December 1, 2006

Have you ever wanted to live at an intersection?

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 638895
405 S SUNNYVALE AV
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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$925,000

This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 638895 Approx Age: Unavailable Approx Sq Ft: Unavailable
Detached Single Family 2 Stories Contemporary
3 Bedrooms Ground Floor Bedroom 1 Master Bedroom Suite
Loft Bedroom 3 Bathrooms 1 Stall Shower

Not a lot of details for this “house” (if that’s what it is) right now – but if they market it as “nice quiet neighborhood”, I think I’ll asplode.

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November 30, 2006

This house comes with a note to the buyer…

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 665313
1531 LITTLE ORCHARD ST
San Jose, CA 95110
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$585,000

This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 665313 Approx Age: 57 Years Approx Sq Ft: 864
Detached Single Family 1 Story Traditional
2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom 1 Shower over Tub

The note to the buyer?

“Dear Buyer – How does it feel to be my BITCH? Love, House” 

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November 29, 2006

Do you like drive-thru's? Why not own one?

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 652144
73 N 25TH ST
San Jose, CA 95116
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$550,000

This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 652144 Approx Age: 80 Years Approx Sq Ft: 780
Detached Single Family 1 Story Spanish

I would totally add a window so that I could drive up and place an order for a double-double … wouldn’t you?

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November 28, 2006

What's going on in this picture? It's so busy!

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 664696
221 S 21ST ST
San Jose, CA 95116

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$475,000

This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 664696 Approx Age: Unavailable Approx Sq Ft: 1200
Detached Single Family 1 Story Cottage/Bungalow
3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 1 Stall Shower

Ok, I give up. What’s going on in this deal? Do I get all of them as the buyer? Just one? Huh?

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November 27, 2006

"toxic chemical trichloroethylene seeping Mountain View homes and businesses"

Mountain View Voice: EPA tells RAB about TCE in the MEW (November 24, 2006)
An extensive EPA-commissioned report has found that the vapors from the toxic chemical trichloroethylene can be stopped from seeping into Mountain View homes and businesses by using plastic membranes and filling cracks in building foundations.

The report, made public at the recent Moffett Field Restoration Advisory Board meeting, assessed the intrusion of trichloroethylene, or TCE, into buildings and homes on the MEW superfund site, an area bordered by Middlefield Road, Ellis Avenue and Whisman Road which has a TCE plume in its groundwater.

I hear that TCE increases property values by making the houses more special!

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Did you ever want to buy a boarded up house for $585,000?

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 666967
481 6TH AV
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
$585,000

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This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 666967 Approx Age: 66 Years Approx Sq Ft: 686
Detached Single Family 1 Story Cottage/Bungalow
2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom 1 Shower over Tub

What? It doesn’t say that this is perfect for a First Time Buyer? I’m shocked! Shocked I tell you!

Here are some more photos:

4816th-b.jpg Ok… I give up. What happened to this house? I thought it was fire damage, but that doesn’t really look like it either. What’s your theory?
(Thanks to Burbed Reader Lynda for this one!)

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November 23, 2006

How to save 20% on your groceries for Thanksgiving

The other title for this entry is “Zune vs iPod, Wii vs PS3, Safeway vs Safeway”. Why?

iPods are made by Apple, which is in Cupertino. PS3s are made by Sony which has a big site in North San Jose. Bay Area companies.

Zunes on the other hand are made by Microsoft in Redmond, WA. Coincidentally, Wii’s are made by Nintendo – which is also in Redmond, WA!

