August 2, 2013

San Bruno Spectacular!

We’ve been spending far too much time in Santa Clara County. Let’s head North! No, not that far north, we’ll leave San Francisco and Marin and whatever non-Real Bay Area places near there for another day. There’s so much Burbed Win in San Mateo County you really don’t have to go far to find amazing properties like this one! Thanks very much to Burbed reader waiting_for_the_fall for today’s Bodacious Building in San Bruno!

130801-herman-redfin1013 HERMAN St
San Bruno, CA 94066
Listed for $589,500
Sold for $555,000

4 Beds
3 Baths
1,430 Sq. Ft.
$388 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1938
Lot Size: 2,808 Sq. Ft.
Sold On: Jul 30, 2013
Status: Sold
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
County: San Mateo
Style: Traditional
Community: San Bruno Park
MLS#: 81313967

Remodeled with permits, 4 bedroom, 3 bath, new kit: Granite counters, honey maple cabs, s/s apps. Main Floor:sep din rm, liv rm with marble framed fpl, 2 beds includes master bed , marble tiled bths. Downstairs: 2 beds, fam rm, 3rd bath with travertine tile. New roof, new sewer line, new water supply line, new int and ext paint and doors, new electrical, copper plumbing, and more.

130801-herman-pylonsYes indeed, that is exactly what we had in mind when the Realtard told us this was a “Traditional” San Bruno house. Just wait until you see the “Contemporary” models!

Now, wftf (which is, we swear we are not making this up, wtf with an extra f for emphasis) will explain why today’s house was worthy of your attention.

I found another "gem" for you.  What makes this house so special is the wonderful views out the windows. Check out the 7th picture and the glorious views of freeway pylons out the window. The redfin tour insight would be helpful to someone blind and deaf:

130801-herman-kitchen"A great remodeled unit that is very close to the freeway. Very small corner lot."

Good thing they mentioned it was close to the freeway, I wouldn’t have noticed!

What we want to know is who designed this kitchen. Sorry, we mean who dsgnd this kit remodeled with permits. These are either the skinniest countertops and cabs in the Bay Area, or this is the deepest s/s app, or it’s pulled out from the wall because the seller is about to walk off with it now that the house has sold.

And if you live somewhere that you have to mention your kit was remodeled with permits, you’d better grab it quickly.

Comments (5) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:02 am






July 9, 2013

Updated: Bay Area Real Estate Bubble 4.0: Not Over. Nuh Uh Uh.

130708-28th-priceisrightThis weekend we featured a Murky News article claiming that frenzied overbidding on Real Bay Area homes was done. It wasn’t the only such piece claiming that RBA overbids out of suitcases full of cash were coming to a halt.  To which we say: Sure it is. Redfin is tracking the bidding wars, and they say it’s cooling off… outside the RBA.  Specifically, there are fewer multiple bid situations outside California, and in the Golden State, things have eased up a bit in the Southland.  But don’t worry.  It’s Still Special Here.

Let’s find out just how special with this home sent in by Burbed reader mtv-renter.

130708-28th-redfin440 28th St
San Francisco, CA 94131
Sold for $1,756,000

2 Beds
2 Baths
1,057 Sq. Ft.
$1,661 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1910
Lot Size: —
Sold On: Jul 2, 2013
Status: Sold
Property Type: Attached, Full, Single-Family Home
View: Panoramic, Bay, Hills
County: San Francisco
Style: Victorian
Community: Noe Valley
MLS#: 408763

Much sought after charming single family home with spectacular southern views. Very bright and light. Main level features lovely dining area, spacious living room, office area, stunning remodeled granite kitchen and marble bathroom. Opening to a secluded charming backyard, perfect for entertaining. Second level features two bedrooms with original built-in dresser drawers. Fabulous, new bath with marble walk-in shower. One of the bedrooms overlooks the enchanting garden and the other captures the southern view. There is a lower level just waiting to be finished with great expansion potential!

130708-28th-bedroomTake it away, mtv-renter!

Oh holy hell, the good times are back!

I visited this place myself, but given the line out the door for the open house, didn’t even consider placing a bid. Good thing!

Asking price: $989k, sold for $1,756,000, that rounds up to 78%. This is an astounding $1,661/sqft.

It gets better,

last sold for $749,000 on Sept 24, 2010. That’s $1,007,000 in appreciation over 1012 days, or $995/day.

130708-28th-yellowEveryone should buy in San Francisco. Riches await!

