October 1, 2013

6 SINGLE HOME OR APARTMENT UNIT OR CHURCH OR TEMPLE OR COMMERCIAL

898 TULLY Rd
San Jose, CA 95111

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As we all know, one of the most important things you can have in life is options. Unlimited options = freedom, and freedom is the bedrock of our nation.

This plot of land has many options… almost unlimited options! Thus, this plot of land is freedom.

What would you build on it if you owned this? A church? A temple? A single apartment unit?

Please answer soon. HURRY UP!

Speaking of hurrying up, it’s interesting that this house has been on the market for 270 days. Where have I seen this before?

http://www.burbed.com/2012/08/14/instagram-makes-anything-better-right/

August 14, 2012

Instagram makes anything better right?

898 TULLY Rd
San Jose, CA 95111
$1,300,000

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Maybe the realtor should switch to Vine! Then this house would really hurry up!

Comments (5) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:24 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 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

August 20, 2013

PEACEFUL MBRM IN MTVW

We’ve got a really hot Mountain View property for you today from Burbed reader LomaLuvr. Feel the burn as you tour this one virtually.  Whoops, too late! SOLD!

130819-yorkton-redfin2676 YORKTON Dr
Mountain View, CA 94040
Sold for $1,565,000

4 Beds
3 Baths
1,975 Sq. Ft.
$792 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1965
Lot Size: 8,000 Sq. Ft.
Sold On: Aug 16, 2013
Status: Sold
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
County: Santa Clara
Style: Ranch
Community: Grant
MLS#: 81324377

WAVERLY PARK SINGLE STORY * NEW INT/EXT PAINT, NEW PLUSH CARPET/PAD * SPACIOUS KITCHEN, ISLAND, BREAKFAST BAR & NOOK, NEW LINO * FORMAL DINING RM, STEP DOWN LIVING RM, SEP FAMILY RM, CEILING FAN, FP W/ INSERT * PEACEFUL MBRM, SLIDER TO BACKYARD, CEDAR LINED CLOSETS * INS LAUNDRY, GAS & 220V HOOKUPS * NEWER WATER HEATER * OVERSIZED LOT, AGGREGATE PATIO, WELL MANICURED, SHED W/ NEWER ROOF * WALK TO COOPER PARK!TOP NOTCH SCHOOLS!

Great real estate photography means plenty of overbidding! This delightful home went for an extra $115K and we’re positive these radiant pictures helped. And you know when we say radiant we really mean radioactive.  Let’s have a look around.

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So far, so good! And doesn’t every bathroom need a prominently featured puffer fish on the vanity?  Pro Tip: When photographing a room in HDR, wait for the fan to stop spinning.

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This bedroom converted to an office not only shows an intriguing attempt at décor, delightfully framed by the original window and view to match.

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There’s so much you can do with fabric choices to liven up a room! Looks like whoever staged this bathroom embraced the concept of More is More.  Bunus: Empty toilet roll!

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Don’t forget the back yard! The generous grounds guarantee lots of space… for you to cook all summer, because there isn’t a shred of lawn anywhere. Plus the house next door has a great view of everything you’ll be up to.

We’re still trying to figure out which part of the yard is WELL MANICURED, the AGGREGATE PATIO or the SHED W/NEWER ROOF.  NEWER than what, the 1965 house?

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

August 5, 2013

Overbidding in Mountain View. Real Overbidding

We’ve discussed Real Bay Area cred many times here, and one way to tell you’re dealing with the RBA is that of course your property should attract plenty of overbidding.  Burbed reader steve writes in to let us know about a blog post that discussed what the sellers are thinking when getting those bids.

This couple traded up from Mountain View to Palo Alto, rebuilding their house as well.  But it’s this piece on the sale of their Mountain View house that we think Burbed readers would find intriguing.  What kind of bids go straight into the trash, never to be considered? Which bids made it to Round 2 of overbidding?  And do you consider the “winner” of this process to be the Stupidest Person Left Standing, or the Lucky Owner of a home in Mountain View’s finest zip code?

Sold! A behind the scenes look at the selling of our Mountain View home & tips for buying in a crazy market.

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Kudos to our real estate agent, Erika Enos! Our house sold fast and for more than we were expecting.

