September 3, 2009

Redwood City with charming front porch

441 UPTON St, Redwood City, CA 94062 | MLS# 80938975
441 UPTON St Redwood City, CA 94062
Price: $529,950

Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 780
$/Sq. Ft.: $679
Lot Size: 2,750 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Ranch
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 1953
Community: Cordilleras Heights
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 80938975
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 4 days

You know, looking at this photo, the charming front porch really calls out to me. I’m not quite sure where it is, but it really is charming. And that’s just the front!

In the backyard (which is private incidentally, unlike all the shared backyards that you sometimes run into), it has a separate storage shed. Wowsers.

All this and mature lush vegetation. Go figure! For just $679 per square foot.

Now I know Redwood City hasn’t been in the Real Bay Area for a while now, but with more properties like this, maybe 2010 isn’t so far away…

Comments (37) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:22 am

August 4, 2009

Lifestyles of the rich and famous – East Palo Alto Edition

130 MAPLE Ln, East Palo Alto, CA 94303 | MLS# 80923674
130 MAPLE Ln East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Price: $549,000

Beds: 4
Baths: 2.5
Sq. Ft.: 2,150
$/Sq. Ft.: $255
Lot Size: 2,422 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Contemporary
Stories: 2
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 2006
Community: East of U.S. 101
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 80923674
Source: MLSListings
Status: Pending Without Release
On Redfin: 66 days
Top-of-the-line, luxury home built in 2006,just minutes to the heart of Palo Alto! Upscale living room w/ cathedral ceilings & gas log fireplace. High ceilings throughout. Expansive gourmet kitchen w/ cherry wood floors, granite slab, island, exquisite cabinets & stainless appliances. Great investment or enjoy a quality home close to Palo Alto!

Thanks to Burbed reader Herve for this find.

The fact that there’s a Jaguar in this picture is telling. It says: “Buy this house, with the ridiculously tall front door arch, so you too can be the owner of a Jaguar.”

Or perhaps it says: “Come home to 130 Maple Lane in East Palo Alto – you’ve made it. You’re a successful executive, driving a luxury car from a company that also makes the cheapest car in the world.”

You’ll come home each day… race up (and up and up and up) those steps, to burst onto the balcony and enjoy a relaxing mai tai, as you stare at the sun setting over the mountains, and looking down at your Jaguar – wondering if it is leaking oil again – and embracing your success.

I don’t know about you, but I’m sold!

Comments (58) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:27 am

July 24, 2009

Half a house available in San Carlos – now affordable!

1651 ALAMEDA, San Carlos, CA 94070 | MLS# 80902356
1651 ALAMEDA San Carlos, CA 94070
Price: $550,000

Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 920
$/Sq. Ft.: $598
Lot Size: 4,480 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Traditional
Stories: 1
Year Built: 1947
Community: El Sereno Corte
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 80902356
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 178 days
CONTRACTOR SPECIAL!! Approved plans and permits are ready for new master bedroom, bathroom and great room. Work on the new addition was started but not completed. Exsisting house has 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, hardwood floors and crown molding throughout.

Thanks to Burbed reader Herve for this find. It’s Herve week!

Let’s face it, the economy is still a bit shakey and not everything is on the up and up. Facebook still hasn’t IPOed yet, unleashing a new wave of millionaires.

When times get tough, real estate definitely steps up to help those in need. That’s where this house comes in. Can’t afford a whole house in San Carlos? Why not buy half a house for now!

That’s right! Buy half a house now, save up, build some amazing equity, get some pride of ownership going on, and then boom buy the other half in 2 years.

Hey, let’s not forget that this half even comes with crown molding – classsssssy!

So join San Carlos – buy half a house today. Just throw up some mirrors or something, no one will notice when you invite them over. Trust me!

Comments (7) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:36 am

July 20, 2009

Do not enter property without licensed realtor

545 PALMER Ln, Menlo Park, CA 94025 | MLS# 80928864
545 PALMER Ln Menlo Park, CA 94025
Price: $500,000

Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 1,050
$/Sq. Ft.: $476
Lot Size: 0.43 Acres
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Year Built: 1936
Community: County Area/Fair Oaks Ave
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 80928864
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 27 days
Unique Investment Opportunity for All-Cash Buyer. Land Value Only. Remodel work done on 2 bed/1 bath bungalow has no permits and isn’t completed. Potential buyers to determine subdividability prior to submitting offer. Do not enter property without licensed realtor. Short Sale.

Thanks to Burbed reader Herve for this find. It’s Herve week!

Frankly I’m amazed at how self sacrificing Realtors are. This house (houses?) are so dangerous that you will need a licensed realtor to serve as your guardian when you enter to inspect it. Did you know that licensed realtors are also certified in CPR and have to pass firefighters exams? I didn’t. But clearly they must!

