September 27, 2011

A project in need of alot of work. Utilities are off.

It’s nice to remember what Burbed started out as: the site with expensive crapboxes.  Today we go back to our roots with a prime find, centrally located in the not-in-Campbell part of San Jose.  And if you object that this is not a lot of money, remember that the median price for a home in California is now $252,000.

 

610 FENLEY Ave, San Jose, CA 95117
Listed for $379,900   Sold for $385,000

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BEDS: 4
BATHS: 2
SQ. FT.: 1,277
$/SQ. FT.: $301
LOT SIZE: 8,024 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Traditional
STORIES: 1
VIEW: Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 1954
COMMUNITY: Campbell
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81123104
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Sold

Large lot in Campbell Union School District, close to Moorpark and 280. Home is a project in need of alot of work; ready for a contractor. 4th bedroom added- no permits. Property is unlikely to qualify for low down financing. Utilities are off.

I’m sorry this place has already been sold to a contractor ready for alot of work, but this one is Special on so many levels.  There’s so much to admire about the photography.  For one, the agent appears to know how to set the date properly.  Also the outdoor pictures were taken at 10:00, while the indoor pictures were taken at 1:20.  Any ideas what he was doing in the interim?

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What I really appreciate about these pictures is how well the landscaping complements the interior.  And do be sure to check out the listing history.  Seems like this hot potato’s been tossed to several people who decided they didn’t want a bite after all.  Wonder who the sucker lucky ducky is who caught this delicious house project?

Next, this property has been personally inspected by a Redfin Agent who is enrolled in the Witness Protection Program!

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Finally: Location, location, location!

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Comments (19) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:02 am






September 6, 2011

It’s Pending! Again! For the 9th Time!

Here’s another terrific find in comments by Burbed reader Sam Adu!  Thanks very much, Sam!

Want to be on the front page like today’s Guest Blogger? Find a winner of a listing (like this one!) and write it up. Send it in with pictures you’ve taken, or we’ll use what’s on the listing.

Don’t think you can write as well as Sam? Just send in the listing, we can’t write as well as Sam either.

Please give Sam Adu a big, warm Real Bay Area welcome, as today’s featured Guest Blogger with another eye-popping property from the highly-desired Campbell neighborhood that’s not in Campbell.


Yesterday (last week) there was the awesome house that had its price reduced again and again and again.

How about this house that has gone pending again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again (Yes, that’s 9 times pending!!!!!!!) since it was first listed for sale in 2009.

 

2286 RIORDAN Dr, San Jose, CA 95130
$575,000

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BEDS: 5
BATHS: 3
SQ. FT.: 1,557
$/SQ. FT.: $369
LOT SIZE: 5,500 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Ranch
STORIES: 1
VIEW: Mountains
YEAR BUILT: 1963
COMMUNITY: Campbell
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 80952568
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 662 days

Great value! The garage was converted to a family room (with permits) offering an additional 460 sqft of living space. Two bathrooms were remodeled before the home went on the market. Don’t let the days on market keep you from seeing this home! Great neighborhood!!

imageimageAll-in-all a pretty unremarkable home although the garage conversion looks pretty hideous from the outside of the house and is darn annoying from a utility/usability standpoint.

I love this part of the listing: “Don’t let the days on market keep you from seeing this home!”. The person responsible for setting the price of this home should be interned in an insane asylum since it has been their crazy pricing strategy that is responsible for this home being on the market since 2009.

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What sort of spooky skeletons are hiding in this property to cause it to fall through pending 9 times? Or maybe the pendings are some sort of anomaly in the way the property history is being displayed?

Anyone care to guess how many more times this property goes pending before it gets sold? My completely wild-ass guess is 11.

Comments (6) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:18 am

June 12, 2010

Super Search Engine Saturday

Recently, someone visited this site via a search for “meth superlab.” Here’s a possible candidate if they’re still looking to start one!

