K in just six months!  Not many properties in 94063 can pull that off. Clearly, this one is Special.

And don’t worry about the sellers withholding too much of your equity.  They owe $580K on this place per Redfin.  We won’t work out how that happened when the house cost them $207K in 1997. 

Surely whoever buys this find won’t make that mistake again.  Although the house has been delisted since August, it sure seems to be taking its time closing.  Maybe you could find out the problem and snatch it away from those dilly-dalliers.  Now that’s upside potential.

Comments (8) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:02 am

October 31, 2010

The Most Expensive Zip Codes – The Series You Hate, The Cities You Loathe

Welcome to Part 5 of the least popular series ever on burbed, ever.  You’re welcome.  Forbes thanks you too, since we’re making fun of their mistakes when they wrote an article on the 500 most expensive zips, and hired Altos Research to do their data crunching.

Here are the first four parts for you masochists who can’t get enough numbers, maps, and boring fascinating statistics.

Today we’re going to cover the zips ranked 151-200.  But to reduce the complaining just a tiny bit, we’ll leave out anywhere that isn’t within reasonable commuting distance to the Googleplex.  Actually if I left out everywhere more than 10 miles from Google we’d only have four cities today, which might not be such a bad thing.

image #151 – 94306 Palo Alto

Median Home Price: $1,270,424
Median Price Change: 4%
Average Days On Market: 67
Inventory: 69 properties
Median Household Income: $82,314

At least this time we’re going to start much closer to where the jobs are.  This is a very important zip code.  If you remember this article, 94306 is the only zip code that’s left in the Real Bay Area (RBA) anymore, if you define RBA as the place where prices don’t go down.  So despite being the #2 zip in Palo Alto (94301 came in at #73 on the list), it’s #1 in the RBA.  It’s also last in the RBA, because none of the other zips qualified at all.

The real reason 94306 went up while prices everywhere else collapsed is because it’s the cheap section of Palo Alto.  This area, formerly the city of Mayfield, featured small homes on small lots which people now tear down and put in oversized mini-mansions that loom over the remaining bungalows.  Unfortunately, real estate statistics are oblivious to such trends, such as someone paying money to remodel or replace a house.  Instead you see crazy price increases and think the neighborhood is red-hot rather than full of sawdust and paint fumes.  If the sale price stats subtracted out the money paid for construction, there’s a good chance 94306 would have dropped as much or even more than the other zips around it.

#160 – 94549 Lafayette

Median Home Price: $1,225,110
Median Price Change: -4%
Average Days On Market: 88
Inventory: 126 properties
Median Household Income: $101,555
Ignored Because: In the East Bay

#170 – 94941 Mill Valley

Median Home Price: $1,185,211
Median Price Change: NA
Average Days On Market: 106
Inventory: 197 properties
Median Household Income: $91,283
Ignored Because:  Model for Hill Valley in Back to the Future

#171 – 94563 Orinda

Median Home Price: $1,184,089
Median Price Change: -5%
Average Days On Market: 101
Inventory: 101 properties
Median Household Income: $119,832
Ignored Because: In East Bay, even closer to Oakland than Lafayette

image #173 – 94303 Palo Alto

Median Home Price: $1,175,241
Median Price Change: -5%
Average Days On Market: 59
Inventory: 34 properties
Median Household Income: $64,256

It’s a pretty safe bet that the median home price hasn’t been contaminated by East Palo Alto (which shares this zip code), but take a look at that median household income.  It’s about $20,000 less than 94306, which has a fairly similar set of residents (in the Palo Alto part of the zip, anyway).

While the zip shares with the Oaklandesque East Palo Alto (hey, at least it brought you IKEA), it also has some nice areas in midtown as well as the West Marine on San Antonio Road.  (Remember, yachties spend like drunken sailors because they are drunken sailors.)

Since 94303 has just everything in the whole city that hugs US 101, that isn’t helping matters.  Some of the lower-cost Eichlers in South Palo Alto that get torn down and replaced by monster houses are in 94303, too.  Hope they put in triple-pane windows like they did at Gables End.

