October 1, 2013

6 SINGLE HOME OR APARTMENT UNIT OR CHURCH OR TEMPLE OR COMMERCIAL

898 TULLY Rd
San Jose, CA 95111

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As we all know, one of the most important things you can have in life is options. Unlimited options = freedom, and freedom is the bedrock of our nation.

This plot of land has many options… almost unlimited options! Thus, this plot of land is freedom.

What would you build on it if you owned this? A church? A temple? A single apartment unit?

Please answer soon. HURRY UP!

Speaking of hurrying up, it’s interesting that this house has been on the market for 270 days. Where have I seen this before?

http://www.burbed.com/2012/08/14/instagram-makes-anything-better-right/

August 14, 2012

Instagram makes anything better right?

898 TULLY Rd
San Jose, CA 95111
$1,300,000

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Maybe the realtor should switch to Vine! Then this house would really hurry up!

Comments (5) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:24 am






September 2, 2013

San Francisco Microapartments: Hipster Stacks

File this one under the “Serious, we had absolutely no flipping idea about this” file.

According to The Epoch Times, a San Francisco apartment building recently featured on Burbed is not quite what it seems.  We thought it was just a series of very, very tiny places to live, allowing somebody to be a micro-slumlord over this warren of micro-rentals. But, whoa! Look what this place really is!  (Warnng: links to site are PDFs)

130901-harriet-frontageModular Building Creating Affordability in San Francisco

BY CATHERINE YANG, EPOCH TIMES STAFF

For developers in San Francisco, “it’s the best of times, and it’s the worst of times,” says Panoramic Interests CEO Patrick Kennedy.
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If you’ve just put a building on the currently under-supplied market, it’s a really good time. But if you’re in the earlier stages of a project, everything is getting expensive.

“Land’s expensive, the construction trade’s expensive, the entitlement process is expensive,” Kennedy said. Of course, the cost is passed on to renters and buyers.

“If you want to bring down the cost of housing, you have to be more dense—simple matter,” Kennedy said. “Land is expensive in San Francisco, and to the extent that you can provide more units on any given piece of land, you can lower the cost of the housing.”

38 Harriet is nothing but a bloody trailer park stacked up and stuccoed over.

Ernest Cline’s SF/teen/gamer novel Ready Player One proposed this concept in post-apocalyptic living two years ago: trailer homes stacked 20 pods high.  And this building, as you can see from these this article and another linked below, is the exact same thing.  Then again, the stacked units in the novel were considered low-income misery living outside Oklahoma City rather than SF hipster destination paradise.

Here’s a related article on the next page, which sings the praises of “offsite modular construction.”  Don’t let the terminology fool you. These pictures confirms that this apartment building is a high-end trailer park Habitrail.

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Comments (2) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:02 am

July 31, 2013

Party On, in Los Gatos!

We haven’t heard much from Burbed reader Swan lately, so we were delighted to receive this:

One of my favorite posts was "Party House in Los Gatos."  I noticed this house had come on the market again… Believe it or not, the property sold!  They only got $4.8 million for it which is a far cry from the $11.5 they wanted back in 2008!

Wait, 2008? Party House ran in 2011! How could we forget?

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You might want to take a look at the current listing, because The Party Is Over.  There are pictures indoors but nobody’s Getting Down With Their Bad Selves.

130730-kennedy-redfin15681 KENNEDY Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Sold for $4,800,000

7 Beds
12.5 Baths
12,405 Sq. Ft.
$387 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1991
Lot Size: 3.58 Acres
Sold On: Jul 16, 2013
Status: Sold
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 3
Community: Los Gatos/Monte Sereno
MLS#: 81317503
Style: French
View: Mountains
County: Santa Clara

Magnificent Gated Palatial French Chateau Estate! Main house 9,000sf, music room, library, wine cellar. Guest house 3,100sf w/ guest suite, caterer’s kitchen, ballroom, theater, game room & bar. Infinity pool, waterfalls, patios & views. Truly a gorgeous estate set on 3.6 private acres. Extreme Quality thru out. Co listed with Frank Grengo

Oh, look at that.  They thought they were being clever leaving out that 2008 listing price from the Redfin listing history (click the link to see it). Good thing the Party House piece saved it for us.  Better yet, the Big Z tracks the falling knife:

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And nice to know agents have a sense of humor! See 8/12/2010 for some of those Realtor Rib Ticklers!