380 PAMLAR Ave San Jose, CA 95128
$499.000

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BEDS: 4
BATHS: 2
SQ. FT.: 1,697
$/SQ. FT.: $295
LOT SIZE: 9,180 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Contemporary
STORIES: 1
VIEW: Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 1947
COMMUNITY: Campbell
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81020518
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 47 days

Bank Owned fixer on big lot * Hardwd flrs thruout * living rm w/ fireplace * Large kitchen family rm hi ceilings * wood cabinetry, butcher block counter tops, slate tile flrings * bdrms w/ ceiling fans, closet space * Skylights * Indoor laundry rm w/ side yard acess * above ground Swimming pool * 1 car detached garage * storage shed * decks * no thru traffic * easy access frwy 17 & 280,campbell downtown * home on east side of 17

Low cost, big lot, you could buy this as an investment property, slap on some new paint, and start collecting rent tomorrow.  Or you could use it as is and it would make a super meth lab!  Your neighbors won’t hear or smell a thing because it’s all about location, location, location!

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Remember, there’s no thru traffic, so anyone driving down this street is coming to do business with you!  Isn’t that just super?

Comments (5) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am

March 8, 2010

Winchester Mystery House for sale – the condo version

Beds: 2
Baths: 2
Sq. Ft.: 926
$/Sq. Ft.: $410
Lot Size: 1,306 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Condominium
Stories: 1-3 (Low Rise)
View: Valley
Year Built: 1992
Community: Campbell
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 80952012
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active This listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.
On Redfin: 117 days
remodled i year ago surrond sound in living area, new appliance in kitchen , about 10 months old. kitchen cabnets floors living room dining area , living 1 year old. ,all windows doors alarmed. door in hall way out side of unit goes to under ground parking . hi definition tvs to remain

Thanks to Burbed reader Herve for this find!

Have you ever dreamed about owning the Winchester Mystery House? Well, now’s your chance to buy the Winchester Mystery Condo!

Just look at those photos! How your friends will ooh and ahh as you recount to them the story of how a machine from the future came back to look for Sarah Winchester, and as a result built this condo in 1992. Or… uh… something like that.

Just think of all the money you’ll make from renting this house to Ghost Hunters on Syfy! See how the windows are alarmed? It’s alarmed for ghosts!

And those high-definition tvs that are remaining? Haunted.

Personally, I think kudos are deserved for the person who remodeled a 17 year old condo, considering how many Bay Area houses haven’t been touched since they were built.

Great buy. If you’re brave enough.

Comments (7) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:26 am

January 22, 2010

A very well documented listing in San Jose

Beds: 3
Baths: 2
Sq. Ft.: 1,520
$/Sq. Ft.: $526
Lot Size: 6,175 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Ranch
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 1960
Community: Campbell
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 80957045
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active This listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.
On Redfin: 16 days
1,520 SF home PLUS 150 SF bonus ���house��� * * In upscale area by Saratoga & 4 shopping cntrs * * Home upgraded/remodeled * * Remodeled kitchen; white faced appliances; easy pull-out drawers, etc. * * Solid oak floors * * Dual Pane Windows * * Plantation Shutters * * New central F/A furnace * * New wtr htr * * Newer top quality roof * * Copper plumbed * * Auto Sprinklers * * Tiled Master & Hall Bath * * Conventional sale!!

After a while, listings start to look the same. Finally! A breakthrough listing!

2085b

Wow, just check out this neighborhood of distinction. It’s a got an REI, an OfficeMax, a Target, an Old Navy… those stores don’t exist in any ol’ neighborhood! Only neighborhoods of distinction! Like this one!

And look! It’s even got a wood burning fireplace! Just… uh… watch out for those spare the air days.

The 150 sqft Chateau is probably the best part of this house. Look, it’s even got its own planter! Just think of the businesses you’ll be able to start there. Or, even better, you can rent it out as a pied-à-terre for others to enjoy this neighborhood of distinction.

Regardless, I think this Realtor deserves a bonus for this extra effort. Buyer… give the guy an extra % of the sales price!

Comments (16) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:08 am