Today’s luscious listing is a superb short sale in San Mateo, courtesy of Burbed reader Divasm! Thanks for this fantastic find, featuring fun photos, plenty of deferred maintenance, and the ever-popular “The dog ate my permits” excuse.
324 MIDVALE Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403
SQ. FT.: 1,610
$/SQ. FT.: $342
LOT SIZE: 5,056 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
YEAR BUILT: 1950
COMMUNITY: Westwood Knolls
COUNTY: San Mateo
STATUS: Pending With Release
ON REDFIN: 168 days
Contractor Special! House has 4 bdrms 4 ba on record but total square footage of 2200 sq ft not formally recorded. Owner states that 2 bdrms, 2 ba & family rm addition were built w/ permit. Close to shopping & schools. Needs maintenance. Has a lot of potential. Swimming pool and spa in bkyard. Legality of 4th bath not warranted.
This short sale has been around for over 150 days and been in and out of pending. It’s nothing new, same old story…but it’s a great example of when to just NOT include pictures of the house because they’re really not doing you any favors. The outside pic has so much glare and lens flare you think you’re in a JJ Abrams movie, and the inside pics look like somebody intentionally trashed their house…at Christmas time.
I think this shot of the kitchen is a 10. A 10 on the “I’m selling my house for more than half a million bucks and can’t be bothered to clean the kitchen before taking a few snaps.”
They couldn’t even bother to move the trash can out of the frame. This is so beautiful, it’s bringing tears to eyes. Or maybe that’s the onions in the trash can.
The permit issues are just the icing on this delectable cake of contractor concern! Good thing the owner states that most of the additions were built w/ permit! The extra square footage not appearing on the county records is just a quibble you can work out with the friendly folks at the Planning Department and the Assessor’s Office. You’re going to be spending a LOT of time with those folks getting approvals for all the maintenance this place needs, so you might as well ask them why there’s 600 square feet “not formally recorded.”
Maybe they’re hiding behind all the crap in this bedroom.