August 25, 2014

This Palo Alto home sold for $1.3M. You won’t believe what it is next to.

2411 MIDDLEFIELD Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94301
$1,300,000
3 Beds 
1.5 Baths  1,414 Sq. Ft.
$919 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1947 Lot Size: 6,380 Sq. Ft. Sold On: Aug 22, 2014 Status: Sold

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Looking for a project? Opportunity for total remodel or new construction * Midtown location * Easy access to freeway * Large lot *

Thanks to Burbed reader RE for pointing this out a few weeks back.

“Looking for a project?” Isn’t everyone in the Real Bay Area since we’re all entrepreneurs? Now this is a project!

The insides have all the makings of a $1.3M house:

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Purple cabinets? Check. A range that looks like it is sliding away? Check. A refrigerator that’s… uh… there? Check.

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Bathroom with a shower? Vintage! Adds more value! Check.

Great. Lots of award winning features.

Now, what’s this about easy access to freeway?

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Well, being at the corner of Middlefield and Oregon Expressway, you really can’t quibble with that claim. I mean, it really is close to the freeway.

But being that Middlefield is perpetually backed up, just how would you even leave your driveway?

I guess it doesn’t matter because… well… this house is sold. I hope you act faster next time!

Comments (10) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:59 am






August 18, 2014

House in Cambrian Park with free street art

3224 KILO Ave
San Jose, CA 95124
$820,000 Price 
4 Beds 
3 Baths  1,860 Sq. Ft.
$441 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1954 Lot Size: 5,100 Sq. Ft. On Redfin: 4 days Status: Active

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Bank Owned Property!!!Great Cambrian home in a very popular location. Excellent Schools. Hot tub in the back yard. Double pane windows. Very bright inside. Spacious living room. Laminate hard wood floor at the living room and the hallway. Large kitchen with breakfast room. All three bathrooms are remodeled. The garage is converted to a room without a permit. Two of the bedrooms have walking closets

Here’s what Burbed reader TF had to say:

Not sure if this is a real listing or not. the price is absurd for this crappy neighborhood (good, schools, though). Love the black spraypaint used to cover the graffiti on the yellow garage. Conversion of the one car garage was unpermitted, of course. Maybe the laminate flooring will bring in multiple offers over asking price?

I believe that’s known as street art. In fact, it might have been the kind of street art that leads to multi-million dollar riches like David Choe.

Sadly, it’s been painted over. Maybe if you buy the home, the owner will help you find the artist!

It appears that there may be some street art in along the walls/floors inside the house as well:

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Ooh. So edgey! So gritty! You could totally host a bunch of hackers here, crushing the next disruptive innovation.

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Huh. Maybe someone’s been hacking here already.

In any case, to answer your implied question TF – yes I do believe this is a real listing. In fact, it’s a real opportunity for you to strike it rich!

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

August 11, 2014

Milpitas house with potential garage

222 AUTREY St
Milpitas, CA 95035
$549,000 Price 
3 Beds 
1 Baths  1,122 Sq. Ft.
$489 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1958 Lot Size: 5,922 Sq. Ft. On Redfin: 16 days Status: Active
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This home has potential garage has been converted/with out warranty, no permits for additional, bedrooms Please don’t disturb tenants This is a Short Sale shows well.

Here at Burbed, sometimes it feels like we’ve just about everything.

And then there’s this.

The photo. Was this from a VHS tape shot while driving by? Why is it so blue? And… uh… why?

How does this house have a potential garage? Shouldn’t that be obvious?

But you know what?

This is exactly the kind of disruptive innovation we look for here in the Real Bay Area.

You had no choice but to stop and look at this listing – because it is the Purple Cow.

What will you do with this innovative listing?

