February 8, 2014

Fixer Upper in Palo Alto – Just $1.85 million!

Oh, frabjous day! Well, what are you waiting for?

140207-oberlin-redfin2114 OBERLIN St
Palo Alto, CA 94306
$1,895,000

2 Beds
2 Baths
896 Sq. Ft.
$2,115 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1932
Lot Size: 6,250 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 12 days
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
County: Santa Clara
Style: Cottage/Bungalow
Community: College
MLS#: 81402493

RARE OPPORTUNITY IN COLLEGE TERRACE! 2 COTTAGES IN ORIGINAL CONDITION ON THE PROPERTY (BUILT IN 1932). Each Cottage has one bedroom and one bathroom. LOT SIZE 6,250 sq ft per City of Palo Alto Parcel Map and RealQuest(Lot Width/Depth: 50 X 125). Two one-car garages.

140207-oberlin-drivewayTwo one-car garages! Now THAT is a rare opportunity.

What’s even rarer is a peek inside either cottage.  No such luck.  The agent figures both of those puppies have a big date with the bulldozer.  It’s enough to make you lament for the poor average millionaires who will have to share the block with another billionaire running roughshod all over them.

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September 17, 2013

A house for a Princess Bride in Daly City

Some houses are straight from a fairy tale, some from Hollywood, and some are from a story book.  So is this delightful domicile in Daly City, which includes some magical features!

130916-sandiego-redfin363 San Diego Ave
Daly City, CA 94014
$699,000

4 Beds
3 Baths
— Sq. Ft.
Built: —
Lot Size: —
On Redfin: 53 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached, Single-Family Home
Community: Original Daly City
MLS#: 411057
Style: Traditional, Cottage
County: San Mateo

New Remodel detach craftsmen house comes with 3 bedroom and 2 bath. High ceiling, Large living dining area. Included in Master suite walking cloth set, amazing full bath with 6ft jet tub, walk-in showing. second bathroom has build-in washer and dryer. 1 year old roof, new water heater and New Furnace. Long drive way can park up to 4 cars. separated cottage with additional 1 bed 1 bath need some TLC but great Potential. separate large garage need TLC. Large Lot with 2 back yard area.

130916-sandiego-livingA walking cloth set? Sold! And it comes with a walk-in showing! That’s a whole lot of walking going on in this fairy-tale cottage! But wait, there’s more!

This amazing living room is exactly where you would find one of the many delightful featured creatures in the movie The Princess Bride. We hope you can spot it right away.

If you can’t, here’s a free clue.  Just go watch the film now that you know where the ROUS live.

130916-sandiego-roundtableMaybe that’s why the house has been on and off the market since 2009.

Bunus: Many houses featured on Burbed have photos of neighborhood features included in the listing.  This home, like many others, has a few shots taken in the general vicinity of the house, including the BART station (just 4 blocks away!).  Whoo-whoo!

But we believe this is the first listing we’ve ever seen that included a pic of a Round Table Pizza franchise.

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September 16, 2013

CONTRACTORS DREAM! in Fremont

Happy Monday! Let’s get back to some housing win by sticking our toe just the teensiest bit into the East Bay. Noooo, we don’t mean Oakland or Berkeley or Richmond. We mean just over the Alameda County line but almost in Silicon Valley: Fremont! Or as our hard-working real estate professionals call it: Fre-tastic!*

130915-mission-redfin37503 MISSION Blvd
Fremont, CA 94536
$509,000

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,814 Sq. Ft.
$281 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1910
Lot Size: 10,000 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 10 days
Status: Active
Type: 2 Houses on 1 Lot
Community: Fremont
MLS#: 40630404
View: Hills
County: Alameda

FIXER UPPER! HANDYMAN SPECIAL! CONTRACTORS DREAM! TWO HOMES ON ONE 10,000 SQ FT LOT! 880 SQ FT SHOP! LOTS OF PARKING! CHECK W/ CITY REGARDING POSSIBILITIES!

130915-mission-cabinets* This is somewhat of an exaggeration on our part (by which we mean a complete lie). We don’t know anyone who calls the city Fre-tastic, although we did overhear one realtard tell a client that this area was Fre-netic. That’s good, right?

And speaking of good, this will be an awesome house for any small children you happen to have lying around. Not only is the playground all set up in front, look what’s in your back yard!

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That’s not just ordinary railroad tracks, but a railroad station for Niles Canyon Railway. Yes, good old-fashioned trains, in your very own backyard! Or close enough to smell them, anyway! Whoo-whoo!  Oops, we mean WHOO-WHOO!

