September 13, 2013

Ready for a weekend jaunt? Plenty of head space

Here’s a little bit in the boonies for you to brew in. Or simmer, because it has plenty of SUN. Thanks very much to Burbed reader Tom Paine for today’s capacious cabin in the wilds of Sonoma County.

130911-mission-redfinUndisclosed Address
Camp Meeker, CA 95465
$117,000

1 Beds
1 Baths
648 Sq. Ft.
$181 / Sq. Ft.
Built: —
Lot Size: 7,600 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 8 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Residential, Detached, Single Family
Stories: 1
County: Sonoma
Style: Cottage
Community: Sebastopol
MLS#: 21320135

vintage home in camp meeker off street parking, and, SUN. Bring hammers and contractors and septic pro’s, cause it needs some (a lot) of work. great potential. .did i say off street parking and SUN. .. .. .. .. note lot size. .all sq. ft. via auto fill. . easy to work under house plenty of head space.

130911-mission-kitchenVintage home? How would the agent know? There’s no year given for the structure, although public records say 1938. Which means this house is, um, carry the 3 and… wow, 75 years. Which is five years too young to earn the Burbed “old house” tag!

Fortunately we’ve been provided with an inside look that shows the place is so old, the walls aren’t plumb anymore.

130911-mission-livingIn fact we’re wondering if the interior pictures got mixed up with one of those schoolbus conversions.

Bunus: Undisclosed address? Ha! Burbed loves disclosing them.  It’s 42 Mission Street.  That link goes to Homesnap, which includes a really helpful Google Street View shot.

Bring septic pro’s.  At least it’s easy to work under house.

Comments (3) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:03 am






September 12, 2013

Palo Alto Plat Panoply

It’s time to visit Palo Alto again, and see just how much house you can get there for your dollar, or in this case, your million and a half dollars.  Today’s find is courtesy of Burbed reader Wendie, thanks a ton! Or a million and a half tons.  And that’s before the overbidding!

130911-middlefield-redfin3475 MIDDLEFIELD Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94306
$1,495,000

1 Beds
1 Baths
607 Sq. Ft.
$2,463 / Sq. Ft.
Built: —
Lot Size: 0.32 Acres
On Redfin: 12 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Community: South Palo Alto
MLS#: 81332199
Style: Traditional
View: Neighborhood
County: Santa Clara

Small cottage on extra large lot in the heart of Palo Alto. Wonderful and rare opportunity to build your dream! Additional opportunities include incorporating this beautiful lot into the adjoining property to create a unique family compound. Neighboring property consists of 19,768 ft. ² lot with 3,44 ft. ², 10 year new home (see MLS 81332198).

130911-middlefield-kitchenSteve Jobs bought the house next door to his, knocked it down and turned the property into an orchard. Larry Page thought buying up as many properties on his block was an even better idea. Do you see where we’re going with this?  This property, along with the house for sale next door, will allow you to be a high-profile land baron in Palo Alto.

Okay, South Palo Alto.  And both places list, collectively, for $4.5 million, which is an absolute bargain.

After all, if you’re going to build your dream, it’s going to cost you. And as Wendie notes, you’re paying $1.5 million for the servants’ quarters.

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

September 11, 2013

Beautiful Turn-key home in Redwood City

Today’s beautiful home is brought to you by Burbed reader Petsmart Groomer. Thanks very much!  And if you see a house for sale and think it ought to be on this front page, please send it to one of the addresses in the upper right corner. We’ll ignore it for weeks until it goes Pending and then frantically look for it in web caching somewhere.  Be sure to include what name you want to be called so we can “accidentally” use your real one instead.

130910-junipero-redfin1321 JUNIPERO Ave
Redwood City, CA 94061
$649,000

2 Beds
1 Baths
710 Sq. Ft.
$914 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1954
Lot Size: 2,625 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 21 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
View: Neighborhood
County: San Mateo
Stories: 1
Community: Central Park
MLS#: 81330820

Beautiful Turn-key home with everything remodeled. Brand new kitchen with stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, crown moulding, new interior doors and garage door. Nicely landscaped yard. A must see!!

