June 10, 2011

Just how big is the lot for this Mountain View house?


Beds: 3
Baths: 2
Sq. Ft.: 1,140
$/Sq. Ft.: $724
Lot Size: 7,200 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
View: Green Belt
Year Built: 1959
Community: Thompson
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81120777
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active

On Redfin: 20 days
Stunning Mardell home!Bright open floor plan. Amazing park-like yard. Lot size 8834 sq. ft per previous owner. Updated kitchen w/ tile floor & granite counter. Beautiful hardwood floor thru-out. Updated interior doors. Dual pane windows. Sunny living room w/ wood-burning fireplace. Spacious dining area has large windows w/ charming garden view. Friut trees. Los Altos High School. Convenient to everything

Thanks to Burbed reader Herve for this find!

What an interesting discrepancy – the listing says this has a 7200 sqft lot, but the details says the lot is 8834 sqft. Now, this doesn’t really matter because either way it is a low low price of $724 per square foot and it has “friut” trees!

But which one are you more apt to believe? How big is this lot?


Comments (22) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:34 am

May 23, 2011

Gourmet kitchen has 2 car garage!


Beds: 4
Baths: 4
Sq. Ft.: 2,566
$/Sq. Ft.: $370
Lot Size:
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Mediterranean
Stories: 3
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 2010
Community: Santa Clara
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81057271
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active

On Redfin: 160 days
Located in Cupertino school district this never occupied Mediterranean home in the heart of Silicon Valley has the added benefit of Santa Clara’s historic low utility costs. Easy access to shopping and freeways and quality craftsmanship with high end materials. The gourmet kitchen has granite counters, custom cabinetry and stainless appliances as well as a two car garage and AC.

Thanks to Burbed reader Herve for this find!

Wow! Will the innovation never stop in Silicon Valley? A gourmet kitchen with a 2 car garage and AC! What will the dreamers of the Valley think of next?

And what’s this… Santa Clara’s historic low utility costs? Fantastic! Fortunately the past is a strong predictor of the future!

It’s a shame that this unit next door doesn’t have these benefits:

April 28, 2010

Condo living in Santa Clara for under a million

Thanks to Burbed reader DreamT for this guest post!

67 CABOT Ave Santa Clara, CA 95051



I guess this is version 2 of the unit with all these new innovations!

Comments (26) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:31 am

May 12, 2011

A house in Mountain View that’s the perfect summer blockbuster!

Beds: 3
Baths: 1.5
Sq. Ft.: 1,047
$/Sq. Ft.: $544
Lot Size: 5,000 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 1954
Community: Whisman
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81112525
Source: MLSListings
Status: ActiveThis listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.

This listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.
more info
On Redfin: 44 days
OPEN HOUSE April 3 from 1:30-5pm. Remodeled Kitchen & Bathroom, wood floor, new windows in 2007. Cute & Cozy 3BR, 2 car garage, great commute to 101/85/237. Close to Downtown. Regular sale.

Thanks to Burbed reader Herve for this find!

What a perfect tie in to this summer’s hottest blockbuster: Fast and Furious 5!

Do you have a 10 second car? Then this house is perfect for you! Quick, snatch it up before it zooms away! It’s a steal!

Comments (10) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:47 am

May 10, 2011

Tons of columns in Los Altos Hills


Los Altos Hills, CA 94022


BATHS: 4.5
SQ. FT.: 5,229
$/SQ. FT.: $708
LOT SIZE: 1.18 Acres
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
VIEW: Mountains
COMMUNITY: Los Altos Hills
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81052994
STATUS: Active



ON REDFIN: 173 days
Resort Living – pool, spa, cabanna, sauna, rock stream, beautiful views of hills. Two large master bedroom suites with fireplaces, blt-ins, walk-in closets and balconies. 4 bedrooms, plus office and library with step-down wet-bar. Open floor plan with public rooms seamlessly flowing into one another, high ceilings, sweeping circular staircase. Ideal home to showcase art collection. PA Schools



Thanks to Burbed reader Herve for this find!
If there’s something we can all agree on here at Burbed, it’s that adding columns will make any home look classier. And this is a great example. Just look at how those columns make this Los Altos Hills home, feel as if it were in Pompeii! It’s like whoa! Did I just take a flight to Rome? How did I get here? And how are there Palo Alto Schools here in Rome too?
The question I sort of wonder is: what kind of art collection would a potential buyer of this house have?
Feel free to submit links to your examples in the comments. I’m thinking… art from here!



