May 11, 2009

$764,000 for 1br/1ba – house not included

102 CENTRAL Ct, Los Gatos, CA 95030 | MLS# 80903013
102 CENTRAL Ct Los Gatos, CA 95030
Price: $764,000

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Beds: 1
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 672
$/Sq. Ft.: $1,137
Lot Size: 9,375 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
View: Canyon, Neighborhood
Year Built: 1920
Community: Los Gatos/Monte Sereno
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 80903013
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 104 days
Value is in the land. Home is not habitable. Fantastic opportunity to build close to downtown Los Gatos off Jackson St. Lot features private road access and is located in the Los Gatos school district. Plans for 2318 sq. ft. home are available. Los Gatos Planning Dept. needs to approve.

Phew. For a minute there I thought this was going to be a bad surprise. Fortunately this find from Burbed reader Herve turns out to be a great find!

Not only are you buying into a vision, like a true Silicon Valley resident, you’re buying into a vision of a house! A 2318 sqft house!

Personally, I think the best part is the private road. Let’s say that you start the next must have social networking yogurt cupcake site – boom, papparizzi up the wazoo! Fortunately, this private road will help keep your privacy private. Private cat wants privacy.

I also like the fact that the 1 is gone from the post. How Lostish!

You’ve gotta admit, those are some amazing views. And once you spend another $579500 building this house, you can spend all day admiring your private, million dollar view. Win win if you ask me!

Comments (56) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:49 am






January 30, 2009

$950 per sqft fixer upper in Los Gatos

16561 ENGLEWOOD Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95032 | MLS# 80815390
16561 ENGLEWOOD Ave Los Gatos, CA 95032
Price: $1,150,000

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Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 1,210
$/Sq. Ft.: $950
Lot Size: 7,583 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Traditional
Year Built: 1946
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Neighborhood: Los Gatos/Monte Sereno
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 80815390
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 225 days
Unsold in 90 days
Fixer-upper
Contractor special in Downtown Los Gatos! Value in the land–fabulous opportunity within walking distance to LG Schools. Build new or major remodel your dream home in unincorporated Los Gatos. Survey available. Call Doug Perry for further details.

Here’s what Burbed commenter nomadic had to say:

This house is what the RBA is all about.  It’s a tiny fixer-upper on a small-ish 7,583 sf lot.  And they still want $950/sf for it!  They say the value is in the land because it’s walking distance to Los Gatos.  Does 1.5 miles really count as walking distance?  That’s a long way if you have a couple too many glasses of wine with dinner.

All true – but more importantly, let’s take a look at the garage:

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Hey – at least its not a snout house! A standalone garage really helps this house stand out!

Comments (150) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:50 am

January 12, 2009

6br/3ba in Los Gatos… on Ebay! Rent rooms for $1000!

LOS GATOS,CALIFORNIA $ DROPping 6bd 3 BATH
ALL OFFERS CONSIDERED! ROOMS CAN Rent for $1000 each!    Item number: 220278470079

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Property Type:
House
Number of Bedrooms:
6

Property Address:
263 Calle Lolita
Number of Bathrooms:
3

City:

Year Built:
1961

State/Province:
California
Lot Size (acres):
8030.00

Zip/Postal Code:
95032

Thanks to Burbed Reader Ek for this find. Wow. I love Silicon Valley – nothing says maverick and high tech like putting your house up for sale on ebay.

Is this the sign of things to come? Will we see more houses on ebay? Actually, is this a better deal for the buyer or the seller than doing it tradionally? All sorts of questions are raised.

But more importantly, if you buy this house, you can say hello to $6000 of cash flow per month for renting each of the rooms. CHA CHING BABY! CHA CHING!

Comments (37) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:51 am

December 22, 2008

What type of grass is this in Los Gatos?

