September 17, 2009

Driveway with 4+ car capacity in San Mateo

1953 IVY St, San Mateo, CA 94403 | MLS# 80941349
1953 IVY St San Mateo, CA 94403
Price: $868,000

Beds: 3
Baths: 3
Sq. Ft.: 1,439
$/Sq. Ft.: $603
Lot Size: 4,000 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Year Built: 1921
Community: Fiesta Gardens
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 80941349
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 11 days
Extraordinary Fiesta Gardens home, completely remodeled, large master suite w/ 2 add’l bedroom suites. Detached garage converted to 237 sqft in-law unit (not incl in sqftage), driveway has 4 car capacity. Dramatic kitchen w/ granite counters, stainless apps & handsome cherry cabinetry. All baths have fun, artistic twists of color and textures. Lush gardens accented w/ fruit trees & roses.

Thanks to Burbed reader sonarrat for this find.

What an interesting listing! It has such a fun and festive combination of facts! Let’s take a look at this dramatic kitchen shall we?


Wow. Stainless steel! Granite! Wow. Very dramatic. I think we should call TNT and let them know about this kitchen, as they claim to know drama. (BTW, what’s that on the wall above the range?)

But let’s face it, the real benefit of this house is the fact that it has a driveway that can fit 4+ cars. With everyone aspiring to be Jay Leno these days, it’s quite easy to rack up a huge number of cars. And, the fact that you can monetize the garage as a rental means that there will be even more cars. Fortunately this house can accommodate it all.

You can probably even rent out part of that driveway for parking spots. Cha-ching!

And at the end of a hard day of work being an entrepreneur, you can go outside to your lush gardens and say “This is all mine (in 40 years).”


Comments (67) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:42 am

August 13, 2009

This house is fine art in San Mateo

829 N IDAHO St, San Mateo, CA 94401 | MLS# 80937239
829 N IDAHO St San Mateo, CA 94401
Price: $799,500

Beds: 4
Baths: 2.5
Sq. Ft.: 2,110
$/Sq. Ft.: $379
Lot Size: 7,250 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 2
Year Built: 1929
Community: Bowie Estate
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 80937239
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 7 days
Classic Spanish Style Single Family Home in San Mateo! 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, Living Room with Fireplace, Formal Dining Room, Kitchen with Breakfast Area, Sun Room. Hardwood Floors, Large Backyard with Patio & Lawn. 1 Car Garage, Large Lot!

Thanks to Burbed reader Wendy for this find.

Let’s look at the picture she found most intriguing:


While Wendy thought that this was simply a woman sleeping on a couch, this is in fact representative of a fine art style in San Mateo – I believe this is known as “Woman in Real Bay Area haute couture in gentle slumber”

But to truly understand what’s going on here, we must interpret the picture. What is the woman dreaming of? Is it the same dream as yours? Of owning this fine home in the center of the world? Is it a dream? Or is it reality? Your reality. Just stop by your local Realtor to realize this reality. Quickly!

This photo alone increase the house’s value by at least $50,000!

Thanks Wendy!

(And thanks to nomadic for pointing out there was no post today – stupid draft button…)

Comments (35) -- Posted by: burbed @ 10:05 am

July 29, 2009

This San Mateo house is the American Dream defined

1022 S DELAWARE St, San Mateo, CA 94402 | MLS# 80931255
1022 S DELAWARE St San Mateo, CA 94402
Price: $469,950

Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 860
$/Sq. Ft.: $546
Lot Size: 4,280 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Contemporary
Stories: 1
Year Built: 1949
Community: Hayward Park
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 80931255
Source: MLSListings
Status: Pending With Release
On Redfin: 14 days
Move in ready! Not a short sale or REO! This beautifully updated home includes updated kitchen and bathroom with new appliances, upgraded lighting and fixtures. Newly installed carpeting and tile flooring. Fresh paint in & out and professional landscaping. Beautiful garage conversion (permits unknown)

Thanks to Burbed reader Jeff for this find!

Apple pie, lawns, debt, and baseball – America. And this house further realizes the American Dream by having a striped lawn.

That’s right – no longer do you have to lust after the fields at NameOfTheDay Park, you can have it right at home. Sure a full game of baseball might be hard since your lot is just 4,280 square feet – but maybe you can play half court baseball. Uh. Or something like that.

I was going to say “Go ahead and buy your slice of the American Dream today” – but it looks like someone has beat you already.

Best of luck buying your own ballfield!

Comments (101) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:40 am

July 14, 2009

$425k house in San Mateo – RV parking in back of home

In light of Sunday’s post on houses for $400,000 across the nation, this week Burbed is featuring a selection of Bay Area houses for the same price.