CHECK W/ CITY REGARDING POSSIBILITIES!

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August 22, 2013

Pavers on the Driveway in Sunnyvale!

Tired of long articles that go on and on and on and ON? You’ll love today’s post and you’ll love today’s featured home even more.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader Michael Boltonestater for these superb snapshots in Sunnyvale! And we hope you enjoy them, because the house is, you guessed it, Pending!

130821-bennington-redfin1170 BENNINGTON Dr
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
$1,150,000

6 Beds
3.5 Baths
2,246 Sq. Ft.
$512 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1955
Lot Size: 0.31 Acres
On Redfin: 22 days
Status: Pending Without Release
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 2
Community: Sunnyvale
MLS#: 81327931
Style: Contemporary
View: Neighborhood
County: Santa Clara

Spacious Home located in Sought-After Cherry Chase Area! Kitchen features Built-In Cabinetry, 4 Burner Gas Range, Dishwasher. 3 Wood Burning Fireplaces in the Living Room, Family Room & Master Bedroom. Beautiful front yard with Gazebo. Pavers on the Driveway. Separate Cottage in the Back of the House w/ 1 Bedroom & Half Bath. Great Cherry Chase Elementary.

130821-bennington-livingWant to see those three different fireplaces in the living room? Want to see them burn wood? Sorry, all we have is one fireplace with way too much Photoshop in the way. You’re going to have to figure out where they’ve managed to stash the other two. Perhaps they’re behind those sofas.

Enjoy a couple more of these delightfully dialed-up digital pix while you consider what life would be like in this home.

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And if you want to feel the cold, hard slap of reality in your face, there’s always Google Streetview.

130821-bennington-streetview

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July 5, 2013

Be a Micro-Slumlord in SF

Here’s an interesting property for sale: a brand new building full of micro-apartments in SF. 23 studios are leased and await your bloodsucking.  Thanks much to Burbed reader Michael Boltonestater for sending this in.

130704-harriet-redfin38 Harriet St
San Francisco, CA 94103
$7,395,000

— Beds
— Baths
11,775 Sq. Ft.
$628 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 2013
Lot Size: —
On Redfin: 27 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Apartments, 16-30 Units
Stories: 4
Building Name: SoMa Studios
County: San Francisco
Style: Contemporary, Modern/High Tech
View: City Lights, Bay Bridge, San Francisco, Downtown
Community: South of Market
MLS#: 409189

130704-harriet-studioThe SoMa Studios are the first new micro-apartments in the booming SoMa neighborhood, home to Twitter, Square, and hundreds of other tech companies, cafes, restaurants and clubs. The building represents the culmination of four years of research in hyper efficient and super green development. It reflects fastidious attention to detail and the highest quality construction. Fully leased. State-of-the-art seismic and fire safety. In-house 100 mbs internet connection. Extra-heavy solid core doors. Enhanced, engineered soundproofing. Built-in window seats and tables. Wood and porcelain tile floors. Elfa shelving and storage systems. GE Profile Dishwashers. LG all-in-one Washer/Dryer in each unit. LEED Platinum (pending certification).

100 megabits per second? No wonder they’re fully leased. And they’re featured on national television! Our only question is why the owner would want to give up a sweet hyper efficient and super green development deal like this.

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April 20, 2013

Real Realty in Redwood City! Really!

BlogAtoZ-RWe Resume our Regularly scheduled Blogging from A to Z Challenge today, which is Retailed to you by the letter R.  Really. Read on and Reason why Redwood City (climate best by government test) should be Respected. While this Redoubt may not be Real Bay Area, Recent Realty values have Reformed. 

And that’s a fancy of way of saying, “Buy now or be priced out forever.”  Yeah, we Repeat that one.

130419-cleveland-redfin874 CLEVELAND St
Redwood City, CA 94061
$499,000

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,469 Sq. Ft.
$340 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1920
Lot Size: 3,570 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 32 days
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
County: San Mateo
Style: Cottage/Bungalow
Community: Central Park
MLS#: 81308678

Two homes on one lot. First house is 2 bedrooms and back house is 1 bedroom. Fixer opportunity. Tenant 1 is paying 900 a month and tenant 2 is 750. Both month to month. Purchase subject to inspection.

130419-cleveland-askew130419-cleveland-more
130419-cleveland-aerialLook at that. A two for one special! And even better, this Real estate is Redolent with Renters! Buy now and you’ll be Realty Royalty! 