But wait, there’s more!

It gets better, check out the buyer’s agent’s name:

Trim Wellbeloved, 
Pacific Union International
DRE #01209860

You know, we prefer to point ‘n laff at realtard behavior rather than their names, but in this case… well, there it is.  Meanwhile Burbed reader Petsmart Groomer notes that this house has come to the attention of SF Curbed.  Where, asks PG, is the million dollar upgrade?  After all, in 2010 it took 3 price cuts to finally change hands at… $749K despite appearing on television!

130708-28th-redfin2010440 28th St
San Francisco, CA 94131
Sold for $748,000

2 Beds
1 Baths
— Sq. Ft.
Built: 1910
Lot Size: —
Sold On: Sep 27, 2010
Status: Sold
Property Type: Attached, Full, Single-Family Home
View: Panoramic, Hills
County: San Francisco
Style: Victorian
Community: Noe Valley
MLS#: 370108

Big reduction. Please come see this Victorian Noe Valley Home as featured on the TV Show Sell This House. It has amzing Southern Hills Views. Two bedrooms and One Bath. Period detailing throughout the house. Near shops and restaurants.

Why that million dollars is clearly in the kitchen. The stainless steel fridge must be worth $400,000 all by itself.

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130708-28th-redfin-restatedBunus: extra bathroom! That’s got to be the other $600,000!

Update 7/10/13: Seems the realtard made a little mistake with that sale price. It’s actually only $1,150,000. However, realtards typing in completely WTF numbers into listings is simply a different kind of Burbed win. So it’s all good, as long as you aren’t the realtard.

See the comments for more details. You should be reading comments on all our articles, anyway. You should be posting in comments, too. Don’t agree? Explain why! In our comments!

Comments (26) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:03 am

May 21, 2013

House in Mountain View Still for Sale!

We’ve been discussing where all the hot markets are in the Bay Area, and Mountain View is hot, hot, HOT! So today, let’s play Why Isn’t This House in Mountain View Selling?  Thanks very much to Burbed reader LomaLuvr who sent this in and Burbed reader Real Estater who mentioned this house in comments.

130520-independence-redfin753 INDEPENDENCE Ave
Mountain View, CA 94043
$698,000

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,347 Sq. Ft.
$518 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1946
Lot Size: 6,720 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 103 days
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Community: Rengstorff
MLS#: 81303560

Great Potential in Monta Loma Neighborhood. Open Floor Living, Dining, Kitchen. Some Marble Floors. Remodeled Kitchen, Granite CounterTops. Stainless Steel Appliances. Large Master Bedroom Suite Completed 2003. Central Heating. Dual Pane Windows throughout. Large Patio Deck. Large BackYard. Long RV Parking-Near Silicon Valley, Google, Schools, Transportation-Few Blocks from Monta Loma Elementary School.

Not only has this house been on the market more than a hundred days, it got relisted!  Let’s see what’s inside to get just a taste of what it has to offer.

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And, WOW! Can you say FIVE different Redfin agent tour insights?  Okay, one of them posted twice.

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130520-independence-racewayWho cares about natural light? Probably some Googler is going to buy this house and never come home during daylight hours because there’s free food for every meal.  And noticeable sloping means MARBLE RACEWAY!

Comments (7) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:06 am

May 10, 2012

Elegant, stoidy, and boisting with class

120508-kawlums-snlLike any long-running blog, Burbed has developed a few inside jokes.  One of them is our fondness of the most important element in classical architecture.  That’s right.  Mawbul Kawlums.  (And if you haven’t seen this video yet, please go watch it, because it’s a classic.  Ha ha!  Classic, get it?) 

Ever since we featured this empty spec house, Burbed readers have asked for more homes in KawlumVision.  Today’s featured listing says “Break out the red arrows!”

Thanks very much to Burbed reader Swan for this super structure in Saratoga at an even more super price!

13815 PIERCE Rd
Saratoga, CA 95070
$6,988,000

120508-pierce-redfin

BEDS: 6
BATHS: 5.5
SQ. FT.: 8,000
$/SQ. FT.: $874
LOT SIZE: 1.87 Acres
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Mediterranean
STORIES: 2
VIEW: Mountains
YEAR BUILT: 2008
COMMUNITY: Saratoga
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81215397
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 13 days

This elegant 8000+/- sf Italian Villa on 1.5+/- view acres will awaken all your senses. The elaborate paver driveway with 3 entrances leads you to a beautifully designed front steps and door. Great curb appeal! The 3 levels include an excellent open floor plan with 6 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms, Brasilian Cherry hardwood floors, marble bathrooms, spiral staircase, Best Anderson windows and More!

