December 20, 2013

Irreplaceable at this price in Monte Sereno!!

Let’s have a look at a property that isn’t jumping into somebody’s lap and getting overbids out the wazoo. Your job is to figure out what is preventing this normal Real Bay Area behavior from taking place.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader nomadic for this find.  Bunus: no longer available on Redfin!

131213-lexington-trulia18331 Lexington Dr
Monte Sereno, CA 95030
$3,624,000 Trulia Estimate

  • 3 bed,
  • 4 full bath
  • 8,710 sqft
  • Single-Family Home

Property Details for 18331 Lexington Dr

18331 Lexington Dr This Single-Family Home located at 18331 Lexington Drive, Monte Sereno CA. 18331 Lexington Dr has 3 beds, 4 baths, and approximately 8,710 square feet. The property has a lot size of 1.25 acres and was built in 1992. The average listing price for similar homes for sale is $2,684,230 and the average sales price for similar recently sold homes is $2,526,783. 18331 Lexington Dr is in the 95030 ZIP code in Monte Sereno, CA. The average price per square foot for homes for sale in 95030 is $788.

Public Records for 18331 Lexington Dr

Official property, sales, and tax information from county (public) records as of 09/2012:

  • 131213-lexington-entrySingle Family Residential
  • 8,710 sqft
  • Stories: 3 story
  • Parking: Garage
  • 1 Building
  • Tax Rate Code Area: 16-010
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Lot Size: 1.25 acres
  • A/C
  • Parking Spaces: 5
  • Pool: Pool (yes)
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Built In 1992
  • Heating
  • 9 Rooms
  • County: Santa Clara

131213-lexington-wineWell, that’s fairly boring. Fortunately, Movoto still has the actual listing copy:

Neoclassical Estate–one of a kind–irreplaceable at this price!! Main home has 3 bedroom suites, library, plus full guest quarters with kitchen, bedroom & bath. Separate pool cabana with full bedroom, bath, & kitchen (square footage includes cabana and guest quarters). City lights, mountain views, gated, beautiful pool, minutes to Los Gatos plus fabulus Los Gatos Schools. Five Car Garage!!!

131213-lexington-studyNow let’s check in with nomadic:

Look what I found at Mausoleums R Us.  It isn’t exactly a Black Friday special, given that it’s been on the market nearly five months without a price reduction.

Looks like it went pending after nomadic sent it on, on December 9th, and the agent promptly yanked it with the useful Pending/Do Not Show designation.  And while Redfin doesn’t have a thing for us to see, both Trulia and Zillow have plenty of pictures, and Zillow also has the listing history.  Check this out!

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Any predictions on what the selling price will end up being? We’re throwing in for fifteen million!

Comments (2) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:05 am






September 10, 2013

Look beyond the surface in Sunnyvale

Okay, back to properties! There’s only so many times we can talk about commuting, or gentrification, or rising rents, or Facebook stock options. Instead, let’s have a look at this honey of a house that Burbed reader mtv-renter espied in Sunnyvale!  Oops, missing in action on Redfin… hellooooooo, Movoto!  Who says it’s still Active, even though Redfin says it went Pending Do Not Show ten days ago!

130909-remington-movoto693 W Remington Dr
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
$799,999

Loan Payment: $3,148/mo
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2&1/2
Size: 2,015 sqft
$/sqft: $397/sqft
Type: Single Family House
Year Built: 1966
Lot Size: 6,000
Days on Movoto: 21 days
Neighborhood: Sunnyvale
MLS#: 81330762
Status: Active

Look beyond the surface and you will see that this property has a ton of potential. Large deck off kitchen overlooks what can be a lovely backyard. Separate dining and family rooms both with sliding patio doors to the backyard area. Walk to shopping and Las Palmas park * Cumberland Elementary, Sunnyvale Middle schools

130909-remington-floorBut let’s hear more from mtv-renter.

I thought this place might be burbed-worthy. I love the Realtor ™ description.

Yup, you definitely have to look beneath the surface – a surface of dust, dirt, grime, and age. Despite all that surface, though, it’s a wonderful $800k diamond in the rough on a crappy intersection in a crappy part of Sunnyvale. These days, anything under $1M is a bargain!

Not just a bargain, a ton of potential!  Let’s examine several pounds of it.

