August 21, 2009

Work/live at home in Moss Beach!

MLS Property Details :: MLS Listings :: Philip Watson
887 Etheldore St, Moss Beach
MLS#: 80937306
Status: Active
Beds: 3
Baths: 3
Sq Ft: 2,300
Lot: 8,000 Sq Ft
Age: 86

List: $799,999


Public Remarks: Work/live at home!!! Mixed use buildings. Unit “A” and Unit “B”. Owners have done a beautiful job renovating both structures. Unit “A” has a residential area and a commericial area. Unit “B” is currently used as a residential space. Loaded with old world character and charm. Large sunny lot with flat useable spaces. Nice use of finish work on interior. Many uses for residential/commercial.

It’s Friday, so I figured I’d head over to the beach. Thanks to Burbed reader TK for this find!

Let’s see what TK had to say:

Hello Burbed,

The misspellings, syntax errors, and extreme hyperbole are way too common among our local real estate agents to even register as humorous anymore.  Still, the below listing caught my eye because it lists 3 bedrooms (for an unusual property in Moss Beach) but displays two pictures of the identical bedroom.  We know real estate agents don’t employ editors but why don’t they check their postings for errors?  If I made a 6% comission on sales of million-dollar homes, I would feel a little obligated to get things right.

Clearly TK doesn’t read techcrunch or any other tech blogs! Hyperbole is mandatory! It’s what sells!

But, let’s take a look at those photos:


Sure there’s two pictures of the bedroom – but that’s only because it demonstrates so much of that new world charm!

That’s why this is the greatest property in the entire universe! (Note, there may be some hyperbole.)

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March 12, 2009

Coastside cottage – just $980 per square foot

391 6th St, Montara, CA 94037 East of Highway 1 MLS# 80828469 – Property Details
391 6th St, Montara, CA

(East of Highway 1)


* Status: Active
* Bedroom: 1
* Bathroom: 1
* Year Built: 1965
* Lot Size: 9000
* Square Footage: 560
* List Date: 8/17/2008
* Garage Spaces: 1

* MLS#: 80828469
This quaint one bedroom one bath cottage, plus loft, sits on a marvelous 9000 square foot lot with ocean and mountain views. New deck, new fireplace, new carpet, new kitchen counters and lovely stained glass windows add to the charm of this unique home. A short walk delivers you to breathtaking Montara State Beach and miles of panoramic hiking trails. Truly a one of a kind property!

One of a kind indeed! Wow, imagine how awesome it would be to live on the coast. Ever see Lost? Yeah, it’d be like that, except you’d be living in an amazing cottage with stained glass windows.

Here’s what else Burbed reader sonarrat had to say:

Yeah.. that makes lots of sense for access to the coldest water south of Alaska.

Oh ok. So it’s like Lost, but colder. That’s still… uh… ok. Just think of the benefits. No heat exhaustion!!

BTW, was I the only person who didn’t know where Montara is?

Comments (13) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:46 am

May 19, 2008

Earthquake proof house in Colma – just $399k!

360 2nd AVE Colma, CA 94014

Price: $399,000
Buy with Redfin and Save $7,980*
Beds: 1
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 600
$/Sq. Ft.: $665
Lot Size: –
Property Type: Detached, Single-Family Home
Year Built: 1902
Stories: 1
Region: San Mateo County/Northwest
Area: Colma
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 335990
Status: Active
Contractor special. Small house on a big lot. Potential for new construction/addition.

$666 per square foot is pretty reasonable, given that this house isn’t in the Real Bay Area. But let’s face it, the real selling point of this house is that it is earthquake proof! Just from looking at this picture, you can already tell that this house has been stress tested and is well equipped to handle the next calamity.

Why risk the lives of you children by buying a brand new house that’s unproven? You want a house that you know has withstood the test of time. Furthermore, it’s like those $250 jeans – this house is distressed and distressed is HAWT.

It’ll also confuse robbers! “What is this? A pile of wood? A house? I’ll move on to the next place.” Safety first my friends!

So go ahead, go vintage. Go buy this house.

(Thanks to Burbed reader San Mateo Home Sellers in Trouble)

Comments (14) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:43 am

April 18, 2007

If you don’t have bowling balls…

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 643215
310 A ST
Colma, CA 94014


This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 643215 Approx Age: Unavailable Approx Sq Ft: 750
Detached Single Family 1 Story Colonial
2 Bedrooms 1&1/2 Bathrooms 1 Stall Shower
1 Tub Eat in Kitchen Living Rm/Dining Rm Combo

Now, I don’t know much about Colma… and maybe it’s just an optical illusion – but am I the only one who’s worried that everything would constantly be sliding over to the right in this house?

Gotta love that garage though – you can easily turn the top of it into a 3rd bedroom!

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December 15, 2006

Bad news! Rent is only 11th in the nation! | 12/13/2006 | Silicon Valley rents fall from top 10
Renters trying to hunt down an affordable Silicon Valley apartment may not believe it, but for the first time in several years, metropolitan San Jose is not among the country’s top 10 most expensive places to rent, according to a study released Tuesday.

But it is No. 11. A renter would need to make $24.69 an hour, or more than $51,000 a year, to afford the rent for a basic two-bedroom apartment in the San Jose area, an annual survey from the National Low Income Housing Coalition found. Minimum wage in California is $6.75 an hour.

Oh Noes! We’re only 11th!!

Quick! We need more apartment->condo conversions to help boost these prices. If we fall any further, we won’t be as special!

Shown below are the projected 2007 fair market rent (FMR) and the “housing wage” for several counties. The housing wage measures how much a worker would have to earn per hour to afford a two-bedroom rental without spending more than 30 percent of income on housing.

County FMR Housing wage
San Mateo $1,551 $29.83
Santa Cruz $1,359 $26.13
Santa Clara $1,284 $24.69
Alameda $1,250 $24.04
San Benito $932 $17.92

That’s actually pretty darn cheap. People who rent should be required to pay a special “Non-homeowners Tax” – because… well… they’re not buying/selling houses. And if you’re not helping house prices go up – you’re not helping your neighbors. And no one likes an unfriendly neighbor!

What can we do… what can we do.

Fortunately, the areas around us are still properly expensive according to this list:



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