March 3, 2011

And the Top City to Meet a Nerd goes to…

Sorry to interrupt the horrible houses, but this is too good to pass up.  Match.com just listed their Top Ten Cities to Meet A Nerd.  Why don’t you all make your predictions which city is the absolute petaflops best place to land yourself your very own nerd, before finding out what they came up with?

Go on, we’re waiting.  We’ll have that list for you right after the break. Did we make it? Did we?

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Comments (17) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:03 am






March 1, 2011

COPLETE REMODELED, ,, PROFISSIONAL LAND SCAPING, ,, ,, ,, ,,

This one will be selling shortly, so don’t wait a minute!

871 S Wolfe Rd, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
$625,000

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BEDS: 4
BATHS: 2.5
SQ. FT.: 2,204
$/SQ. FT.: $284
LOT SIZE: 6,200 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Contemporary
STORIES: 2
VIEW: Green Belt, Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 1966
COMMUNITY: Sunnyvale
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 80850222
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 791 days

SUNNYVALE CUPERTINO AREA , ,, COPLETE REMODELED, ,, IRON FENCE, ,PILLARS, ,STONE FRONT WALL, ,PROFISSIONAL LAND SCAPING, ,, ,, ,, ,, BUILT IN BBQ, ,, TILE FLOOR IN GARAGE, ,, A MUST SEE ASIS SALE, IN GROUND POOL STONE DECORATION AROUND 2 STORY W. / BALCONY, ,, ,A THANK YOU FOR SHOWING, ,, ,ATT; PRICE REDUCTION. .. .. .. .. SHORT SALE. .PRICE REDUCED SEP. 7TH 2010 , PRICE REDUCED. .. .

SUNNYVALE CUPERTINO AREA, ,, yes indeed, it’s in Sunnyvale all right, with Santa Clara schools!  And half the distance to Santa Clara as Cupertino.  But that’s okay, they can say CUPERTINO AREA because it got your attention, didn’t it?  If they said SANTA CLARA AREA you’d be demanding those awesome SANTA CLARA UTILITIES, and they didn’t want to get your hopes up.

We usually don’t get to see real estate photography this inspired.  Iron fence win!  Anyone know what the mystery item is in the back right corner?  It looks a little like a pushcart that lost a shoving match with a beach cafe.image

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The listing copy also says ATT; PRICE REDUCTION. .. .. .. .. which means AT&T stock went down, and so did either HH or IIII depending on which Morse operator took the telegram.  Then it says PRICE REDUCED SEP. 7TH 2010 , PRICE REDUCED. .. . (secret messages in here for terrorists?)  Has the price really been reduced that much that it needed three different mentions?

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Um… whoa! This isn’t just chasing the market down, this is chasing the market up a tree too, just to see if it’s paying attention!  Did somebody really think a couple of tax credits was going to net them an extra $200,000 for this house?

Meanwhile we’ve got lots of pool ‘n patio shots, but not one inside.  What do you think the sellers did to the place that it’s listed for almost $200K less than it sold for in 2005?  And don’t worry about the listing amount, anyway, the FBs owe $805K on the place (putting 10% down when they bought it seemed so unfair, so they borrowed almost all their down payment back).  Just start overbidding now if you expect the bank to return your calls.

A THANK YOU FOR SHOWING.

Comments (36) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:06 am

February 26, 2011

Gasp! Openings in Prestigious High School District!

Here’s an opportunity that doesn’t come along every day!  Wouldn’t you like to enroll your teen in Lynbrook High School, in the “we’re actively throwing nonresidents out of our schools” Fremont Union HSD?

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Of course, there’s a catch.  To take advantage of this amazing offer, you have to already live in the FUHSD attendance area.  Talk about the rich getting richer!  Here’s the most recent test scores, for those fortunate enough to consider this amazing (and very limited) opportunity.

School City 2010 Growth, 2009 base API
Cupertino HS Cupertino 891 / 879
Fremont HS Sunnyvale 730 / 740
Homestead HS Cupertino* 858 / 852
Lynbrook HS San Jose 939 / 925
Monta Vista HS Cupertino 943 / 935

*Located right at Cupertino/Sunnyvale border and the vast majority of students are from Sunnyvale, with remainder from Cupertino and Los Altos.  Hey Fremont, the “growth” API means it’s supposed to get BIGGER than the “base” score.  That means the growth number is supposed to go UP.  You know.  MORE.

And some other wanna-be high schools are almost as aggressive about removing “illegal students” as FUHSD.  What a sincere form of flattery, hiring a private detective to ferret out people living on the wrong street.

Comments (10) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am

February 10, 2011

A House for the Highly Organized

Are you a young, upwardly mobile professional who likes to keep everything in its place?  Then this short and sweet* house is for you!  Many thanks to Burbed reader nomadic for this find!  (*Yes, selling shortly!)