PRICE DROP!!! NEED A FAST CLOSE OF ESCROW!!!!!!
263 CALLE LOLITA
Los Gatos (Los Gatos) 95032

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A Beautiful home with a clean 6 bedrooms & 3 baths
in a Cul-De-Sac in Los Gatos. Best schools!
There’s too much to say & too little space to list.
There’s a New Roof, New Paint (inside and out)
newly refinished hardwood floors,
new carpet, new floor tile. Covered patio with
gates that open to park small RV, boat, extra cars etc!
Also great area for cooking outside in addition to the
back- yard/patio! There’s easy access to
everywhere including Hwy 85 & 280.

Was $989,950
Now $872,250 !!

Thanks to Burbed reader Derek for the find.

Overall, this is a pretty fair house. In fact, it might even be a bargain. But what’s going on in the bottom right corner of the photo?

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I’m no green thumb. Could someone out there help identify what type of grass they’ve planted?

Comments (49) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:09 am

November 3, 2008

Maybe the President should have the White House in Los Gatos!

Gorgeous Los Gatos home
$750000 Gorgeous Los Gatos home (los gatos)
Reply to: hous-893222226@craigslist.org [?]
Date: 2008-10-25, 11:57AM PDT

Bank has previously approved offers at $750,000. Any offer bellow $750,00 must be submitted along with a BPO justifying the offer price.

Desired Los Gatos family neighborhood.
Exceptional home with Marble floors in foyer. 2 way wood burning fireplace in living room.
Kitchen has granite counters. Crown moldings. Pool with hot tub.
Very convenient location. Plenty of upgrades.
A must see!!!
This house is shown by appointment only. Please call if you have any questions or if you wish to obtain an appointment. Pat (408)439-1650

223 THOMAS DR
Los Gatos
Bed/Bath: 3 / 2
SqFt:1431
Lot Size:6,120 sq ft

This is a short sale. We have a negotiator any reasonable offer will be approved fast.

Hey… this house is just in time for the elections tomorrow! After all, it’s got that stately look… and check it out! Columns!

WAIT A MINUTE!

September 12, 2007

Who doesn’t like columns?

It’s J&N Week, Day 3. J&N are Burbed readers who recently submitted quite a number of great finds! Thanks J&N!

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 733369
223 THOMAS DR
Los Gatos, CA 95032
$1,100,000

This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 733369 Approx Age: 43 Years Approx Sq Ft: 1431
Detached Single Family 1 Story Ranch
3 Bedrooms Ground Floor Bedroom 1 Master Bedroom Suite
2 Bathrooms 2 or More Stall Showers 1 Shower over Tub

Holy crap! A 32% price cut in Los Gatos?

OH MY GOD. What is this world coming to? Forget Country First! We need Los Gatos First. Forget Change We Need! We need Change in Lost Gatos!

Come on Los Gatos. Get your act together. You are now officially on probation. What the hell?

(Thanks to Burbed reader EV for this find!)

Comments (50) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:01 am

October 1, 2008

A true Real Bay Area house: $799k for 541 sqft

304 Nicholson Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030 MLS# 80830418 – Property Details
304 Nicholson Ave, Los Gatos, CA

$799,000

* Status: Active
* Bedroom: 1
* Bathroom: 1
* Year Built: 1920
* Lot Size: 871
* Square Footage: 541
* List Date: 8/27/2008

* Garage Spaces: 1
Very unique small cottage in the heart of the most desirable historic Almond Grove area of Los Gatos. “Quiet street just 2 blocks from Los Gatos’ famous main downtown shopping dining street. No parking restrictions”.Home was featured on HGTV in 2005.Remodeled by Gary Schloh in 1996.Central AC, Attic storage. Best deal in Los Gatos.

Thanks to Burbed reader Mike for this find.

Generally we look at the price per square foot to determine whether something is Real Bay Area, or just Bay Area. But one of the points of contention has always been: do we look at the square footage of the house? or the square footage of the lot?

This house wins both!

1. Of the house: $917 per square foot!

2. Of the lot: $1476 per square foot!

Wowsers! This is like the ultimate Real Bay Area house. No matter how you measure it, it wins! Also, it was featured on HGTV – so it’s got that bling bling fame thing going on too.

