August 21, 2013

BREATHTAKING PANORAMIC VIEWS, BREATHTAKING PANIC PRICE

It’s time for a visit to the East Bay! Yayyyyy! Let’s see what’s cooking on the always delightful Isle of Alameda.  Burbed reader JL has quite a find for us today, so come on in!

130820-bayview-redfin2800 Bayview Dr
Alameda, CA 94501
$985,000

HOA Dues: $2/mo.
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,980 Sq. Ft.
$497 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1964
Lot Size: 3,164 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 19 days
Status: Active
HOA Dues: $2/month
Style: Contemporary
View: Bay, City Lights, Panoramic, San Francisco, Water
County: Alameda
Type: Duet
Stories: 2
Community: Bayview Estates
MLS#: 40625792

BREATHTAKING PANORAMIC VIEWS abound from this spectacular contemporary home! Two awesome decks allow for enjoyment of this tranquil Bay setting. The open floor plan, gourmet kitchen, hardwood floors, skylights and a master suite with sitting area are some of the many features of this wonderful home.

130820-bayview-mudflatsLet’s examine the dispatch from JL.

This is "JL" in Alameda, bringing your attention to a crazily-priced home here. This 3bdrm/2.5 bath house just went on sale and is priced FAR over anything on this street has gone for in years — at $985,000!!

Granted, it’s a nice house with a great backyard, right out on the Bay. Also, it’s probably the nicest remodel I’ve ever seen of this 1960s-era house (there are a bunch with the same 130820-bayview-rectangleslayout on this street). But you can’t remodel away the fact that it’s still stuck to another house! These homes are all "duets" or whatever you call them — two houses that share a wall.

The history for this house may shed light on the high price — the owners paid $1 million for it in 2005!!! Insane. So maybe they’re just trying to use the latest bubble to recoup some of their loss from the last bubble.

Anyhoo, thought you’d be interested! Keep up the good work!  And please refer to me only as JL!

No problem, Jürgen, no problem at all!  Oopsies!  Let’s now take a look at what a “duet home” really means.

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It’s not just that this is a house stuck to another house, it’s that they’re trying to pretend they’re two completely unrelated houses who just happened to be glued together completely by accident.

Comments (8) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:03 am






February 11, 2013

Stayin’ Alive in Alameda: Not just a good idea, it’s the law!

Today’s delicious domicile comes to you from Alameda, the island garden of the Bay.  Or should we say Oakland Afloat? Estuary Estates? Maybe you have an even better name for Alameda than those! Thanks very much to Burbed reader JL for finding a house with a creative command to the buyer.

130210-mcdonnel-redfin492 MCDONNEL Rd
Alameda, CA 94502
$599,000

3 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,625 Sq. Ft.
$369 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1992
Lot Size: 3,895 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 19 days
Status: Pending
HOA Dues: $365/month
Style: Contemporary
Community: Bay Colony
MLS#: 40601391
Type: Duet
Stories: 2
County: Alameda

Very sunny duet home W/ big lot, great size open backyd, spacious driveway, cul-de-sac. Extra high ceiling grand entrance. Gorgeous new kitchen. double pane window. HOA cover exterior, roof, front yd & insurance. close to ferry terminal. One of a kind. Must see. Nobody pass away inside the house.

130210-mcdonnel-kitchenHere’s what JL had to say about the house:

Burbed is the best! I had to pass along an Alameda listing that has generous and inexplicable amounts of fail.

First, there’s only outside pictures. Never a good sign. But the best thing is the description. Granted, I think we may have a non-native speaker as the writer, but the last line is hilarious no matter what.

130210-mcdonnel-streetviewThe strange thing is, this looks like a nice house. The redfin Streetview link takes you to a street over a block, but if you go to Google street view directly, it shows a decent-looking place. So the Redfin listing could have been nice, but instead was awesomely bad.

Awesomely bad? It’s not every house that’s not just part of a cookie-cutter tract but a gol-durn “duet home” in a cookie cutter tract that can call itself “one of a kind”! Now that’s awesomely something!  Plus there’s insurance in the front yard! The $365 a month HOA fees are just the cherry on this Win Sundae!

We tried to find the collection of “only outside pictures” without success.  Other listing sites either had the photos removed (with the listing marked as off market) or a slightly different set of photos, inside as well as out.  Here are a couple more, just in case Redfin yanks these bright and early Monday morning. 

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And we mean it about the bright, as the Cherenkov radiation is strong in this one.  Just for grins, check out the outdoor pix on Zillow!  Must see.

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Serious WHOA.  Of course if we had a yard like that, we wouldn’t pass away inside the house either.

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

December 6, 2012

Return to the Whine Country: A must see!!

