July 2, 2013

100% STUNNING LOOK NO FURTHER WOW

130701-hope-simplyYes, we did Mountain View yesterday. We’re doing Mountain View today. We may even do Mountain View tomorrow, because one does not simply run out of Burbed Win in Mountain View.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader mtv-renter for alerting us to this important fact. (And to the house.) 

Whoops, were you breathing? PENDING!  We mean Pending/Do Not Show, so hellooooooooooo Movoto!

130701-hope-movoto505 Hope St
Mountain View, CA 94041
$1,198,000

Loan Payment: $4,576/mo
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Size: 1,909 sqft
$/sqft: $627/sqft
Type: Single Family House
Year Built: 1953
Lot Size: 5,000
Days on Movoto: 8 days
Neighborhood: Downtown
MLS#: 81319557
Status: Pending – Do Not Show

130701-hope-kitchen100% STUNNING HM 1 BLOCK FROM CASTRO ST! SUPERB LIVING GREAT FOR ANY LIFESTYLE! GORGEOUS REMODELED FAM KIT, UPDATED BATHS, HUGE LIV RM, WOOD FLOORS, DUAL PANE WINDOWS, SKYLIGHTS, CUSTOM LIGHT FIXTURES & DESIGNER PAINT, VERSATILE FLR PLAN FOR FAMILIES OR EXECUTIVES WHO LIKE TO ENTERTAIN, LANDSCAPED YDS, UPGRADES GALORE! IF YOU WANT SPACIOUS LIVING IN A GREAT DOWNTOWN LOCATION: LOOK NO FURTHER! WOW

130701-hope-bedroomHey, when the first listing photo isn’t the front of the house, you know this is going to be good. By which we mean bad. And that’s good.  Let’s check in with mtv-renter, who may be updating that handle.

I came across this cool place:

$1.2M apparently doesn’t buy good spelling, or a computer with a working CAPS LOCK key. It also looks like a flip.

It sure does, and you can see the before pictures right now on Redfin. (If you can’t, click the address.) Heck, the Pending/Do Not Show status not only pushed it back to the last listing ID, it even gave it a cool Bought With Redfin banner.

130701-hope-redfin505 HOPE St
Mountain View, CA 94041
Sold for $1,100,000

4 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,909 Sq. Ft.
$576 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1953
Lot Size: 5,000 Sq. Ft.
Sold On: Nov 2, 2012
Property Type: Detached Single Family
View: Neighborhood
County: Santa Clara
Stories: 1
Community: Downtown
MLS#: 81234364

BEAUTIFUL HOME IN OLD MOUNTAIN VIEW NEIGHBORHOOD. PERFECTLY LOCATED NEAR CASTRO ST. HOME REBUILT IN 1996 WITH 4 BEDROOM & 2.5 BATHS. SPACIOUS LIVING ROOM. HARDWOOD FLOORING THROUGHOUT. DOUBLE PANED WINDOWS. COPPER PLUMBING.

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You know, these are hardly “before” pictures. They’re actually pretty good.

Our favorite view from the old listing is on the left. We chose it because there’s nothing like spending the big bucks on a stager and HDR photography and then giving the sense that you’re out of TP.

And that sure sounds like what happens to FAMILIES OR EXECUTIVES WHO LIKE TO ENTERTAIN.

Comments (12) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:03 am






May 8, 2013

No Bubble Here Either: Part Deux–Mountain View!

Yesterday we had a look at a Redwood City house with a curious price history.  Today’s featured fortress has fewer data points, but don’t worry, it makes up for it in overbids! Thanks very much to Burbed reader LomaLuvr for launching this one.  And we’ve got fresh data to share!

130507-view-redfin548 VIEW St
Mountain View, CA 94041
Sold for $1,061,000

2 Beds
1 Baths
994 Sq. Ft.
$1,067 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1924
Lot Size: 6,300 Sq. Ft.
Sold On: May 7, 2013
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Community: Downtown
MLS#: 81308770

Great Location! 1924 cottage on approximately 6300sft lot two blocks from Castro Street! Mostly original cottage sits on this large lot, ideal for renovation or maybe rebuild. Excellent location two short blocks to Castro Street. Theatre, coffee shops, restaurants and train station all within blocks!