130910-junipero-sinkLooks like the only missing cliché is the granite. But from the picture above, “turkey” isn’t the right barnyard metaphor for this property.  Take a look. This is a classic single-nostril Snout House.  The insanely small lot size is just a “bunus.”

And speaking of bunuses, check out how they solved this common architectural challenge of too few square feet for mandatory residential fixtures.

Now, are you ready for your closeup, 1321 Junipero Ave? Well, you already got one, above. We’d like to highlight how well you play with others, as you  can see in Google streetview.

A must see!!

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Comments (3) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:11 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

September 9, 2013

We’re all Bozos on this Google Bus

We thought about bringing up the Google Gossip about Sergey leaving his wife for Google Glass Gal, but we thought better of it. Nothing more predictable than yet another dude with too much money having a midlife crisis and discovering the joys of a relationship with a younger woman.  Instead, we bring you a different Google story, which is actually real-estate related.

Mapping Silicon Valley’s Gentrification Problem Through Corporate Shuttle Routes

20130908-googlebus-mapBY ERIC RODENBECK, Wired Magazine
09.06.13 9:30 AM

Digital flows of information and the capital that it’s generating are having a material input on the physical landscape.

Here’s an ironic thing: I spend a good part of my day designing maps and data visualizations that represent change, while working out of one of the most change-resistant corners in the city of San Francisco.

For the past dozen or so years, the 16th and Mission Street BART plaza below the studio where we work has steadfastly hosted a diverse, rotating cast of characters — from drug dealers and preachers to musicians and hipsters, cheek by jowl with families, social activists, Social Security poets (sadly a shrinking population), and, increasingly but haltingly, young workers in the great technology fields to the south.

It’s proven a remarkably resilient situation: It was this way when I watched it in 2001, at the nadir of the dot-com crash. And it’s this way in 2013, at the mid-point of what some are calling the next big tech boom, the bastard love child of late 1990s Delusion 1.0. Yet the city is just bursting with change these days, if construction is an indicator. When I look out my window, I see at least nine active construction cranes at any given time (and that number would be even higher if it weren’t for the new scaffolding blocking my view of the rest of the city).

Neighborhoods that just 10 years ago were once written off as un-developable are seeing barriers to change break down every day. Why? It’s tough to point to a single cause, but it seems abundantly clear that digital flows of information and the attendant capital that it’s generating are having a material input on the physical urban landscape.

130908-googlebus-posterNow, the title above is completely off the mark.  This article isn’t in any way about Silicon Valley’s gentrification problem.  It’s about San Francisco’s gentrification problem because of those high paying jobs in Silicon Valley.  You would never know from reading the Wired piece that there are “Google buses” all throughout Silicon Valley and its exurbs, not just running various SF to Mountain View routes.  We’ve seen the luxury shuttle buses in San Ramon, in Los Gatos, and in Scotts Valley.  Every one of those buses means the employees onboard are not driving their own vehicles to work, and they are free to come up with brilliant ideas during the commute thanks to onboard WiFi.

They’re also free to play video poker, just like hardworking Senator John McCain.  And like Senators, taking private shuttle buses insulates tech workers from having to deal with ordinary people on public transit. You would be amazed at all the resentment there is toward the Google buses.  Maybe it’s because all those highly-paid tech workers are driving up rents and sales prices, forcing everyone else to move to the East Bay.

Meanwhile, in order to figure out the unpublished list of private shuttle bus stops, Wired had to hire a bunch of bike messengers to follow the buses… and scribble notes on paper.

Comments (3) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:09 am

September 8, 2013

Department of Duh: More House for Your Money in East Bay

And now we present yet another story about people having to move to the East Bay and insisting that it was a great idea.