915 Mockingbird Ln, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
$869,000

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BEDS: 4
BATHS: 2
SQ. FT.: 1,687
$/SQ. FT.: $515
LOT SIZE: 5,859 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Ranch
STORIES: 1
VIEW: Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 1953
COMMUNITY: Sunnyvale
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81102468
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 16 days

This highly desirable Cherry Chase neighborhood is a perfect home in which to create a lifetime of memories. The kitchen features granite countertops and stainless steel appliances It opens to a beautiful living room, making it perfect for entertaining guests, or simply spending quality time with family. The master bedroom features a walk-in closet and a remodeled bathroom. Dual paned windows.

So why is this a great house for the organized twentysomething?  Let’s take a little tour, shall we?  You shouldn’t have any trouble figuring out where in the house you are.

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This house goes great with this magazine!

Here’s what nomadic had to say about this amazing place:

Sure, it shares a street name with the Munsters, but check out those rooms painted in primary colors.  Do you suppose the pwners trying for a short sale were too lazy to repaint, or are they hoping to live there free for several more months?  Nope, they’re using the loud colors to drown out the sound of Highway 85 less than 200’ away.

Ok, let’s see that E-Z freeway access.

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Awesome!  The next-door neighbors have a swimming pool!  Guess where you’ll be dropping by every day this summer!  Plus think of all the money you’ll save not having to join a swim club!

Comments (10) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:02 am

February 3, 2011

Rare Opportunity to Own an Eichler that needs TLC

Here’s a house for anyone who wants the incredible benefits of Sunnyvale utilities and Santa Clara schools. This is truly the best of… well, it’s the best house available at this address.

1109 Lorne Way, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
$849,000

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BEDS: 4
BATHS: 2
SQ. FT.: 1,770
$/SQ. FT.: $480
LOT SIZE: 7,200 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Contemporary
STORIES: 1
YEAR BUILT: 1973
COMMUNITY: Sunnyvale
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81055965
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 64 days

Rare Opportunity! Atrium Model Eichler Home in Lovely Cul-De-Sac * Courtyard in Front * Spacious Floorplan w/ Open Living & Dining Area, Fireplace, Floor-to-Ceiling Windows * Open Kitchen w/ Granite Slab Counters, Wood Cabinetry, Breakfast Bar and Family Sitting Area * Bamboo Flooring * Mature Backyard w/ Pool and Patio * Attached 2-Car Garage * Laurelwood Elem * Lots of Potential, Just Needs Some TLC *

imageI didn’t realize Eichler was still building houses in 1973.  Shouldn’t they have locked him up by then in the giant Libby’s can for crimes against architecture? Anyway, in this case, TLC stands for Thoroughly Level this Cul-de-sac.

But look at all the instant equity you get in this place.  It last sold in 2005 for $925,000!  Yet the seller is willing to offer it to you at a discount so you can reap the rewards of living the Santa Clara lifestyle at a Sunnyvale price.

Comments (17) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:08 am

January 25, 2011

With all three Good Cupertino schools!

You remember the phrase “the value is in the land”?  Usually that’s said when calling the house a crapbox is an insult to outdoor toilets everywhere. Let’s just say that today’s land isn’t much to talk about, either.  So, where is the value?  Because today’s house is a value!  Read on to find out if it’s a positive or a negative value.

1586 S Bernardo Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
$929,999

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BEDS: 3
BATHS: 2
SQ. FT.: 1,603
$/SQ. FT.: $580
LOT SIZE: 7,956 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Ranch, Contemporary
STORIES: 1
YEAR BUILT: 1956
COMMUNITY: Sunnyvale
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81100512
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 19 days

Charming home with all three good Cupertino Schools- West Valley, Cupertino Middle, Homestead High. Double Pane windows * Bright Kitchen with Family room * Hardwood Floor * Central Heat and A/C * Spacious living room w/ fireplace, sliding doors to fruit tree large yard * Los Altos border * Must see to appreciate. Compare the price to other homes with all three Good schools!

Does this house have Cupertino schools?  It does?  Great!  Just checking, as the Realtard only mentioned it a few times. Does the house have anything else, in case I might want to consider living in it rather than merely taking advantage of all three Good schools?

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Well, it has a kitchen.  At least I think this is a kitchen.  It’s hard to tell because while it has cabinetry and counter-like fixtures, this room seems decidedly short on luxury kitchen-type appliances. You know, such as, say, an oven or a refrigerator.

It’s got a sink, okay?  Plug in a microwave next to it and you can make all the ramen you want.  And you don’t need a fridge for PB&J.  What’s that?  You do?  You’re just not being flexible enough.  There should be room to keep a small ice chest in one of those cabinets.  Store the peanut butter and jelly jars in the cooler.  Problem solved.