130507-view-living130507-view-trashbinsActually, LomaLuvr sent this in long ago, before we started in with the A to Z thing all April. But it’s good news for you that we waited, because now we have the winning overbid, and it’s 18% over asking. Ha! You call that a bubble? Why back in our day, an agent could list a house full of crappy photos near the train tracks and the buyers would throw offers through the windows tied to gold bars!

Hey, wait.  You think the gold bars are back?

Comments (5) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:09 am

October 22, 2012

Small, dated house on tiny lot fails to break a million

And it’s time for yet another week of Real Bay Area Realty.  Really!  Let’s begin the week in Mountain View, because it’s the Borg of Burbed.  You WILL be assimilated.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader ctar for sending us this magnificent manse… which of course has already sold.

121021-mv-zillow683 Mountain View Ave
Mountain View, CA 94041
Listed for $985,000
Sold 9/25/12 for $940,000

Zestimate® $1,008,421
Est. Mortgage $3,289/mo
Beds: 3
Baths: 2
Sqft: 1,272
Lot: 4,999 sq ft / 0.11 acres
Type: Single Family
Year built: 1946
Construction quality: 6.0
County: Santa Clara
Garage sqft: 360
Last remodel year: 1946
121021-mv-fireplaceLegal description: —
Lot depth: 100
Lot width: 50
Parcel #: 15430046
Per floor sqft: 1,272
Total rooms: 6
# Stories: 1.0
Structure type: Other

Carefully maintained 1 owner home in desirable location near downtown. Fresh interior paint and great curb appeal, this home has a gas stove, refrigerator and dishwasher in the kitchen, featuring a breakfast bar and nook. Ceiling fans in the eating area and all bedrooms. 2 car garage partially converted to finished room; parking is now 1 car garage plus carport. Beautifully landscaped yard.

121021-mv-kitchenWhen ctar sent this find to burbed, here was the accompanying commentary:

Thought you would appreciate this one – ridiculous.

burbed noted, when forwarding this submission on to our extensive team of content creators:

You’re right! It’s ridiculously below market!

As we’ve been telling you for months, Mountain View is hot, hot, HOT so the home 121021-mv-bathroomsold long before we could get to it.  What do you think the lucky new owner is going to do with this vintage decor? We’d be disappointed if the house got flipped, because the current fixtures are so full of win.

Also this is one of the few houses with pictures of every room that managed not to show any of the toilets.  For that we award this listing the 121021-mv-whippleBurbed George “the Grocer” Whipple Bath Tissue Award, for real estate bathroom photography most appropriate for a 1960s sitcom.

There weren’t any toilets in those 1960s television houses, either.

Bunus: Close to Shoreline Boulevard.  Real close!

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

October 12, 2012

Mountain View: Sure to Impress

One of the problems with buying a house in Mountain View is that much of the housing stock is old yet expensive.  And by “old” we don’t mean “charming,” we mean “out of style” and “needs major renovation.”  We’re still talking about cookie-cutter tract homes, but in Mountain View, they’re million dollar cookie-cutter tract homes.

Not today’s property!  Burbed reader Michael Boltonestater found us a new property, so new we’re having trouble figuring out where it is.  And that’s where you come in!

121011-geary-movoto291 Geary Way
Mountain View, CA 94041
$1,249,900

Loan Payment:  $4,283/mo
Bedrooms:  4
Bathrooms:  4
Size:  1,744 sqft
$/Sqft:  $716/sqft
Type:  Single Family House
Year Built:  2012
Lot Size:  1,768
Days on Movoto:  48 days
Neighborhood:  Downtown
MLS#:  81231702
Status:  Pending – Do Not Show

121011-geary-angledThis gorgeous new 4 bedroom home is sure to impress with its stunning wrap-around balcony. This Home is in a prime location on the park AND it is an end-unit! The open floor plan is spacious and fully equipped with all the latest interior finishes. The first level has a bedroom and full bath which is perfect for a guest or the in-laws. Hurry in before it’s too late!