Comments (5) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:04 am

July 25, 2013

Blockbuster in San Mateo

It’s Search Engine Thursday! You know what that means, don’t you? It means we’ve been spending much too much time doing Real Work and completely forgot about this blog. So, no house today. Don’t worry, it was pending anyway.

Recently someone used a Search Engine, which amazingly Did Not Rhyme With Kugel, and typed in the following:

car block driveway which number i should call in san mateo

Here’s what they found out when that Search Engine That Also Does Not Rhyme With Ping sent them here.

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Wait, if this driveway had a 4+ car capacity, wouldn’t it being blocked make you want to do more than just call a number? If it were us, we may very well DO a number on that car block driveway.

Speaking of doing numbers, this house last sold for $512,000.  In 2008.  And for $649,000.  In 2005. Looks like that $868K was a wishing price that never, ever came true. Maybe car block driveway open house which number I should overbid in san mateo.

Comments (10) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 7:08 am

June 21, 2013

On the market for 13 days… or since 2012

2166 UNIVERSITY Ave, East Palo Alto, CA 94303

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Whoa, this has been on the market for 13 days already? And it hasn’t been snapped up despite the prestigious University Avenue address? What’s going on???

Wait a minute! I’m getting that déjà vu feeling all over again. Where have I seen this before?

Are you ready for 2012 – you know, end of the world and all that?

2166 UNIVERSITY Ave
East Palo Alto, CA 94303

$650,000

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Huh. Go figure. 1 year, 1 month later, this house is once again on the market.

Ok, so we all survived the apocalypse and brain eating undead zombies. But, how do we know that it wasn’t a simple off-by-one error and that the world won’t end this year? I bet you could spray paint some silver paint onto that fence and make it look all metal-y. (Of course, someone by then steal your faux metal fence and be sorely disappointed at the scrapper…)

Are you concerned about the end of the world? Are you concerned about privacy? If so, why aren’t you concerned that you don’t own this house already?

Comments (5) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:35 am

June 20, 2013

Hello again 2164 POPLAR Ave!

2164 POPLAR Ave, East Palo Alto, CA 94303

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Hm… something about this listing seems familiar. Where have I seen this before?

Oh wait! I know!

http://www.burbed.com/2008/02/25/rent-or-buy-the-saga-of-2164-poplar-ave-continues/

Very Clean – Beautifluly Remodled Home ++Pics++
1200 / 2br – Very Clean – Beautifluly Remodled Home Pics (east palo alto)

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2164 Poplar Ave, East Palo Alto

This Bungalow style home is located in East Palo Alto. This cozy home is conveniently located near shopping and transportation and the trendy University Avenue area.

The home has 2 bedroom and 1 Bathroom. The House also has been fully remodeled with new paint, granite counter tops, and a large front yard patio.
• Pets are negotiable. • Lease negotiable • AVAILABLE NOW • Security Deposit $1200.00 Please Drive by unit and take a look. If you have any questions please feel free to call 650 270 6869 or 650 344 4066 or just reply to this add.

But didn’t we see this house before? Oh wait that’s right!

http://www.burbed.com/2006/02/09/400k-for-a-1br-1ba-480-sqft/

$400k for a 1br, 1ba 480 sqft house in east palo alto

Cashin Company Realtors
2164 POPLAR AV
EAST PALO ALTO, CA 94303

$399,000

1 Bedrooms, 1 Bath(s)
480 Estimated Sq. Ft.

Listing #: 602056

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Back to 2006 pricing baby! As we all know, Real Estate operates in cycles. We are now back to the “awesome” “sane” “reality” “best time to buy” part of the cycle. And this house has only gotten better with age. Check it out – look how new everything is!

So, what’s stopping you from buying this amazing, famous, legacy house?

Comments (4) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:27 am

May 3, 2013

For your weekend: Happy Ending in Los Gatos

It’s Friday! That means here comes your weekend, so we’d like to present a great location for a Silicon Valley stay-cation!  Thanks very much to Burbed reader Swan for sending this one in before the A to Z challenge (THANK GAWD THAT’S OVER IT WAS HARSHING OUR CRAPBOXEN). Fortunately the property is still very much on the market.