#175 – 94965 Sausalito

Median Home Price: $1,173,479
Median Price Change: -11%
Average Days On Market: 149
Inventory: 84 properties
Median Household Income: $76,808
Ignored Because: Has stupid song written about it

#179 – 94705 Berkeley

Median Home Price: $1,152,174
Median Price Change: -1%
Average Days On Market: 70
Inventory: 30 properties
Median Household Income: $68,112
Ignored Because: Shares zip code with Oakland, lousy state-funded college

image #184 – 94025 Menlo Park

Median Home Price: $1,134,946
Median Price Change: -9%
Average Days On Market: 88
Inventory: 179 properties
Median Household Income: $89,572

When you realize that this zip stretches from the foothills near I-280 all the way to the slums of Belle Haven, that median home price is rather impressive.  Not every city the size of Menlo Park has to make due with a single zip code.  Palo Alto has four distinct zips, and Redwood City has five.

And while a ranking of 184th most expensive zip code in the country is clearly not good enough for the RBA, perhaps Menlo Park could petition the
postal service to split the city into East and West postal zones, in hope of the western half aspiring to the RBA.

Nah, prices down 9%.  Forget it.

image #185 – 94062 Redwood City

Median Home Price: $1,133,462
Median Price Change: -5%
Average Days On Market: 97
Inventory: 111 properties
Median Household Income: $96,677

Ha ha!  What was I just talking about above?  Redwood City is nowhere as high on the snootiness index as Menlo Park, and yet by having several zip codes, they managed to get one of them to qualify for the Forbes list.  And this is the one zip that shares with Woodside, which is quite a bit higher in the rankings (#41). 

Oh, speaking of Woodside, you’ll never guess what Forbes says their median household income is.  That’s right. $96,677.  Nice going, Forbes.  That means the Woodside median should be higher and the Redwood city number lower, but you managed to miss yet another muck-up.

This part of Redwood City includes the Emerald Lake Hills area, which is a delightful mix of new construction and bizarre old places featuring old cars in the front yard.  You know how some places in Atherton look like Greenwich, Connecticut?  Well, Emerald Lake Hills looks like Appalachia where half the residents won the lottery.

#193 – 94515 Calistoga

Median Home Price: $1,102,625
Median Price Change: -17%
Average Days On Market: 140
Inventory: 67 properties
Median Household Income: $44,320
Why Ignored: Can’t take place named after bubble water seriously

#194 – 94610 Piedmont

Median Home Price: $1,094,846
Median Price Change: -51%
Average Days On Market: 64
Inventory: 7 properties
Median Household Income: $49,066
Why Ignored: Not only down 51%, but completely surrounded by Oakland.  Completely.  Rival zip 94611 is #74 on list.  I also call BS on Forbes for that median household income.  It’s probably mixed up with the part of OAKLAND this zip shares with.  Oakland, it’s full of Oakland.

image #199 – 95032 Los Gatos

Median Home Price: $1,079,587
Median Price Change: -1%
Average Days On Market: 111
Inventory: 183 properties
Median Household Income: $93,118

It’s the home of Netflix!  Woo-hoo!

The second-best zip in Los Gatos (95030 came in at #38), this zip features delightful estates in the foothills and higher, as well as ho-hum tract houses in the flats near freeways.

Now, take a look at that median home price, above.  It’s barely over a million smackeroos, and we’ve almost hit the 200 mark.  That means the next installment (if there is one) will feature houses in “expensive zip codes” that are under a million dollars dollars for a median price.

Think about that for a moment.  Where we live is so Special that we think of houses under a million dollars as not particularly worth commenting on.  At least most of the zips we’ve shown so far are above the average price for a house in this area.  But as we work our way down that list of 500 zips, we’re going to start to see some very ordinary places that are still more expensive than 44,000 other zip codes in the entire country.

Coming Soon: burbed guest editor forcibly retired for not stopping worst series ever, assailed by mob with pitchforks and torches.  Plus, Part 716 of Bing Maps Galore!

Comments (6) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am