Also, you maybe be getting “bunus” buildings with this one, because the lot looks like there’s more than two buildings Residing.

Our Response? Refi. Rinse. Repeat.

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April 15, 2013

The Meat of the Matter is in Mountain View

BlogAtoZ-MToday we’re Making the last post of the first half of this Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Today’s letter: M for Mountain View. Of course Mountain View, what other city has best Manifested Bay Area Bubble 4.0? Sure, Palo Alto can show insane prices and we can find people camped out for days to buy a condo in the East Bay.  But Mountain View has More. More Multiple offers. More Maximum overbids. More Million dollar crapshacks.

And Most of all, More close to Google.  Thanks very Much to Burbed reader LomaLuvr for this Masterpiece.

130415-boranda-redfin1112 BORANDA Ave
Mountain View, CA 94040
$13,000,000

16 Beds
12 Baths
25,353 Sq. Ft.
$513 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 2008
Lot Size: 0.73 Acres
On Redfin: 24 days
Stories: 2
Community: Miramonte
MLS#: 81308939

Great opportunity to own a condo mapped project . Currently run as an apartment complex. Units may be sold individually. Quality built in 2008. Great location with walking distance to Bubb elementary, downtown MV. Each high end unit is 4/3, 2100 sq ft, 2 parking spaces plus storage room, private patio and yard. Luxurious master suite with walk in closet, inside laundry. Access controlled building.

130414-boranda-washer

Can’t Make an onsite visit? There’s a virtual tour where all you need is to Move your Mouse. Also that’s where we learned there are 12 units in the “community.”

We chose this because it’s a Mystery. Is it 4 units for sale in a 12 unit Maze? Who gets to Maintain the controlling interest in the other 8?  How Much will you have to Milk the Planning Commission to Metamorphosize these Maisonettes into condos? Who owns the rest of the Multiple-Family Complex? How Much is too Much to Mooch for HOA?

So Many Matters to Mull over.

Reminder: It’s tax deadline today. Don’t Mistakenly Meander with the Mail.

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December 20, 2012

OMG We Forgot About Mountain View!

We’ve just been alerted that we’ve been neglecting Mountain View property, which we are contractually required to discuss every ten minutes.  And it’s been ten whole days! Fortunately, Burbed reader Michael Boltonestater sent us this beaut, which we promptly misplaced during the Black Friday Sales.  Consider this a “we found it in the back of the storeroom” slightly mussed listing. It’s both pending… and selling shortly!    

121219-whisman-redfin492 N WHISMAN Rd
Mountain View, CA 94043
$750,000

4 Beds 
2 Baths 
1,748 Sq. Ft.
$429 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1965 
Lot Size: 0.25 Acres 
On Redfin: 33 days
Status: Pending With Release
Stories: 1
Community: Whisman
MLS#: 81241148
View: Neighborhood
County: Santa Clara

Short Sale! Charming two unit property located in Whisman Area of Mountain View. Huff Elementary, Crittenden Middle and Mt View High. Live in one, rent the other or great investment opportunity! HUGE 10,890 sf corner Lot. R-2 zoning provides multiple use scenarios. Both units are 2 bed /1 bath w/ laundry, garage AND carport. Please DO NOT Disturb Occupants!

121219-whisman-kitchenIt’s a great investment opportunity!  That’s because the current owners are passing the savings along to you rather than the bank.  Yes, savings.  If you had bought this property in 2006, like these investors did, the RBA would have done its magic and increased it by more than half its value in just six years.  And if you were smart and leveraged yourself with a 20% down, 10% down, 5% down, or even ZERO DOWN, then your investment returns would be much, much higher! 

Let’s calculate them, shall we?

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So a little over a million dollars, put down 20%, looks like that investment… is now going to be someone else’s instant equity. So, bets on the over/under compared to 2003′s sale price?  Now that provides multiple use scenarios.

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December 7, 2012

2Homes!!2years new luxury 2 story homes

It’s been far too long since we’ve checked in with East Palo Alto.  Today’s featured home, courtesy of Burbed reader Petsmart Groomer, shows that you can have luxury at an affordable price.  Remember, if you’re choosing from luxe, low, large, and location, you can usually have two.  Let’s have a look at today’s low and large!