Comments (13) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:02 am

March 7, 2011

This house will have you seeing pink in Menlo Park!

Beds: 4
Baths: 3
Sq. Ft.: 2,340
$/Sq. Ft.: $340
Lot Size: 7,920 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Contemporary
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 1951
Community: Flood Park Area
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 81051090
Source: MLSListings
Status: ActiveThis listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.
On Redfin: 123 days
WOW! BEST BUY IN MENLO PARK! Enjoy the large, upgraded home in the Menlo Park School District. Nicely remodeled kitchen, recessed lighting, hardwood floors. Huge living room with fireplace. Bright and open family room. Spacious bedrooms. RV parking, Extra storage, and much more!

Thanks to Burbed reader Herve for this find.

I think what really caught his attention was the RV parking! Nah, just kidding… it’s this:


Adult entertainment establishment? Horror scene? LSD trip? Your guess is good as mine!

Here’s what else Herve had t
o say:

Corner of Ringwood and Van Buren (named after the NY street gang). Best buy in Menlo Park, only steps from 101. WOW!

That’s right! Just check out the location!


This house will have you seeing pink… if not outright pink-eye in no time!

Comments (21) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:44 am

November 22, 2010

Beautiful English Country Manor, 6 Car Garage, Bank Owned

Thanks to Burbed reader Herve for this incredible listing.  I wonder if the foreclosure tour bus stops here?

389 Moore Rd, Woodside, CA 94062


Beds: 8
Baths: 10.5
Sq. Ft.: 11,130
$/Sq. Ft.: $557
Lot Size: 21.18 Acres
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Country English
Stories: 2
View: Mountains, Valley
Year Built: 1939
Community: Woodside Heights
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 81045707
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 64 days

Beautiful, English country manor – "Miraflores" – with sweeping views of coastal hills. 7 bed/8 bath main house with separate guest house. Rec room, wine cellar, workout room with sauna, custom wood bar, library. Stunning 21 acres features pool with waterfall & clubhouse, spa, barn, riding arena, tennis court, orchard, landscaped grounds. Garage for 6 cars. Las Lomitos schools.

This property has a number of things going for it.  It’s an English Country Manor with a Spanish name.  These are always a hit at parties where your guests will think you’re an uncultivated dilettante with too much money and no class.  Also if any of your guests can translate the house name (Look at the flowers, you low-class rube), then they can try it.  Good luck finding any.  Any flowers.


Next, 10.5 bathrooms.  Host a small dinner party and all of you can freshen up simultaneously!

Best of all, this house was foreclosed on April 15th.  Both the IRS and the bank got a piece of this FB, but their loss is your gain, now with a 5% price reduction!  Wouldn’t this be a great place for, say, a cellular antenna farm

You might as well grow something on it, because despite being in Woodside, this poorly sited temple to the bubble’s excess is not in the Real Bay Area.  You see, it sold in 1994 for $3.9 million.  RBA property doubles every ten years, so it should be up to around $11.7 million now.  But it languished on the market for over 8 months with no takers at $8.5 million.  Even slashing the price to $6.5 million didn’t move this turkey (Thanksgiving is coming, you know!)

So the price was raised a small amount, and then lowered another 5% ten days ago.  Won’t somebody please buy it?  I bet if you do they’ll give you naming rights.  Hint: English Country Manor.  Consider something really posh (that means not in some foreign language), and you might get your $11.8 million after all.

How about Whitechapel?