You didn’t hurry in and now it’s too late!  Despite the lack of interior photos, you cannot buy this house (for $1.25M!!!!) because someone’s already beaten you to it.  And note that by “house” we really mean “who are they kidding, if they admit this is an ‘end unit’ then why not just call it a townhouse?”

121011-geary-playgroundNote the clever home type: “Single Family House.”  Nothing about whether it’s attached to or detached from anything (other than pricing sanity). 

Does anyone know where this complex is and if anything is still for sale there?  Could it be this one?  Because if it is, you have better like trains.  And by “like” we mean “like listening to them.” Lots of them. Most realty sites don’t map the location, and the one that did seems to be somewhat lost.  (Hint: Fremont is not a neighborhood in Mountain View.)

More importantly, are you impressed with its stunning wrap-around balcony?  PS: If you liked this house, you might also like this one, which is on the same street but not too late.

Comments (15) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:05 am

July 20, 2012

Location, location, location in Old Mountain View

We’ll finish out our weekend with this find close to everything!  At least close to what matters.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader Petsmart Groomer for today’s listing.

579 MCCARTY Ave
Mountain View, CA  94041
$849,900

 

120719-mccarty-redfin

120719-mccarty-blueroomBEDS:  3
BATHS:  2
SQ. FT.:  1,194
$/SQ. FT.:  $712
LOT SIZE:  5,035 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Ranch
STORIES: 1
VIEW: Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT:  1957
COMMUNITY:  Downtown
COUNTY:  Santa Clara
MLS#:  81216279
SOURCE:  MLSListings
STATUS: Active
120719-mccarty-deckON REDFIN:  78 days

Absolutely stunning & charming home adjacent to Old Mountain View. Great curb appeal. Remodeled kitchen with granite slab countertops, stainless appliances & travertine floor. Other features include beautiful hardwood floors, crown mouldings, dual paned windows, remodeled bath with spa tub. Huge rear deck perfect for entertaining. Two finished outbuildings w/ power-perfect home office, studio or playhouse.

It’s always a pleasure when a place we’ve already visited comes back to us, like a disagreeable meal or a reanimated zombie.

120719-mccarty-burbed-061017

120719-mccarty-diningExcept this time it’s got $30,000 more value than six years ago!  Hurry!  Now here’s why PG sent in this property:

“Absolutely stunning & charming home adjacent to Old Mountain View.” – I can think of a couple of other things it is adjacent to…

Let’s find out!  Burbed Sky 3 crew is on scene!

 

120719-mccarty-satellite

 

Comments (4) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:02 am

July 9, 2012

How is the real estate market in Silicon Valley?

People sometime ask me, “How is the real estate market in Silicon Valley?”

Well, let’s look at this e-mail I got recently:

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Townhouses across the street from train tracks, light rail, a high way, and a major road – starting at $624 per square foot?

If you ask me, the market is doing pretty darn well. Everything is back on track, just as nature intended. Finally the Real Bay Area is back on track to eventually overtaking lesser places like Manhattan, London, and Tokyo for most expensive real estate.

The real question is: will you be lining up for 3 days or 3 weeks on the street to get one of these units?

Thank goodness!

Comments (20) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:20 am

February 8, 2012

Now with more convenient schools and fascinating neighbors!

It’s always fun when a house previously featured on Burbed comes back for a second look. Sometimes it’s a flip that’s awful in a new way, sometimes it’s the same problems ensuring that the house will be bidless for a long, long time.  Today’s Mountain View mansion, courtesy of Burbed reader dollarbin, has some changes since its last appearance, but it’s not just the house that’s had things moved around.

