October 28, 2013

A house every agent will fall in love with

There are houses that wow buyers.  This is a house that will make the real estate professionals thrilled.  Why?  Take a look and find out!  Thanks loads to Burbed reader waiting_for_the_fall for this San Bruno spectacular!

131027-walnut-redfin359 WALNUT St
San Bruno, CA 94066

3 Beds
2 Baths
920 Sq. Ft.
$477 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1948
Lot Size: 2,500 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 80 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
County: San Mateo
Style: Ranch
Community: Belle Air
MLS#: 81329313

Gorgeous and Affordable Single Family Home! 3 bedrooms, 2 bath with 1 master suite. Featuring a Delightfully Upgraded Granite Countertops, Stainless Steel Appliances, Hardwood floor Double Pane Windows, and Crown molding. Laundry Inside. Close to transportation, Tanforan Mall, SFO Airport and freeways. Street Parking. Good Size Backyard. Great for investment!

131027-walnut-yardSo, why is this a Realtard’s dream?

It’s not just the trifecta of stainless, granite and hardwood, or the “affordable” price of not much less than not a lot of money.  It’s not even the HDR photography that lovingly picks up every bit of the shredded plastic in the back yard.

Let’s hear the answer from wftf:

I have a perfect representation of the last 2 or 3 housing bubbles, all in one house!

131027-walnut-frontdoorMaybe people didn’t realize planes would be rumbling by overhead and couldn’t take it anymore after a year. This might explain the rapid turnover/flipping activity, but not all of it.

Selling 8 times in 25 years and going for number 9?  That’s got to be some kind of record.

Maybe the agent just has their card laminated onto the room divider when the residents give up.

That’s also a record for the fewest steps from the front door to the kitchen we’ve ever seen.  But check this out, the agent wasn’t kidding about close to transportation. And yes, that’s the airport off the right margin of US 101.


Comments (10) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:06 am

February 1, 2013

Close to Freeway and transportation in San Bruno

Let’s finish out our workweek (not that Real Bay Area denizens ever would take a day off) with a place on the way to almost anywhere you’d like to go this weekend.  That is, if you didn’t have a job and were free to go somewhere besides work.  You never know, you might get a Sunday off when you meet your next milestone! (Just kidding!)

130131-5th-redfin785 5TH Ave
San Bruno, CA 94066

2 Beds
1 Baths
780 Sq. Ft.
$486 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1930
Lot Size: 6,633 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 1 day
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Community: Belle Air
MLS#: 81302815
Stories: 1
County: San Mateo

Two Bedrooms One bathroom House on a large lot. Currently occupied by Month to month tenants. Need TLC. Close to Freeway and transportation.

Needs Toilet Lid Crushed?  Unfortunately no crapper shots, but we have some winners anyway.  Can’t quite decide if the kitchen merits a Good Housekeeping Tag of Approval or not.


And when this agent said close to freeway, she meant it.  Dang, this place is close to absolutely EVERYTHING.


You could even make extra money taking overflow parking during Thanksgiving!  No wonder the front yard is so durable.

Bunus: Save $10,000 from August, 2011 asking price!

Comments (6) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:03 am

November 24, 2012

Deals Continue! Cheapest Place in San Mateo County!

Just because it isn’t Black Friday anymore doesn’t mean the DEALS stop!  Let’s see what you can get if you want to live in San Mateo County but don’t want to break the bank.  Or rob the bank.  Or get a ginormous bail-out because you’re a bank.

121123-3rd-redfin719 3RD Ave
San Bruno, CA 94066

2 Beds 
1 Baths 
820 Sq. Ft.
$474 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1940 
Lot Size: 3,700 Sq. Ft. 
On Redfin: 7 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Community: Belle Air
MLS#: 81241202
Style: Ranch
View: Neighborhood
County: San Mateo

Lovingly kept & lived by current owner for a long time. Per county record it is 3BR/1BA; however, 3rd BR has no closet. Walking distance to BART/CalTrain/Elem School. Easy access to HWY 101 for commuting to SF, E. Bay and So. Bay. Regular Sale (Not a Short Sale or REO). Open House 11/18(Sun 1-4 pm) & 11/25(Sun 1-4 pm). Offers, if any, due by 11/25,3 pm. Information believe to be accurate but not verified.

