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
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

September 28, 2013

I like Eichs–21st Century Style. But did Steve Jobs?

Did anyone attend the ribbon-cutting of this house yesterday?  Anyone want to check out the Open House today or tomorrow?  Thanks very much to a connected reader who passed this on to us.

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Here’s a few more pictures from the house’s website.

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Now, feast your eyes on this text:

Joseph Eichler built some of his first prototype “Eichlers” just one block away (here in Sunnyvale). Steve Jobs grew up in the area and was inspired by Eichler.  Designer/Builder, John Citrigno, is a third-generation native. His great-grandfather was a general contractor that built homes in the area.  Mr. Citrigno, a classmate of Steve Job’s at Homestead High, inspired by both Eichler and Jobs, asked the question at every step of design and construction:

“What would Joseph Eichler build if he were alive today?" (given the cultural changes such as the need for more closet space and current construction materials and technology) and “How would the home look, function, and feel… if Steve Jobs were project manager in charge of construction and design”? 

The result is the home that will be unveiled tomorrow in Sunnyvale!

Somehow, we’re having trouble seeing Steve Jobs approve of all the cement in these pictures. However, if he were the project manager the house would run over budget by a factor of ten and he would leave out the off button on all the light switches.  Kind of like the interior photos on the website.

And the website left out something important: how much?  Burbed found out!

130927-21st-redfin609 W REMINGTON Dr
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
$1,298,000

4 Beds
2 Baths
1,755 Sq. Ft.
$740 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 2013
Lot Size: 7,245 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 1 day
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Community: Sunnyvale
MLS#: 81335908
Style: Modern/High Tech
View: Mountains, Neighborhood
County: Santa Clara

NEW METICULOUS STATE OF THE ART "21ST CENTURY EICHLER" UTILIZING CUTTING EDGE ENERGY EFFICIENT "GREEN BUILD" CONSTRUCTION w/ INNOVATIVE USE OF TECHNOLOGY & CUSTOM DETAILS THROUGHOUT * ONLY THE FINEST MATERIALS, FIXTURES & FINISHES INSIDE & OUT * ZERO ENERGY HOME USING SCALABLE SOLAR CELLS * STUNNING KITCHEN & BATHS, ETC * TOTALLY WIRED * THIS HOME IS ABSOLUTE PERFECTION * TOP SCHOOLS:CUMBERLAND, SUNNYVALE, FREMONT

This must be the first use in a listing, ever, of the terms “TOP SCHOOLS” and “FREMONT” High.  Steve Jobs did not go to Fremont, and Mr. Citringo, “a classmate of Steve Job’s [sic] at Homestead High” knows it.

On the left is the house that Steve Jobs chose to live in. It doesn’t look a lot like this one. The non-Eichler he grew up in, though, may be designated a historic site.

Comments (11) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:03 am

September 10, 2013

Look beyond the surface in Sunnyvale

Okay, back to properties! There’s only so many times we can talk about commuting, or gentrification, or rising rents, or Facebook stock options. Instead, let’s have a look at this honey of a house that Burbed reader mtv-renter espied in Sunnyvale!  Oops, missing in action on Redfin… hellooooooo, Movoto!  Who says it’s still Active, even though Redfin says it went Pending Do Not Show ten days ago!

130909-remington-movoto693 W Remington Dr
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
$799,999

Loan Payment: $3,148/mo
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2&1/2
Size: 2,015 sqft
$/sqft: $397/sqft
Type: Single Family House
Year Built: 1966
Lot Size: 6,000
Days on Movoto: 21 days
Neighborhood: Sunnyvale
MLS#: 81330762
Status: Active

Look beyond the surface and you will see that this property has a ton of potential. Large deck off kitchen overlooks what can be a lovely backyard. Separate dining and family rooms both with sliding patio doors to the backyard area. Walk to shopping and Las Palmas park * Cumberland Elementary, Sunnyvale Middle schools

130909-remington-floorBut let’s hear more from mtv-renter.

I thought this place might be burbed-worthy. I love the Realtor ™ description.