I can just imagine it now, you enter the house, and you are so overwhelmed by the value that you pass out. Then, the licensed Realtor will swiftly pick you up, and carry you out of the structure – evoking memories of this fine movie.

If only we had more licensed realtors, the world would be a safer place. If only.

Comments (12) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:10 am

June 15, 2009

If you like these owners, you’ll love this house!

421 S Eldorado St, San Mateo, CA 94402 | MLS# 15523897
421 S Eldorado St San Mateo, CA 94402
Price: $580,000

Beds: 3
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 930
$/Sq. Ft.: $624
Lot Size: 920 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Single family
Style: Bungalow
Stories: 1
View: City
Year Built: 1912
Community: Safe, Clean, Stable
County: San Mateo
Listing #: 15523897
Source: Zillow
Status: Active
On Redfin: 304 days
What the Owner Loves: Easy access transportation to 280, 101, 92, Caltran, Buses. Walk to center of village.

Thanks to Burbed reader Jeff for this find!

As everyone knows, social media, having a conversation, being authentic – those are the things that make companies rich. Look at Apple and Google and how they are so open and having a conversation with their customers and using social media. Uh. I mean. Facebook. Look at how much money they are bringing in. Uh.

Well in any case, these owners took it to heart and made this ad personal. Forget interior pictures, it shows the people who have been taking care of this house for you. It even features what the owners love! Sweet!

Personally, I like the community – it’s “Safe, clean, stable”

What an awesome name! Maybe you should get your community to rename itself “Awesome, amazing, and astounding!”

Comments (39) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:51 am

June 10, 2009

A great place to locate your start up!

90 N 26TH St, San Jose, CA 95116 | MLS# 80844767
90 N 26TH St San Jose, CA 95116
Price: $549,950

Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 4,000
$/Sq. Ft.: $137
Lot Size: 5,040 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Cottage/Bungalow
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 1939
Community: Central San Jose
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 80844767
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 202 days
A GREAT opportunity for construction contractors or AUTO service who need a yard for their vehicles and storage of meterials, Two story each level is almost 1,500 squar feet w/ half bath, The yard has a hard concrete surface with a gate. The front unit is 2 Bedrooms 1 Bath, Large eat in kitchan, Hardwood floors in living Rm Hall & Bdrms. front unit rents for 1,350 this is unique property in good location.

Google. HP. Apple.

They all started in a Silicon Valley garage. They all produced millionaires.

Well, here is your opportunity, thanks to Burbed reader H.T.!

Let’s take a look at the back:


It’s like a mullet – party in the front, business in the back. Wait… I think I got that backwards.

In any case, just think of all the great businesses… the next power houses of Silicon Valley, that you can kick off here. And for just $550k!

Let’s take a look at the description from the Craiglist posting:

You can work in the back and rent the front.

$549950 / 3br – industrial and Residential on same Lot all permited and legal (san jose downtown) (map)
Reply [Errors when replying to ads?]
Date: 2009-05-29, 1:12PM PDT

Unique setup very valuable piece of property, to be able to live and work at the same place front unit is 2 bedroom (could be 3 bedroom)
Large kitchen,The back building is 2 story concreat block Central Aircondition,walls,workshop use to be print shop,5 cars can be parked between two buildings and driveway.

Very valuable. Very unique. Very Silicon Valley. So be like Jobs and Woz, Hewlett and Packard, Brin and Page. Start your millions.. hell… billions today with this house!

Comments (51) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:28 am

April 23, 2009

Low maintenance back yards in San Francisco

2307 45th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94116 | MLS# 353083
2307 45th Ave San Francisco, CA 94116
Price: $550,000

Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 1,015
$/Sq. Ft.: $542
Lot Size: –
Property Type: Junior, Single-Family Home
Year Built: 1940
Region: San Francisco District 2 (Central West)
Area: Outer Parkside
County: San Francisco
MLS#: 353083
Source: San Francisco MLS
Status: Active
On Redfin: 45 days
Charming & cozy home with remodeled kitchen a few short blocks from the beach! One good sized bedroom plus dining room converted to use as a 2nd bedroom on main floor (no closet). Bonus rooms down not warranted, low maintenance back yard. 1 car garage. Tenant occupied (Fridge & some light fixtures belong to tenant). REO

Let’s face it. Green is the new black which is the new gold. Or something like that. Everyone is trying to leave less of a carbon foot print, especially in San Francisco which is the nation’s least wasteful city.

That’s why Burbed reader Geoff brought this house to my attention. Let’s take a look at this low maintenance back yard:


Oops, sorry! No that’s the new eeBedroom (exercise entertainment bedroom) that’s all the rage right now.