This week we officially handed over the keys to the Cuesta Park Charmer. We are very happy that we found a nice new family to love the home and the process went relatively smoothly. Compared to the angst of being on the bidding side of the table being a seller is this market is a joyride. Here’s how everything played out:

The Stats

List price:  $1,228,000
Sale price: $1,603,500 (~30% over asking), no contingencies, 25-day close
Open House visitors on Sat & Sun: ~150
Views of virtual tour: 8091 (32% of referring web pages came via HomeCrunch! vs. 26% via MLS)
Requests for disclosure package: 35
Offers: 10

You can read all the details over on Kay Luo’s site HomeCrunch, which is mostly about their adventures building their new house there. But what can the Burbed reader take away from this sellers-eye-view of the overbidding process?  Let’s take a look at the house itself.

130804-bond-redfin780 BOND Way
Mountain View, CA 94040
Sold for $1,603,500
Listed for $1,228,000

4 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,983 Sq. Ft.
$809 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1952
Lot Size: 5,096 Sq. Ft.
Sold On: Jun 10, 2013
Status: Sold
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Community: Miramonte
MLS#: 81315689
Style: Ranch, Contemporary
View: Neighborhood
County: Santa Clara

Perfect marriage of craftsman and contemporary renovation. Rare 4 bedroom, 2 1/12 bath home with family rm which has access to private patio & rear garden. Hardwd flrs, copious storage in state of the art kitchen, skylights in kit & family rm. Contemporary styled baths, spacious master suite, 4th bedrm perfect for office or nursery, newer roof, close to Cuesta Pk, dwntwn Mtn Vw & all Silicon Valley

130804-bond-livingThis couple did one thing right: they bought in the RBA. We know this house is in the RBA, not only from the 94040 zip code, but the fact that the home sold for more than double in only eight years. QED!  (That stands for Quite Excellent Deal!)  They did this despite not having a picture of the front of the house in the first picture, too.

Now, let’s examine what we can learn from the blog post itself.

First, the list of which offers were considered and which weren’t is useful.  If you’re still house hunting, maybe you’re making one of the mistakes called out there.  That means stop putting in contingencies in your bids during a seller’s market.  Instead, ask the seller what contingencies they would like to place onto the buyer.  How about 90 days’ free rent after the sale for starters?

130804-bond-bedroomNext, while suitcases full of cash may not be King, they’re still pretty Ace.

Third, if you write an entertaining blog, you can send plenty of people to look at your virtual tour.  That is, you can get more referrals from you own blog than the MLS.

Fourth, you know those stupid beg letters we’ve been laughing at? They work.  So if you want to buy someone’s house full of family memories and rip it to pieces, write a tear-jerking letter about how much you love the place and how it’s perfect for your 2.1 children and pooch.  After you buy it, fire up the bulldozer because it’s yours and tough luck if the sellers actually believed your fanfiction.

What do you think of Kay’s look at being an overbid recipient?

Comments (21) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:09 am

June 18, 2013

Lotsa Listing Lunacy in Los Altos!

Let’s take a look at this lovely lienhold in Los Altos. Today’s featured property brings us lots of great photography.  That is if by great we mean some other word, such as “quaint” or “challenging” or perhaps “well-meant.”  Thanks very much to Burbed reader littleoldlady from RBA.

And since this place is already in contract, Redfin isn’t showing it anymore. Helloooooo, Trulia!

130617-morton-redfin1650 Morton Ave
Los Altos, CA 94024
$1,388,000

4 bed / 3 full bath
2,588 sqft
Single-Family Home
Active Contingent
$6,215 / mo
25 days on Trulia
Built in 1955
Neighborhood: South Los Altos
MLS/Source ID: 81317816

1650 Morton Ave DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH-UPGRADE TO YOUR TASTE! This home was extensively remodeled and expanded in 2000. A guest room wing with two separate entrances was added and much of the original house was rebuilt. The finishes and details need attention, but the bones are 130617-morton-hardwoodgood. If you have the vision to imagine your own finishes and colors in place, you could polish this into the gem of the neighborhood, and what a fine neighborhood it is. The kitchen features maple cabinets and a comfortable breakfast area. Granite slab counters would complete the kitchen makeover (and we have a bid of just under $10,000 to supply and install… these). The bathrooms are dated; in fact, the guest bath is so dated it is 1950’s retro! The 130617-morton-kitchenhouse would benefit from interior paint, new windows, extending the wide plank hardwood floors from the living/dining areas or adding new carpet, and bathroom updating. Located on a spacious corner lot of over 10,000 feet, the parcel includes two majestic redwoods, three mature oaks, and three soap bark trees. The trees are near the property perimeter so you can develop the rest of the parcel as you choose. The landscape details and final design are up to you. Priced to allow the new owner the ability to integrate all the details and finishes you desire and still enjoy a valuable acquisition.