1819 HAMLET St, San Mateo, CA 94403 | MLS# 80927588
1819 HAMLET St San Mateo, CA 94403
Price: $425,000

Beds: 3
Baths: 2
Sq. Ft.: 1,220
$/Sq. Ft.: $348
Lot Size: 5,280 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Contemporary
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 1954
Community: Parkside
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 80927588
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 24 days
3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Parkside Fixer Upper! Hardwood Floors under carpeting. RV parking in back of home. This home has a lot of potential, but is a contractor’s special. This is a Probate Sale, with possible court confirmation.

Alright, at $425,000 this is a tad more expensive than the $400k price point we were aiming for. But let’s face it, this house is full of potential. You’ve got what clearly is part of an original Roman empire wall (who knew they got all the way to San Mateo) and some giant kitty litter boxes for your lions!

It’s a contractor’s special, and as we all know, a huge part of Silicon Valley’s workforce is self-employed as contractors. So go ahead you RoR contractor – this house is for you!

And while you’re fixing it up, just camp out in your RV behind the house – ‘cuz this house has room for one and is just dying for one.

Win win win!

Comments (21) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:01 am

June 15, 2009

If you like these owners, you’ll love this house!

421 S Eldorado St, San Mateo, CA 94402 | MLS# 15523897
421 S Eldorado St San Mateo, CA 94402
Price: $580,000

Beds: 3
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 930
$/Sq. Ft.: $624
Lot Size: 920 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Single family
Style: Bungalow
Stories: 1
View: City
Year Built: 1912
Community: Safe, Clean, Stable
County: San Mateo
Listing #: 15523897
Source: Zillow
Status: Active
On Redfin: 304 days
What the Owner Loves: Easy access transportation to 280, 101, 92, Caltran, Buses. Walk to center of village.

Thanks to Burbed reader Jeff for this find!

As everyone knows, social media, having a conversation, being authentic – those are the things that make companies rich. Look at Apple and Google and how they are so open and having a conversation with their customers and using social media. Uh. I mean. Facebook. Look at how much money they are bringing in. Uh.

Well in any case, these owners took it to heart and made this ad personal. Forget interior pictures, it shows the people who have been taking care of this house for you. It even features what the owners love! Sweet!

Personally, I like the community – it’s “Safe, clean, stable”

What an awesome name! Maybe you should get your community to rename itself “Awesome, amazing, and astounding!”

Comments (39) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:51 am

June 8, 2009

$276,000 in instant equity in San Mateo – free energy as well!

414 CAVANAGH St, San Mateo, CA 94403 | MLS# 80916757
414 CAVANAGH St San Mateo, CA 94403
Price: $399,000

Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 870
$/Sq. Ft.: $459
Lot Size: 5,500 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Ranch
Stories: 1
Year Built: 1949
Community: North Shoreview/Dore Cavanaugh
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 80916757
Source: MLSListings
Status: Pending With Release
On Redfin: 49 days
Great home in move-in condition. Bath with tile floors and shower, updated kitchen with new tile counter tops and cabinets, great back yard with mature fruit tree and detached new bonus room(no permit)used as office/workshop.

Thanks to Burbed reader Wendy for this find. Wow… what a great deal for a cute little house. Let’s check out the bonus in the back:


Aw. This house comes with its own little Mini-Me!

But wait… Wendy has something important to say:

This cute, 2/1 move-in ready house is in San Mateo. And for only $399k it seemed way too good to be true. The best part of it is that the backyard backs up into a giant power station. You would never know from the photos since they are all taken from the opposite direction. But the moment you step into the kitchen or out the backyard, it is all you can see. You can see the power lines from the satellite photo view. The scariest thing is that the current owners apparently purchased it for $675k back in 2005 and now have to short sale it. But alas, time is running out, someone has already put an offer in on this unique jewel.

Hm. Maybe it’s time we looked past mini-me to see the whole picture. Here’s a Bird’s Eye View:


Um. Uh. Wow.

Well is it any wonder this house used to be priced at $675,000? It comes with unlimited energry. Just get a whole bunch of hangers, move them back and forth repeatedly, boom! You’re not just inducing current, you’re inducing free cash flow and profits!

Awesome find. No wonder it has been snatched up already!

Comments (92) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:33 am

May 21, 2009

San Mateo back in the Real Bay Area?

