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 (3) -- 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

April 14, 2014

Best staged house of the year goes to…

18930 BARNHART Ave
Cupertino, CA 95014
$848,888 Price 
3 Beds 
1 Baths 
1,080 Sq. Ft.
$786 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1953 Lot Size: 5,355 Sq. Ft. On Redfin: 2 days Status: Active

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Excellent Cupertino location! Brand new engineered wood flooring in the open living room/dining room, fresh interior paint, deep lot with extra front parking, private yard. Perfect opportunity for a remodel or live in and plan to build your dream home in this award-winning Cupertino school district!

The Mustang(?) in the driveway was a teaser that this house was going to be interesting. After all, how often do you see American-brand sedans parked in driveways? Especially classics like this one?

So let’s take a look inside this house. I think this house is definitely in contention for staging of the year – if not outright winning it.

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You really got to hand it to the agent. The two camping chairs definitely add to the rustic feel of this house. Especially with this brand new engineered wood floor, every day will feel like you’re out in the frontier, like Lewis and Clark.

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Continuing with the survival aspects of this house, be sure to observe the giant jar of whey in the shelves (that don’t seem to have doors.) This house says: “I’m a man, hear me roar.” Live like a 49er! (the 1849ers)

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Finally, the grand scene itself. Now, some might argue that this is a set up for a horror shoot, a campy college movie shoot, or maybe even a porn shoot – but I argue that this is a testament to how being the owner of this house will be an adventure of a lifetime.

What prevents you from scooping up this amazing deal today?

Comments (52) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:08 am

March 24, 2014

No peeking! or is it no peaking? Cupertino house no show till broker tour

19707 MERRITT Dr Cupertino, CA 95014
$1,150,000 Price
3 Beds
2 Baths
1,408 Sq. Ft.
$817 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1960 Lot Size: 7,488 Sq. Ft.

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NO SHOW Till broker tour. Great opportunity in Cupertino with great schools. First time on market in 53 years! Family room has been extended w/ o permits. Not incl in sq footage. Dual pane windows, hardwood floors, pool, newer appliances – microwave, cooktop, refrigerator. Solar heating for hot water installed but inoperative. Collins elementary, Lawson middle, Cupertino High. Buyers to verify.

That’s right folks. If you want to see this house, you’re going to need to wait until the broker tour?

What’s a broker tour?

Well, that’s… uh… when the brokers take a tour.

How does that help you as a buyer or a seller?

Well, you see, every time a broker takes a tour through a house, the value goes up a little more. It’s like rubbing a rabbit’s foot. Or finding a four leaf clover.

So no peeking!

But let’s be frank, there’s definitely no peaking for house prices. Just look at this kitchen:

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Old stuff is hipster gold right?

I’m betting this house will clear for $1.5M. What’s your estimate?

Comments (17) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:00 am

March 20, 2014

What does the smallest house in Santa Clara County cost?

151 SUNNYSLOPE Ave San Jose, CA 95127
$559,900 Price
1 Beds
1 Baths
570 Sq. Ft.
$982 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1944 Lot Size: 6,750 Sq. Ft.

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NICE & WELL KEPT HOME IN NICE NEIGHBORHOOD, WITH MOUNTAIN VIEWS. CONVENIENTLY LOCATED BY SCHOOLS, LIBRARY, SHOPPING MALL AND HWY 680. LARGE DRIVEWAY FOR PARKING AN RV OR BOAT. LARGE LOT. ADDITIONAL LARGE 1200 SQ. FT. UNIT IN THE BACKYARD INCLUDES 3 BEDROOM & 1 BATHROOM, BUILT IN 2006. NEWER HOUSE WITH COPPER SYSTEM. SEPARATE STORAGE ROOM.

The other day I was wondering, what’s the smallest house in Santa Clara County? And what does it cost?

Well, a few clicks later, I had my answer.

Of course, this is misleading – because you’re actually buying two houses- the 2nd of which doesn’t seem to come with photos…

But hey, how can you question this listing? What? You don’t think that’s a nice and well kept home? What, you don’t think this is a “nice neighborhood”

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I wonder if you could buy this a flip this just for this amazing copper system that the listing highlights! What’s the going rate for that these days?

Comments (9) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:00 am