June 26, 2013

Begin Your Journey in the Shire

We find all kinds of homes for sale and try to mix up the different options so our readers don’t get bored. Ho-hum, another crapshack in East Palo Alto? Not today! Best of all, you can purchase today’s featured property for Not A Lot Of Money℠! (Not A Lot Of Money is a Service Mark of Burbed Worldwide, which is a subsidiary of Burbed Galactic, a wholly owned enterprise of Burbed Universal.)

Thanks very much to Christin for adding this to her Just Wow Redfin Collection.

130625-blackburn-redfin203 BLACKBURN St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

1 Beds
1 Baths
750 Sq. Ft.
$665 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1922
Lot Size: 5,053 Sq. Ft.
On Redfin: 7 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Community: West Santa Cruz
MLS#: 81321651
Style: Cottage/Bungalow
View: Neighborhood
County: Santa Cruz

This is one of the most unique, eclectic, properties in Santa Cruz. A true eco urban farm in the heart of Santa Cruz, walking distance to beach and town. The home is made from 2 authentic historic street cars. Greeting you is a huge oak tree with its own treehouse, 2 cob stuctures for office, work or play, a pond, clucking chickens, fruit trees galore, gardens, sauna, fire ring, cob oven, more!

Cob oven? Say no more!


The house isn’t terribly large, which is a good thing. Gandalf will be coming by any minute with an important mission statement for you. Meet at the Fire Ring.


Comments (5) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 6:03 am

March 29, 2011

The importance of a comma

burbed guest editorLet’s give a warm welcome to longtime Burbed reader sonarrat, Burbed’s newest regular blogger!

Please, save your rotten tomatoes and rioting until the end. To celebrate the interment, er, I mean introduction of our new contributor, let’s make a day trip to beautiful scenic Santa Cruz.


1165 Thompson Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Beds: 3
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 1,317
$/Sq. Ft.: $235
Lot Size: 0.34 Acres
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Traditional
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 1948
Community: Live Oak
County: Santa Cruz
MLS#: 81056459
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 114 days

Non-Conforming Residential located on a parcel zoned M-1 Light Industrial. This property is located directly across from the ProBuild Door & Window Design Company. This property is eligible under the Freddie Mac First Look Initiative through 12.15.2010. Seller is offering a 2 year home warranty limitations, do apply ask for details.

imageLionel Hutz: All right, gentlemen, I’ll take your case, but I’m going to have to ask for a thousand-dollar retainer.
Bart: A thousand dollars? But your ad says “No money down”.
Lionel Hutz: Oh, they got this all screwed up… (scribbles) “Works on contingency basis? No, money down!”
Bart: So, you don’t work on a contingency basis?
Lionel Hutz: No, money down! Oops, it shouldn’t have this Bar Association logo here either.

A comma can be a powerful thing. Let’s ignore the home warranty limitations for now, though, and focus on the property. We have some of the Burbed standbys: the low-maintenance lawn, garage pre-boarded for the next tsunami, and your very own dumpster, which has the added effect of harboring wildlife! This is truly the perfect house for Santa Cruz’ tender-hearted liberal sensibilities. You also have the possibility of using the house as a workshop, seeing how it has M-1 zoning.  And look at the instant equity!

The last sale was for $425,000, before The Bubble even began. Clearly, then, that must be the baseline, because there could never have been any real estate bubble in California before The Bubble. No, The Bubble was a one-off that has never happened before and will never happen again!

Comments (27) -- Posted by: sonarrat @ 6:00 am

December 29, 2010

Clearance Sale – Santa Cruz

The banks say these houses must go, so we’ve got deals, deals, deals!  Don’t you want to live in a Special House like some in the Real Bay Area, but don’t want to pay Special RBA prices?  With this house, you can!

219 Sacramento Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Beds: 4
Baths: 2
Sq. Ft.: 1,601
$/Sq. Ft.: $450
Lot Size: 4,835 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Contemporary
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 1956
Community: West Santa Cruz
County: Santa Cruz
MLS#: 81057554
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 12 days

Beachside Beauty, just steps to magnificent West Cliff Drive! Living room features a stunning and distinctive river rock fireplace, kitchen sports stainless steel appliances including a Viking range, tile backsplash, and custom cabinets. Plenty of custom tile work in the hall bathroom and a couple of useful outbuildings in the back yard with convenient alley access. Amazing Location and Value!