121123-3rd-kitchenWe’re already doing better than yesterday’s cheapest property in Santa Clara County, because the first find is an actual, detached house.  It’s also eligible for the “cozy” tag, but you can’t have everything, can you? Come on, this is vintage pre-war, and it looks like it’s still in vintage condition! Plus that awesome “No, no, no, this isn’t a distressed sale, really!” plaint in the listing copy.

You want a house? You now have zero excuses. Plus, just like yesterday’s third house, easy access to both 101 and the airport!


This house is the deal of the century! (Information believe to be accurate but not verified.)

Comments (7) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:05 am

December 9, 2011

BLACK FRIDAY DEALS: Cheapest House in San Bruno

The DEALS, DEALS, DEALS don’t stop.  Or maybe they will stop if readers don’t comment or at least uprate these entries.  And use the thumbs down if you think you’ve seen enough of these.

Why is Burbed abandoning the rich vein of crapboxes in Santa Clara County?  Because we’ve been neglecting North San Mateo County for a very long time, needlessly.  This has always been a terrific location if you’re looking for Burbed housing win.  The County of San Mateo’s foreclosure report even said so.

From January‐July 2011, East Palo Alto, Brisbane, South San Francisco, and Daly City led in pre‐foreclosure rates in the county.

Thanks, Foreclosure Report people, we’ll be sure to check out those other places on your list too.  And San Mateo looks like it’s winning big on instant equity!


283 WALNUT St, San Bruno, CA 94066


SQ. FT.: 810
$/SQ. FT.: $259
LOT SIZE: 3,000 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Contemporary
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81129190
STATUS: Pending With Release
ON REDFIN: 158 days

See, this place is a win right away!  What kind of house won’t show you the outside, and for the one interior shot picks the bathroom?


But that driveway is surprisingly oil-spot free!  “Bunus:” Close to freeway, too!

Comments (9) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 4:03 am

February 21, 2011

“Will be a good house for first time home buyer” in San Bruno


Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 780
$/Sq. Ft.: $319
Lot Size: 2,460 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Year Built: 1947
Community: Belle Air
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 81057164
Source: MLSListings
Status: ActiveThis listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.
On Redfin: 52 days
Will be a good house for first time home buyer. Alternate to condo, no, HOA fees. and private.

Hey all you first time home buyers! Boy does San Bruno have a deal for you!

Alternate to condo, no?

And best of all – location location location


Hello! Can you say “passive income from SFO parking”? Rich Dad would be super proud of you! Maybe even Tiger Mom!

And to think that people say there’s no affordable real estate in the Bay Area… phsaw!

Comments (26) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:50 am

January 8, 2010

House with easy access to SFO



Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 760
$/Sq. Ft.: $460
Lot Size: 2,600 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 2
Year Built: 1940
Community: Belle Air
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 80957723
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active This listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.
On Redfin: 6 days
Updates are Complete! Just Move In and Enjoy this Belleair Jewel! 2 Bedrooms Plus Bonus 3rd Room * Remodeled Kitchen with Limestone Flooring, Tile Counters and Oak Cabinets * Remodeled Bathroom Finished in Italian Marble * Gorgeous Backyard Sanctuary with Built-in BBQ, Hot Tub & Additional Gated Parking via Alley Access. Convenient to Shopping, Walnut Park, Freeways and SFO

There’s a saying: Buy the worst house in the best neighborhood.

But here in the Bay Area, we’re used to being rebels, being innovative, and doing things differently. What better way than to buy a house with fine Italian marble, a gorgeous backyard sanctuary with built in BBQ, and other stunning upgrades here in San Bruno. Your neighbors will simply die of envy.

Let’s also give credit where its due – to the Realtor for being upfront about how easy it will be to get to freeways and SFO. Let’s take a look at the map:


Hey it’s even close to higher education! Who knew!

And look at just how affordable this is. At this price point, you’ll be competing with flight attendants from around the world who will want to stake their claim in having a house in the Bay Area. With fine Italian marble.

Good luck, the competition is going to be tough!

Comments (9) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:54 am