October 3, 2013

“Work done with permits” with the most lucky price ever!

1350 PEGGY Ave
Campbell, CA 95008

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First, let’s take a moment to observe that this house has the luckiest price ever. Whoever buys this house will be showered with years of good fortune and good SAT scores. There is no doubt.

Next, let’s just look at all the benefits this house has to offer! Long time readers of this blog know that permits are often just ignored. After all, this is the most disruptive place in the world – Silicon Valley doesn’t need stinkin’ permits. Ask for forgiveness, not permission! So the fact that this house has work done with permits – that’s definitely a unique feature.

But most importantly, once you plunk down this $888,888, you will have enormous flexibility to spend the rest of the $1M you have sitting around to grow this house. Just think of all the possibilities! After all, there’s a 200 amp panel and so much flat land. Will you be building the ultimate brogramming cave? A massive Singapore Math™ study zone?

Let’s hear your best ideas!

Comments (4) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:04 am






September 4, 2013

She’s a Brick …House …in Los Gatos

Ready for some housing win? Sure you are.  Burbed reader nomadic has just what we need: great photos and an even greater price. Plus, Redfin says it’s not for sale and Movoto says it certainly is!

130903-englewood-movoto16600 Englewood Ave
Los Gatos, CA 95032

$1,600,000
Loan Payment: $6,204/mo
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Size: 1,264 sqft
$/sqft: $1,265/sqft
Type: Single Family House
Year Built: 1947
Lot Size: 12,752
Days on Movoto: 59 days
MLS#: 81324091
Status: Active

Location, Location, Location, A beautiful, flat, corner 12,752SF site in a prime neighborhood of Los Gatos, close to downtown, schools, and all conveniences. Build new or remodel existing property which can be lived in or rented while obtaining permits and plans for your new home. House is being sold as is…

130903-englewood-kitchenBuild new or remodel. Guess “turnkey” is the wrong word for this listing. Let’s listen to nomadic’s words instead.

The listing agent forgot to put “value is in the land” in the description, because this is a prime teardown candidate.  However, at $1.6M it’s priced about $600k too high for just the land.  Look at the weird construction.  The interior walls all show the brick.  Does this house really not have any insulation?  The bricks are large too, adding a certain cinder block (non)appeal.

We especially like this paired photo set. Can you tell if you’re looking at the same room or not?

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Google Streetview reveals that the driveway gave up halfway from the house.

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

August 14, 2013

Vintage property on Park Avenue, shown by appointmnet only

Sure, Park Avenue is a destination address in The Big Apple. Today’s house, however, is located in a different Big City, namely Wait, That’s A Top Ten City? or as it’s also known, Bigger Than San Francisco? RU SRS?  Being serious, can you name one major company headquartered in San Jose? Neither can we, and we already mentioned a big one named Apple that’s over in Cupertino.  Okay, Adobe, but that’s ONE. There probably aren’t any more.

Meanwhile, we’ve got a Park Avenue property from Burbed reader Swan for you today. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  (That is if by “enjoy” we really meant “avoid.”)

130813-park-redfin1083 PARK Ave
San Jose, CA 95126
$599,000

3 Beds
1.5 Baths
1,492 Sq. Ft.
$401 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1925
Lot Size: 6,560 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 97 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Community: Central San Jose
MLS#: 81315666
Stories: 1
County: Santa Clara

Single family home with additional rooms attached to garage. Showing by appointmnet only.

130813-park-fromstreetHere’s Swan’s song:

Saving the best for last, I give you 1083 Park Ave., San Jose. This listing is full of Burbed Win!  First, five beautiful, out of focus pictures of the front of the house. 

Second, there are some fuzzy photos of the interior.  These pictures start off showing what seems to be pretty decent living and dining areas.  Is that a glass of beer on the dining table?  If so, it goes with the beer ad on the TV! 

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130813-park-kitchenThe kitchen, other than the post near the refrigerator, isn’t bad either.   In pictures #12 and #13 we are given a slow introduction as to what is to come.  Have you ever watched "Hoarders?"  Well, pictures 14 and 15 could be right out of an episode!

Before you call the cleanup crew, look at pictures 16 and 17.  Apparently only the storage area is a mess because the bathroom and laundry area aren’t too bad.  Notice the toilet seat is up in the bathroom!  Also, does the random arm in #17 count as a Dude Hanging Out? 

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We aren’t done yet!  Check out Streetview for a bunus!! Porta-potty next door!

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That’s an even better bunus than a trash bin! Plus… Holy Jughandle, Batman, is that a sound wall? No! It isn’t!

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Wow, this is exciting! Whatever are they building next door? A liquor store? An adult movie emporium? So many exciting possibilities for making new friends!