Comments (8) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:05 am

November 10, 2010

one picture is worth a thousand words


295 GOLDEN OAK Dr Portola Valley, CA 94028


Beds: 5
Baths: 5
Sq. Ft.: 7,000
$/Sq. Ft.: $1,107
Lot Size: 1.08 Acres
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Modern/High Tech, Contemporary
Stories: 1
View: Mountains, Neighborhood, Valley
Year Built: 2010
Community: Central Portola Valley
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 81011166
Source: MLSListings
Status: ActiveThis listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.
On Redfin: 236 days
Striking Contemporary New Construction w/ 7000sf on over 1 acre w/ Guest Hse, Pool & Verdant Valley Views in Prime PV Locale! The open, flowing floor plan features high-end kitchen, stunning LR, formal DR, library, state-of the art home theater, rec room & lux MBR ste. Unsurpassed finishes throughout incl vaulted ceilings, bay windows & gleaming HW flrs. Attached 3 car garage. Now under construction.
Thanks to Burbed reader Herve for this find.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, a picture is worth $7.7 million as this is the only picture provided for a $1107 per square foot listing.
Really, this listing is an exercise of imagination for the reader. If you can’
t create the imagery of a 7000 sqft house, with guest house, then… well… maybe this house isn’t for you. This house is for visionaries, dreamers… the kind of people that make Silicon Valley go. And for people who might not mind a little construction noise.


Comments (20) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:34 am

October 1, 2010

???EVERYTHING that is Menlo Park at its FINEST???.

Let’s return to Menlo Park, where burbed reader Herve has another terrific find for us.  Fortunately, this one is on the Right Side of 101 and won’t cost you much more than the Wrong Side.

316 Yale Rd  Menlo Park, CA 94025


Beds: 4
Baths: 2
Sq. Ft.: 1,720
$/Sq. Ft.: $840
Lot Size: 7,500 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Cottage/Bungalow
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 1939
Community: Allied Arts/Downtown
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 81008340
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 214 days

HUGE PRICE REDUCTION! Prime Allied Arts property. Great opportunity to remodel, or start fresh. Close to many schools, Walking distance to downtown Menlo Park, Stanford University and downtown Palo Alto. Nestled in the most prestigious Allied Arts neighborhood, directly and centrally located to ???EVERYTHING that is Menlo Park at its FINEST???.

Other than the bizarre last sentence, as agent copy goes this is reasonably literate.  There’s proper use of nouns, verbs, adjectives, punctuation, and the full range of capitals and miniscules.  So what’s the mystery about this house?  For $1.45 million, shouldn’t we get a few pictures inside?

The problem is the street name.   Not just anybody can show up and demand admission.  You have to fill out a lengthy application with letters of reference, transcripts, and overwrought personal essays.  A substantial bribe donation to the Development Department seller can work wonders.  Then, perhaps, you might earn a spot inside.

Then again, maybe listing a house on Yale near College, a block from University, has given the agent some foolish ideas.  Perhaps that marketing strategy doesn’t work as well for a house as it does for an Ivy League school.  The results speak for themselves: 214 days on Redfin.


Hint: To market the house as if it’s a top school, the price should be going up.

Comments (66) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:03 am

September 29, 2010


Here’s a great find from burbed reader Herve, who says, “Check out that location and tell me if anyone would want to spend $1,250,000 there.”

$1.25M in Menlo Park?  That’s not out of line at all for a larger house.  Menlo Park has some very nice neighborhoods.  Unfortunately, this is not in one of them.

1151 Windermere Ave  Menlo Park, CA 94025


Beds: 5
Baths: 3
Sq. Ft.: 2,330
$/Sq. Ft.: $536
Lot Size: 5,403 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 2
Year Built: 1947
Community: East of U.S. 101
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 81044545
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 14 days


What is the price point when a listing isn’t in all-caps?  Silly me, I had thought it was in six-digit land.  Guess the rules are different when the listing is NOT AN REO OR SHORT SALE!!!

The first photo above seemed odd, because it looked like it was taken from a street behind another street.  It was:


At least Howard street doesn’t go through; there’s a sidewalk cutting it short.  Nothing like living at a five-way intersection for great feng shui.  And nothing like the neighborhood for great property values:


Oops.  This place isn’t just on the Wrong Side of of El Camino Real.  It’s in the exciting community of Belle Haven, Wrong Side of 101!  Let’s see how Belle Haven compares with its zip code.