121206-runnymede-redfin919 RUNNYMEDE St
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
$750,000

6 Beds 
4 Baths 
3,036 Sq. Ft.
$247 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 2010 
Lot Size: 6,733 Sq. Ft. 
On Redfin: 127 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Community: East of U.S. 101
MLS#: 81228693
Stories: 2
County: San Mateo

2Homes!!2years new luxury 2 story homes * 3,000plus living space * Main unit4bed/2.5bath 2nd unit 2bed/1.5bath which is rented for $1,600 * Vaulted ceiling * This stunning property boasts a bright & open floor plan that is easy for entertaining * Gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances * 3 car garage, Patio * 1st floor master bed W/ walking closet *

121206-runnymede-livingWhen PG sent this in, the house was simply noted as “East Palo Alto wonder.”  As, we wonder why anyone would build a house in East Palo Alto to this level of finish.  Let alone two houses. 

Then we realized that the builder either took too long to catch the last bubble, or is positioning to catch the next one.  And isn’t $750K a reasonable price to pay for 2 houses in an up-and-coming neighborhood (that is, if by up-and-coming, we really mean “last up, first down”?)  Good thing the agent is pinching pennies by not wasting them on extra spaces in the listing copy.

Also, check out how well these luxe lodgings fit in with the neighborhood!

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Let the gentrification begin!  Again!

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October 4, 2012

Special Debate Edition

It’s that time of year, where we watch a couple of politicians make a series of speeches talking past each other, trying to convince you to vote against the other guy. In honor of last night’s Presidential debate, we have two homes for your consideration.  Let us know which one you think is the “winner.”

Wearing the green trim, this house from the powerhouse of Palo Alto is either rolling out the red carpet or sticking its tongue out at you.  It confidently flies the Redfin flag.

121003-addison-redfin253 ADDISON Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301
$889,000

2 Beds 
1 Baths 
1,164 Sq. Ft.
$764 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1933 
Lot Size: 6,272 Sq. Ft. 
On Redfin: 147 days
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Community: Downtown
MLS#: 81217474
Style: Cottage/Bungalow
View: Neighborhood
County: Santa Clara

TFT. Leasehold. $100,000 Reduction. Charming 2 Cottages on Beautiful Roses Garden. Walk to Downtown Palo Alto. Hardwood Floor. Double Paned Windows. French Doors in Living Room Open to Dinning Room. Sun Room with Custom Built-In Bench. Remodeled Kit & Bath with Stone Slab Counters. Fruit Trees. Mo/Mo Rental for Back Cottage. Leased Land w/ 54+yrs left. Downtown Living at a DISCOUNT!Better Alternative than Condo.

And built like a brick… um, chimney, this entry in hot, hot, HOT Mountain View won’t pull out of the debate just because the agent pullled its listing.  We found photos on Zillow, so all is fair.  And it also welcomes you to the debate, giving you two different welcome walkways!

121003-starr-zillow60 Starr Way
Mountain View, CA 94040
Not for Sale

Zestimate $905,916
Rent Zestimate $2,581/mo

Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sqft: 1,049
Lot: 6,875 sq ft / 0.16 acres
Type: Single Family
Year built: 1949
Construction quality: 6.0
County: Santa Clara
Garage sqft: 360 
Last remodel year: 1949 
Legal description: TRACT 261 BROOKDALE BOOK 13 PAGE1 10 PAGE2 11 LOT 51
Lot depth: 125 
121003-starr-binLot width: 55 
Parcel #: 18904021 
Per floor sqft: 1,049 
Total rooms: 4 
# Stories: 1 
Structure type: Other 
Unit cnt: 1 
Zillow Home ID: 19529422 

Developers Dream! This 2 bedroom 1 bath, home sits on a6,800sqft lot with plenty of potential. Located in a prime location of MountainView with nearby shopping on Castro Street. Looking for a fixer upper Location,Location, Location! Bring your hammer, nails and imagination!

121003-addison-cottageStarr starts out with a trash bin.  That’s going to be tough for Addison to counter with just a rented cottage in the back “yard.”

But wait, Addison’s on leased land!  Try finding any of that in Mountain View! Even Google hasn’t dared that trick to sneak employee housing by the City Council!

What’s Starr going to do now?  Oh, oh, speaking of Google, it’s reaching for teh interwebz, and… here’s the Redfin page!

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That one’s going to leave a mark.  Streetview trashbins, plus it’s not for sale at any price. And when it was for sale, the asking price was $800,000.  That means $762 a square foot, or essentially the same as Addison.

And the winner is… which listing copy interrupted more?

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