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






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 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

November 11, 2012

A Livability Index

We’re always interested in ways to measure how Special a place is.  A website called areavibes.com has a Livability Index that has some interesting assumptions.

First, let’s see what it makes of some places most of us agree are Not Particularly Special (by which we mean we wouldn’t live there for free and we also wouldn’t live there unless we were paid Larry Ellison’s stock options).

Here’s areavibes on Detroit.

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Detroit, MI is “Somewhat Livable.”  The only “A” grade it received was in cost of living, and that’s because the city will pay you to take one of their excess houses so they don’t have to pay to tear it down.  We can’t imagine what kind of city would merit a “Completely Out of the Question.”  Let’s move another to another Perennial of Pwnage: Stockton.

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I can see the new Civic Motto over City Hall (if they have any staff capable of hanging banners): Stockton! Four Points More Livable Than Detroit!  But they are an important four points, as Stockton is considered “Very Livable.”

We now move on toward the Bay Area, but not the Good Part.

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When Stockton has finer amenities than you do, and their weather is better too, plus your housing costs are unacceptably high to anyone outside the Bay Area, what’s the point of even entering the race?  Let’s try a better zip code.

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Ooooo!  Exceptionally Livable!  And what’s really exceptional is that if we type in an actual zip code, the score went down.

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Good luck figuring out why.  Finally, we arrive at the pinnacle of Real Bay Area Living.

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We invite you to try to score higher than that, either in the Bay Area, or anywhere else.  And we don’t want you to think these “grades” are completely pulled out of Mitt Romney’s car elevator.  Here, for example, is what the housing grade is based on:

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Cupertino scores higher than average in every category.  Why would they be marked down for better numbers?

This is also your Weekend Open Thread, so go crazy.

Comments (17) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:11 am

October 9, 2012

Cupertino Cubic Cutie for under a CCC note

Today’s featured home is an architectural aristocrat among stupendous school districts.  Translation: wtf?  Thanks very much to Burbed reader wahnny for sending this Cupertino castle in!

121008-rainbow-redfin7367 RAINBOW Dr
Cupertino, CA 95014
$995,000

3 Beds 
2.5 Baths 
1,523 Sq. Ft.
$653 / Sq. Ft.
Status: Pending Without Release
Built: 1995 
Lot Size: 1,742 Sq. Ft. 
On Redfin: 20 days
HOA Dues: $150/month
Stories: 3
County: Santa Clara
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Community: Cupertino
MLS#: 81234699

This is one of the only two single family homes in this five unit complex. 17 years new. Comtemporary floor plan and bright, sunny natural lighting. New carpets. Newer paint. Crown molding. Hardwood floor in living and family room. Granite kitchen counter top. Private back yard. Award winning Cupertino school Regnart Elementary, Kennedy Middle and Monta Vista High.

121008-rainbow-diningHere’s what wahnny had to say about why this building block became Burbed:

Just came across this gem in Cupertino.

Asking price is just under $1million for a “17 year new” 3-story 1500+sqft cube house on 1700+ sqft lot.  Not exactly a “crapshack”, but it does seem pretty cramped (small rooms) and probably noisy too (close to highway, major thoroughfares).  Perhaps a small price to pay for access to the “award winning Cupertino schools”, and/or bee-line to Apple Inc.

It can’t be that bad.  The lot is 200 square feet bigger than the house, and there is some green amid all that low-maintenance cement. Plus, fewer windows means less work cleaning them and less sun damage to your drapes and artwork.  We’d say this detached home features all the benefits of townhouse living, right down to the HOA fees!

And wahnny must have been exaggerating for comic effect about the thoroughfare and highway nearby. 

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See?  We know it wasn’t that bad! There’s a handy offramp as a buffer zone!

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

September 9, 2012

Communal Living or 24/7 Startup Incubator?

British publication Financial Times visits Cupertino and discovers Silicon Valley startups and salons… in a very expensive frat house.

Over the rainbow

Communal living is back in vogue, especially among Silicon Valley’s young technology workers

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At first glance Rainbow Mansion appears to blend in seamlessly alongside its high-end Silicon Valley neighbours, nestled among the eucalyptus trees and driveway gates of Cupertino, about an hour south of San Francisco. The salmon stucco stretches around multiple bedrooms, balconies and turrets. In the front yard, a stone footbridge arches over a bubbling koi pond.

Inside, it looks more like a university dorm. Bean bags and mismatched couches sit at odd angles in the living room. A former dining nook, now christened “the mystery room”, is lined with hippie-style Indian tapestries on the walls and mattresses on the floor.

Seven people live here, from the ivy league of Silicon Valley companies, such as Apple, Google and Tesla. They are from America, the UK, Serbia and Moldova. While none are blood related, they call each other family.

“We’re not a frat house,” says Mike Grace, 26, a lab manager and researcher at Nasa. “We’re an intentional community.”

Excuse us.  A very expensive intentional community.  As in $7300 a month expensive.  Let’s see what they get for $7300, besides the built-in tech networking with their housemates.