130617-morton-paintNow that is one chatty agent. This one went on for more than three picture’s worth of listing copy! Can you imagine having to get in the car and go on a house tour with that dude?  You’ll be glad you brought your earbuds!  Now let’s hear from LOL RBA.

Now wait… I have noticed a pattern in Los Altos. Every nice house gets listed for $1495, or $1498… Then sell then sells for $1750 – $1800. 130617-morton-tileEvery not so nice house gets listed for $1150 and sells for around $1300. What on earth is this terrifying listing? Rebuilt in 2000? Wha’?? What did they rebuild? And is this a nice house, destined to sell for $1750 (um…no) or a not so nice house that will sell for $1300, thereby getting no overbids? Regardless, the house will be in escrow within 7 days, like everything else in the RBA.

I love your blog. My favorite stop with my morning coffee. Your fan.  Sent from my iPad

You know you’re in the Real Bay Area when even the little old ladies correspond with an iPad. And LOL-RBA was correct about the 7 day escrow, or was it more like 7 minutes?

Comments (4) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:07 am

May 1, 2013

Does a non-RBA street name cancel out the city?

We are done with the April blogging challenge, so let’s get back to what made Burbed what it is: ridiculously overpriced crapboxes! And what better place to find it than in our very favorite city, Palo Alto?  Thanks much to Burbed reader Pizzawillcome for this, um, thing you could seek shelter in if you absolutely had to.

130430-stockton-redfin3375 STOCKTON Pl
Palo Alto, CA 94303
$1,299,900

4 Beds
2 Baths
1,716 Sq. Ft.
$758 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1958
Lot Size: 6,400 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 52 days
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Community: South Palo Alto
MLS#: 81307408

Classic Eichler home with central atrium. Nice backyard. Large utility room can also function as a den, office, or playroom.

Here’s why Pizza sent in this house:

I didn’t pull the trigger on this one, and now it is back! Same pictures as a month ago. Gotta burb-alert it now.
Unfolded laundry on the couch and floor, littered stuffed animals and toys. When I get bored with overly staged houses, I think of this one.

Fortunately, the Redfin agent has some useful comments to share as well!

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Original condition! That’s excellent news! None of those second-rate replacements of vintage pressboard walls.  But these photos just sell the house, don’t they?

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And note how the use of light draws your attention in to all the details.

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That is, if you can see them. This technique seems to work just as well in the outdoor shot of the yard, demonstrating just what kind of a professional we’re dealing with.

So, if a house is for sale in the Real Bay Area, but it’s on a street named for somewhere that is Most Certainly Not In The Real Bay Area, how high will the overbids be?

Comments (18) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am

March 19, 2013

Save on Ikea Bunks in Mountain View

Who likes Mountain View? Lots of people, from watching the prices keep rising! So let’s visit another terrific home-buying opportunity in Google’s backyard, thanks to Burbed reader Single Pane Lass.  But there may be trouble in paradise with this piece of property. Why?

It’s been on the market for 31 whole days. That’s like 310 DOM in Stockton!

130318-alice-redfin717 ALICE Ave
Mountain View, CA 94041
$1,300,000

4 Beds
2 Baths
1,654 Sq. Ft.
$786 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1978
Lot Size: 8,932 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 31 days
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Community: Sylvan Dale
MLS#: 81304634

LOVELY MTN VIEW HOME WITH GOURMET KITCHEN, GRANITE COUNTER TOPS, LAMINATE WOOD FLOORS, WALK IN CLOSETS, SKYLIGHTS, GAS FIREPLACE AND HUGE LOT OF APPROX. 8900 SQ FT! CLOSE TO SHOPPING, PARKS AND DOWNTOWN MOUNTAIN VIEW.

130318-alice-bedroomHere’s why SPL sent in this fine façade in the Fortress.

Here is a wonderful example of how easy and fun it is to be a Professional Real Estate Agent–and a seller– in Silicon Valley these days.

Say you are running an illegal "foreign work program"/youth hostel/sweatshop. Not to worry! Just tell those kids to roll out of their Ikea bunkbeds, hop in the shower, use several towels, and fling them around the bedroom. Snap a few shots, and you’ll be pending in minutes. If anyone asks about why you have six people sleeping in one bedroom, just remind them that you are close to downtown!