Steps to magnificent West Cliff Drive?  How many steps?


That’s about a thousand feet from the house to magnificent West Cliff Drive, so, allowing for a generous one yard stride, that’s 333 steps.  Hardly “beachside.”  And it’s another thousand feet to the beach once you get to magnificent West Cliff Drive. You’ll be in great shape for those kitchen sports.

But getting back to how Special this house is… Not only is it 666 steps from the beach, it has the Mark of Specialness.  This house has a gold star on the front door.  How could anything get more Special than that?

Comments (16) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 4:58 am

July 16, 2010

Congratulations to the Real Bay Area’s Best High Schools!

Congrats to the world famous Real Bay Area high school! Let’s see where they placed this year in the US News and World report rankings!

Let’s look and celebrate the ones in the Top 20!


Uh… Santa Cruz at 19? Well, that’s sort of Bay Area, but not Real Bay Area.

Let’s look and celebrate the ones in the Top 40!


What the heck? Where are they? Maybe we should filter by state. Let’s look at California only:


There we go. Now, sure, you can say that these are 76th, 134th, and 169th ranked nationally… but they are in the Top 10 in California, which means… drumroll… that they are Top 10 in the world!

Let’s take a quick look at our arch nemesis, New York:


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These must all be lies!

Ok, let’s take a look at our other arch nemesis, New Jersey.


Hah. So it turns out those famous, good, New Jersey schools were just a lie. (This is pretty strange…)

Comments (25) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:32 am

August 17, 2009

Great vacation home in Santa Cruz. The Borg will approve.

130 ERRETT Cir, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 | MLS# 80925412
130 ERRETT Cir Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Price: $435,000

Beds: 1
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: –
Lot Size: 2,178 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Cottage/Bungalow
Stories: 1
Year Built: 1964
Community: West Santa Cruz
County: Santa Cruz
MLS#: 80925412
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 68 days
Vacant and Very clean!! Sweet Westside cottage in Great condition!! A perfect starter home. Sq. Footage is small but it has a very good lay out . .feels much larger. Nice size front and back yards with fruit trees. Walk to West Cliff and enjoy the West Side lifestyle!!

Burbed reader Herve sent this on.

Wow. 1 bedroom, 1 bath. Unknown square feet. Indeed this is a perfect starter home and it is a very good lay…. out. But is it really a starter home, or a starter vacation home? I’m going to say that it is the latter.

After all, Santa Cruz is the Waikiki of the Bay Area!

But what’s really fascinating to me is this:


The Borg Queen would approve – even though these are circles and not cubes.

“So, where did you buy your vacation home?”

“Oh, Unimatrix 0,0,1”

“Cool! I’m so jealous of your pride of ownership!”


Comments (13) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:09 am

August 7, 2009

This house in San Lorenzo Valley is the talk of town

1722 VIEW Rd, San Lorenzo Valley, CA 95018 | MLS# 80936268
1722 VIEW Rd San Lorenzo Valley, CA 95018
Price: $449,000

Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: –
Lot Size: 0.97 Acres
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Cabin
Stories: 2
View: Green Belt, Mountains, Canyon
Year Built: 1978
Community: Felton
County: Santa Cruz
MLS#: 80936268
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 5 days
Talk of the town! Absolutely adorable Log Cabin Home in the Forest Lakes community. Custom built as a vacation home for a San Francisco family. Attention to detail and quality construction make it feel almost new yet a blast from the past. Looks and feels authentic with a warm feeling like no other. Enjoy the two large decks and live with nature. End of the road access to the best hiking and biking

It’s Friday! Let’s kick it off with an entry from Burbed reader Ruth.

I actually had to look up where San Lorenzo Valley was. Wow, talk about a vacation home. Just look at that picture.

And this one:


Ruth was a bit amazed at the colors of this house. Me too!

Frankly, I’m wondering if this is an illustration or HDR photography.

But let’s talk about the fact that this house is the talk of town. What town exactly is it that people are talking about this? San Lorenzo Valley? San Francisco? And under what context would people be talking about it? So many questions! So few answers!

Are they talking about this vacation house in your town?