290 CHIQUITA Ave
Mountain View, CA 94041
$888,000

120207-chiquita-redfin

BEDS: 3
BATHS: 3
SQ. FT.: 1,565
$/SQ. FT.: $567
LOT SIZE: 4,414 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Traditional
STORIES: 2
VIEW: Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 2009
COMMUNITY: Downtown
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81150934
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 48 days

Curb Appeal-Perfect 10. Own this 2.5 yr old Single Family Home for the price of MV townhomes and Condos. Warm & BEATIFULLY designed. Very energy efft/extra insulation w/ E. Eff appls. Showroom finish 2car garage. Gated access for added security/privacy n kids to play. Walking dist. to Downtown restrnts/shops/farmrs mrkt/CalTrans & Parks. Xcllnt APIs for schools. Nice fenced back yard w/ patio. NO HOA Dues.

And here’s a reminder of how the house looked in its previous incarnation:  (warning, 180 comment thread)

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120207-chiquita-facadeHere’s what dollarbin has to say about why you should take another look at 290 Chiquita:

One of burbed’s most talked about houses is back on the market, baby!

What’s more, unlike 2009, it now sports lucky 8’s in the price tag.

120207-chiquita-garagePlus, unlike 2009, the assigned elementary school will be Castro, rather than having to schlep your kids across El Camino into the fancy side of town to attend Bubb with all of those obnoxious rich kids.

Also, thanks to Habitat for Humanity, you’ll have new neighbor families enjoying “eight ownership homes for ‘very low- and low-income families’ ” at 300 Chiquita Ave.”

120207-chiquita-google-signYou may object that the “Xcllnt APIs for schools” was not intended to be a factual statement, and there will be BMR housing next door.  The crime rate might be higher than you’re comfortable with.  You may not be too excited about the sex offender who lives around the corner on Villa Street.  And two different Redfin agents complained about how small the bedrooms are.

None of this matters in the least.  The agent presents picture #21 to refute all Negative Nellie natterings.


Start your overbidding!

Comments (9) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:06 am

August 31, 2011

The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Grow Shade

Here’s a listing sent in by Burbed reader Erin.  Glad to see some agents are forward-looking.  Really forward.

 

525 FAIRMONT Ave, Mountain View, CA 94041
$865,000

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BEDS: 3
BATHS: 1
SQ. FT.: 1,430
$/SQ. FT.: $605
LOT SIZE: 5,000 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Ranch
STORIES: 1
VIEW: Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 1941
COMMUNITY: Downtown
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81123846
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 92 days

This 3 bedroom, 1 bath house is located on a quiet side street 1/2 blk from a small park. Just 4 blks from downtown shops and restaurants on Castro St. An enclosed patio is the surprise bonus room for children’s play and office/media room possibilities. Two large sycamore tree line the street with a young Red Oak growing near the garage for future driveway shade.

imageHere’s what Erin had to say about this house:

Just imagine how nice and cool this house’s driveway will be in 30 years when your investment in future shade will finally be realized!

And while you’re waiting, you can sit in this appropriately-painted room and pretend you watched all the trees grow tall!

I’m still trying to envision using that surprise bonus room for children’s play and office/media room possibilities.  At the same time.

I’m having trouble figuring out why this hasn’t been snapped up.  The seller even pulled the “raise the price when the sale falls through” trick.

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Yeah, sounds like an awesome playroom!  You could have the little nippers play “Who can climb in the window fastest without bleeding on the rug.”

Comments (17) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:09 am

June 23, 2011

Downtown Mountain View for $600 a Month. Plus Mortgage Payment

Think Mountain View is all Google and Microsoft?  Think again!  It’s also got a dynamic downtown, with, um, restaurants!  Yeah, that’s the ticket!  Restaurants!

Many thanks to Burbed reader Alex for today’s featured property.