Um… wow.  Guess they came up with that $536 a square foot price by averaging the neighborhood cost per foot with the whole zip code.  But look, the house sold for $145,000 in 1989, right as the last bubble was running up, It’s more than doubled in 20 years, so it has to be in the Real Bay Area!  Plus it was TOTALLY REMODELED IN 2006.  This is definitely the neighborhood to do an expensive remodel (did you see that Jacuzzi?), because the price has nowhere to go but up, up, up!

Comments (63) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:03 am

September 8, 2010

The saga of Gable’s End continues!


First time ever at Gables End: 3.5 percent down and a 2.875 percent rate
Gables End, in prestigious Mountain View, is down to its last few homes available. And it’s no surprise why – these homes are simply stunning, loaded with the latest high-end interior finishes, and they are located in a highly desirable location. There are already over 100 happy homeowners at Gables End.
And now, for the first time ever, Gables End is offering a super low 3.5 percent down and 2.875 percent rate. If you thought you couldn’t afford to purchase a gorgeous brand new home, you stand corrected. With an incredibly low down payment of only 3.5 percent and an excellent rate of 2.875 percent, purchasing a home has never been so attainable.
The quality of these exquisite homes is high and the prices are affordable. Now is the time to take advantage of this amazing offer. Three-bedroom homes with attached two-car garages start at $659,900. And if you are looking for something a bit more extravagant, there is a luxurious model home released for sale. The model home is loaded with upgrades and lavish interiors – it is simply stunning, and there is only one available! Not to mention it is in a prime location on the park. Time is running out to own at this highly sought after community. Hurry in to select your favorite home today.
The picturesque enclave of 108 homes is reminiscent of a New England Village. The floor plans are designed for multi-level living with the choice of three or four bedrooms. Sizes range from 1,524 to 1,872 square feet. Spaces are luxurious, light-filled and are complete with the highest quality features and finishes. Expansive windows, volume ceilings and cozy nooks inside add variety and interest. Each home has a private two-care garage with direct access.
Gables End is located in the center of Silicon Valley in the City of Mountain View. This high-efficient metropolis is extraordinarily civic-minding providing its citizens with a wealth of engaging amenities and progressive services (one of the first to offer free WiFi to its residence). The many city parks, along with Shoreline Regional Park, are a bonanza for outdoor activities. Charming cafes, inviting restaurants, all manner of shopping and entertainment, a state-of-the-art library and civic center can all be found within the heart of the country’s most dynamic business environment.
The community is punctuated with peaceful fenced courtyards, charming seating areas and colorful planted arbors. The lovely town homes have porches and front stoops that are perfect place to barbecue, read a book, nap or simply unwind and enjoy the fresh air. Richly landscaped streets, meandering walkways, mature trees, quiet sitting spaces, the Central Lawn with its grand arbor, and especially the adjacent Sierra Vista Park, are all wonderful places to enjoy the great outdoors. There’s even a charming recreational building for community gathering or special events.
Gables End recreated the kind of comfortable, congenial and intimate spaces so familiar to traditional neighborhoods. Everything at Gables End is designed to make life easy and to allow neighbors to enjoy one another. Regis Homes invites you to enjoy the village lifestyle now available in this lovely community.
Gables End is developed by Regis Homes of Northern California, Inc., one of Northern California’s leading homebuilding companies, specializing in well-designed, well-located, high quality homes. Regis Homes has built more than 1,000 residencies throughout Northern California and has earned a reputation for employing sustainable land use, innovative design, quality construction and attention to detail. The company’s design approach has garnered many industry awards together with the respect of its homebuyers.
The Gables End Information Center is located at 1925 Cambridge Drive, Plymouth Street at Sierra Vista, Mountain View, CA. Office hours are Monday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information please call 650-988-9955 or visit

Thanks to Burbed reader Herve for continuing to track the saga of Gables End.

As a refresher, here it is:


Herve notes:

Mountain View is a metropolis by the way. Or so it says.

Heck, it also says that Wifi is provided by the city – not really. I’m also not sure I’d want to have a BBQ or nap outside there – though who knows, maybe 101 flavored ribs taste better!

I’ve gotta ask… does anyone actually know anyone who lives at Gable’s End? What’s it like? How do they like their investment? Has it gone up 15% yet?

Comments (29) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:48 am