130502-wagner-redfin18157 WAGNER Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95032
$7,499,000

5 Beds
8 Baths
8,517 Sq. Ft.
$880 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1999
Lot Size: 25 Acres
On Redfin: 45 days
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: Tri-Level
Community: Los Gatos/Monte Sereno
MLS#: 81308591
Style: Traditional
View: Mountains, Canyon, Valley, City Lights
County: Santa Clara

Spectacular transformation! Vastly improved property from two years ago. Complete remodel of existing home with added sq footage, brand new 3100sf toy barn/garage, new 800sf pool house cabana w 500+sf covered patio, over an acre of new cabernet vines, bocce ball court, lacrosse field/sport court, wine cellar, 3car garage, workout facility, 600sf storage rm, outdoor entertaining paradise w pool!!!!

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Let’s check in with Swan on this swank setting:

130502-wagner-storageI have many properties I’ve been planning to send you, but I came across the following this morning and it rose to the top of the list:

At first, I thought I’d submit this home because of the realtard’s line, "Vastly improved property from two years ago." What is that realtor speak for?  Then, in looking at the pictures, I realized I’d seen this somewhere before!  

130502-wagner-burbed-121230Yes, a finished home is a vast improvement!  Landscaping helps too!  From the pictures, it seems someone has been living there. The listing history goes on… Be sure to check out photo number 24 of the storage room.  An 8500 square foot home and you need 600 square feet of storage?  The current occupants have sure put the storage room to good use!

Have at it…

Yes, this place looks familiar, doesn’t it?  Or maybe not, since they finished painting and put all those ladders in the 600 square foot storage room.  It sold in May, 2011, for $5.75 million, and these listing photos look a little different than what we covered here.

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Although we miss the ladders.  Made the place look like part of an Edgar Martins exhibition.

Also, we found the before before pictures.  Don’t miss them (kitchen pictured at left).  They might have asked for $3.95M that round, but they got $1.8.  You really have to check out the property history, because before that it was foreclosed on, maybe even twice in two weeks, and before that it was listed for $7.8M.  Good luck figuring out if it sold for $5.6M, or $7M or both or neither!  This house and its grounds have been nothing but a big and very expensive game of Hot Potato going back all the way to 2000!

So, Burbed readers, why is this amazing estate still on the market after an eternity of 45 days? Do you think the flippers are waiting to collect even more overbids?  Now that would be an even happier ending.

Comments (2) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:09 am

March 24, 2013

Steve Wozniak’s House for Sale. Again. This time media creams themselves.

Steve Wozniak’s former Los Gatos mansion for sale for $4.4 million

By Dan Nakaso, San Jose Mercury News
Posted:   03/19/2013 06:19:05 AM PDT; Updated:   03/20/2013 02:22:17 PM PDT

130323-wozhouse-wozLOS GATOS — A six-bedroom, six-bath home formerly owned by Apple (AAPL) co-founder Steve Wozniak — complete with a bedroom mural of the "Little Mermaid," outdoor grotto and firefighters pole for the kids — is up for sale for $4.4 million.

The 7,500-square-foot home on Santa Rosa Drive near Shannon Road includes lots of high-end finishes and a few low-end personalized touches from Wozniak, such as the initials "S" and "W" that were scratched inside a drawer in the music room, said realty agent Arthur Sharif of Sotheby’s International Realty, who is listing the property.

In a brief telephone interview from an airplane as he prepared to fly from Florida to San Francisco on Monday, Wozniak told this newspaper that he liked the original three-bedroom home when he bought it for more than $1 million about 1986.

"I liked the architecture very much but the home kind of grew as my family extended," Wozniak said.

130323-wozhouse-redfin300 SANTA ROSA Dr
Los Gatos, CA 95032
$4,395,000

6 Beds
7 Baths
7,500 Sq. Ft.
$586 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1986
Lot Size: 1.19 Acres
On Redfin: 12 days
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: Tri-Level
Community: Los Gatos/Monte Sereno
MLS#: 81307599
Style: Modern/High Tech, Contemporary
View: Mountains, Canyon, Valley
County: Santa Clara

Originally built for Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, This exquisite 7500 sq/ft, 6 Bed, 8 Bath on 1.19 acres, minutes to Los Gatos Blvd, combines post-modern style with majestic natural views. It is a natural abode full of light and warmth Euro chefs kitchen, wraparound terraces. Recent major re-design and renovation, one of a kind indoor/outdoor kids play area, pool w/ waterfall, Koi Pond +++.

Upcoming Open Houses

Sunday, Mar 24: 1:00-4:30 pm

130323-wozhouse-arielYes, open today! Burbed meet-up!  The password is When can I submit my overbid?

