August 8, 2013

Opportunity in Sunnyvale!

We have a prince of a property for you today. It’s in a great location, it’s not priced at a batshit insane ask like yesterday’s house, and best of all, you can review the listing in about 25 seconds.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader SB for the nomination!

130807-blair-redfin909 BLAIR Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
$949,880

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,210 Sq. Ft.
$785 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1955
Lot Size: 5,900 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 6 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Attached Single Family
Community: Sunnyvale
MLS#: 81327967
Stories: 1
County: Santa Clara

Sunnyvale prime location. Rear opportunity in Sunnyvale desirable school district.

Upcoming Open Houses

Sunday, Aug 11: Open House – 11:00-2:00 pm

Can’t imagine why you’d need to go to an Open House, as the seller obviously has shared everything you need to know about this rear opportunity. However, an aerial photo does a great job demonstrating just what an opportunity awaits in the rear.

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Yes, that opportunity comes in the form of a body shop and a tire store, right on El Camino Real, the Street of Kings!  We can also check the Streetview if you wish.

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DHO! DHO! Maybe he’s a King too!

Comments (9) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:07 am






August 6, 2013

SELLER PREFERS “AS IS SALE”. FOR GREAT JUSTICE.

Let’s now return to what makes Burbed the destination real estate site for the entire Bay Area. No, we’re not referring to our excellent Bay Area Bubble 4.0 coverage or our extensive featured looks at half million dollar crapboxes.  Today’s entry is what makes the Real Bay Area so very Special: Listings at WTF prices and WTF problems.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader Swan for sending in today’s Los Gatos Gotcha.

130805-blackberry-redfin16480 BLACKBERRY HILL Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95030
$1,795,000

3 Beds
3 Baths
3,046 Sq. Ft.
$589 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1976
Lot Size: 5.17 Acres
On Redfin: 28 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 2
Community: Los Gatos/Monte Sereno
MLS#: 81324314
Style: Ranch, Spanish
View: Bay, Canyon, Valley, City Lights
County: Santa Clara

Excellent Candidate For 130805-blackberry-fadeddyeRemodel or Build Dream Home. Sweeping Views From Most Rooms. Upstairs 3BD/2BA/KIT/DR/LR/UTIL. RM. Downstairs Game Room w/ Slider, Office W/ Bath & Large Storage Room. Lots Of Storage, Cabinets and Closets Everywhere. 1.5 Miles From Los Gatos. WATER WILL BE TURNED OFF. DO NOT USE TOILETS. Seller Wants NO CHILDREN in property. .FOR SAFETY REASONS. SELLER PREFERS "AS IS SALE".

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Let’s have Swan float in here.

[Today’s home] is in the same area as the Kennedy home [submitted last week].  This house is on Blackberry Hill Road:  .  You know it’s Burbed material when then listing starts with, "Excellent candidate for remodel."  In this case, the listing gets even better!  "WATER WILL BE TURNED OFF. DO NOT USE TOILETS. Seller Wants NO CHILDREN in property. .FOR SAFETY REASONS."  There is an open house this weekend.  I so want to go with a full bladder and a few small children who can run wild while I try to use the bathroom!  Be sure to check out the pictures of the lovely wallpaper in the kitchen and master bath!

130805-blackberry-kitchenThat is quite something, although our gaping is for the photo above it of the grounds. It looks like it was taken in 1972 and left in a shoebox so the dyes would age properly.  And it makes the kitchen treatment look almost contemporary. Oh wait, we meant contemptuous. Using that white tile isn’t fooling anyone; that kitchen was remodeled in 1987 whether it needed it or not!

Remember the WATER WILL BE TURNED OFF.  FOR SAFETY REASONS.

Comments (4) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:03 am

August 1, 2013

Currently, a very small rented cottage with basement in Los Altos

We have a very special property for you today!  Burbed reader nomadic must have spied this one on the way back from a lunch meeting. So if you don’t like the very small rented cottage with basement, build something else and skip the kitchen. You won’t need it where we’re going.

130731-acacia-redfin962 ACACIA Ave
Los Altos, CA 94022
$750,000

1 Beds
1 Baths
300 Sq. Ft.
$2,500 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1948
Lot Size: 5,000 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 48 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
County: Santa Clara
Style: Cabin
Community: North Los Altos
MLS#: 81320950

Do not distrub occupants. Small north Los Altos lot 40X125, behind Chef Chu’s, Armadillo’s Willy’s. Currently, a very small rented cottage with basement. Value in the land. Access on Acacia and from the back alley behind restaurants.