Families flee S.F. for East Bay with cheaper homes

130907-flight-smithCarolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle
Updated 9:45 pm, Saturday, September 7, 2013

"Family flight" out of San Francisco is nothing new. But now, real estate prices in the city have risen so steeply – much more so than in the East Bay – that there’s an extra incentive for longtime San Francisco homeowners to cash out their equity and head across the bay seeking more house for less money.

After 20 years in San Francisco, John Perryand Rob Picciotto, along with their children, Ben and Louisa, and three dogs, transplanted themselves to Oakland. "I didn’t think we would ever leave San Francisco, but a convergence of things made us consider moving," said Perry.

In 1998, Perry and Picciotto had stretched to buy their Bernal Heights house and make it work as their family grew. In June it sold for more than triple what they’d paid, a windfall that allowed them to pay cash for a less expensive house in Oakland’s Leona Heights neighborhood in the hills above Mills College.

"We don’t have a mortgage anymore, which is awesome," Perry said. "We doubled our square footage on more than an acre of land, and have phenomenal neighbors. Oakland is so diverse; it’s a whole new world to learn and explore. There’s more space, more mix."

We’ve pointed out many times in the past that the East Bay was not part of the Real Bay Area because it hasn’t benefitted from the same batshit insane price increases found in places West of the Bay. Outmigration serves as a release valve on the price hikes. When SF gets too expensive compared to Oakland or Walnut Creek (two places mentioned as where SF sellers moved to), people will move East because they get more house for the money.

Three things of note from this article:

  1. Moving from SF to Silicon Valley will NOT gain you a damned thing.  The prices have gone up just as much in Googleville.  These bargains are only to be found in the Nickle and Dime or Nine and a Quarter area codes.
  2. The exact same newspaper has a another feature on how the batshit insane SF home prices are leveling off, which isn’t exactly demonstrated by this piece.
  3. San Francisco has fewer residents under 18, by percentage, than any other major city.  This really still remains as a Family Flight From ‘Frisco story. The only difference is more people moving to Montclair instead of Marin.

This is also your Weekend Open Thread. Are you considering moving further afield because trading up where you already live is too expensive?

Comments (4) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:06 am

September 7, 2013

Planning on Selling? You waited too long!

Should have sold this spring when there wasn’t any competition!

Bay Area home sales hit seven-year high

130906-sales-houseBy Pete Carey, San Jose Mercury News
POSTED:   08/15/2013 11:48:29 AM PDT | UPDATED:   22 DAYS AGO

The Bay Area’s housing market staged a breakthrough in July, reaching the highest level of sales for any month in nearly seven years, according to a report Thursday.

The housing recovery has been bogged down by a lack of inventory. This month’s report indicates that is no longer the case, as sellers respond to double-digit price increases.

July’s median sale price of $562,000 for all types of homes is up 33.5 percent across the nine-county Bay Area in 12 months, according to real estate information company DataQuick, meaning that homeowners who have been sitting on the sidelines for years can finally sell at a profit.

Along with the news that the average Silicon Valley house is selling for over a million dollars, perhaps we’ll hear from some Deluded Renters about how smart it is to buy a house NOW and how they can’t wait to sink every penny they have into a 30 year obligation.

Also note the lack of recent Real Estate news in the Murk. Maybe nobody is buying or selling anything anymore.

Comments (5) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:01 am

September 6, 2013

East San Jose Mawbul Kawlums! This house sits on a lot of square feet

Okay, East San Jose hills, but still! Oh my gawd who lives here, the POPE?  Thanks very much to Burbed reader TL in San Jose for sending in this feature that indicates what makes a joint classy. KAWLUMS!  Put some in your bedroom!

130905-chaboya-redfin4227 CHABOYA Ct
San Jose, CA 95148
$2,988,000

7 Beds
6.5 Baths
8,314 Sq. Ft.
$359 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1989
Lot Size: 3.40 Acres
On Redfin: 14 days
Status: Active


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130905-chaboya-kawlums2Not only this mansion teeming with MAWBUL KAWLUMS, the listing isn’t full of much of anything. We didn’t forget the description; there isn’t any. Also missing are basic entry items such as the County, the house style, and how many stories in the building. But this agent doesn’t have any stories to tell. Instead, we’ll let the photos do all the talking.