238 VIEW St, Mountain View, CA 94041
$841,900

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BEDS: 2
BATHS: 2.5
SQ. FT.: 1,332
$/SQ. FT.: $632
LOT SIZE: 1,160 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Condominium
STORIES: 1-3 (Low Rise)
YEAR BUILT: 2008
COMMUNITY: Downtown
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81117753
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 44 days

This amazing custom 3-year old Spanish style downtown condo unit has it all. Just blocks from desirable Castro St. 2 blocks from Mountain View farmers market, and walking distance to Cal-Train. – Marble kitchen and master bath – Grand master suite w/ walk-in closet – Marble bathroom w/ separate tub & shower – 2 parking spaces – Garage storage space – Stainless steel appliances

imageHere’s what Alex had to say about this listing:

At these prices, don’t expect to find any riff-raffs as neighbors. Nothing says exclusivity more than $600 in HOA. Take your children for a stroll down Castro and enjoy the artistic broken or papered windows. Or enjoy a romantic evening home with your partner, taking advantage of the constant vibrations from passing CalTrain. Who needs Santa Row when you have desirable Castro St? Move over, Palo Alto.  Make room for the new RBA.

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And so convenient to City parking lots, which are always in use!  Think of all the new acquaintances you could meet there.

Comments (25) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:04 am

April 20, 2011

Property with no value in Mountain View

burbedguestbloggerI am delighted to welcome a long-time listener, first-time caller to the front page of Burbed today. Usually new visitors to the site spend some time posting in comments, but this contributor decided to go for the gusto with a write-up of a century-old house in downtown Mountain View.

Please give NovaSupreme a warm Real Bay Area welcome as today’s Burbed Guest Blogger.




427 Franklin Street, Mountain View, CA 94041
$898,000

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BEDS: 2
BATHS: 1
SQ. FT.: 432
$/SQ. FT.: $2,079
LOT SIZE: 7,500 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STORIES: 1
VIEW: Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 1910
COMMUNITY: Downtown
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81114080
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 17 days

Existing two bedroom/one bath property with no value. The value is in the land. Great opportunity to tear down and rebuild to your "dreams". Desirable neighborhood, tree lined street, and walk to downtown shops. Please call agent for more information.

imageThis house has plenty to offer, specifically 432 sq ft @ $2,079/ft (don’t confuse with 2079 sq ft @ $432/ft). While that may seem a tad pricy, remember the property has no value (saves $$ during inspection) so it does not matter. 432 sq ft is just as good as 4320 sq ft if it’s a tear down.

It promises you a close walk to the downtown and the library. I know what you are thinking – why buy the house? Why not just save the money and spend the day in the library and night in the pubs in the downtown? You little cheapskate! If everyone starts doing that, do you think I’ll get a table on Friday night in any half decent pubs? Seriously, do your part in keeping me sane.

imageYou can also build your "dreams" here. You may think being a rich guy (And for the first time you are right — $900k is plenty of money even in Bay Area where average household income is $80k) you can buy anywhere you want for that kinda money! Naive. Apart from the fact that you have never been to Atherton, let me tell you, you have no understanding of real estate and human culture. The problem with spending lots of money on a house is not that you spend lots of money (it would be a problem if I were to spend the money, you spending is OK). Rather, the problem is that an expensive house gets you in a certain ‘interesting’ neighborhood, shall we say? The schools are good, the streets are quiet, people are too busy founding the next Facebook to know the neighbors . It gets dull. It gets just too easy. Do you think your kids will grow up to face harsh realities of tomorrow’s world? Give them a chance. This house is unique, in that even after spending $900k (and thus earning bragging rights):

  • imageYou get no house (just the land — but hey, Wal-Mart is selling tent camps for $45)
  • Parking will never be a problem, there is a big parking lot next door
  • Kids go to solid average schools, like the rest of country
  • Constant traffic on the 3 roads means you don’t need a clock in the house (save $100 right there). Too many cars going off to the south – must be time for library to open. People honking on California St, must be 9AM office time. Remember, the bus runs every 30mins, and the train every hour.
  • And you get 3 roads, 3 cars and a gentleman with a suitcase as freebies as depicted in the MLS pictures

imageimageimageDISCLAIMER: as with every investment, this one too is not without risk. Just in 7 days, the listing price has been slashed by more than $50k. If the trend continues, and God forbid, the price gets below the prestigious $898k mark, you may not spend enough money to earn bragging rights. If you may try to overbid too much, the seller may think you are a nitwit. Act quickly.

Comments (36) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:08 am