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We’re not sure if these pix are quite good enough to earn a Good Housekeeping Tag of Approval, but this is definitely proof that Bay Area Bubble 4.0 is making agents cocky.

Comments (4) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:06 am

February 26, 2013

UPDATED: AOL tries being Burbed for a day: Let your imagination run wild

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Updated 11:30 AMSecond house found; see end for details and plenty of pix!

AOL has been doing a real estate area for a while, including a series of videos and articles beyond the listings and search tools. Someone over there must have been reading us, because they did a piece discovering that (gasp!) there are very expensive yet definitely crappy houses for sale in the Real Bay Area.  Worse, they had the gall to call this an “AOL original.”

Have they been living under a rock? This has been our signature claim for more than seven years! Let’s listen in as self-important talking heads who don’t bother introducing themselves tell us what we already know.  (Warning: dude with beard is extra smug.)

 

M’kay.  There’s some really useless accompanying text, so our mission is to do a slightly better job.  Remember, it’s fairly easy to succeed when you set your standards this low.

Decrepit Homes in San Francisco Bay Area Fetch Top Dollar for Mountain Views

130225-aol-rwcBy AOL Real Estate Editors | Posted Feb 21st 2013 5:14PM

A sorry-looking shack, with deep cracks in the cinder-block walls and busted windows, that looks like it’s ready to collapse: You wouldn’t pay a dime for that, would you? OK, say it’s nestled in the gorgeous hilltops of the San Francisco Peninsula with no shortage of pristine mountain views. Now how much would you pay? More than $1 million? Well, that’s how much it’s going for.

130225-aol-wgWe’ve probably violated Fair Use by quoting an entire graf, because there’s only one more.  There’s also only two homes in the video, and only the more than $1 million OMFG Emerald Hills (Redwood City) place (shown above in a clip from the video) has mountain views.  The other (at left, also clipped from the video) is in Willow Glen, and didn’t seem to have any views beyond the neighborhood street.

We were able to find the place in Emerald Lake in about 3 minutes, and it definitely could use a big ol’ Burbed sloppy kiss, Of course it’s already pending.  This is the Real Bay Area we’re talking about!

130225-lakeview-redfin209 LAKEVIEW Way
Redwood City, CA 94062
$1,275,000

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,490 Sq. Ft.
$856 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1948
Lot Size: 0.38 Acres
On Redfin: 207 days
Property Type: Detached Single Family
View: Mountains
County: San Mateo
Stories: 1
Community: Cordilleras Heights
MLS#: 81228879

Incredible opportunity in Emerald Hills. Originally three lots under two APN#’s (APN #057-031-480 and APN #057-031-049) which have been combined into one lot at approximately 25,150 SF. The value is in the land and the views of the surrounding hills with easy access to 280. Walk the site and let your imagination run wild. Dream big and build new or renovate. Plans are available for viewing.

130225-aol-wg-kitchenWe didn’t have the same success in finding the Willow Glen weedery.  This one is similar to it (Craftsman style bungalow, over 12,000 square foot lot, to be sold as-is) but we don’t think it’s the right house.  Can any enterprising Burbed readers find the house in the video? 

Update: House in video found by Burbed reader Chris. See end of this article for details and photos. We’ll also throw in a break as this is starting to get long, so click on through!

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

January 30, 2013

Only $1.5 million in Portola Valley? No Way (side)

Today we have a real purty property in Portola Valley.  You know how we love expensive crap? Just crossing into this high-falutiin’ district will make your wallet squirm.  It’s expensive here even if the land doesn’t have a house.  So for this low (for PV) price, you know today’s feature will be good.  That is, if by “good” we mean something not so good.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader Petsmart Groomer for this find.

130129-redfin-wayside211 WAYSIDE Rd
Portola Valley, CA 94028
$1,499,000

3 Beds
2 Baths
2,340 Sq. Ft.
$641 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1925
Lot Size: 0.41 Acres
On Redfin: 190 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 2
Community: Santa Maria/Russell Area
MLS#: 81227542
Style: Contemporary
View: Neighborhood
County: San Mateo

There are no remarks available.

Take it away, PG:

No wonder people outside the Bay Area think we are insane. Even with a Ferrari in the garage (picture #18), I can’t see the value in that one.

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Sometimes, when life hands a real estate agent lemons, it’s best to keep one’s mouth shut. The eager buyer will bring the water, sugar and ice — then beg to be sold lemonade.

Comments (6) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:02 am