120908-group-zillow21677 Rainbow Dr
Cupertino, CA 95014

Zestimate $2,509,411
Rent Zestimate $7,435/mo
Est. Mortgage $8,923/mo

Beds: 6
Baths: 4.5
Sqft: 5,127
Lot: 55,321 sq ft / 1.27 acres
Type: Single Family
Year built: 1992

Description from Zillow: This 5127 square foot single family home has 6 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. It is located at 21677 Rainbow Dr Cupertino, California. The nearest schools are Regnart Elementary School, Kennedy Middle School and Monta Vista High School.

Wow, that rent Zestimate’s pretty bang on. Think Zillow’s model includes searching the Financial Times?

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120908-group-libraryIncidentally, the people renting the house have set up a website.  Note the third item on the ribbon: Press.  Several pieces have been written about this house, the sort of people who end up living here, and one the the successes launched from this very library.

Ever hear of OpenStack?  If you haven’t, Wired is happy to fix that, with its history of how it got started.  Yes, here at the Rainbow Mansion.  Oh yeah, and at NASA Ames.

NASA’s Chris Kemp decided that they needed scalable storage of their own rather than through their corporate partners.  Think Google Moon and Google Mars.  NASA has plenty of high-res space images, and they wanted to host them, but that meant they needed a new infrastructure.  And in bringing that project about, they not only crashed upon political shoals (a Congressional “inquiry”) but on the difficulty in creating open-source software when so many potential partners had commercial intents.  And eventually the project led to OpenStack… and several related cloud computing companies.

120908-group-frontThe founders of the group home explained that they started the house because Silicon Valley rents were high, so sharing a house was much less expensive.  Most of them were new NASA PhDs who came from elsewhere and knew each other through their academic connections.

People would leave, and new housemates needed to be brought in.  The residents are looking for people who want to change the world.

“Group living situations are not tremendously rare in the Bay Area,” he explains. “We have an unusually high percentage of rentals in part of because home buying is so tremendously expensive, and the leverage goes up as you get more people.

“What’s unusual is when you have a really intentional community, when you have a group of people who are determined to build something and really bring people together.”

Comments (5) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:20 am

September 1, 2012

We’re Number One! We’re Number One!

Here’s a cheery news item, submitted by Burbed reader wahnny.

Silicon Valley’s Boom Creates Shortage of $1 Million Homes

120831-cnbc-losaltosPublished: Wednesday, 29 Aug 2012 | 10:22 AM ET
By: Robert Frank, CNBC Reporter & Editor

The home of venture capitalist Kelly Porter in Los Altos, photo, right.

The capital of high tech is now the capital of high-priced real estate.

Silicon Valley currently leads the nation in the number of homes sold for $1 million or more, according to Realtytrac. Sales of $1 million-plus have more than doubled in many communities in the Valley this year, toppling longtime luxury real-estate leaders like Beverly Hills or Miami.

Topping the list is Saratoga, Calif., in Santa Clara County, which had 225 homes sold for $1 million or more. That marked a 162 percent increase over last year.

Ranked second was Burlingame, Calif., which had 211 sales of at least $1 million, more than double last year’s rate. Cupertino and Los Altos ranked third and fourth in the nation, with 175 homes and 170 homes respectively.

Booyah!  We lead the nation in million dollar homes.  Sayonara, Scarsdale!  Meet you later, Miami gator!  Buh-bye, Beverly Hills!  Buh-… there’s just one problem with this article.

CNBC is comparing Silicon Valley to other “longtime luxury real-estate leaders.”  And up there on millionaire’s row is… Cupertino?  That’s not exactly the first town that comes to mind when we think “palatial estate.”

We don’t think this CNBC reporter understands the Real Bay Area.  Any region can feature a town full of luxury homes, towns like Atherton or Hillsborough, only somewhere that isn’t very Special.  You can find some real big, expensive estates in cities such as Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (boyhood home of Mitt Romney), or Winnetka, Illinois, or Greenwich, Connecticut.  Or Beverly Hills.

But only in the Real Bay Area can you find crappy houses for a million dollars.  Observe.

First, we look at Saratoga, since there were so many million dollar homes on the list they couldn’t find one to feature in the article (they just noted you could buy 1.2 acres with no house for more than a mill).  Find out what that same price gets you with a house… after the break.

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Comments (38) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:12 am

January 25, 2012

This home is truly one of a kind!

We’ve got an awesome Guest Post for you today from Burbed reader Fun Dip, and it’s right in the back yard of Apple Computers!  As you all know, Cupertino has a reputation for having the highest prices for the most boring, unexceptional, bland (did I say boring?) tract houses anywhere in the Real Bay Area.

So how much would you have to pay for a Cupertino house you might stop and take a look at?  And would you stop if it were hidden among a group of others just like it?

Please give a big, warm, RBA welcome to Fun Dip, today’s Guest Blogger!


