December 11, 2013

Mountain View move-in!

Enough with the catty comments about no posts in two weeks. We’ll post when and if we feel like it, no matter what websites are on your toolbar. Today’s heralded homestead is from z2amiller and this is a hot, hot property! Why? Because it’s CLOSE TO GOOGLE!

131210-spring-redfin1639 SPRING St
Mountain View, CA 94043
$500,000

— Beds
— Baths
— Sq. Ft.
Built: —
Lot Size: 5,300 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 6 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Residential Land (Single Family)
Community: North Shoreline
MLS#: 81342322

Lot still has foundation left from house burn down Jan. 2013. Nice neighborhood close to HWY 101

The Streetview photos show the property before house burn down Jan. 2013 (but really, it’s a nice neighborhood close to HWY 101!)  Fortunately, z2a thinks bigger than that.

IMG_20131206-spring-fire2Okay so now I feel bad.  I went to take pictures of this place and there’s basically a person squatting here with possessions scattered around and it looks like they are taking shelter under a tarp tied up in a tree.

I am guessing it is the property owner, with as much stuff as there is the property, MV police would’ve kicked them out if they didn’t belong.  (I think?!)   Also based on the MV voice article the lady who lived there was a hoarder, so given the state of the property (all of the garbage bags and random stuff all over) maybe it is the same person.

IMG_20131206-spring-fire1You can see the back of the person’s head (DHO?) in one of the pictures, hanging out under the tarp.

Anyway I’m having a hard time being too snarky about it now.  :-/

I guess the neighbors will be pretty thrilled when the place sells.

And that could be you, Mr. or Ms. Burbed reader, all three of you. You could put up a six-story apartment house and become rich beyond measure renting out cubicles to Googlers who will only come home to sleep.

Comments (7) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:07 am






November 20, 2013

Location, location, location in Mountain View!

Here’s a fine find sent in by Burbed reader Melanie in San Jose.  Thanks very much for ensuring that this week had something worth overbidding on!

131120-alice-redfin495 ALICE Ave
Mountain View, CA 94041
$949,000

4 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,494 Sq. Ft.
$381 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1945
Lot Size: 6,250 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 45 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 2
Community: Sylvan Dale
MLS#: 81336831
Style: Contemporary
View: Neighborhood
County: Santa Clara

This contemporary style home offers a blend of traditional style and modern convenience. Located in the quiet, Family oriented neighborhood of Mountain view, This home was rebuild and updated in 2002 with your family in mind. The private backyard is designed for Family fun. with 2494sf home with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 car garage, very close to Mountain view down town and easy access to freeways.

131120-alice-yardUpcoming Open Houses

Saturday, Nov 23: Open House – 1:00-4:00 pm

Look at that!  Buy this house and you can talk about your upcoming move over Thanksgiving dinner next week!  Now let’s check in with Melanie:

Easy access to freeways! A Mountain View bargain @ $949K

Easy access, you say?

131120-alice-aerial

Comments (16) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 11:45 am

August 20, 2013

PEACEFUL MBRM IN MTVW

We’ve got a really hot Mountain View property for you today from Burbed reader LomaLuvr. Feel the burn as you tour this one virtually.  Whoops, too late! SOLD!

130819-yorkton-redfin2676 YORKTON Dr
Mountain View, CA 94040
Sold for $1,565,000

4 Beds
3 Baths
1,975 Sq. Ft.
$792 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1965
Lot Size: 8,000 Sq. Ft.
Sold On: Aug 16, 2013
Status: Sold
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
County: Santa Clara
Style: Ranch
Community: Grant
MLS#: 81324377

WAVERLY PARK SINGLE STORY * NEW INT/EXT PAINT, NEW PLUSH CARPET/PAD * SPACIOUS KITCHEN, ISLAND, BREAKFAST BAR & NOOK, NEW LINO * FORMAL DINING RM, STEP DOWN LIVING RM, SEP FAMILY RM, CEILING FAN, FP W/ INSERT * PEACEFUL MBRM, SLIDER TO BACKYARD, CEDAR LINED CLOSETS * INS LAUNDRY, GAS & 220V HOOKUPS * NEWER WATER HEATER * OVERSIZED LOT, AGGREGATE PATIO, WELL MANICURED, SHED W/ NEWER ROOF * WALK TO COOPER PARK!TOP NOTCH SCHOOLS!