Yesterday we showcased the cheapest house we could find in Napa County.  Today we continue with our vineyard labors.  Except, we’re late to the grape-stomping.  Burbed reader JL sent this one in a couple months ago and we’re only now getting to it.  We apologize to all our readers who would have bought this house instantly if only we had featured it sooner.

121205-vineyard-redfin18069 VINEYARD Rd
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Sold for $475,000

4 Beds 
2 Baths 
1,991 Sq. Ft.
$239 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1960 
Lot Size: 10,125 Sq. Ft. 
Sold On: Nov 16, 2012
Status: Sold
Type: Detached
Stories: 2
Community: Castro Valley
MLS#: 40589131
Style: Contemporary
View: Valley
County: Alameda

Beautiful upper Castro Valley home with a great private backyard that has valley views. The property has a new roof, interior doors, paint, carpet, laminate flooring, and other miscelaneous improvements recently performed. A must see!!

121205-vineyard-kitchenHere’s why JL shared this house with us.

This one is not all that notable, other than that it’s a really ugly house. But the street view REALLY sells it.

Of course it’s notable! It’s on a street with a name straight out of Napa County, which makes us wonder why the trellis is so bare. 

Yet like yesterday’s home, the photographer gives us some of those artistic stairway views.  Plus the kitchen shot is completely awesome, that is if by awesome we actually mean another word that starts with “aw.”

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The street view, you say?

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Indeed.  These must be the “other miscelaneous improvements.”

Comments (5) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:07 am

October 29, 2012

It’s a Grand Old Flag… In Castro Valley

It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Time for more listing #winning!  Let’s start the work week with this Castro Valley catastrophe, which will have someone feeling castrated about yet another home selling shortly.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader JL for sending this house in, especially because we really need more East Bay listings.  To poop on!

If you’ve had an eye on a home of dubious virtue, and you’re thinking it belongs on Burbed, please send it to one of the email addresses in the upper right corner.  You’ll be glad you did!

121028-noree-redfin4777 NOREE Ct
Castro Valley, CA 94546
$499,000

4 Beds 
2 Baths 
2,125 Sq. Ft.
$235 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1971 
Lot Size: 5,002 Sq. Ft. 
On Redfin: 46 days
Status: Active
Type: Detached
Stories: 2
County: Alameda
Style: Contemporary
Community: Castro Valley
MLS#: 40589048

Roomy and inviting upper valley home in the Vannoy Elementary area. Large livingroom with fireplace plus a dining area. Bedroom and full bath on ground level. Large kitchen overlooks attached FR and rear decks. Inside laundry. Attached two car garage. Storage galore!! Quiet cul-de-sac location.

121028-noree-bedroomHere’s why JL nominated this house for some good ol’ Burbed lovin’.

Lovely staging. Needs more flags! Love the confederate flag on the bed of this one.

Wow, that is indeed a Confederate flag.  Should we tip the owner that California entered the Union as a Free State?  Maybe that’s why they took it down while they looked for another wall that didn’t have so many flags on it.

So, come to this listing for the standards, stay for the Burbed Housekeeping Seal of Approval! 

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Evident pride of ownership starts in slowly with this listing but continues to build as you make your way through the photos.  Click on through to see what we mean.

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Comments (7) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am

October 1, 2012

Warning! Feature from the East Bay Lagoon! NSFW!

Our pleas have been heard!  A couple of weeks ago, when posting the nine kajillionth house in Mountain View “close to Google,” we asked for homes that were not in the hot, hot, hot Mountain View/Palo Alto area.  And Burbed reader JL has delivered, with this attractive attached abode in Alameda.  Yes, Alameda, as in the island in Alameda County.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you about this one, because we certainly did.

120930-bayview-redfin2909 BAYVIEW Dr
Alameda, CA 94501
$465,000

4 Beds
2 Baths
1,716 Sq. Ft.
$271 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1964
Lot Size: 3,051 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 10 days
Type: Duet
Stories: 2
Community: Alameda
MLS#: 40590093
Style: Contemporary
View: Water
County: Alameda

Open – Sunday, Sept 23rd, 2 – 3 pm only. A 4 bedroom single-family attached home situated on a quiet lagoon, close to the beach and walking path. TLC needed for this contemporary home.

120930-bayview-viewSo far, nothing too alarming here, other than this “duet home” having a garage door face-off.  One looks like a paint sampler and one doesn’t.  One has a peaked roof feature and one doesn’t.  The windows and shutters aren’t matched either.

Guess our standards shouldn’t be so high when buying a house directly from the bank instead of through a pesky owner.

So first, let’s first admire that Water view we were promised.

Delightful!  Ready to see the inside of the house?  Sure you are.  You may need to take a minute to adjust your eyes from the bright sun glinting off the water.  We’ll give you a brief rest by making you click through to see them, and many more pictures!

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Comments (11) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am