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Did we mention this house is on a busy street? So many people will admire your new home every day!  We had some follow-up conversation with mtv-renter on the house and hood:

Yeah, you’re right, it’s not that crappy of a part of sunnyvale. I exaggerate about Sunnyvale because I don’t like it much after looking at a lot of houses there; few neighborhoods are walkable to anything but your car, and the downtown area, despite much development, feels kind of dead.

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Also, check out the street view image for this house. The realtor used every trick in the book to make the house look like it’s a palace on a large lot: wide angle lens and a very low point of view to make the bushes up front seem like they’re hiding a large house far in the distance. In reality, that long walkway up to the entry-way is just a crooked asphalt footpath, and your neighbors are close enough to smell them on a hot day, which probably happens a lot given the lack of insulation in these places :)

Comments (1) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:04 am

August 27, 2013

Thirteen Forty Seven: Diamond in the rough part of Old Palo Alto

Yesterday’s house didn’t seem to do it for our readers, or at least the readers who enjoy commenting about properties featured on our site. So today we’re going back to a tried but true perennial: the Palo Alto crapbox, with bunus WTF pricing.  And no, we don’t mean that the way you think we do.

Thanks very much to Burbed reader Michael Boltonestater for sending in today’s house. Oh yeah, one more thing.  PENDING!

130826-alma-movoto1347 Alma St
Palo Alto, CA 94301
$625,000

Loan Payment: $2,423/mo
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Size: 848 sqft
$/sqft: $737/sqft
Type: Single Family House
Year Built: 1925
Lot Size: 1,100
Days on Movoto: 8 days
Neighborhood: Old Palo Alto
MLS#: 81329852
Status: Pending – Do Not Show

Diamond in the rough! Contractor special for a property that needs cosmetic and some possible structural intervention. Price reflects condition. Many possibilities! Don’t miss this great opportunity!

130826-alma-framingDid you say possible structural intervention? Say no more! Nothing like a real challenge to whet the appetite on a Tuesday morning, because the usual shortcomings of a busy street and Elon Musk’s Hyperloop right across from it aren’t sufficient. And if you think that would scare anyone away, think again! How many other properties on 1100 square foot lots went pending in 8 days?

We were sure than lot size was a typo until we took a look at the aerial view.

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This is a one-story house, 848 square feet. Looks like a similarly-sized house shares the lot. 1100 could well be correct. But, seriously, is any price too high for your own quarter of a tenth of an acre in Palo Alto?

Comments (7) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:09 am

August 12, 2013

UPDATED: Real Estate Portal Roulette in Mountain View, featuring large bedrooms

Updated 12:30 pm: Added listing screenshots, copy and more writeup from the other 3 non-Redfin portals.  All after the (added) break.  Enjoy.

One of the fun things about running a real estate blog is seeing how differently each of the major realty portals handles the exact same listing. We’ve had several examples of a house switching to Pending/Do Not Show status (usually about ten seconds after it’s listed), and then Redfin will disavow all knowledge of the property ever having been for sale. Zillow will usually lose the photos but manage to hold onto the listing copy. Trulia might do the same as Zillow – or the opposite. And there’s always Movoto, the place to go if you want to see the photos every other site took down.

Today’s prime property, sent in by Burbed reader LomaLuvr, shows the differences in action.  First, we’ll check in with our default site of Redfin.

130811-sanpierre-redfin935 SAN PIERRE Way
Mountain View, CA 94043
Sold for $840,000

4 Beds
2 Baths
1,576 Sq. Ft.
$533 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1964 Lot
Size: 6,000 Sq. Ft.
Sold On: Aug 6, 2010
Status: Sold
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Community: North Shoreline
MLS#: 81031181
Style: Ranch
View: Neighborhood
County: Santa Clara

Beautifully updated & ready to move right in! Open floor plan with hardwood floors in the LR, hall & bedrooms, granite slab countertops in kitchen & baths, dual pane windows, stucco outside. Formal living room, eat in kitchen & separate family room. Great location, close to major companies, walking trails, schools & downtown. Easy access for commuters, close to Cal-Train/Light-rail & the freeways.

We immediately knew something was wrong, because LL asked about “large bedrooms” (in the listing copy). That didn’t any make sense because there’s nothing in this copy about them.  Do these bedrooms look large?  Here are some listing photos, in actual size.