Great real estate photography means plenty of overbidding! This delightful home went for an extra $115K and we’re positive these radiant pictures helped. And you know when we say radiant we really mean radioactive.  Let’s have a look around.

130819-yorkton-greenery130819-yorkton-kitchen130819-yorkton-family130819-yorkton-bath

So far, so good! And doesn’t every bathroom need a prominently featured puffer fish on the vanity?  Pro Tip: When photographing a room in HDR, wait for the fan to stop spinning.

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This bedroom converted to an office not only shows an intriguing attempt at décor, delightfully framed by the original window and view to match.

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There’s so much you can do with fabric choices to liven up a room! Looks like whoever staged this bathroom embraced the concept of More is More.  Bunus: Empty toilet roll!

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Don’t forget the back yard! The generous grounds guarantee lots of space… for you to cook all summer, because there isn’t a shred of lawn anywhere. Plus the house next door has a great view of everything you’ll be up to.

We’re still trying to figure out which part of the yard is WELL MANICURED, the AGGREGATE PATIO or the SHED W/NEWER ROOF.  NEWER than what, the 1965 house?

Comments (6) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:01 am

August 13, 2013

Custom kitchen backslash, must see!

Mountain View is the city that keeps on giving… Burbed win.  Today we’ve got an awesome townhouse that not only has some amazingly creative listing copy, it also transcends space and time. Perhaps this is an early test of Google Residence.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader Michael Boltonestater for this awesome attached area!

130812-middlefield-redfin2615 W Middlefield Rd
Mountain View, CA 94043
$850,888

HOA Dues: $255/mo.
2 Beds
2.5 Baths
855,888 Sq. Ft.
$1 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 2013
Lot Size: 1,234 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 4 days
Status: Active

HOA Dues: $255/month
Style: Traditional
View: Mountains
County: Santa Clara
Property Type: Attached Single Family
Stories: 3
Community: Thompson
MLS#: 81329022

130812-middlefield-livingStunning 2 bedroom 2.5 bath new Townhome. A corner unit home with views of the mountains and surrounding tree lines . This home was used as a Model Home from June 15th to todays date . Upgraded carpets, finished two car garage with a custom kitchen backslash, make this home a must see ! Los Altos High School. ( lot #11) on Builders site map.

Upcoming Open Houses

Saturday, Aug 24: Open House – 1:00-4:00 pm
Sunday, Aug 25: Open House – 1:00-4:00 pm
Saturday, Sep 7: Open House – 1:00-4:00 pm

130812-middlefield-stairsThis delightful abode, new construction yet, has been listed for an entire four days (five by the time you read this), and nobody’s plopped down a suitcase full of cash? How can this be when it’s only a dollar a square foot? More importantly, how can they fit 855,888 square feet onto that tiny lot? We’re not sure of the latest rulings out of the Mountain View Planning Department, but we suspect a Floor Area Ration (FAR) of 693.6 might be an eensie bit over the limit for this neighborhood.

The listing copy doesn’t admit it, but the last photo does; this townhouse is part of Classics at Fairview Park. And we’ve found the place on their site map.

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We were hoping it would be Unit 1, because that block of buildings spells ASSSSSS. Unfortunately, #1’s a 3 BR/3.5 BA, so this townhouse is instead Unit 11, in SMMMA block. This is a terrific location, because nobody will be able to enter or exit this complex without driving right by your home.  Be sure to remind each and every one of them that this place was used as a Model Home from June 15th to todays date .

You’ll get all the benefits of end unit (traffic noise on two sides!), plus you’ll still have two different neighbors through your walls! Win-Win!

Comments (6) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:07 am

August 12, 2013

UPDATED: Real Estate Portal Roulette in Mountain View, featuring large bedrooms

Updated 12:30 pm: Added listing screenshots, copy and more writeup from the other 3 non-Redfin portals.  All after the (added) break.  Enjoy.

One of the fun things about running a real estate blog is seeing how differently each of the major realty portals handles the exact same listing. We’ve had several examples of a house switching to Pending/Do Not Show status (usually about ten seconds after it’s listed), and then Redfin will disavow all knowledge of the property ever having been for sale. Zillow will usually lose the photos but manage to hold onto the listing copy. Trulia might do the same as Zillow – or the opposite. And there’s always Movoto, the place to go if you want to see the photos every other site took down.

Today’s prime property, sent in by Burbed reader LomaLuvr, shows the differences in action.  First, we’ll check in with our default site of Redfin.

