Redwood City Spectacular continues with another great find from Burbed reader sonarrat. Here’s a typical “A million dollars for THIS?” kind of house. I mean, a million dollars is a lot of money. For a million dollar property, the listing ought to be grammatically correct, relatively free of spelling errors, and use lower case letters as well as capitals.
Sq. Ft.: 1,310
$/Sq. Ft.: $801
Lot Size: 6,700 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Year Built: 1948
Community: Cordilleras Heights
County: San Mateo
On Redfin: 32 days
THIS HOME HAS 2,220 S. F. OF LIVING SPACE. IT IS 12 YEARS OLD ONLY, TOTALLY REBUILT IN 1998. FABULOUS EMERALD HILLS LOCATION!!! Desirable location. 4 bed, 2.5 baths. Kitchen has professional Vicking chef stove and Birch cabinets. Master suite has custom windows and stone fireplace. Seller is very motivated bring your offer.
So much for the request for lower case. Can’t wait to see the Vicking chef stove!
Recently a new Burbed reader spoke out in favor of honest and experienced Realtors. So is this listing honest? Let’s review, shall we?
|Redfin Property Description
||Agent’s Listing Description
|Sq. Ft: 1,310
||THIS HOME HAS 2,220 S. F. OF LIVING SPACE.
|Community: Cordilleras Heights
||FABULOUS EMERALD HILLS LOCATION!!!
|Year Built: 1948
||IT IS 12 YEARS OLD ONLY, TOTALLY REBUILT IN 1998.
Hmmmm. Which to believe, which to believe. First, the neighborhood. Is it Emerald Hills or Cordilleras Heights? Let’s ask City Data.
The dark border is City Data’s definition of the Emerald Lake Hills neighborhood, or at least something called Emerald Hills. The two names are used almost interchangeably. Let’s see where this house is using the map above:
Why, it’s not in the brown-bordered area at all. Is this map saying that the house in question is NOT in “Emerald Hills”? (Those colorful areas are Census tracts, showing income ranges.) Let’s look at a street map to be sure about the neighborhood.
Anywhere near the actual hills? Barely. And closer to Alameda than the lake. Let’s do a hill check. Good thing there’s a topo map available.
The house is either just above or just below the 100 foot line. Not much in the “hills” when the lake the neighborhood in question is named for is over 400 feet up. This house barely qualifies as in the foothills, also known as Piedmont, which is in the East Bay, which is so Not Real Bay Area, which therefore kicks this house out of the RBA by association alone.
Now, what about this huge discrepancy on the size of the house? Which is it, 1310 or 2220 square feet? Perhaps propertyshark (account required) can explain matters:
Sq. ft. 1,310
Finished sq. ft. 1 1,110
Building sq. ft. 2,250
Basement sq. ft. 200
Basement unfinished sq. ft. 940
Garage sq. ft. 940
Lot size 6,700
The building is 2,250 square feet, of which 940 is an unfinished basement (or maybe a garage), and 200 is presumably a finished basement. And amazingly, 1,110 (finished square feet) plus 940 (unfinished basement or garage) plus 200 (finished basement) is… 2,250… building square feet. Within 30 sf of what the listing said. Except you aren’t supposed to count the garage or unfinished basement in a building’s square footage. That’s why the house is quoted as 1,310 sf, which is the finished house plus finished basement.
And the year built is pretty dubious too. Unless the house was torn down, bulldozed, and a completely new house put up in 1998, what the listing says above is misleading at best and probably close to the l-word (and no I do not mean love). And if the county doesn’t know about the original house getting scraped, then obviously nobody bothered to get a permit. Even a remodel requires permits, and remodels don’t change the year a structure was built in the first place.
Then again, propertyshark says this place is a 2 bedroom 1 bath, so something funny is going on. And that would explain how a house “totally rebuilt” in 1998 is only assessed for $101,000.
Perhaps the lights on either side of the exterior are kept lit in search of that honest Realtor.
UPDATE: Price dropped to $989,000 after 35 days on market.