What?  You’re worried about where to get more ice for the cooler?  Right here:

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imageSee that circled area at the bottom?  That’s a Mini-Mart at the gas station.  See that school between your future house and the Mini-Mart?  That school is the reason this architectural armpit has a wishing price of $930,000.  You are not buying this house unless you have at least one child who will attend every one of those Three Good Schools.  So make the little brat bring home ten pounds of ice for the cooler every day.  It’s the least the ungrateful wretch can do for you after you spent almost a million dollars for public school.

imageThe value of this place is not in the land, as the backyard demonstrates.  The value is obviously in The Three Good Schools.  And proximity to the Mini-Mart.  And so convenient to the freeway and the Los Altos Border!  Why, Caltrans has installed a handball court right across the street!  So not only will your kids attend The Three Good Schools, you need not waste money on sports leagues or appliances!

imageYou know those other homes with all three Good schools you’re supposed to compare to this one?  They not only cost more, the kids living there will have to travel much further to play handball for free.  Every time you look at this sound wall handball court (which means whenever you leave this house), you can pretend you’re living in an exclusive, ivied walled compound, just like in Atherton.  A very, very large one, because it’s so Full of Win.

Comments (19) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:05 am

December 3, 2010

Black Friday Sale – Cheapest Houses in Sunnyvale!

Black Friday DEALS continue…

We’ve already recently featured the cheapest house in Sunnyvale, so we’ve got a rain check for you.  You know how you go to Costco and want to buy a stapler and they make you buy three of them in a blister pack?  This is the same idea: the three cheapest houses in Sunnyvale (not counting the cheapest one)!  You can pick up all three for just a smidgeon over a million.

And this is a Black Friday sale, so no long write-ups.  You get a link, a price, and a picture.  And when you see these prices, you’ll agree any added description is superfluous.

1043 Duncan Ave, Sunnyvale CA 94089
$339,000

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Beds: 3
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 960
$/Sq. Ft.: $353
Lot Size: 5,250 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Year Built: 1954
Community: Sunnyvale
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81044809
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 67 days

Great location. Well kept home. Doublepane windows. Easy access to 101 & 237 & Yahoo offices. All appliances included. Large covered patio area. Next to park with tennis courts. Short sale – First & Second. Package sent to the lender. Both lenders are waiting for your offers for a quick close.

Both lenders waiting, says it all.  Let’s move on to house #2, same delicious DEAL.

605 W McKinley Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
$339,000

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Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 576
$/Sq. Ft.: $589
Lot Size: 3,000 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Cottage/Bungalow
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 1930
Community: Sunnyvale
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81053792
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 7 days

Opportunities. .. close to many conveniences, near Town Center, near park, school, shopping, restaurants, and much more. Make the house your style and your own. Generous-sized bedrooms, eat-in kitchen, laundry room and unfinished basement, fenced yard and patio for outdoor entertaining.

It’s downtown, it’s not in 94085 or 89, yes of course we take American Express.  And we’ve saved the best DEAL for last!

602 Bernal Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085
$349,000

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Beds: 3
Baths: 2.5
Sq. Ft.: 1,501
$/Sq. Ft.: $233
Lot Size: 6,496 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 1953
Community: Sunnyvale
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81016874
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 222 days

Huge corner lot home in a desirable large corner lot location. . Large and Remodoled Kitchen, Ceramic floors, double paned windows and more. .. .Extra 1 bedroom apartment with a private entrance.

Only thing you need to find out is whether it’s still on a huge corner lot, agent only repeated it twice.  And that fire hydrant means a reserved parking space in front of your house.

DEALS DEALS DEALS, yes pick up all three of these houses for a million and change.  That’s less than one scraper in Los Altos!  Live in one, rent the other two out; live in two and rent one out, rent all three to yourself… at these prices you really can have it all!

Comments (9) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:05 am

November 8, 2010

Silicon Valley Has Never Been This Cheap Before!

Here’s a great place that I was planning to write up someday, and then burbed reader sonarrat sent it in.  If we both thought it was worth sharing, it must really be something Special.

973 E Duane Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085
$329,900

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Baths: 2
Sq. Ft.: 1,050
$/Sq. Ft.: $314
Lot Size: 5,200 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Residential, Attached, Single Family
Style: Flat
Stories: 1
Year Built: 1954
Community: Santa Clara
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 21006054
Source: BAREIS
Status: Active
On Redfin: 244 days

Great property in a great location! Close to all shopping and freeways, excellent for the first time buyer family. Silicon Valley has never been this cheap before! Hurry up and submit your offer today!

Yes, do hurry up.  It’s been listed for 244 days… on the wrong listing site.  You never know who’ll stumble on this great property in a great location while searching for a listing in Mendocino.