Comments (29) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:04 am

January 29, 2008

Congrats to Bay Area for having highest median home prices!

Dec 07 sales price report
* Statewide, the 10 cities and communities with the highest median home prices in California during December 2007 were: Burlingame, $1,590,000; Los Gatos, $1,400,000; San Juan Capistrano, $1,125,000; San Clemente, $1,007,000; Santa Monica, $950,000; Danville, $949,000; Encinitas $900,000; Redwood City, $837,500; Santa Barbara, $835,000; and San Ramon, $750,500.

* Statewide, the 10 cities and communities with the greatest median home price increases in December 2007 compared with the same period a year ago were: Los Gatos, 44.3 percent; Encinitas, 23.8 percent; Burlingame, 20 percent; Chino Hills, 16.4 percent; Mountain View, 14.1 percent; Redwood City, 10.9 percent; San Clemente, 9.9 percent; Moorpark, 7.2 percent; Santa Cruz, 5 percent; and South Lake Tahoe, 4.8 percent.

Congrats Bay Area!

Redwood City, you’re back in the Real Bay Area for now! Who knew that the median home prices there would be higher than Palo Alto or Cupertino! Go figure!

Comments (10) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:44 pm

April 14, 2007

Higher prices are better for buyers in Santa Cruz

Burbed Reader Scott sent me this note today:

Thought you might like this latest piece of illogic from Santa Cruz, that it’s in the interest of the buyer for prices to remain high (see midway through the article):

Let’s take a look at the article…

Median home price up to $747,000 – By JONDI GUMZ – Sentinel staff writer – April 13, 2007
Why don’t sellers simply lower the price? Because that doesn’t help the buyer as much financially.

Here’s why.

Say a buyer wants a condo priced at $500,000 and plans to put 10 percent down. That’s $50,000 out of pocket. The closing costs, which include loan fees, interest, taxes, title insurance, appraisal and recording fees, may run another $7,000.

If the seller dropped the price by $7,000 to $493,000, the buyer would save only $700, having to come up with a down payment of $49,300. Plus $7,000 in closing costs.

“It’s a way to help buyers get in when they’re short of cash,” Gangnes said.

Well that does seem a little fishy… Scott explains why:

No mention about property tax or the mortgage amount for that matter.  We’re also taught that months of supply is the only factor determining price. I’ve told this Jondi Gumz reporter to stop using Realtor Gary Gangnes as her “authoritative” source of info, but it’s ovbioujsly to no avail.

So I guess it’s a great time to buy in Santa Cruz, with prices at a record high then it’s really, really good for the buyer!

Oh come on Scott- don’t you know? It’s always a good time to buy or sell real estate!

Click here to post a comment -- Posted by: burbed @ 3:26 pm

February 20, 2007

"As We See It: No housing collapse here" in Santa Cruz

As We See It: No housing collapse here – – – February 19, 2007
Some who aren’t in the housing market are waiting patiently for prices to come down to an affordable price. Of course, people’s idea of “affordable” can have a big range.

But so far, we don’t see a collapse in prices coming. And without that, we also feel confident that businesses connected to real estate will continue without major problems.

Nationwide, and even statewide, the story might be different. But when you’re talking about the coast of California, don’t expect real estate prices to bottom out.

Thanks to Burbed Reader Scott for sending this one in.

Indeed, Santa Cruz is pretty special – perhaps if you spend enough time at the Mystery Spot, this opinion piece and its lack of economic backing will make sense.

Click here to post a comment -- Posted by: burbed @ 12:34 am

November 27, 2006

Did you ever want to buy a boarded up house for $585,000?

MLSlistings Property Detail for MLS number 666967
481 6TH AV
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

This Single Family Residence has the following features:
MLS#: 666967 Approx Age: 66 Years Approx Sq Ft: 686
Detached Single Family 1 Story Cottage/Bungalow
2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom 1 Shower over Tub

What? It doesn’t say that this is perfect for a First Time Buyer? I’m shocked! Shocked I tell you!

Here are some more photos:

4816th-b.jpg Ok… I give up. What happened to this house? I thought it was fire damage, but that doesn’t really look like it either. What’s your theory?
(Thanks to Burbed Reader Lynda for this one!)

Click here to post a comment -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:16 am