Wow. Better buy it soon before some fame seekers from LA drive up to snatch it up!

Comments (22) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:08 am

September 9, 2008

Your chance to own a house that Steve Wozniak lived in – huge price cut!

300 Santa Rosa Dr, Los Gatos, CA 95032 MLS# 80812137 – Property Details
$3,900,000


* Status: Active
* Bedroom: 5
* Bathroom: 4
* Year Built: 1986
* Lot Size: 51836
* Square Footage: 7500
* List Date: 5/30/2008
* Garage Spaces: 3
* MLS#: 80812137

THIS IS A UNIQUE HOME UNLIKE ANY OTHER! COMPLETELY CUSTOM BUILT HOME! This home is one of a kind contemporary master piece-sold WAY under valued. Live in the prestigous neighborhood on Santa Rosa Drive with unparallel views of the valley below! Beautiful contemporary estate. HUGE PRICE REDUCTION! MAKE YOUR OFFER!

Well, this is certainly an unusual house, and an unusual way to start the week. Let’s see what the anonymous Burbed reader who sent this in had to say:

I hate to pick on a house once owned by RBA-king Steve Wozniak, but I’ve been watching this one with interest for at least a year.It started at a $10 million list price and after at least four cuts, the realtor screams “HUGE PRICE REDUCTION! MAKE YOUR OFFER!”No kidding, what a bargain at $3.9M, huh?I actually feel bad for the flipper (or at least the financiers behind it), and even before the crash late last summer I thought he overpaid by a couple million.He paid $6.9 million after all.The bubble owner/sellers must be very happy now!

Oh, and the original website set up to market this house even had quotes of praise from Thomas Kinkade.(Yes, the franchised purveyor of so-called “fine art.”)

Wow! Wow! Wow!

This is your last chance to own a piece of Silicon Valley history. Imagine living here? It’s amazing. It’s stunning. It’s too awesome to believe!

And now, just $3.9 million. Could it be worth it?

Thanks anonymous Burbed reader for this amazing find and backstory!

Comments (165) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:09 am

August 8, 2008

It’s like living in Mr. Roger’s neighborhood!

25 Walnut Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030 MLS# 80811426 – Property Details
25 Walnut Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030
$1,499,000


* Status: Active
* Bedroom: 1
* Bathroom: 1
* Year Built: 1942
* Lot Size: 7520
* Square Footage: 816
* List Date: 5/28/2008
* Garage Spaces: 1
* MLS#: 80811426
*
A rare opportunity in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Los Gatos. This charming brick cottage, built in 1942, is situated on a large sunny lot and with in walking distance to down town Los Gatos. Comes with city approved plans drawn by esteemed local architect Gary Schloh. Come by and see if this is your opportunity to have the home of your dreams. Seller will consider all offers.

Ah, finally a reasonably priced Real Bay Area home. Thanks to Burbed reader Mike for this find.

When I used to watch Mr. Roger’s neighborhood as a kid, I used to be disturbed by those fake models that they would pan over before the establishing shot of his house. Recently that’s become a new internet meme/art form – using soft focus to recreate scenes like that. Clearly, the Real Estate professional really admires that art scheme, and chose to use that in this photo.

Everything is simply meticulous.

Until this photo that Mike wanted to me to highlight:

Hm, what’s going on here? Mike guessed that it’s an empty pool, or a rad new skateboarding park. I’m sort of leaning towards the latter. Because then you could totally get some rad sponsorships and rent this out for parties. Hello passive income!

What do you think?

Comments (167) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:03 am

August 1, 2008

More patios than bedrooms in Los Gatos

PRIVATE LOS GATOS/MONTE SERENO HILLTOP HOME FOR SALE
$850000 PRIVATE LOS GATOS/MONTE SERENO HILLTOP HOME FOR SALE (los gatos) (map)

Cozy, private house for sale. Nestled on hilltop off Los Gatos/Saratoga Road in the vicinity of Los Gatos/Monte Sereno/Saratoga area. Address is 15911 West Road@Bainter Ave.