130811-sanpierre-redfin935 SAN PIERRE Way
Mountain View, CA 94043
Sold for $840,000

4 Beds
2 Baths
1,576 Sq. Ft.
$533 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1964 Lot
Size: 6,000 Sq. Ft.
Sold On: Aug 6, 2010
Status: Sold
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Community: North Shoreline
MLS#: 81031181
Style: Ranch
View: Neighborhood
County: Santa Clara

Beautifully updated & ready to move right in! Open floor plan with hardwood floors in the LR, hall & bedrooms, granite slab countertops in kitchen & baths, dual pane windows, stucco outside. Formal living room, eat in kitchen & separate family room. Great location, close to major companies, walking trails, schools & downtown. Easy access for commuters, close to Cal-Train/Light-rail & the freeways.

We immediately knew something was wrong, because LL asked about “large bedrooms” (in the listing copy). That didn’t any make sense because there’s nothing in this copy about them.  Do these bedrooms look large?  Here are some listing photos, in actual size.

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Only one of the listing photos even was of a bedroom.  Much more on what we found on the other portals, after the break.

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Comments (6) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:06 am

August 5, 2013

Overbidding in Mountain View. Real Overbidding

We’ve discussed Real Bay Area cred many times here, and one way to tell you’re dealing with the RBA is that of course your property should attract plenty of overbidding.  Burbed reader steve writes in to let us know about a blog post that discussed what the sellers are thinking when getting those bids.

This couple traded up from Mountain View to Palo Alto, rebuilding their house as well.  But it’s this piece on the sale of their Mountain View house that we think Burbed readers would find intriguing.  What kind of bids go straight into the trash, never to be considered? Which bids made it to Round 2 of overbidding?  And do you consider the “winner” of this process to be the Stupidest Person Left Standing, or the Lucky Owner of a home in Mountain View’s finest zip code?

Sold! A behind the scenes look at the selling of our Mountain View home & tips for buying in a crazy market.

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Kudos to our real estate agent, Erika Enos! Our house sold fast and for more than we were expecting.

This week we officially handed over the keys to the Cuesta Park Charmer. We are very happy that we found a nice new family to love the home and the process went relatively smoothly. Compared to the angst of being on the bidding side of the table being a seller is this market is a joyride. Here’s how everything played out:

The Stats

List price:  $1,228,000
Sale price: $1,603,500 (~30% over asking), no contingencies, 25-day close
Open House visitors on Sat & Sun: ~150
Views of virtual tour: 8091 (32% of referring web pages came via HomeCrunch! vs. 26% via MLS)
Requests for disclosure package: 35
Offers: 10

You can read all the details over on Kay Luo’s site HomeCrunch, which is mostly about their adventures building their new house there. But what can the Burbed reader take away from this sellers-eye-view of the overbidding process?  Let’s take a look at the house itself.

130804-bond-redfin780 BOND Way
Mountain View, CA 94040
Sold for $1,603,500
Listed for $1,228,000

4 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,983 Sq. Ft.
$809 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1952
Lot Size: 5,096 Sq. Ft.
Sold On: Jun 10, 2013
Status: Sold
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Community: Miramonte
MLS#: 81315689
Style: Ranch, Contemporary
View: Neighborhood
County: Santa Clara

Perfect marriage of craftsman and contemporary renovation. Rare 4 bedroom, 2 1/12 bath home with family rm which has access to private patio & rear garden. Hardwd flrs, copious storage in state of the art kitchen, skylights in kit & family rm. Contemporary styled baths, spacious master suite, 4th bedrm perfect for office or nursery, newer roof, close to Cuesta Pk, dwntwn Mtn Vw & all Silicon Valley

130804-bond-livingThis couple did one thing right: they bought in the RBA. We know this house is in the RBA, not only from the 94040 zip code, but the fact that the home sold for more than double in only eight years. QED!  (That stands for Quite Excellent Deal!)  They did this despite not having a picture of the front of the house in the first picture, too.

Now, let’s examine what we can learn from the blog post itself.

First, the list of which offers were considered and which weren’t is useful.  If you’re still house hunting, maybe you’re making one of the mistakes called out there.  That means stop putting in contingencies in your bids during a seller’s market.  Instead, ask the seller what contingencies they would like to place onto the buyer.  How about 90 days’ free rent after the sale for starters?

130804-bond-bedroomNext, while suitcases full of cash may not be King, they’re still pretty Ace.