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Only one of the listing photos even was of a bedroom.  Much more on what we found on the other portals, after the break.

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Comments (6) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:06 am

July 2, 2013

100% STUNNING LOOK NO FURTHER WOW

130701-hope-simplyYes, we did Mountain View yesterday. We’re doing Mountain View today. We may even do Mountain View tomorrow, because one does not simply run out of Burbed Win in Mountain View.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader mtv-renter for alerting us to this important fact. (And to the house.) 

Whoops, were you breathing? PENDING!  We mean Pending/Do Not Show, so hellooooooooooo Movoto!

130701-hope-movoto505 Hope St
Mountain View, CA 94041
$1,198,000

Loan Payment: $4,576/mo
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Size: 1,909 sqft
$/sqft: $627/sqft
Type: Single Family House
Year Built: 1953
Lot Size: 5,000
Days on Movoto: 8 days
Neighborhood: Downtown
MLS#: 81319557
Status: Pending – Do Not Show

130701-hope-kitchen100% STUNNING HM 1 BLOCK FROM CASTRO ST! SUPERB LIVING GREAT FOR ANY LIFESTYLE! GORGEOUS REMODELED FAM KIT, UPDATED BATHS, HUGE LIV RM, WOOD FLOORS, DUAL PANE WINDOWS, SKYLIGHTS, CUSTOM LIGHT FIXTURES & DESIGNER PAINT, VERSATILE FLR PLAN FOR FAMILIES OR EXECUTIVES WHO LIKE TO ENTERTAIN, LANDSCAPED YDS, UPGRADES GALORE! IF YOU WANT SPACIOUS LIVING IN A GREAT DOWNTOWN LOCATION: LOOK NO FURTHER! WOW

130701-hope-bedroomHey, when the first listing photo isn’t the front of the house, you know this is going to be good. By which we mean bad. And that’s good.  Let’s check in with mtv-renter, who may be updating that handle.

I came across this cool place:

$1.2M apparently doesn’t buy good spelling, or a computer with a working CAPS LOCK key. It also looks like a flip.

It sure does, and you can see the before pictures right now on Redfin. (If you can’t, click the address.) Heck, the Pending/Do Not Show status not only pushed it back to the last listing ID, it even gave it a cool Bought With Redfin banner.

130701-hope-redfin505 HOPE St
Mountain View, CA 94041
Sold for $1,100,000

4 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,909 Sq. Ft.
$576 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1953
Lot Size: 5,000 Sq. Ft.
Sold On: Nov 2, 2012
Property Type: Detached Single Family
View: Neighborhood
County: Santa Clara
Stories: 1
Community: Downtown
MLS#: 81234364

BEAUTIFUL HOME IN OLD MOUNTAIN VIEW NEIGHBORHOOD. PERFECTLY LOCATED NEAR CASTRO ST. HOME REBUILT IN 1996 WITH 4 BEDROOM & 2.5 BATHS. SPACIOUS LIVING ROOM. HARDWOOD FLOORING THROUGHOUT. DOUBLE PANED WINDOWS. COPPER PLUMBING.

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You know, these are hardly “before” pictures. They’re actually pretty good.

Our favorite view from the old listing is on the left. We chose it because there’s nothing like spending the big bucks on a stager and HDR photography and then giving the sense that you’re out of TP.

And that sure sounds like what happens to FAMILIES OR EXECUTIVES WHO LIKE TO ENTERTAIN.

Comments (12) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:03 am

July 1, 2013

Two doses of Mountain View WTF

Today’s house is a two for one special. Actually it’s a three for one special as you’ll get through today’s feature in record time, and use the savings to make some more overbids! Thanks very much to Burbed reader LomaLuvr for sending this one in.

130630-clark-movoto1061 Clark Ave
Mountain View, CA 94040
$849,000

Loan Payment: $3,243/mo
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Size: 974 sqft
$/sqft: $871/sqft
Type: Single Family House
Year Built: 1951
Lot Size: 5,607
Days on Movoto: 7 days
Neighborhood: Miramonte
MLS#: 81319766
Status: Pending – Do Not Show

Desirable neighborhood with Bubb Elementary and Los Altos High School. Close proximity to commuter routes and Silicon Valley.

130630-clark-office-applianceSo far it’s the usual boring Mountain View house going pending in minutes and selling for close to $900 a foot.  But it was picture #15 that had LL firing up the Compose window. Have. A. Look.