Yup, you definitely have to look beneath the surface – a surface of dust, dirt, grime, and age. Despite all that surface, though, it’s a wonderful $800k diamond in the rough on a crappy intersection in a crappy part of Sunnyvale. These days, anything under $1M is a bargain!

Not just a bargain, a ton of potential!  Let’s examine several pounds of it.

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Did we mention this house is on a busy street? So many people will admire your new home every day!  We had some follow-up conversation with mtv-renter on the house and hood:

Yeah, you’re right, it’s not that crappy of a part of sunnyvale. I exaggerate about Sunnyvale because I don’t like it much after looking at a lot of houses there; few neighborhoods are walkable to anything but your car, and the downtown area, despite much development, feels kind of dead.

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Also, check out the street view image for this house. The realtor used every trick in the book to make the house look like it’s a palace on a large lot: wide angle lens and a very low point of view to make the bushes up front seem like they’re hiding a large house far in the distance. In reality, that long walkway up to the entry-way is just a crooked asphalt footpath, and your neighbors are close enough to smell them on a hot day, which probably happens a lot given the lack of insulation in these places :)

Comments (1) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:04 am

August 22, 2013

Pavers on the Driveway in Sunnyvale!

Tired of long articles that go on and on and on and ON? You’ll love today’s post and you’ll love today’s featured home even more.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader Michael Boltonestater for these superb snapshots in Sunnyvale! And we hope you enjoy them, because the house is, you guessed it, Pending!

130821-bennington-redfin1170 BENNINGTON Dr
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
$1,150,000

6 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,246 Sq. Ft.
$512 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1955
Lot Size: 0.31 Acres
On Redfin: 22 days
Status: Pending Without Release
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 2
Community: Sunnyvale
MLS#: 81327931
Style: Contemporary
View: Neighborhood
County: Santa Clara

Spacious Home located in Sought-After Cherry Chase Area! Kitchen features Built-In Cabinetry, 4 Burner Gas Range, Dishwasher. 3 Wood Burning Fireplaces in the Living Room, Family Room & Master Bedroom. Beautiful front yard with Gazebo. Pavers on the Driveway. Separate Cottage in the Back of the House w/ 1 Bedroom & Half Bath. Great Cherry Chase Elementary.

130821-bennington-livingWant to see those three different fireplaces in the living room? Want to see them burn wood? Sorry, all we have is one fireplace with way too much Photoshop in the way. You’re going to have to figure out where they’ve managed to stash the other two. Perhaps they’re behind those sofas.

Enjoy a couple more of these delightfully dialed-up digital pix while you consider what life would be like in this home.

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And if you want to feel the cold, hard slap of reality in your face, there’s always Google Streetview.

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Comments (4) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:02 am

August 8, 2013

Opportunity in Sunnyvale!

We have a prince of a property for you today. It’s in a great location, it’s not priced at a batshit insane ask like yesterday’s house, and best of all, you can review the listing in about 25 seconds.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader SB for the nomination!

130807-blair-redfin909 BLAIR Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
$949,880

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,210 Sq. Ft.
$785 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1955
Lot Size: 5,900 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 6 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Attached Single Family
Community: Sunnyvale
MLS#: 81327967
Stories: 1
County: Santa Clara

Sunnyvale prime location. Rear opportunity in Sunnyvale desirable school district.

Upcoming Open Houses

Sunday, Aug 11: Open House – 11:00-2:00 pm

Can’t imagine why you’d need to go to an Open House, as the seller obviously has shared everything you need to know about this rear opportunity. However, an aerial photo does a great job demonstrating just what an opportunity awaits in the rear.

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Yes, that opportunity comes in the form of a body shop and a tire store, right on El Camino Real, the Street of Kings!  We can also check the Streetview if you wish.

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DHO! DHO! Maybe he’s a King too!

Comments (9) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:07 am

June 12, 2013

Huge electrical tower in front of house in Sunnyvale

Let’s take a look at a house with some location fail. When we use the term “location fail” we’re referring to uncorrectable defects that are a function of where the house is. The only way to fix them is to move. Let’s move on to this Sunnyvale house and see how the Tower of Power is treating it.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader Michael Boltonestater for wiring this over.