10351 S TANTAU Ave
Cupertino, CA 95014
$1,868,000

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BEDS: 4
BATHS: 4
SQ. FT.: 3,628
$/SQ. FT.: $515
LOT SIZE: 9,375 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Mediterranean
STORIES: 2
VIEW: Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 2011
COMMUNITY: Cupertino
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81201986
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 6 days

Spectacularly appointed throughout – this house is simply sticking. This Luxury home, which is one year old house has never been lived in. Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Flooring, Custom Marble Inlay, Exquisite Chandeliers and Recessed Lighting, Gourmet Kitchen, Stainless Steel Appliances, Custom Designed Tiled Flooring, Two Gas Fireplaces, Downstairs Bedroom & Full Bathroom – OH Sat & Sun 12-5

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Check out this truly awesome house.  You can get completely lost in the beauty of this house.  So much so, that once I got to the ending pictures of the patio overlooking the rolling stretches of hills, I suddenly realized those rolling hills were just my imagination and that roof sitting two feet away really is the neighbor’s.

I mean, even for a Cupertino rebuild, this goes over the top… You would expect to be squarely inside the RBA to have to go for a build like this.  This is just Cupertino High at Monte Vista prices…

And two houses down?  Also on the market!

19147 TWIG Ln
Cupertino, CA 95014
$1,599,850

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BEDS: 4
BATHS: 3.5
SQ. FT.: 3,753
$/SQ. FT.: $426
LOT SIZE: 9,789 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Mediterranean
STORIES: 2
VIEW: Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 2007
COMMUNITY: Cupertino
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81201949
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Pending Without Release
ON REDFIN: 7 days

This home is truly One of a Kind! Custom Built, Barely 5 yrs old. Exquisitely elegant, yet family friendly. Fine appointment throughtout-Cherry Hardwood Flooring downstairs. Gourmet Kitchen-open to nook and family room. Stainless Appliances. Built-in Cabinetry throughout. Downstairs Bedroom w/ full bath. Expansive suite upstairs-Too special to miss–

image(I’ll let you see the awesomeness around the front doors of this one for yourself, I just can’t bring myself to say it.)

This doesn’t seem a little like the first house for sale?  Or pretty much similar to the house in between these two?

wtf, is there a secret underground tunnel connecting these houses?  The houses look so similar, I initially didn’t realize there was a house in between them when looking on Street View.

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And check out the description on the second listing.  “This home is truly One of A Kind!”  Really?  Are you sure?  “One of a Kind” as in this McMansion is nothing like the two McMansions right next to it?  Or does making “One of a Kind” in capital letters mean it’s pretty much the same as the one next to it, and slightly not as nice as the one after that?

imageSo what is going on here?  A midday hideaway for a former Apple executive? (rest in peace, dude).  I mean, if I had that kind of money and wanted to build a place to retreat near work, I would definitely build multiple houses in case my wife came over.  Or is someone trying to put this stretch of land back into the RBA?  Let’s face it, as far as Tiger Moms go, crossing over De Anza Blvd might as well be crossing over 101.  I’m really interested to see what happens to these!

Oh right, pan down to the end of Twig lane on Street View (two houses down).  Nice truck… Nicer trailer!

Comments (8) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:08 am

January 9, 2012

Bringing you the Finest Listings in Cupertino

Happy New Year, everyone.  One of our New Year’s Resolutions is to keep bringing you plenty of excellent real estate finds, like today’s winner from Burbed reader Tracy.  Thanks very much.

Remember, Burbed is more than just crapboxes.  It’s community.  It’s community of crapboxes!  Without you wonderful readers sending in finds like this one, Burbed would be nothing but… uh…. interesting real estate photos.  Like these!

 

22750 STEVENS CREEK Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014
$950,000

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BEDS: 4
BATHS: 2
SQ. FT.: 1,258
$/SQ. FT.: $755
LOT SIZE: 0.25 Acres
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Contemporary
STORIES: 1
VIEW: Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 1952
COMMUNITY: Cupertino
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81146749
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 61 days

LARGE LOT LOVERS, GREAT OPPORTUNITY 110.96 x 100 = 11,096FT. FACING STEVENS CREEK BLVD, PERFECT FOR ENTERTAINING, MONTA VISTA SCHOOL, FIX IT NOW AND BUILT NEW HOME LATER. BRING IN ALL OFFERS, PROPERTY IS BEING OFFERED "AS IS ".

imageHere’s why Tracy was kind enough to share this listing with us:

Get my award for scariest pictures . How about the price 999,988. Too bad I didn’t see this before Halloween

Well if Tracy liked it at $999,988, then how do you like it at $950K?  Other than taking out those lucky eights, this is a great find, especially if you always wanted to live near a world famous newsmaking site.  And while the news is over, there will be plenty of reminders, like the ten kajillion cement trucks that will drive past your house all day, every day.

Plus check out what the GoogleCam has for this home.

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Now THAT is a million dollar look in Cupertino at only 95% the price!  HURRY, Spring Bounce is just around the corner, and so is access to this house!

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