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Here’s why Swan shared this home with all of you:

120508-pierce-inside-kawlumsI am in mawbul kawlum heaven!

Kawlums in front, kawlums at the garage, kawlums in the entry hall, kawlums in the master bath, kawlums in back, kawlums at the gazebo!

Are there enough red arrows in the world for this home?

120508-pierce-kawlums3This house may very well have broken the Burbed KawlumVision generator, because there actually are kawlums hiding behind other kawlums.  We assure you that every single red arrow in the big picture above is pointing to a unique kawlum. It’s just that some of them are shy.

You can see the wallflower kawlums from this slightly different angle of the façade, available from this home’s virtual tour. Plus it also has the aforementioned garage kawlums. 

120508-pierce-kawlums2

The MLS listing has 14 yummy pictures, many of them with kawlums to drool over.  But if you can’t get enough kawlumnage, plus more eye-popping “They put that in there?” you simply must check out the tour as well.  And bring your red arrows.

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Remember, nothing says “Rich people live here” like mawbul kawlums.  Well, that and a $7 million listing price.

Comments (8) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:04 am

May 4, 2012

Flippin’ in Los Altos

Yesterday we suggested you could spend more than two million dollars on an empty spot of land in the middle of flipping nowhere.  Today we’re also flipping, with a quick-turnaround sale found by Burbed reader Mr. Kiasu.  Oh, and did we mention that the market is hot, hot hot?  Except for here.

1448 FOWLER Ln
Los Altos, CA 94024
$2,665,000, reduced from $2,995,000, reduced from $3,295,000

120503-fowler-redfin

BEDS: 6
BATHS: 3.5
SQ. FT.: 4,876
$/SQ. FT.: $547
LOT SIZE: 0.35 Acres
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STORIES: 2
VIEW: Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 1900
COMMUNITY: South of El Monte
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81211504
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 36 days

Turnkey 1900 Craftsman style Plantation home. .. own a piece of LA History. Poss Mills Act Tax Savings. 4800sf + 1800sf basement. Updated w/ new kitchen w/ marble countertops, remodeled baths and wood floors throughout. Newer fndtn, new copper plumbing, upgraded elect. panels, new zoned heating. Expansive back yard w/ pool & large lawn. Great cul-de-sac w/ LA Schools. Poss Seller financing options.

120503-fowler-kawlums[4]Here’s why Mr. Kiasu thought you’d like to see this home on the front page.

Spring bounce in Los Altos!

Bought in oct 2011 for 1.5, now on sale for 3.29.

Probably a flip but we’d need to see the pictures for last October I guess. Neighbors are all in the 1.5 range.

120503-fowler-gateNo history before the October sale, so maybe it’s been in the same family since 1900.

Wait, $3.29?  Not anymore.  Now it’s $2.65.  And still very much for sale.  Even with all those mawbul kawlums.  How could that be?  It’s on a cul-de-sac and there’s a gate to keep out the riffraff and everything.

Fortunately, the old pictures are still available for our perusal, so thank you Redfin!  Here’s a lovely pair from the old and the new of the same room.  Do you think they replaced the pool table?  Which one is the new sale?

120503-fowler-poolroom-old120503-fowler-poolroom-new

120503-fowler-kawlums-old-listingYes, comparing the old and the new listing photos really is something.  For example, just a quick glance led to this find of bunus kawlums not available in the current listing!  So it definitely pays to check selling history when looking at a property listing.  That’s when you notice how many things in this house haven’t been updated and then wonder how the seller can justify more than doubling the price on this flip.  We can see just how successful that gambit was.

Now sit back and listen to some really annoying light jazz while you enjoy the virtual tour.

Comments (2) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:02 am

April 6, 2012

Holy Toledo in San Francisco

We’ve been spending too much time in the Valley.  Today’s photopalooza is courtesy of Burbed reader Kevin.  And Kevin’s writeup, coupled with the amazing pictures of this thousand a foot Marina manse, are all that’s needed for a give-it-up Guest Post.

Please give Kevin a big, warm, Real Bay Area welcome as today’s Guest Blogger!