130731-acacia-kitchenOh, did we mention where we’re going? It’s the Land of $2,500 a square foot. No wonder you can’t distrub occupants. Now, let’s check in with nomadic.

“Maybe a small home can be built.”  The realtard almost sounds wistful.  The lot is wedged between two parking lots; who in their right mind would want to build a house there?  A business wouldn’t be a practical idea though, because it would have to be quite small and not require more than a couple parking spots.

No more wistful realtard, as that last sentence seems to have been edited out (still on Zillow as we write this). Instead let’s be wistful about the photography.

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Remember, Location, Location, Location!

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Right in the middle of everything, literally just steps away from San Antonio and El Camino Real! Plus there’s a new Safeway across the street! Of course the value is in the land; tear everything down and set up a pay for parking lot! Or build your own restaurant in that small rented cottage! (Wait, did you distrub occupants?)

Bunus round: Try maybe building that small home and see how you fare against the Los Altos Planning Department!

Comments (4) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:04 am

July 30, 2013

Rebuild with your family in mind

It may be another day, but there’s never an end to Mountain View Realty #winning on Burbed.  Today’s million dollar listing at a six digit price arrives courtesy of Burbed reader LomaLuvr. Thanks very much!

130729-alice-trulia495 Alice Ave
Mountain View, CA 94041
$980,000

4 bed
2 full, 1 partial bath
2,494 sqft
Single-Family Home
$4,773 / mo Mortgage Center
83 Days on Trulia
3,659 views
Built in 2002
Status: For Sale
Contemporary Architecture
Lot Size: 6,249 sqft

495 Alice Ave This contemporary style home offers a blend of traditional stile and modern convenience.Located in the quiet,family oriented neighborhood of Mountain view, This home was rebuild and updated in 2002 with your family in mind.The private backyard is designed for family fun. Over than 2400 sf home with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths,2 car garage very close to mountain view down town and easy access to freeway

We swear we looked at every single picture and couldn’t find any sign of that traditional stile. And while Trulia won’t tell us which neighborhood of Mountain View is the quiet,family oriented one, we did find it on a map.

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They definitely meant it about easy access to freeway. Why didn’t they tell us they meant easy access to freeways? Two is twice as good. Are they part of the family fun?

Comments (11) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:04 am

July 26, 2013

Lovely Livingroom in East Palo Alto

Let’s launch you into your weekend Open Housing with a great find from Burbed reader Petsmart Groomer. Enjoy!

130726-azalia-redfin220 AZALIA Dr
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
$349,000

2 Beds
1 Baths
860 Sq. Ft.
$406 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1951
Lot Size: 5,500 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 24 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
County: San Mateo
Style: Traditional
Community: East of U.S. 101
MLS#: 813236

One Story Home, Two Bedrooms, One Bathroom, Livingroom, Garaga Conversion, Large Back Yard.

Wow, a Garaga Conversion. That sounds ethnic. Maybe they’re saying you can open a restaurant here. That’s why the vehicles in the driveway are featured so prominently.  Because this is what Silicon Valley is all about: starting a business in your garaga, and then converting it into something that is not a garaga. In this case, a Honda.

Comments (2) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:02 am

July 24, 2013

Not a Drive by in Vallejo. More like ez access to GTFO.

There’s Real Bay Area, there’s Almost the Real Bay Area, there’s Might Be Real Bay Area… and then there’s No Way No How is this RBA. Today’s house is definitely in the latter category.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader L in Vallejo for this fascinating find.

130723-ruby-vallejo296 Ruby Ln
Vallejo, CA 94590
$347,000

HOA Dues: $108/mo.
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,632 Sq. Ft.
$213 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1992
Lot Size: 6,902 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 15 days
Status: Active
HOA Dues: $108/month
Style: Contemporary
View: Greenbelt, Other
County: Solano
Type: Detached
Stories: Split Level
Community: Crystal Pointe
MLS#: 40621890

Beautiful tri-level home, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath 2 car garage attached in a nice quiet cul-de sac. .location , redwood deck 2 fireplaces , well maintained, clean, spacious . .. ez access to Fway. .. not a drive by. .. a must see. ..

Does L think this is a must see? Let’s listen:

130723-ruby-fireplaceYour blog was so refreshing as I went through the home buying process!