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

July 21, 2014

Great starter opportunity in Cupertino with drought tolerant landscaping

10732 MORENGO Dr
Cupertino, CA 95014
$998,888 Price 
3 Beds 
2 Baths  1,249 Sq. Ft.
$800 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1955 Lot Size: 6,600 Sq. Ft. On Redfin: 10 days Status: Active
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Great starter opportunity in the award-winning Cupertino School District. This 3/2 has updates in Kitchen, baths, dual-pane windows, new siding & insulation and drought-tolerant landscaping. Large lot with room for expansion.

Once again, it’s a 888 house in Cupertino. Hey Chinese buyers – this is your lucky house! (Well, that and the other 1204 888 houses…)

Let’s check out the updated kitchen and bath… oh wait… there are no other photos. Huh.

Well, let’s look at this photo then. You can definitely see the drought-tolerant landscaping. I believe the dominant species here is Concretus everywheri. Very drought tolerant. In fact, too much water could definitely be a problem.

I’m a little perplexed as to what that thing in front of the house is. Is that a volley ball net for really tall people?

Something else?

How much do you think this house will sell for? I’m guessing $1.5M.

Comments (4) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:48 am

July 7, 2014

This San Jose house has so many pictures… except for one

1723 TERILYN Ave
San Jose, CA 95122
$499,000 Price 
3 Beds 
1 Baths  960 Sq. Ft.
$520 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1959 Lot Size: 5,000 Sq. Ft. On Redfin: 33 days Status: Active
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Great starter home, newer floors, paint within the las 12months, newer kitchen cabinets, home is imaculate come by and see as it wont last.

Wow. Look at the effort put into this listing. 15 pictures!

So you can see the paint within the “las 12months” and how the home is “imaculate”.

I especially enjoy pictures like this one:

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When people talk about how real estate in the Bay Area defies gravity, they certainly aren’t kidding. Look at this!

So we have pictures of kitchen, hallway, dining room (with fridge), living room, bathroom, courtyard, backyard, yard, rose garden, bed room, rose garden, living room, bed room, and covered grill.

Hm… it really feels like there’s one picture missing.

Oh wait, I know what it is!

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Huh. Strange how the realtor forgot to include this picture! I mean… it’s a gated community… err… house! That’s gotta be worth something!

Question for you: how would you improve this starter home?

Comments (2) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:03 am

June 30, 2014

This Sunnyvale house really rocks! (Rocks not included)

Thanks to burbed reader Greg for this find!

1330 HOLLENBECK Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
$1,095,000 Price
4 Beds
2 Baths  1,675 Sq. Ft.
$654 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1962 Lot Size: 8,140 Sq. Ft. On Redfin: 16 days Status: Active

Excellent neighborhood and location. 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths. Formal entry, wood burning fireplace in living room plus slider to patio via kitchen and Master Bedroom. Large back yard with patio and lots of trees and plants. Needs some TLC, but very much worth the effort. Rock landscaping is not included in sale. Tenant (family member) is willing to negotiate separately for his work.

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So, what caught Greg’s attention?

Will the Tenant really pack up the rocks and take them to his new house? Check the pics, its not like its just 1 or 2 rocks to move…

All for the bargain price of 1,095,000

Well, let’s take a look!

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I love the little bushes! Clearly someone was inspired by this!

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But wait! There’s more!

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Wow… that’s a lot of rocks! A lot of a lot of rock!

Just another very special property, for a very special place Real Bay Area!

How much do you think it will cost for this family member (who has to negotiate separately) to help you clear all these rocks?

Comments (4) -- Posted by: burbed @ 2:53 am

May 12, 2014

This house has a supra lock box

1355 TORRANCE Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
$750,000 Price 
3 Beds 
2 Baths 
1,000 Sq. Ft.
$750 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1956 Lot Size: 5,500 Sq. Ft. On Redfin: 24 days Status: Active

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Supra lock box on Tuesday 4/22/14

People always ask me: How do you know if a house is good?

Well, there’s a few ways. First, knock on the house – is there a dull hollow sound? Oh wait, that’s something else…

Frankly, I look at two things:

1. What type of car is in the driveway?

2. What kind of lock box is used?

This listing, shockingly, answers both.