*1BR/1BA COZY HOME WITH BONUS ROOM IN MULTIMILLION DOLLAR NEIGHBORHOOD PRICED FOR A ONE-BEDROOM!
*OVERLOOKING MONTALVO AND LOS GATOS MOUNTAINS, MINUTES TO DOWNTOWN LOS GATOS
*6500 SQ. FT. LOT WITH ROOM FOR 1440 sq.ft. IN PLANNING STAGE
*PRESTIGIOUS 95030 ZIPCODE WITH LOS GATOS OR SARATOGA SCHOOLS
*763 SQ. FT. MAIN BEDROOM AND LIVING AREA WITH TILED FIREPLACE AND ORIGINAL OAK FLOORS THROUGHOUT
*168 SQ.FT. BASEMENT BEDROOM WITH ITS OWN PATIO AND VIEW OF VALLEY
*WASHER, DRYER, REFRIGERATOR INCLUDED
*THREE OUTDOOR PATIOS (LOWER AND UPPER LEVEL) GREAT FOR PARTIES
*TITLE REPORT, HAZARD DISCLOSURES AND PROPERTY PROFILE AVAILABLE

*GET A BETTER DEAL WITH DIRECT SALE AND LOAN PROVIDED BY SELLER/LOAN OFFICER

15911 West Road at Bainter St.

Thanks to Burbed reader Ken for this find. Here’s what he had to say:

That has to be the most creative gussying up of a 1BR/1BA I’ve seen in quite a while.  And what a bargain at only $850K.

Well Ken, don’t forget that there’s a bedroom in the basement and you get some appliances. WOW!

At the end of the day, the fact that this house has more patios (3) than bedrooms is a clear indicator of the type of potential buyer that will be interested in this house: someone looking for an occasional weekend retreat.

You’re Mr. Executive, living in Atherton during the week. Wow, suddenly it’s Friday, like today – what to do? Shall you go to your condo in SoMA? That seems boring. Ah! Instead, you have a nice mountainy retreat in Los Gatos.

That’s just how rich it is around here! This would make a great second home for anyone, wouldn’t you agree?

Thanks Ken!

Comments (21) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:38 am

July 21, 2008

We’ll let you OWN our 1 bedroom 1 bath Los Gatos Home

Los Gatos HOME—>NO DOWN—>The time is NOW…!!!
$517000 Los Gatos HOME—>NO DOWN—>The time is NOW…!!! (los gatos) (map)
Reply to: hous-741821194@craigslist.org

STOP RENTING your HOME…!!! You’re buying it for the landlord..!!!!

You CAN live and OWN in Los Gatos for less than $600,000….and for NO DOWN PAYMENT….!!! We’ll let you OWN our 1 bedroom 1 bath Los Gatos Home.

Have family over to fill up the 800sf sundeck attached to this 7 year old home on a SUNNY 1/2 acre that is 10 miles from downtown Los Gatos and 10 miles to Santa Cruz Beaches!!!1

Make fantastic meals in the new kitchen with tile countertops and dance around on the hardwood floors. Friends can relax in the fully finished detached guest room.

You can OWN this home for NO Down Payment.

Call me: 831—–335——8283. Owner (Agents OK to Call)

Schools: CT English, Loma Prieta, Los Gatos High (Bus Stop 250′ from home)

Burbed reader Web Goddess notes:

Finally someone who understands Bay Area real estate

Bay Area real estate…It’s a privilege not a right.

Well of course it’s a privilege and not a right. A right would mean that anyone could buy here – and if that were to happen, it would quickly become cheap and undesirable. Would you really want that? Would you want the Bay Area to be affordable like Northern New Jersey in the suburbs of Manhattan? Of course not!

Everyone needs something to strive for, and the Bay Area is no different.

Personally, my favorite part about this ad is that if I bought this house with its tile countertops, I could finally make fantastic meals. I knew there was something missing from my diet! It’s Vitamin G (grout)!

Comments (16) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:26 am