Third, if you write an entertaining blog, you can send plenty of people to look at your virtual tour.  That is, you can get more referrals from you own blog than the MLS.

Fourth, you know those stupid beg letters we’ve been laughing at? They work.  So if you want to buy someone’s house full of family memories and rip it to pieces, write a tear-jerking letter about how much you love the place and how it’s perfect for your 2.1 children and pooch.  After you buy it, fire up the bulldozer because it’s yours and tough luck if the sellers actually believed your fanfiction.

What do you think of Kay’s look at being an overbid recipient?

Comments (21) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:09 am

July 30, 2013

Rebuild with your family in mind

It may be another day, but there’s never an end to Mountain View Realty #winning on Burbed.  Today’s million dollar listing at a six digit price arrives courtesy of Burbed reader LomaLuvr. Thanks very much!

130729-alice-trulia495 Alice Ave
Mountain View, CA 94041
$980,000

4 bed
2 full, 1 partial bath
2,494 sqft
Single-Family Home
$4,773 / mo Mortgage Center
83 Days on Trulia
3,659 views
Built in 2002
Status: For Sale
Contemporary Architecture
Lot Size: 6,249 sqft

495 Alice Ave This contemporary style home offers a blend of traditional stile and modern convenience.Located in the quiet,family oriented neighborhood of Mountain view, This home was rebuild and updated in 2002 with your family in mind.The private backyard is designed for family fun. Over than 2400 sf home with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths,2 car garage very close to mountain view down town and easy access to freeway

We swear we looked at every single picture and couldn’t find any sign of that traditional stile. And while Trulia won’t tell us which neighborhood of Mountain View is the quiet,family oriented one, we did find it on a map.

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They definitely meant it about easy access to freeway. Why didn’t they tell us they meant easy access to freeways? Two is twice as good. Are they part of the family fun?

Comments (11) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:04 am

July 29, 2013

A house near intrigue, excitement, sex & piles of cash

Tired of your boring life working in a cube farm and returning to your apartment farm? This listing is for you! Best of all, it’s in the center of happening stuff. That’s right! Mountain View!

Thanks very much to Burbed reader dollarbin for not only sending us the listing, but the amazing story that goes with it. Or next to it. Or, if you don’t read this article, may involve the next owner.

130728-tyrella-redfin620 TYRELLA Ave
Mountain View, CA 94043
$899,000

4 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,833 Sq. Ft.
$490 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 2002
Lot Size: 4,978 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 59 days
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 2
Community: Whisman
MLS#: 81318701
Style: Traditional
View: Neighborhood
County: Santa Clara

Gorgeous light & bright 2-story home! Almost new-11 years old! Gourmet kitchen has granite counter tops. Sep Family Room has gas fireplace. Living Room is perfect for Downstairs 4th BR! Formal dining room. Gleaming hardwood floors & new carpeting. Master suite features spa-tub & walk in closet. Redwood deck is perfect for outdoor entertaining. Large 2-car garage. Lush Landscaping. Mt View High!

130728-tyrella-gleamingWell that’s pretty exciting, an eleven year old house calling itself almost new. We guess if you compare it to the typical Mountain View Eichloid put up in 1956 this place was practically finaled yesterday. If only they’d put in confetti tile to get with the 2010s.

And if the gleaming hardwood floors aren’t enough high drama, then the following story directly from the same block as this house certainly will be.

 

Blind date robbers strike a third time

by Nick Veronin, Mountain View Voice Staff
Uploaded: Friday, June 7, 2013, 4:33 PM, Updated: Monday, June 10, 2013, 10:46 AM

They did it again.

For the third time in just over a week, a man was lured to the 600 block of Tyrella Avenue believing he would have sex with a woman he met online on top of a bed covered in money. Unfortunately for this man — and the two others who were duped before him — instead of taking a roll through cold hard cash, he was rolled for his cash.

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You can read the entire story at the link above, and yes, all three of these dudes actually believed they were going to meet a woman whose fantasy was to “make the beast with two backs on a bed full of Benjamins.”

We absolutely swear that is a direct quote from the Voice.

If only one of these men had bought this house instead of showing up at a rental apartment building, they wouldn’t have had any spare cash to get rolled for. Instead, they could have met a woman online who would join them on top of a bed which is in turn on top of a house covered by an even huger pile of money (never mind that most of it belongs to the bank).