We did find this description on MLSListings:

130905-chaboya-kawlums3*BREATHTAKING UNSURPASSED VIEWS OF SF BAY AREA, SILICON VALLEY, AND THE BEST SUNSETS IN THE AREA* 7 BEDROOMS* 6.5 BATHS*2 MASTER SUITES* 2 KITCHENS W/ S.S. APPLIANCES* EXTRA LARGE BUILT IN FRIDGE* GRANITE SLAB COUNTERS HUGE ENTERTAINMENT/BONUS AREA* UNPARALLELED CUSTOM FINISHES THROUGHOUT *HIGH CEILINGS* MARBLE FLOORS* DRAMATIC STAIRCASE* BASKETBALL CT* VINEYARD * SOLAR POOL* EXCELLENT SCHOOLS*

130905-chaboya-kawlums4Best of all, it links to a virtual tour with, we shit you not, 80 pictures.  Because the 25 on Redfin are obviously not enough. Also not enough are the missing description in Redfin and the ALL-CAPS one above. So we are delighted to share the one from the virtual tour as well, because it demonstrates the care and consideration taken with selling a three million dollar house.

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It certainly does. 148,104 sure is a lot.

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Comments (8) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:02 am

September 5, 2013

Redwood City pink house in Shire, Buyer to varify

Our site founder has this thing for pink houses, so we’re really delighted to find this gem.  There’s so much to love about it, we’d consider this house for the front page even without the awesome paint job.  Best of all, you could buy this one for cash.  In fact, you may well have to.

130904-devonshire-redfin2841 DEVONSHIRE Ave
Redwood City, CA 94063
$275,000

2 Beds
1 Baths
900 Sq. Ft.
$306 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1948
Lot Size: 3,990 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 57 days
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
County: San Mateo
Style: Cottage/Bungalow
Community: Dumbarton
MLS#: 81324754

Fixer upper. Buyer to varify with Redwood City Planning dept. due to lot size. No contingency. 10% cashier check payable to ‘San Mateo County Public Guardian’. The condition of this property may require an all cash buyer or a rehab loan, ask your lender. Court confirmation on 9/10/2013 at 9 AM at Dept. 28, 400 County Center, RWC CA 94063.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this house is a New Yorker essay.  Ask your lender.

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Comments (2) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:03 am

September 4, 2013

She’s a Brick …House …in Los Gatos

Ready for some housing win? Sure you are.  Burbed reader nomadic has just what we need: great photos and an even greater price. Plus, Redfin says it’s not for sale and Movoto says it certainly is!

130903-englewood-movoto16600 Englewood Ave
Los Gatos, CA 95032

$1,600,000
Loan Payment: $6,204/mo
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Size: 1,264 sqft
$/sqft: $1,265/sqft
Type: Single Family House
Year Built: 1947
Lot Size: 12,752
Days on Movoto: 59 days
MLS#: 81324091
Status: Active

Location, Location, Location, A beautiful, flat, corner 12,752SF site in a prime neighborhood of Los Gatos, close to downtown, schools, and all conveniences. Build new or remodel existing property which can be lived in or rented while obtaining permits and plans for your new home. House is being sold as is…

130903-englewood-kitchenBuild new or remodel. Guess “turnkey” is the wrong word for this listing. Let’s listen to nomadic’s words instead.

The listing agent forgot to put “value is in the land” in the description, because this is a prime teardown candidate.  However, at $1.6M it’s priced about $600k too high for just the land.  Look at the weird construction.  The interior walls all show the brick.  Does this house really not have any insulation?  The bricks are large too, adding a certain cinder block (non)appeal.

We especially like this paired photo set. Can you tell if you’re looking at the same room or not?

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Google Streetview reveals that the driveway gave up halfway from the house.

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Comments (5) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:06 am