But these places have one thing in common: Safeway. So thanks to a reader, I thought I’d investigate to see what the difference between the Safeways are. Here’s a table comparing the prices of common Thanksgiving items:

First, we’ll start with a turkey…

Here’s a turkey in Nintendo/Microsoft land:

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… and the same turkey in Sony/Apple land:
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Here’s some milk in Nintendo/Microsoft land:

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… and the same turkey in Sony/Apple land:

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Item Bay Area Redmond Difference
Turkey $7.99 $4.00 100%
Yellow Onions $0.30 $0.15 100%
Celery $1.00 $1.00 0%
Cranberries $2.50 $2.00 25%
Oranges $1.34 $1.79 -25%
Garlic $0.50 $0.50 0%
Lemons $0.99 $0.89 11%
Green Beans $2.49 $1.79 39%
Pork Sausage $3.49 $3.19 9%
Eggs $4.75 $3.49 36%
Milk $3.49 $2.40 45%
Corn $0.79 $0.75 5%
Olive Oil $8.39 $5.39 56%
Chicken Broth $0.60 $1.09 -45%
Flour $1.00 $1.00 0%
Sugar $3.09 $2.50 24%
Ginger $1.20 $0.80 50%
Pecans $8.50 $7.40 15%
Salt $2.79 $2.99 -7%
Rosemary $2.72 $3.21 -15%
Honey $7.79 $7.01 11%
Black Olives $0.80 $0.79 1%
Green Onion $0.99 $0.79 25%
Pumpkin Pie $4.99 $5.49 -9%
Spinach $3.69 $3.29 12%
Grape Jelly $3.39 $2.23 52%
Butter $3.00 $2.50 20%
Biscuits $2.79 $2.39 17%
Tomatoes $0.63 $0.75 -16%
Orange Juice $6.59 $6.29 5%
Potatoes $3.99 $2.99 33%
Carrots $0.79 $0.79 0%
Rice $4.80 $3.85 25%
Grey Poupon $4.29 $3.29 30%
French Fries $3.99 $3.29 21%
Ketchup $3.59 $2.59 39%
Stuffing $3.21 $2.18 47%
Ham $7.49 $6.99 7%

Average difference: 20% more expensive

(Just to be clear – these were the exact same products on both sides. Same brand, same quality, same count – everything. You can verify the results easily using Safeway.com)

So now you know why the PS3 and iPod are so expensive, compared to the Wii and the Zune. Because the groceries are more expensive too. :)
Want to save money on your groceries? Easy! Leave the Bay Area for some place that’s not special like Seattle metro area.

Of course if you leave the the Bay Area, you’ll find that they don’t have any Chinese restaurants, Korean restaurants, Japanese restaurants, Thai restaurants, Vietnamese restaurants, gays, smart people, guacamole, tech companies, snow sports, hiking, mountains, liberals, In-n-outs, or 9 months of sun. And let’s not forget our cheap housing, amazing public schools, great roads, low taxes, and lack of traffic.

Yeah. I didn’t think you’d leave. It’s just too special here. :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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November 22, 2006

Dude, where's my car… uh… house?

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 644502
1399 E SAN ANTONIO ST
San Jose, CA 95116
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$539,000

This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 644502 Approx Age: 81 Years Approx Sq Ft: 780
Detached Single Family 1 Story 2 Bedrooms
1 Bathroom 1 Shower over Tub 1 Tub

Is it just me, or is that house’s width about the same as the sedan parked in front?

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November 21, 2006

Anyone who could fog a mirror could get a 105 percent loan

Housing prices expected to drop more / Berkeley economist says recovery will take 3 or 4 years
The number of buyers who purchased their homes with unconventional loans, or mortgages that start out with extremely low payments and in some cases allow borrowers to rack up more debt than equity, also raise concerns about the stability of the housing market, Rosen said.

“Anyone who could fog a mirror could get a 105 percent loan,” he said. “And that means anybody.”

My understanding is that if you can’t fog a mirror, then you can only get 80%.

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When your garage has a scary lump

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 643215
310 A ST
Colma, CA 94014
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$590,000

This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 643215 Approx Age: Unavailable Approx Sq Ft: 750
Detached Single Family 1 Story Colonial
2 Bedrooms 1&1/2 Bathrooms 1 Stall Shower

Burbed usually doesn’t post about Colma – but what the heck is up with that garage? And doesn’t it look like there’s one window missing from the front of that house?

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