News media from all over are falling all over themselves reporting that a house once owned by Steve Wozniak is for sale. For some reason, when it was for sale last year, this did not happen.  We mentioned it, though.

130323-wozhouse-currentIt’s interesting reading all these sites. You might learn something if you do, like where Woz is living now. (Yes, that’s it on the right.  Where he is now, not the place above.) 

And the comments show most of them haven’t sussed to the fact that Woz hasn’t lived at the Santa Rosa house since 2004.  Some of the improvements he put in the house are still there, but articles don’t mention all of them. The secret kids’ room complex is still there:

It’s a warren of rooms accessed through a tiny, kid-size door surrounded by elaborate molding with a dinosaur design. The complex is a series of little rooms, nooks and crannies connected by ladders, stairs and crawl spaces. Any child would love to wiggle through the complex and curl up on the floor pillows with a book or toy. You can exit via the dinosaur door or slide out on the fireman’s pole.

The listing history is fairly interesting. After the curve-inducing renovation in 2006, the house was listed for even more (we heard ten million but it’s not in Zillow’s listing history).  Whoops.

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Also, don’t worry about The Woz running off to Australia.  That’s not planned for a few more years.  So if you do buy his old house, feel free to ring him up and him the best way to unstop the grotto drain.

Comments (8) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:05 am

March 6, 2013

Bay Area Bubble 4.0: The Old is New Again

We’re covering the housing bubble 24/7 now that everyone’s paying attention to real estate again.  Today we have a lovely home in Redwood City that you may have seen before.  Take another look, while you still can!  Thanks very much to Burbed reader Petsmart Groomer for an excellent surveillance operation.

130305-esther-redfin715 ESTHER Ln
Redwood City, CA 94062
$450,000

2 Beds
1 Baths
750 Sq. Ft.
$600 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1929
Lot Size: 4,790 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 33 days
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Community: Cordilleras Heights
MLS#: 81303054

Beautiful view of bay and city lights. Additional 6900sqft lot to be sold with the property. The additional 6900 sq ft parcel of land CANNOT be developed upon per city and county building department. Building square footage 1130sf on public profile is incorrect, actual living area is about 750sf, Fixer-upper Sold "As Is" may not qualify for FHA.

This house’s list of tag may be bigger than it is.  Not only that, it has a history!

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Here’s something it didn’t have last year (besides an extra hundred thou of instant equity you get now!): Redfin Agent Insights!

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“Dead End,” “Completely gutted” and “Killer Views,” three phrases that don’t go well together after watching certain movies.  How about Zero Dark Thirty?

Comments (9) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:09 am

February 20, 2013

Oh Please Oh Please Oh Please in Woodside

Sometimes we run across some terrific properties where the listing is canceled before we can feature it. And as long as we can still find the information online somewhere, we’ll still share it with our fans.  Today’s featured home spent more than TWO YEARS waiting for a suitor and finally went home from the Ball, alone and dejected.  But now the housing bubble is back, at least in the Real Bay Area.  So we’re hoping to see this house on the market again Real Soon Now.

130219-northgate-movoto125 Northgate St
Woodside, CA 94062
$9,999,500

Loan Payment: $35,366/mo
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 8
Size: 16,900 sqft
$/Sqft: $591/sqft
Type: Single Family House
Year Built: 1934
Lot Size: 124,973
Days on Movoto: 755 days
Neighborhood: Woodside Heights
MLS#: 81054806
Status: Cancelled

BOARDER OF ATHERTON! LOS LOMITAS SCHOOLS! 2.89 ACRES! OVER 17,000 SAUARE FEET! The Buck Estate. Designed by noted architect Albert Farr, who modeled Buck after Hampton Court in Middlesex, England, a 16th century royal family residence. Brick & stucco cut stone, high Gothic arches, slate roof,& bay views. Ornate plaster details, beautiful rooms of original carved wood panelling.

Wait a minute, this place looks very familiar.

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And the current listing photos on Movoto are exactly the same as the ones from almost two years ago. What isn’t the same is the price.  Looks like this charming cottage took a 22% haircut before leaving the barber’s chair.  Let’s have another look inside.

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These pictures look way worse blown up larger (click ‘em!). And now that any fool can take HDR photos on an iPhone, maybe this is all we should expect.  After all it is the BOARDER OF ATHERTON.

Comments (12) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:05 am