In case you don’t think the white credenza is a repurposed laundry appliance, go take a look at picture 14.  Or maybe the homeowner gets better ideas from the hum of clothing getting cleaner.

130630-clark-office-fenceBunus: Fence view win!

Be sure to check out the Redfin link (photos have been removed) for the awesome streetview in its place!

Comments (2) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:05 am

March 8, 2013

Super Fun site in Mountain View, Perfect for entertaining!

Let’s finish out the week with a double dose of Mountain View Bubble 4.0: this house is a floor wax and a dessert topping. Today’s featured property was brought to you courtesy of Burbed reader bublidoo.  Thanks very much for a listing so aerated that we had to go to four different sites until we found a photo of the actual house as it exists today.  Yep, pending in a week!

130307-whisman-movoto460 N Whisman Rd
Mountain View, CA 94043
$1,149,000

Loan Payment: $4,000/mo
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3&1/2
Size: 1,999 sqft
$/Sqft: $574/sqft
Type: Single Family House
Year Built: 2013
Lot Size: 4,960
Days on Movoto: 9 days
Neighborhood: Whisman
MLS#: 81305578
Status: Pending – Do Not Show

Stunning newly constructed custom 4/3.5 Craftsman located on a great lot close to downtown MV, Google and easy commute routes! This gorgeous open floor plan inc. 2 master suites, one 1st floor, 3.5 designer baths, gourmet chef?s kitchen with granite counter tops & stainless steel appliances, large island w/counter seating & sliding doors to patio. Perfect for entertaining! Close to top MV schools!

130307-whisman-kitchenSo why is this house nominated for a big ol’ Burbed hug? Let’s check in with our reader whose very name implies Bubble 4.0.

wanted to point out this stunning, newly constructed custom craftsman to you. If it was near good schools or downtown Mountain View (the description claims both … but not sure about "near"), perhaps the price could be justified. But what we’re looking at here …

130307-whisman-yardis an asking price well over a million bucks for a single family house (yes, stunning, I forgot, sorry …) on a small lot within the vapor intrusion study area. And the listing comes on the heels of super fun coverage by burbed, the local TV channel, and the Mountain View Voice. One has to wonder why the agent didn’t include "Buyer to attend meetings on toxic vapors. Walk to Google Offices!"

130307-whisman-redfin-pdnsPerhaps there’s been too much super fun coverage already? In that case, no pressure … and hope you had a chuckle.

Cheers!

Oh no, bublidoo, you can never, ever, ever have too much Super Fun.  Want some more?  Let’s look at this house over on Redfin, where’ they’ve pulled down the listing and are featuring the before photo (singular) and listing copy. 

Did we mention how much we love Pending/Do Not Show?  It’s like an extra set of presents we completely missed behind the Christmas tree!  And speaking of extra presents, look what we found on Zillow.  This is like finding out we’re celebrating Chanukah too, as an added extended family holiday, with bunus presents!

130307-whisman-zillow

Wow, who knew that side of the family was so artsy?  (Or too klutzy to use a camera?)  Must be because of those good schools.

Comments (7) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:05 am

February 22, 2013

Let’s Return to what matters: Mountain View!

We’re happy to report the first Monta Loma sighting of the year. Thanks very much to Burbed reader LomaLuvr for alerting us to this awesome opportunity!  And once more we’re using Movoto, because they understand the difference between Pending – Do Not Show The House To Lookie-Loos Who Want To Tramp Through The Place and Pending – Do Not Show Photos.  *cough * Redfin *cough*

130221-jane-movoto2348 Jane Ln
Mountain View, CA 94043
$719,000

Loan Payment: $2,543/mo
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Size: 1,392 sqft
$/Sqft: $516/sqft
Type: Single Family House
Year Built: 1955
Lot Size: 5,400
Days on Movoto: 10 days
Neighborhood: Thompson
MLS#: 81303400
Status: Pending – Do Not Show

3BR/2BA 1392 sf Eichler-style home with 5400 sf lot in great Mountain View neighborhood. Additional office/possible 4th bedroom. Close to Shoreline and Google. Fixer-upper with possibilities!

As opposed to all those fixer-uppers with no possibilities, merely potential.