Plus, it would be much harder for her to steal the money that way. Unless she’s with the bank.

Comments (4) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:07 am

July 16, 2013

Fixer Upper in Mountain View, $50K over asking

Yes, we love Mountain View. Not only is it Close to Google, all those highly paid Googlers can duke it out for the privilege of buying excellent properties like this one. Thanks very much to Burbed reader dollarbin for this amazing find.  Oops, gone!  Sorry, and thank you for playing!

130716-nedson-redfin2509 NEDSON Ct
Mountain View, CA 94043
$854,000

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,536 Sq. Ft.
$556 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1954
Lot Size: 7,000 Sq. Ft.
Sold On: Jul 4, 2013
Property Type: Detached Single Family
View: Neighborhood
County: Santa Clara
Stories: 1
Community: Thompson
MLS#: 81317367

Central location. Fixer upper in Mountain View CA. 3/2 Needs some TLC. 7000 sq ft lot. Home can be lived in right now but eventually needs windows and roof work. See all reports. Private back yard, fireplace in family room. Garage conversion done years ago with permits making this a large living room for your family. Ice block tiles in master shower. Needs carpeting and paint.

Take it away, dollarbin!

130716-nedson-iceblockI don’t tour many homes these days, but this one is close and my curiosity got the best of me. Photo #8 does not do justice to the unevenness of the master bedroom floor. Don’t be fooled by the Cul-de-Sac address, the bedroom windows look right out onto busy Middlefield Rd.. This one shouldn’t stay on the market, the listing agent told me they already had an all cash offer for $800K after one day of open house, and they expected more and higher bids to come.

130716-nedson-tilefloorIt’s kind of funny, I came to burbed in 2011 so I only experienced the last bubble in archive form, but it seems like these Mountain View listings are exactly like the kind of WTF listings that we saw in Palo Alto back in the early days of burbed. There might be a few of these legacy crap-shacks in PA still, but I guess now they probably are just quietly sold as teardowns, whereas prices have finally risen in MV to tempt the truly unsell-able stock onto the market.

You keep using that word, unsellable. We do not think it means what you think it means.

Comments (13) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:09 am

July 15, 2013

Don’t Be Evil? Free food at Google means empty restaurants

Another Only In Silicon Valley story as well-feed Googlers avoid the restaurants around North Shoreline because… um, free food. Also better than the stuff at the restaurants.  What’s interesting here isn’t that the restaurants are facing dire financial straits, but the suggestions they had for Google.

Thanks very much to Burbed reader DD in Sunnyarts for sending this in.

Can’t compete with free eats

Facing closure, Shoreline restaurant owners try to negotiate with Google

130714-google-bldgby Daniel DeBolt, Mountain View Voice
News – Friday, July 12, 2013

A group of restaurant owners north of Highway 101 say they have been watching their customers disappear as Google expands in the area, bringing them to the brink of closure unless Google is willing to pay for its employees to eat off-campus.

In Mountain View, over 10,000 Google employees are now fed in private cafeterias serving organic food throughout the North Bayshore area north of Highway 101, like the one that recently opened at 1015 Joaquin Road, around the corner from the restaurants. The result is that most of the restaurants have lost a majority of their business over the last year, owners say.

"When you’ve lost 70 percent of your business, how long can you pay rent? Maybe seven to eight months?" said Bella Awdisho, owner of Cucina Venti, an Italian restaurant on Pear Avenue and Shoreline Boulevard. The owner of Falafel and Kebab, Dervis Yuksel, said he recently sold his car to pay his restaurant’s rent, and said he wasn’t sure how much longer he’d stay open.

In an attempt to save their businesses, the restaurants have been in talks with Google in recent months to find a solution. Awdisho has been representing the owners of the restaurants, including Shoreline Park’s lakefront favorite Michael’s at Shoreline, and several small eateries near the Century movie theaters: Sunny Bowl, Falafel and Kebab, Hon Sushi, and Ole Taqueria. They say there is really only one way for them to stay in business — Google should pay for its employees to eat off-campus. But Google executives have refused, the owners say.

130714-google-centuryWhoa, tough one! What do you suggest? Match wits with Mountain View’s City Council on this one!

Also be sure to check out what other iconic North Shoreline business may be having trouble because of The Borg.

No, not Gables End, we said NORTH Shoreline. But what’s bad for business might end up being even better for not only Googlers, but real estate blogs.

Two words: Google housing.

Comments (7) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:05 am