So, I know Vallejo isn’t included in the RBA – but enjoyed the listing pictures on this one very much – especially coupled with the copy.

Potential song pairing: Train, "Drive By"

I think my favorite pic is the pillows surrounding the fireplace.

It’s hard for us to choose just one favorite pic, and it was even harder for the realtard to do so.  And she didn’t have to! The same shots appear over and over and over!  For example, here are pictures 3,4,5 and 11.  Also #10 looks suspiciously like #8 above (the pillows undergoing flammability testing).

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There are 23 pictures in the listing. See how many distinct images there are (hint, fewer than you think!). And yet not one of the ez access to Fway.

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And that’s not just any Fway, that’s the approach to the Carquinez Bridge! Which means if it’s backed up, you’ll know just by looking down the street!

Comments (8) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:08 am

July 17, 2013

Hate wide open spaces and the such?

Today’s featured freehold is brought to you by Burbed reader Bluto. It may not be in the Real Bay Area but it’s Real Affordable! Let’s find out why.

130716-temple-redfin1115 Temple Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
$165,000

1 Beds
1 Baths
288 Sq. Ft.
$573 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1925
Lot Size: 1,799 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 3 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Residential, Detached, Single Family
Stories: 1
County: Sonoma
Style: Cottage
Community: Southeast Santa Rosa
MLS#: 21315963

As the saying goes Don’t judge a book by the cover. This is a very cute cottage that appears to be in good condition. Perfect for the person who is on the go and doesn’t have a lot of time for yard work and the such. Feels like there is more room in the house than what the square footage reflects!

130716-temple-streetviewOther than knowing Santa Rosa is not, was not, and never will be part of the RBA, let’s turn to Bluto for a little more insight on this listing. And enjoy the Streetview on the left, because the agent thinks one picture is sufficient for a house that fells like there is more room than it has room.

way up in Santa Rosa…the "home" is 288 sq. ft, the "lot" is 1800 sq. ft., the price $165K…and this neighborhood is NOT good

But this house is ALL good, if by good we actually mean NOT good.  Then again, don’t judge a book by the cover. Although in the case of this house, cover is all you’re going to get.

Comments (9) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:06 am

July 12, 2013

Wire for Cable in Alviso

Time to wrap up the workweek, so let’s break out of the usual Eichler-lite Close to Google. Have you considered buying in Alviso? Maybe this home courtesy of Burbed reader Michael Boltonestater will convince you that the sky is the limit for Alviso.  Or is that the smell starts at the limits of Alviso?

130711-gold-redfin2052 Gold St #204
San Jose, CA 95002
$99,900

2 Beds
2 Baths
1,440 Sq. Ft.
$69 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1977
Lot Size: —
On Redfin: 101 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Mobile Home (Double Wide)
County: Santa Clara
Community: Alviso (Santa Clara County)
MLS#: 81310420

Cozy 2Bed/2Ba Home!Serial#:A/B27032. Living room w/ carpet & wire for cable. Family room w/ carpet & wire for cable. Dining w/ display cabinet & wire for cabinet. Kitchen w/ linoleum, refrigerator, disposal, dishwasher, ceiling light. Guest bed w/ carpet & wire for cable & phone. Guest bath w/ standing shower. Master bed w/ walk in closet & wire for cable. Master bath w/ medicine cabinet & tub. Space rent:$850.00

130711-gold-curvesPerhaps you might think that featuring a mobile home from Alviso is kicking a listing while it’s down. We just think there’s win, and then there’s Burbed win.  Kind of like how there’s property, and then there’s Alviso property. 

And then there’s Alviso property shot with a fish-eye lens. Or else this home is more than a few bubbles off plumb. But, there is carpet, and wire for cable.

Comments (3) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:04 am

July 11, 2013

3000 SQ FT FALLING DOWN MANSION

130710-santacruz-thermosWe’ve been spending a bit of time in the flatlands, so time to check some elevated listings.  Our thanks to Burbed reader Swan for telling us about this find right off Highway 17. Oops, pending!  Even properties sitting around for almost a year go Pending when someone sends them in! It’s like a Real Estate Thermos. An insulated drink holder keeps hot things hot, and cold things cold. How does it know?

In this case, a correspondent sends in a tired listing… and BOOM! Again, how does it know?