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

August 11, 2013

Harvey “Two Sheds” Blight on the Neighborhood

Let’s have a look at the joys of living in suburbia, courtesy of Burbed reader PK. Thanks very much for the reminder why we should buy in the Real Bay Area, and only in the Real Bay Area.

San Mateo County orders property owner to remove two big sheds in his front yard

By Bonnie Eslinger, Daily News Staff Writer
POSTED:   08/07/2013 06:32:45 PM PDT | UPDATED:   A DAY AGO

The clock is ticking for Harvey Blight to remove two large sheds in front of his home near Menlo Park that officials say give the property a blighted look.

San Mateo County Deputy County Counsel Eugene Whitlock filed an abatement warrant Friday ordering Blight to get rid of the sheds he never received permission to build, in 30 days.

If he doesn’t, the county would find someone to do the work and charge Blight for it, Whitlock said Monday, estimating that the cost could run up to $10,000.

Blight couldn’t be reached for comment, but he left a voicemail message Tuesday night calling the county’s move a "misuse of judicial power."

imageOooh, this is gonna be good. But you know what would have been really good? A photo of the problematic portable storage. Fortunately, we have teh Google!

Um. Yeah.

Not sure that the two sheds (that would cost up to $10,000 to get rid of) were exactly worse than what was there before.

Unless the sheds were made out of the vehicles in this photo.

Let’s check out the satellite photo and see if that’s any better. And while we’re at it, who wants to see the house?

130809-blight-aerial615 11th Ave
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(Fair Oaks)
$674,000 Trulia Estimate

2 bed
1 bath
760 sqft
Single-Family Home
Stories: 2 story
Parking: Detached Garage
Subdivision: NORTH FAIR OAKS NO 3
2 Bedrooms
Lot Size: 5,227 sqft
A/C: Central
Parking Spaces: 1
County: San Mateo
1 Bathroom
Built In 1940
Heating: Central
5 Rooms
Tax Rate Code Area: 73-023

615 11th Ave This Single-Family Home located at 615 11th Avenue, Menlo Park CA. 615 11th Ave has 2 beds, 1 bath, and approximately 760 square feet. The property has a lot size of 5,227 sqft and was built in 1940. The average listing price for similar homes for sale is $3,337,532 and the average sales price for similar recently sold homes is $687,817. 615 11th Ave is in the Fair Oaks neighborhood in Menlo Park, CA.

That’s more like it. No permits, no picket fence, and plenty of pointing and yelling. Be sure to read the article for the Nazi Germany simile. Not too often that a news story gets Godwinned covering a permit issue.

Also the place is assessed for a whopping $44 grand, assuring the neighborhood that Harvey “Two Sheds” Blight isn’t going anywhere.

Comments (1) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:09 am

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 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 16, 2013

Fixer Upper in Mountain View, $50K over asking

Yes, we love Mountain View. Not only is it Close to Google, all those highly paid Googlers can duke it out for the privilege of buying excellent properties like this one. Thanks very much to Burbed reader dollarbin for this amazing find.  Oops, gone!  Sorry, and thank you for playing!

130716-nedson-redfin2509 NEDSON Ct
Mountain View, CA 94043
$854,000

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,536 Sq. Ft.
$556 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1954
Lot Size: 7,000 Sq. Ft.
Sold On: Jul 4, 2013
Property Type: Detached Single Family
View: Neighborhood
County: Santa Clara
Stories: 1
Community: Thompson
MLS#: 81317367

Central location. Fixer upper in Mountain View CA. 3/2 Needs some TLC. 7000 sq ft lot. Home can be lived in right now but eventually needs windows and roof work. See all reports. Private back yard, fireplace in family room. Garage conversion done years ago with permits making this a large living room for your family. Ice block tiles in master shower. Needs carpeting and paint.

Take it away, dollarbin!

130716-nedson-iceblockI don’t tour many homes these days, but this one is close and my curiosity got the best of me. Photo #8 does not do justice to the unevenness of the master bedroom floor. Don’t be fooled by the Cul-de-Sac address, the bedroom windows look right out onto busy Middlefield Rd.. This one shouldn’t stay on the market, the listing agent told me they already had an all cash offer for $800K after one day of open house, and they expected more and higher bids to come.

130716-nedson-tilefloorIt’s kind of funny, I came to burbed in 2011 so I only experienced the last bubble in archive form, but it seems like these Mountain View listings are exactly like the kind of WTF listings that we saw in Palo Alto back in the early days of burbed. There might be a few of these legacy crap-shacks in PA still, but I guess now they probably are just quietly sold as teardowns, whereas prices have finally risen in MV to tempt the truly unsell-able stock onto the market.

You keep using that word, unsellable. We do not think it means what you think it means.