139 14TH Ave, San Mateo, CA 94402 | MLS# 80921627
139 14TH Ave San Mateo, CA 94402
Price: $678,000

Beds: 1
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 660
$/Sq. Ft.: $1,027
Lot Size: 5,000 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Cottage/Bungalow
Stories: 1
Year Built: 1908
Community: Hayward Park
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 80921627
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 9 days
Excellent Condo Alternative. No Association Dues. 1908 Cottage in the heart of desirable HAYWARD PARK. New Roof, Bathroom, Refrigerator, Washer, Dryer and Gas Stove. . Lot is big enough to build a new 2500 sq/ft home. Subject to City Approval. 5000 Sq. ft. Lot

Thanks to Burbed reader Jeff for this find. Wow! $1027 per square foot? If this doesn’t put San Mateo back in the running for Real Bay Area, I don’t know what does! This is freakin’ awesome!

And… apparently it’s a great candidate for a tear down!

The yellow-ish sky does concern me a little bit. And what’s up with that strange window in the back? What the heck is going on in this photo?

Well, it doesn’t matter – it’s in the heart of HAYWARD PARK. Sure you’ve never heard of it, I’ve never heard of it, but it’s in all caps so it must be important.

Woo the good times are coming back!

Comments (20) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:53 am

May 12, 2009

Affordable house in San Mateo with easy access to train… and freway

111 N RAILROAD Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401 | MLS# 80917413
111 N RAILROAD Ave San Mateo, CA 94401
Price: $379,000

Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 1,120
$/Sq. Ft.: $338
Lot Size: 1,989 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 1904
Community: Eastern Addition/Downtown Area
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 80917413
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 26 days
Great Opportunity for first time buyers!!! 3 Bedrooms 1 Bath, Ready to move in! Property is located in the heart of San Mateo, access to shoping Centers & freways.

Generally listings without photos don’t appear on Burbed, but this find from Burbed reader Sam required an exception.

Come on… look how affordable it is! And for a 1904 house too no less.

But what really attracted me was the street name… let’s take a look an aerial map:


Wow. That does have easy access to rails! But… uh… does it have easy access to the street. Frankly I’m a bit confused as to which house is actually for sale.

Can anyone provide some clarifications?

Otherwise, this is insanely affordable. Almost too affordable!

Comments (10) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:54 am

February 16, 2009

Perfect house for 2 families in San Mateo – 5 bedrooms, 2 bath

1532 Cypress Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401 MLS# 80829986 – Property Details



* Status: Active
* Bedroom: 5
* Bathroom: 2
* Year Built: 1944
* Lot Size: 5000
* Square Footage: 1890
* List Date: 8/25/2008
* Garage Spaces: 1
* MLS#: 80829986

Ideal for a Large Family or even 2 Families!!! Property has been used as a Duplex. Unit in front has 3 bedrooms, 1 bath. Rear unit has 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and each unit has its own bath and kitchen. Both are in very good conditions and separate entrances. County records shows 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms home. RV Parking and Detached Garage … Located on a quiet street.. LOOK AGENT REMARKS..

As we all know, the economy isn’t doing so well in other parts of the nation. So it is only a matter of time before Bay Area residents will have family and friends from other states, knocking on their doors, asking them to take them in for shelter.

Being that the Bay Area is known for its amazing generosity and charity, this is the perfect house for you. Move in, and easily fit in another family in this 5/2. Heck – it might even be a 6/2 depending on which way the window blows!

Plan ahead now and buy this house so you can help those who are not fortunate enough as you to live in the Bay Area – real or otherwise.


Comments (47) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:10 am

February 12, 2009

Garage not included in square foot report – San Mateo

1811 Kehoe Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401 South Shoreview MLS# 80844189 – Property Details


* Status: Active
* Bedroom: 4
* Bathroom: 3
* Year Built: 1955
* Lot Size: 5880
* Square Footage: 1800
* List Date: 11/7/2008
* Garage Spaces: 2
* MLS#: 80844189
Totally remodeled 4/3 approx 1800 sq ft(not incl garage).fresh paint,warm colors,plush carpeting,updtd kitchen,LR w/operable skylight.Mas w/skylight,recessed lighting,mst bath w/jacuzzi tub,tiled flr,pedestal sink,new electrical panel,2 car garage,RV parking,front yard w/deck,& large tree & brick accents,large backyard w/storage shed,some dual pane wndws.CAT 5 wiring.Permits.

More truth in advertising! Hurray! Today’s ad clearly states that the square footage does not, and I repeat, does not include the garage!

What does that mean for you, the buyer? That actually, this house is plenty huge – there’s a bunch of square feet hidden away in the garage, waiting for you to convert into another unit.

I love how this ad also mentions that there are permits. That’s a distinguishing feature here in the Bay Area sometimes.

Comments (138) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:05 am