June 24, 2013

Rhinestone in the Rough of Redwood City

Feeling a little stomped by the THERE IS NO HOUSING BUBBLE IN THE BAY AREA? Here’s a property for under $750K! There was a time when you could have bought this house with a $729K conforming loan, but then the government had to change the rules on us. Thanks very much to Burbed reader hOtSauCe from San Carlos for the find!

130623-alexander-redfin186 ALEXANDER Ave
Redwood City, CA 94061

2 Beds
1 Baths
770 Sq. Ft.
$909 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1952
Lot Size: 2,550 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 48 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Community: Horgan Ranch
MLS#: 81314440
Style: Contemporary
View: Neighborhood
County: San Mateo

A 2BR 1BA single family residential located in a very desirable area west of Redwood City, near the border of Atherton. A diamond in the rough, this starter home has great potential and with some TLC and creativity, can transform into a charming house with picket fences and great curb appeal. Near Woodside Shopping Complex, transportation, school and other commercial establishments.


The house may need some TLC and creativity, but the picket fences are already there and are painted white for your convenience. Now just work on the curb appeal: check out that Streetview below, and did they have to feature the trash bins in two different listing photos? 

Also practice saying “West Atherton” a bunch.


Comments (6) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:04 am

January 5, 2012


301 ENCINA Ave
Redwood City, CA 94061



Reading this, it’s not clear to me whether the garage or the house or the guest area has the built-in stereo and air conditioning.

I’m going naturally assume it was the garage. Because… what says “Awesome Man Cave” like built-in stereo and air conditioning. If it had built iPod support, this could be easily another $50k more.

I’m not sure what you’re waiting for – start the new year off right with this ultimate party pad!

Comments (18) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:00 am

May 3, 2010

$1.4M house in Redwood City comes with Murphy Bed

Beds: 4
Baths: 2.5
Sq. Ft.: 2,470
$/Sq. Ft.: $565
Lot Size: 10,030 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Craftsman
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 1948
Community: Horgan Ranch
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 81021204
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active This listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.
On Redfin: 2 days
Almost new single story home custom built by owner. Tremendous curb appeal, fantasy backyard & ideal floor plan. A rare gem on almost 1/4 acre. Stainless kitchen features 48��� DCS Fisher & Paykel range & huge granite island with seating for 4. Sumptuous master suite boasts spa-like master bath & huge master closet. 3 additional bedrooms, one with built-in desk and Murphy bed. This home is a must see!

Thanks to Burbed reader Nate for this find. This is what Nate had to say:

Sometimes standard realtor-speak isn’t enough to adequately convey the value of a property feature and the agent has to go to the thesaurus for the big-guns.  This is the case with this listing, where phrases like "lush", "expansive" and "professionally landscaped" just don’t do justice to the backyard.  According to the listing, this house has a "fantasy backyard." 

Judging by the picture, it appears the "fantasy" in this case includes a lot of lawn care.

Based on my handy dandy guide to realtor-speak, "fantasy" ranks above terms like "pristine" and "flawless", but indicates slightly less value than yards that are "plantasmical" or "organigastic".
In case you’re wondering, to communicate the ultimate, never-to-be-topped backyard, the phrase is, "A yard of such perfection, a zombie Claude Monet would claw out of his grave to paint it."   

What? You’re not fantasizing about this?


What are you, some sort of freedom hating terrorist?

Personally, I think the most awesome part of this house is the Murphy bed:


Just make sure it doesn’t fall on you when you’re at your desk! All for just $1.4M!

Thanks Nate!

Comments (57) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:16 am