Comments (13) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:09 am

June 12, 2013

Huge electrical tower in front of house in Sunnyvale

Let’s take a look at a house with some location fail. When we use the term “location fail” we’re referring to uncorrectable defects that are a function of where the house is. The only way to fix them is to move. Let’s move on to this Sunnyvale house and see how the Tower of Power is treating it.  Thanks very much to Burbed reader Michael Boltonestater for wiring this over.

130611-remington-redfin1113 REMINGTON Ct
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
$1,199,999

4 Beds
2.5 Baths
2,006 Sq. Ft.
$598 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1975
Lot Size: 6,527 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 11 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Community: Sunnyvale
MLS#: 81318908

Huge electrical tower in front of house. House has additional bedrooms and baths, half garage has been converted to a studio, all done professionally without permits

We feel cheated.  There’s a huge electrical tower in front of the house and the listing photo doesn’t even show it. Why mention such an important feature if you’re not going to show it off?

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You’re welcome.

Bunus: Look what we found on Zillow.  All we were trying to do is figure out what they were asking for this place in 2012 when it went pending twice but never actually changed hands. 

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We’re pretty confident this place will be selling shortly.

Comments (8) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am

June 10, 2013

in-ground pool, custom tile entry way

It’s time for another week of Burbed win! You know what that means, right? Sure you do! Today’s fine featured fortress is brought to you by Burbed reader J from Alameda.  Yes, another bit of East Bay win today, in Walnut Creek!

And you know that by “win” we still mean the exact opposite of “win.”

130609-newell-redfin1764 NEWELL Ave
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
$734,900

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,977 Sq. Ft.
$372 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1948
Lot Size: 9,504 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 172 days
Status: Pend-REO
Type: Detached
Stories: 1
County: Contra Costa
Style: Ranch
Community: Parkmead
MLS#: 40598733

This custom home has over 2000 sq ft of living space located in the heart of Parkmead. Home features an open floorplan, custom tile entry way, hardwood floors, sunroom (permits unknown) and updated master bath. The backyard has a in-ground pool. Call today for more information on this great home!!

130609-newell-open-planLet’s have J check in on why another East Bay property when there are so many deserving listings much closer to Google:

How about a nomination for most trips down Pending Lane? And a few price reductions thrown in for good measure.

Theories? Is it the pool? The unknown sunroom permits? Can’t be the freeway noise since it’s at least a block away. The house is on a busy 130609-newell-poolstreet but just doesn’t look so terrible. What am I missing?

Oh, sure, anyone can take a trip down Pending Lane if all you have to do is lounge around on the bank’s inventory.  And anyone can take multiple trips if the house isn’t in the Real Bay Area. RBA houses are in such demand that pushy buyers are known to force their way into bank VPs’ offices at gunpoint and demand they sell them the house at 10% over asking.

What, you think real bank robbers would hit a place like Cupertino?  And if they did, they sure as heck wouldn’t dare try Los Altos.

As to the house: 8 days too soon to call this an Old LIsting. Lot’s 496 feet too small to be “big.”  But, ah, the photos.  We’re talking win.

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Comments (2) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am

May 17, 2013

WOW! So many exclamation points in Walnut Creek all done with permits!

To finish out the workweek, let’s check out a place perfect for the athlete in us all. Thanks very much to Burbed reader J from Alameda for this well-sited wonder in Walnut Creek.  (You can laugh about our including yet another East Bay listing, but we have just one word to say about that. PENDING!)

130516-bonita-redfin1261 Bonita Ln
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
$649,000

3 Beds
2 Baths
1,356 Sq. Ft.
$479 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1948
Lot Size: —
On Redfin: 15 days
Type: Detached
Stories: 1
County: Contra Costa
Style: Contemporary
Community: Walnut Creek
MLS#: 40612878

WOW! Immaculate 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home in cul-de-sac location with separate 1 bedroom/1 bath cottage all done with permits! Gleaming hardwood floors, designer colors, and more. Nicely landscaped yards with Jacuzzi and lighted SPORTS COURT! Walk to Olympic in 2 minutes on nearby trail!

130516-bonita-sportscourtHere’s why J sent this house in:

This is a first: freeway noise wall in a listing photo! Granted its a photo of a cool basketball court but still. Cute house but what’s the air quality going to be like? Forget asking about noise issues. I’ve heard the freeway noise in these neighborhoods described as ‘a waterfall’, ‘white noise’, ‘rushing water’. Will it go over asking? Will it get multiple offers? Could a house with a freeway wall in the backyard ever sell in a market that is not red hot? Discuss.

130516-bonita-collectionsYou see a freeway wall, J. We see a lighted SPORTS COURT!

And note the Redfin Collections this house is part of. Is this a new category we’ve managed to miss until now? How can you even tell a property is subject to a bidding war unless you’re one of the people bidding on it?

Or was this one of those places where you had to wait in line to get into the Open House, where you felt obligated to submit an overbid when it was finally your turn to tour the interior?

Comments (7) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:09 am