73 Toledo Way
San Francisco, CA 94123
$1,850,000

120403-toledo-redfin

BEDS: 3
BATHS: 2.5
SQ. FT.: 1,842
$/SQ. FT.: $1,004
LOT SIZE: –
PROPERTY TYPE: Attached, Full, Modified, Single-Family Home
STYLE: Spanish/Mediterranean
YEAR BUILT: 1925
COMMUNITY: Marina
COUNTY: San Francisco
MLS#: 392612
SOURCE: San Francisco MLS
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 86 days

Great Neighborhood and wonderful home. Close to transportation, shopping, schools, and more. House has been well taken care of. One Block from Chestnut, Completely remodeled from previous owner with Seismic Upgrades, Quality Workmanship Throught, Custom Light Fixtures, Hardwood Floors, Fireplace, Custom Kitchen Cabinets/Stainless Steel Appliances, Granite-Marble-Stone Used throught Kitchen & Bathrooms, Laundry Room, Deck & Patio, Mature Landscapping, LARGE 3 CAR Tandem Parking & Stroage Area, Alarm System, Expansion potential in garage area, and more. Seller reserves the right to refuse any and all offers. Please confirm and verify all information stated in listing. The information provided is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

In the category of “bad real estate listing photos”, I’d like to nominate this one:

The photos are pretty priceless:

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1.  two front views looking directly into the sun (perhaps to hide how ugly it is from the curb?)

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2.  a kitchen photo with as little light as possible.

120403-toledo-range-rotated120403-toledo-desk

3.  several of the photos were not rotated 90 degrees.  Classy.

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4.  laundry stacked on the washer/dryer.

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5.  kitchen counter top stacked high with food.

120403-toledo-toilet-up120403-toledo-plunger

6.  last but certainly not least, photos of *both* bathrooms have a plunger standing next to the toilet. In case the buyer had any doubts about the plumbing I guess.

Comments (10) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:06 am

April 5, 2012

Updated: 3 level executive estate in midtown Palo Alto in a cul-de-sac

It’s been far too long since we’ve heard from Burbed reader dollarbin.  Let’s check in with this palace in Palo Alto!

2783 RANDERS Ct
Palo Alto, CA 94303
$3,248,000

120403-randers-redfin

BEDS: 5
BATHS: 5
SQ. FT.: 5,255
$/SQ. FT.: $618
LOT SIZE: 8,712 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Contemporary
STORIES: 3
VIEW: Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 2010
COMMUNITY: Midtown
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81146955
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 147 days

Elegant newly constructed (2010)3 level executive estate in midtown Palo Alto in a cul-de-sac * One of a kind quality & workmanship with mahogany paneling & hand carved custom doors * Gourmet kitchen with S/S appliances, granite counters, custom cherry cabinets & a breakfast bar * Brazilian teak flooring & imported marble floors throughout * Includes library, exercise & media rooms.

120403-randers-crapperHere’s what dollarbin had to say, when passing this parcel along:

Anybody send you this one yet?

Who says Palo Alto is free of McMansions? I had given up the dream of spending less than $700/sq ft in Palo Alto, but this Spec House PA-lightup-signmisadventure proves it saves to buy in bulk. Plus it has a totally classy fountain burbling in the front yard.

This listing caught my eye because I noticed they have a flyer sign out on Colorado Ave that actually lights up at night, so I looked up the Redfin knowing it would be full of win.

Wait… spec house misadventure?  How can anyone have a misadventure when they’ve lit your way there?  Although the price history may tell us a thing or two.

120403-randers-history

120405-randers-columns-addedAnd here we thought the misadventure was the .60 FAR or the 11 HDR.  So let’s help this poor spec house.  What is keeping it from generating dozens of overbids?

Bunus: Mawbul kawlums are rectangular!  Break out the red arrows!

Update 10:41 am: Two more kawlums lurking on the right of this picture, noted by Burbed reader SEA.  Mawr red arrows, please!

Comments (44) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:11 am

January 8, 2010

House with easy access to SFO

$349,900

766

Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 760
$/Sq. Ft.: $460
Lot Size: 2,600 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 2
Year Built: 1940
Community: Belle Air
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 80957723
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active This listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.
On Redfin: 6 days
Updates are Complete! Just Move In and Enjoy this Belleair Jewel! 2 Bedrooms Plus Bonus 3rd Room * Remodeled Kitchen with Limestone Flooring, Tile Counters and Oak Cabinets * Remodeled Bathroom Finished in Italian Marble * Gorgeous Backyard Sanctuary with Built-in BBQ, Hot Tub & Additional Gated Parking via Alley Access. Convenient to Shopping, Walnut Park, Freeways and SFO

There’s a saying: Buy the worst house in the best neighborhood.