There appears to be a sweet, sweet, sweet, corvette in the driveway. And it’s held back by a metal gate. This is definitely a sign of greatness. Just sitting in the car, behind the gate, you can pretend you are Joe Biden. Just like this!

Another sign? The lock box. What kind of lock box does the house use? This uses a supra! A supra!

If the realtor didn’t care, then they probably would’ve used another brand of lock box – but the fact that only the best was used means that this is a good house. A great house. I mean, just look at all the photos of… this… uh… house.

Comments (10) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:00 am

May 5, 2014

Fixer upper of the year in Sunnyvale.

764 KILKENNY Ct
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
$699,950
Price 
3
Beds 
1.5
Baths  1,152 Sq. Ft.
$608 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1958 Lot Size: 5,488 Sq. Ft. On Redfin: 2 days Status: Active
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Fixer Upper of the Year located in a Million dollar Neighborhood only minutes to Cupertino Village Shopping Center, Vallco Shopping Mall, Ortega and Raynor Parks, new Apple Headquarters and Top Cupertino Schools:Collins Elementary/Cupertiono Middle/Fremont High School. This home is truly a Diamond in the Rough!

Thanks to Burbed reader M.L. for this find. This is what M.L. had to say:

“Diamond in the rough” – I don’t know why they didn’t just say “bring yer bulldozer.”

Surely you must be kidding. What could possibly be so bad about this home?

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Oh.

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Um.

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Is that a pencil sharpener?

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What?

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But hey it’s got hard wood floors!

Yeah this house has some rough edges, but that’s why it’s a diamond in the rough. A little elbow grease here and there, and definitely some bleach will have this house in brand spanking condition in no time at all!

Isn’t this a great opportunity?

Comments (9) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:06 am

April 28, 2014

IDEAL FOR CREATIVE VISIONARIES

10711 GASCOIGNE Dr
Cupertino, CA 95014
$990,000 Price 
3 Beds 
2 Baths  1,249 Sq. Ft.
$793 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1955 Lot Size: 5,775 Sq. Ft.

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IDEAL FOR CREATIVE VISIONARIES! CHARMING, QUIET NEIGBORHOOD IN CUPTERINO SCHOOL DISTRICT. THE HOME IS BEING SOLD “AS IS”. DON’T MISS OUT ON ALL THIS HOME COULD BE. CLOSE TO SHOPPING AND FREEWAYS

Silicon Valley is full of visionaries. Full of them. Every time you turn the corner, walk into a Philz, you’re bound to bump into at least 328 visionaries.

This realtor also clearly has vision. Let’s take a look:

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You have to admit – that arm in with green sleeve in shot is pretty ground breaking. Think Different!

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I love the staging in this shot. Ironing board. Mattress. Window with no coverings. I think the only reason this isn’t in the SF MoMa right now is because it’s closed for construction!

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And finally, who can deny the vision of this shot: “Giant Red Bed with Camera Strap”

But enough of this realtor’s visionary artistic skills. It’s your turn.

How will you sculpt these pieces of clay into an elegant tapestry? [Bonus points for the first person to get the reference.]

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

April 21, 2014

A must see house in Milpitas

389 SPENCE Ave
Milpitas, CA 95035
$789,000 Price 
5 Beds 
3 Baths  1,949 Sq. Ft.
$405 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1955 Lot Size: 6,000 Sq. Ft.

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Spacious Home in Milpitas Area. Friendly neighborhood and near major shopping easy access to 880 hwy & 237. Closed to school and all High Tech company. Must see

Millions of houses have graced the pages of burbed, and every once in a while a real head scratcher pops up. Like this one.

Did this house start off as being 1 story, and then sprout a second floor on only half of the house?

Are those brick columns really holding up that second floor?

What’s going on with that driveway? Aren’t there too many curb cuts going on?

And what’s with that boat? I’m pretty sure that belongs to the neighbor.

Must see indeed! Are you going to leave work early to see this?

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