But yeah, this is a great location all right.  I wonder why the agent didn’t mention that you could walk to Fry’s?

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And you’ll get to know your neighbors really well, because all the houses connect.

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Plus look at all that open space right across the street for the kids to run around!  Aw, AMD is such a model corporate citizen!

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And it’s all perfectly safe. Why, there used to be a school down the street.  It must have been a really good school since Westinghouse took it over in a leveraged buyout.  Just don’t dig anywhere.  Although I bet there’s buried treasure in the yard, and the people who paid $625,000 for the house in 2007 want it back.  So hurry up and submit your offer today!

Comments (24) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:08 am

October 27, 2010

Definitely the Best Value in Sunnyvale. Definitely.

When a property has been listed for a year and hasn’t sold, there’s a problem somewhere.  Your mission today is to find out why the house with the lowest price per square foot in 94087 can’t get a closing date.

1058 Lois Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
$950,000

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Baths: 4
Sq. Ft.: 2,930
$/Sq. Ft.: $324
Lot Size: 6,000 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Contemporary
Stories: 2
Year Built: 1953
Community: Sunnyvale
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 80948844
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 379 days

Great home for a large family or for a family that needs inlaw quarters. Lowest price per sf ($324) in 94087 area code. 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 bedrooms and bathroom downstairs can easily be inlaw quarters. Bonus room, office, family room, living room, large kitchen, large dining room, large backyard, large utility room. Homestead High School, Cherry Chase Elem. Definitely the best value in Sunnyvale.

94087 used to be in the RBA, but this house ensured that zip will never be invited back.  This traitor to doubling every ten years sold on 10/31/2001 for $680,000.  It was listed in April 2009 for an unknown amount, and taken off the market in October.  October 2009.  Then it was listed again for $998,888, with the price reduced to $950K in March.  Taking away all those eights didn’t improve its luck.

Maybe the problem is the vanishing second floor.  When you look straight at it, it disappears.  It even fooled the GoogleCam.  You can see daylight through the trees.  That’s just like not seeing a vampire in a mirror, only it’s a Halloween house and a camera, and you can see the bottom floor fine.  Plus all the trash cans!

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Meanwhile, the poor lonely house is still waiting for a suitor.  Can you give it some dating advice before another Halloween passes by?

Comments (31) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:09 am

September 3, 2010

Bank Owned!!! Rehabbed!!! Spacious Driveway!! Convenient Location!!!

Yesterday’s featured listing got a warm burbed welcome, especially from Ted O’Malley. So let’s spend another day in central Sunnyvale!

801 Birch Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
$369,900

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Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 770
$/Sq. Ft.: $480
Lot Size: 5,000 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Year Built: 1944
Community: Sunnyvale
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81043450
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 1 day
New Listing (24 hours)

Bank Owned!!! Rehabbed!!! Maintained 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath with spacious driveway and plenty street parking space. New Interior paint and New Carpet. Updated Kitchen and bath with granite counter tops and tile flooring. Hardwood floors, dual pane windows and a good size deck to entertain guest!!! A Must See!!!

So much to say about this New Listing.  A good size deck to entertain one guest.  Would that be a double pinochle deck?  Those have 98 cards.  Double pinochle, what does this mean?

I especially like the exclamation points in the copy after the terms “bank-owned” and rehabbed,” two terms not usually associated with realty gushing.  Does it have stainless steel appliances to go with the hardwood floors and “granite counter tops”?  That’s gotta cause an REO trifecta.

Also, you can’t beat the location, location, location of this place!  Not only is there a street sign right in front of your house so you won’t get lost, it’s in a great neighborhood!  Just take a look!

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Convenient to so many places, like Central Expressway, Fair Oaks Avenue, and a really expensive place right across the street!  Wow, not every house gets a view like this one!  This is an historic property that you’ll get to admire every time you leave your house.  Formerly the Joshua Hendy Ironworks (built right after the 1906 SF Earthquake, thus even older than yesterday’s house!), it was acquired by Westinghouse in 1946. 

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And it is a super view, because all 75 acres qualify as a Superfund site.  A few thousand gallons of PCB-laced oil in the aquifer won’t hurt anybody.  Plus it’s now an operating Northrop-Grumman Marine Systems plant, so you could nip across the street and see if they need any spare crane operators.  Alternatively you could sneak a few of their Trident II Launch subsystems under your sweater and sell them to any Russian spies you meet at the nearby Home Depot.

Be sure to admire the low-maintenance back yard!  The agent’s pictures truly don’t do it justice.  You have to see the whole place at once to appreciate the benefits of paving every square foot.  For one, the PCBs will stay in the ground where they belong!

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Comments (32) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:07 am