Here’s the photo:


Now seriously. Could you possibly have a back yard that requires less maintenance than that? Talk about drought resistant!

Comments (38) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:53 am

April 20, 2009

Land at a Millbrae home when landing at SFO

1115 LANDING Ln, Millbrae, CA 94030 | MLS# 80915632
1115 LANDING Ln Millbrae, CA 94030
Price: $550,000

Beds: 3
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 1,020
$/Sq. Ft.: $539
Lot Size: 5,000 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Cottage/Bungalow
Year Built: 1952
Stories: 1
Neighborhood: Airport Park
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 80915632
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 10 days
This home features 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Hardwood floors, wood burning fireplace, and a spacious yard with a detached 2 car garage. A separate dining area just off the kitchen. Close proximity to 101, SFO, BART and shopping.

Burbed reader Pete writes:

“Landing Lane” in Millbrae?

Why don’t they just have the address as “Terminal 1, Gate B34”?

You don’t even have to look at it to know this listing isn’t going to end well – cat portrait and all!

Alright, let’s first look at the cat portrait:


Hey that’s not bad. It really adds balance to the wall heater next to it. Actually, this is a clever marketing scheme. It tags onto the rising popularity of Caturdays! “Open house this caturday!” Oooh the ring of that is just amazing!

As for the joke about Terminal 1 Gate B34?


Nice try – but this is actually far closer to the international terminal. Which makes sense since it’s the international people who have the money these days.

I can see it now – one of the many billionaires from Shanghai is flying to SFO to visit. As he passes over Landing Lane he sighs. “I know my investment is safe. I can see it from here.”

That in itself is worth it right there.

Comments (22) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:35 am

March 27, 2009

Yet another Green house in Redwood City

It’s Herve week at Burbed! I’m catching up on all the listings that Herve had sent me. I could probably have another week of Herve houses… but I have to give other people a chance. Here’s the 5th day!

1165 CLINTON St, Redwood City, CA 94061 | MLS# 80842227
1165 CLINTON St Redwood City, CA 94061
Price: $599,900

Beds: 3
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 1,640
$/Sq. Ft.: $366
Lot Size: 5,700 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Mediterranean
Year Built: 1931
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Neighborhood: Central Park
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 80842227
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 133 days
Unsold in 90 days
Character- Filled Mediterranean Home with Cathedral Windows. Three Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms (Permits Unknown on Second Bathroom) Living Room with Fireplace, Hardwood Floors Throughout, Separate Dining Room and Updated Kitchen with Breakfast Nook. This Home Offers Beautiful and Original Details Throughout.

Living green is in these days. And here is yet another green house in Redwood City.

That said, I think it is a bit of a toss up as to which one is better. I kind of like this one more:

The Clinton house just seems too slick. I prefer the MacArthur house because it has more character. It’s more gritty.

Of these two green houses, which one would you choose?

Comments (4) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:17 am

March 20, 2009

The least expensive single family home in Mountain View

491 S RENGSTORFF Ave, Mountain View, CA 94040 | MLS# 80849265
491 S RENGSTORFF Ave Mountain View, CA 94040
Price: $599,900

Beds: 3
Baths: 2
Sq. Ft.: 1,080
$/Sq. Ft.: $555
Lot Size: 8,700 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Contemporary
Year Built: 1958
Stories: 1
Neighborhood: San Antonio
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 80849265
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 79 days
LEAST EXPENSIVE SINGLE FAMILY HOME IN THE ENTIRE MOUNTAIN VIEW. THIS BANK-OWNED PROPERTY HAS A HUGE LOT. If you’re looking for a big lot in the middle of Mountain View, if you’re looking for great schools and if you’re looking for a great property with an awesome bargain then come & grab this thing. Zoned R3-1, you can build 2 houses or a duplex on this humongous 8600 sq. ft. lot. BRING OFFERS!

Here’s what Burbed reader J.M. had to say:

Hey, this lovely house is next door to my apartment complex, and, uh, $611/square foot?  Accordingly to the listing, it’s the cheapest single family home in Mountain View.  It’s also the only single family home for like a half mile in any direction.  I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing — after all *I* am one of their fantastic neighbors.

Indeed! The affordable housing crisis in Mountain View has been solved with this home. And look! It even features all the self-hype that the Bay Area is famous for! Great schools? Well… they’re ok schools. Humongous lot? Well… it’s a big lot. Revenue? Well… they’ve got eyeballs. Oh wait. It didn’t say that.

In any case, observe that this is next to a giant apartment complex. What does that mean? Yep! You too can become a landlord too!

But if you don’t choose to go that route, you can say hello to a huge heap of sweet instant equity as this house has a Zestimate of $785,000! Hellooooo free money!

Comments (48) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:49 am