130710-santacruz-redfin25000 SANTA CRUZ
Scotts Valley, CA 95033
$649,000

2 Beds
1 Baths
1,237 Sq. Ft.
$525 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1911
Lot Size: 9 Acres
On Redfin: 320 days
Status: Pending Without Release
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Community: Scotts Valley North
MLS#: 81231740
Style: Cabin
View: Mountains, Valley
County: Santa Cruz

130710-santacruz-cabinIDEAL ESTATE HOME SITE WITH DIRECT ACCESS TO HWY 17 OR OFF LAUREL ROAD. INCLUDES 1,200 SQ FT GUEST HOUSE, BARN, AND A 3,000 SQ FT FALLING DOWN MANSION. THE MANSION SITE HAS ABOUT 2 FLAT ACRES, SWEEPING MOUNTAIN AND VALLEY VIEWS, CIRCULAR DRIVEWAY, PG & E, & WATER. GUEST HOUSE HAS ABOUT 2 FLAT ACRES WITH DIRECT ACCESS TO LAUREL ROAD. SELLER WILL FINACNE W/ 25% DOWN FOR 3 YEARS.

130710-santacruz-anotherWe don’t have any architecture credentials, but still contend the top picture above is not a cabin.  Now, which of the other two is the “guest house”? Perhaps this is why Swan thought we’d be interested. We certainly seem to have our choice of which crappy building not to live in.

With nothing better to do on a 100 degree day, I am looking for properties in need of some Burbed lovin’!

This may be a Burbed first, a 3000 square foot falling down mansion!!!  Scotts Valley may not be RBA, but $699K (Pending!!!) for a guest house, barn, and falling down mansion on 9 acres – who cares where it is.  Be sure to check out the ideal commute location!

Interestingly, Movoto lists the same address for $5,000,000 in an expired listing.

Oh yes, let’s see that expired listing.

130710-santacruz-movoto25000 Hwy 17
Scotts Valley, CA 95033
$5,000,000

Off-Market
Loan Payment: $19,097/mo
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Size: –
$/sqft: -/sqft
Type: Single Family House
Year Built: 1900
Lot Size: 9,958,687
Days on Movoto: 649 days
Neighborhood: Scotts Valley North
MLS#: 80914701
Status: Expired

130710-santacruz-gatesMany potential uses/Estate Location/Equestrian Center = Great Trails, Preliminary Study Shows Location may be planted with as many as 130 acres of Grapes – Site is in BEST wine growing location = the Santa Cruz Appleation. Propety suppoorts several homes currently(4); several wells; Barns. Land may be subdividable; there are 9 APN’s Stunning Los Gatos Mountains property, Oaks, Redwoods, Madrone


Unlike the active (whoops, Pending!) listing, this older one can’t be bothered showing any buildings. It’s almost ten million square feet, who needs buildings? That’s 228 acres sitting on the market for 649 days, and only nine acres are in the listing above. That’s pretty good, it took only half the time to sell 1/25th the land!  So if you subdivide this place into a Planned Unit Development with a bunch of 1,800 sf lots, you should be able to get one of them sold in only five months!

Good luck finding what happened to the rest of those properties so you can run some comps. At least the seller will FINACNE W/25% DOWN IN 3 YEARS.  If you’re not sure what to do, just put that FINACNE in your Thermos. How does it know?

Comments (2) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:01 am

July 8, 2013

Not just a house, an adventure in Lafayette!

We hope you enjoyed your four day weekend. Of course, Burbed went to work every day, and you can read the last few days’ articles while you’re avoiding yours.  For today, we’ve got another example of East Bay Real Estate Win courtesy of Burbed reader J from Alameda.

130708-hillview-redfin3256 HILLVIEW Ln
Lafayette, CA 94549
$849,000

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,427 Sq. Ft.
$595 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1959
Lot Size: 9,963 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 21 days
Type: Detached
Stories: 1
County: Contra Costa
Style: Ranch
Community: Lafayette
MLS#: 40619252

Fixer upper on private lane. Uncooperative tenant, eviction in process, no show at this time. Write offer subject to viewing.

Here’s why J ventured Off the Island to send this one in:

It’s all about the listing copy on this one. It’s simple. Just write an offer. No worries about the uncooperative tenant.

We like this listing. None of this namby-pamby open house, offers will be presented at 3 am a week from Tuesday nonsense. You want to see this house? Tough. The realtard couldn’t get inside and neither can you. If you dare to buy it, you get to find out what “uncooperative” means.

Comments (2) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:02 am