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130221-jane-backdoorsPossibilities, indeed!  Adding on a room to the side of a house when the lot is only 5400 square feet is an architectural challenge indeed! Plus that gives the bedroom plenty more fresh air, to make up for the lack of natural light in the back.

Also, we think we solved the mystery why the back of the house doesn’t get as much light as the front.  We think it’s the patio shade.  Don’t tell the agents, though.  We wouldn’t want to ruin it for them.

Here’s the other two pictures.

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All that perfectly good sky cut out.  Speaking of cutting out, here’s some perfectly good listing copy cut out from both Zillow and Trulia:

As Is probate fixer. Contact Broker at (707) 693-0400 with any questions.

Nothing like a Broker who specializes in the neighborhood you want to buy into.  You may want to double-check if the property really is Close To Google after all.

Comments (15) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:06 am

January 4, 2013

Most Special Trees Ever. Plus a house, maybe.

It’s Friday!  Time to start planning your weekend adventure, and Burbed reader Tom Paine gives us a getaway pad in Guerneville!  Thanks very much for this hair-raising habitat!

130103-hwy116-mcguire-cache11175 HWY 116 DR
GUERNEVILLE, CA 95446
$349,950 Price Change

2 Bed 
1 Bath 
1,480 SqFt 
Single Family Home
MLS# 21226926 
Active
Original Price:  $399,950
Price Change: 12.50%
Listing Type:  Residential
Style: Cabin
County: Sonoma
Bedrooms: 2
Total Baths: 1
Full Baths: 1
Garage: 2 spaces
Year Built: 1921
Listed: 12/04/12
Location
County: Sonoma
City: Guerneville
Cross Street: Mays Canyon Rd

Description
Custom cabin in the woods, 4.2 acres, two bedroom, one bath, big basement, year round spring, surrounded by fur and redwood trees, three fireplaces.

130103-hwy116-listingThis property, alas, is no longer for sale and went Pending/Do Not Show a couple weeks ago.  But this was really because everyone had to see those fur trees and now they’re endangered. That also must explain why they dare not include a photo, and in that case our link is to a cached search result because we weren’t finding this fox anywhere.  They also don’t show the house because the walls must be mink-lined.

Fortunately, we found this actual listing photo under a rock or in someone’s raccoon trenchcoat or it fell off a truck or something.  Don’t ask how we get results, just enjoy them.  And imagine year round spring and the cuddliest trees ever. 

And for your Web 3.0 business out in the woods?  We’re thinking chinch ranch.  (It’s at 9:20)

Comments (3) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:06 am

November 14, 2012

WITH A LITTLE TLC THIS CAN BE THE PERFECT HOME

It’s been several days since we last featured a property in Mountain View, and that means every one that’s been sent in has gone Pending!  Here’s one of them you can no longer buy because you weren’t phoning your agent every single minute.

121113-craig-movoto2343 Craig Ct
Mountain View, CA 94043
Price:  $835,000

Loan Payment:  $2,798/mo
Bedrooms:  3
Bathrooms:  2
Size:  1,104 sqft
$/Sqft:  $756/sqft
Type:  Single Family House
Year Built:  1955
Lot Size:  8,000
Days on Movoto:  18 days
Neighborhood:  Thompson
MLS#:  81239158
Status:  Pending – Do Not Show
Go See This Home Make an Offer

 

121113-craig-fireplace* DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH!* ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES!* EICHLER STYLE HOME BOASTS HIGH CEILINGS & LARGE WINDOWS FOR PLENTY OF SUNSHINE!*TERRIFIC FLOORPLAN W/ SEPERATE DINING AREA*INSIDE LAUNDRY*LIVING ROOM W/ FIREPLACE* COVERED PATIO*LARGE BACKYARD PERFECT FOR SUMMER BBQ’S!*ACROSS FROM MONTA LOMA ELEMENTARY & MINUTES AWAY FROM GOOGLE, SHOPPING & FREEWAYS! WITH A LITTLE TLC THIS CAN BE THE PERFECT HOME!*

The only thing this house is missing is a million dollar price tag.  It’s got everything else: eye-catching facade, listing pix pulled off Redfin and most of the other major sites (thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster for Movoto!), ALL CAPS in the listing copy, along with a misused apostrophe and ENDLESS exclamation points!!!!!!

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Bunus: Date stamps on the photos, too.  The only thing left to do is place your bets how high the winning overbid comes in at.

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