130611-remington-redfin1113 REMINGTON Ct
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
$1,199,999

4 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,006 Sq. Ft.
$598 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1975
Lot Size: 6,527 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 11 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Community: Sunnyvale
MLS#: 81318908

Huge electrical tower in front of house. House has additional bedrooms and baths, half garage has been converted to a studio, all done professionally without permits

We feel cheated.  There’s a huge electrical tower in front of the house and the listing photo doesn’t even show it. Why mention such an important feature if you’re not going to show it off?

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You’re welcome.

Bunus: Look what we found on Zillow.  All we were trying to do is figure out what they were asking for this place in 2012 when it went pending twice but never actually changed hands. 

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We’re pretty confident this place will be selling shortly.

Comments (9) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am

May 16, 2013

Now is the time to Buy!

Today we’re headed to the always exciting City of Sunnyvale, where Burbed reader Dannyman has a found a house for you! No endless windows to clean, doorknobs to polish, or miles of marble to scrub. This house is cute, compact, and convenient: everything at your fingertips!

20130515-duane-redfin596 E DUANE Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
$499,000

3 Beds
1 Baths
1,009 Sq. Ft.
$495 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1952
Lot Size: 5,600 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 14 days
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Community: Sunnyvale
MLS#: 81314510
Stories: 1
County: Santa Clara

Recently remodeled bright home close to N Fair Oaks Avenue. Minutes away from freeways, shopping and restaurants. Large fenced lot with fruit bearing Avocado and Fig trees. Well maintained lawn, lots of big windows. Large lot to entertain and relax.

130515-duane-viewYes, at 1009 square feet, you should be able to clean the ceiling and dust the baseboards at the same time. But here’s why Dannyman sent this to our (and your) attention:

Check sales history. :)

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Wha, what, sold two weeks ago?

130515-duane-130426596 E DUANE Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Sold for $385,000

3 Beds
1 Baths
1,009 Sq. Ft.
$382 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1952
Lot Size: 5,600 Sq. Ft.
Sold On: Apr 26, 2012
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Community: Sunnyvale
MLS#: 81210383
Style: Traditional
View: Neighborhood
County: Santa Clara

Great starter home ready for your family to move in. Freshly painted exterior. New kitchen cabinets & counter tops. New flooring throughout. Large rear yard, design to your liking, would be great for family or entertaining. Hot water heater new in 2004.

130515-duane-oldkitchenSee that? Even not-Real-Bay-Area homes are such a fantastic investment, you don’t even have to brag about a hot water heater that was new in 2004 anymore. Just buy a house, any house, and put it right back on the market. 

Then sit back in your large lot to entertain and relax while the overbids come pouring in.

You could even keep the hot water heater.

Comments (13) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:03 am

December 24, 2012

Great opportunity, fully furnish, for Christmas Eve!

While you’re busy getting your last-minute Christmas shopping and decoration and cooking done, think about celebrating the holiday with your extended family. Now think about what it means to turn home, hearth, family, and grandparents into that All-American concept of… making a buck off it.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader J.C. for showing us what the true spirit of the holidays is about.

121223-dunholme-redfin631 DUNHOLME Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
$1,395,000

6 Beds 
4 Baths 
2,852 Sq. Ft.
$489 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1976 
Lot Size: 10,176 Sq. Ft. 
On Redfin: 65 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Community: Sunnyvale
MLS#: 81238349
Style: Traditional
View: Neighborhood
County: Santa Clara

Great opportunity for business , Clean private residence, elderly care facility , fully furnish, with pool.

121223-dunholme-dho-tvHere’s what J.C. thought when sending us this listing:

Complete with pictures of elderly residents that come with the home!

A perfect purchase to ensure you won’t be lonely this Christmas!  Or New Years!

We may or may not be taking tomorrow off, but we’ll have some year-end closeout sales waiting when we return. 

If we return.  Because we could have been reading those stone disks all wrong and the world could end this week.

Comments (1) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:02 am