But here in the Bay Area, we’re used to being rebels, being innovative, and doing things differently. What better way than to buy a house with fine Italian marble, a gorgeous backyard sanctuary with built in BBQ, and other stunning upgrades here in San Bruno. Your neighbors will simply die of envy.

Let’s also give credit where its due – to the Realtor for being upfront about how easy it will be to get to freeways and SFO. Let’s take a look at the map:

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Hey it’s even close to higher education! Who knew!

And look at just how affordable this is. At this price point, you’ll be competing with flight attendants from around the world who will want to stake their claim in having a house in the Bay Area. With fine Italian marble.

Good luck, the competition is going to be tough!

Comments (9) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:54 am

November 11, 2009

What does $5.5 million buy in Milpitas?

1000 COUNTRY CLUB Dr, Milpitas, CA 95035 | MLS# 80917953
1000 COUNTRY CLUB Dr Milpitas, CA 95035
Price: $5,500,000

1000c
Beds: 6
Baths: 7
Sq. Ft.: 15,705
$/Sq. Ft.: $350
Lot Size: 4.02 Acres
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: Tri-Level
View: Bay, City Lights, Golf Course
Year Built: 2009
Community: Milpitas
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 80917953
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 206 days
* * * HUGE PRICE REDUCTION FOR A QUICK SALE * * * ONE OF A KIND LUXURY MANSION WITH SPECTACULAR 360 DEGREES VIEW OF THE CITY, BAY & GOLF COURSE. ALL MARBLE MATERIALS ARE IMPORTED FROM ITALY. MARBLE COLUMNS, INTRICATE CEILING DESIGN, CAROUSEL STYLE MORNING ROOM, 6 MASTER SUITES. * * * NOT A SHORT SALE & NOT AN REO * * *

Thanks to Burbed reader mike w for this find.

Mike thought that the proper description for this house should be:

Contractor’s special.
Perfect for investor or first time home buyer .
Needs a little TLC.

Heh.

Personally, I when I saw this house, I thought… “Who lives here? Saddam Hussein? Saddam Hussein of Milpitas?”

1000d

Let’s face it, all the time people are looking for the unique house… Just think, you could live like a dictator… in Milpitas! Just think of all the weapons of mass destruction you can pretend to own and hide in the house. And remember, this is not a short sale and not an REO.

Personally, the first thing I’d do with this house is replace the carousel style morning room with an actual carousel. How awesome would that be? There’d be a line of people waiting to check it out. And you know what that kind of scarcity means – that’s right! Cha-ching!

So go buy this house. Heck, don’t even finish it all at once. Keep at it. Eventually, this could be called the Gaudi of Milpitas!

Comments (13) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:04 am

October 14, 2009

If you like Pixar or Dreamworks movies, you’ll love this house!

19670 SANTA CRUZ Hwy, Los Gatos, CA 95033 | MLS# 80918439
19670 SANTA CRUZ Hwy Los Gatos, CA 95033
Price: $3,300,000

19670
Beds: 4
Baths: 4
Sq. Ft.: 4,000
$/Sq. Ft.: $825
Lot Size: 5 Acres
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Mediterranean
Stories: 2
View: Mountains, Canyon, Lake
Year Built: 2009
Community: Los Gatos/Monte Sereno
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 80918439
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 174 days
* Gorgeous gated home w/ 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms * Approx. 5 gorgeous acres bordering Lexington Lake * 3 car garage * Open Kitchen w/ center island, Marble and Limestone floors * Venetian plaster walls, high wood beam ceilings, 2 custom fireplaces, mahogany windows and doors, handmade carved rosewood cabinetry, custom antique light fixtures . * Solar panels * Lake Views *

Thanks to Burbed reader Herve for this find!

Hey, who doesn’t like rendered movies these days! Pixar! Dreamworks! They’re churning out the movies geeks love!

So doesn’t it make sense that the prestige houses will also be rendered? You can imagine it now! You’re coming home to Sully and Mike, or Alex, Marty, and Gloria!

Maybe you can even get a sticker for your house: “Powered by OpenGL!” Hey you could get it sponsored by Nvidia! Sweet!

I’m sure there are interior pics… but they’re probably being rendered right now… buffering… buffering…

Comments (4) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:40 am