September 23, 2012

Hillsborough: Perfect Place for a Mitt Romney Fundraiser

The San Francisco Chronicle breathlessly reports that the Mitt Romney For President Campaign (nickname: UnMittigated Disaster) paid a visit to the Real Bay Area.  The Romneys were welcomed by co-hosts Meg Whitman and George Shultz… and a very SF Bay protest group.

Romney collects funds in Hillsborough

120922-romney-protestCarla Marinucci, SF Chronicle; Updated 12:45 p.m., Saturday, September 22, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has had a trying week, what with the surfacing of a video in which he appears to dismiss 47 percent of Americans as government freeloaders.

So he was probably looking forward to being among friends at a high-dollar fundraiser in Hillsborough Friday evening. But in the solidly Democratic Bay Area that meant he first had to experience an enthusiastic greeting from about two dozen protesters as his motorcade drove through the wealthy neighborhood where the event was held.

Some of those protesters carried signs reminding him of the video, in which Romney appears to denigrate supporters of President Obama. Others jabbed at his release Friday of his 2011 tax returns.

120922-romney-blockshopperWhat this article neglects to cover is the Hillsborough house.  Fear not!  Burbed has #factchecked the reportage!

The house used for Romney’s fundraiser belongs to Ada Regan and is, according to the Los Angeles Times, “a 13,820-square foot manse with nine bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms…”  And what did Mr. Romney think of it?

Speaking about a dinner held for him in the Bay Area the previous night, Romney noted on Saturday that the driveway to the estate appeared at least a mile long.

“It’s like, Oh my goodness, how in the world? And then we came to the home, and it was like San Simeon, you know, the Hearst Castle,” Romney told donors at a different fundraiser on Saturday. “It was this beautiful home with gardens, manicured gardens, and a pool and a topiary and so forth.”

120922-romney-satelliteOMFG Oh my goodness! A topiary!  Bet they don’t have those in La Jolla.  You know what else they don’t have?  A house on 48.26 acres. Check this parcel out (right)!

We also arranged for a UAV with a camera to bring you these ultra-secret aerial photos of the house itself.  (Drones: they’re not just for assassinations anymore!) Remember, no mile-long driveway can keep Burbed from reporting to you on current house events!  The only way to stay off this page is to keep your house off the entire internet!

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“Bunus:” Zillow thinks this ginormous house on 2 million square feet of land is worth five million dollars.  That would be about right if the house came with one acre.  Can’t win them all, Zillow.

Now, let’s take two recent items in the news.

  • Secret video of Romney taken at a Florida fundraiser causes no end of headaches for the Republican Presidential candidate
  • The iPhone 5 is released yesterday

Hmmm.  Are you thinking what we’re thinking?  Keep an eye on YouTube for more amazing MittVid in full 1080p.

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January 24, 2012

No expense was spared in creating this custome Moss Beach masterpiece

What with all the server problems this past weekend, maybe it’s time to step out for an early getaway this week.  Fortunately, Burbed reader The Klek has a destination in mind.

2010 Vallemar
Moss Beach, CA 94038
$4,875,000; delisted on 11/1/2011

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Yr. Built: 2009
Builder: —
Sqft (land | living): 12500 land | 4370 living

Bed | Bath: 4.0 bd | 4.5 ba
Property Taxes: $15,414.22 (2009)
Stories: 2

imageYes, I’m linking to Trulia instead of Redfin this time because Trulia was kind enough to save the photos despite the listing going off market.

Here’s what The Klek has to say about the property:

Maybe you can help me solve the mystery of 2010 Vallemar in Moss Beach).

imageThe house never had a for sale sign but you couldn’t miss the $4.8 million price tag which is, uh, shockingly high for the area and the house isn’t even gold plated! The realtard still has the house listed as active but SFBlockshopper said it was recently delisted. Was this one of those vanity listings where the owner smugly laughs at all the people with distant dreams of upscale homeownership? And how was this property ever accessed at that value? Or is that property actually a quantum bubble of the RBA, circa 2007??

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Here’s the listing copy from the agent site:

Enjoy the best of ocean front living from the newest construction on the San Mateo Coastline.  Located on a wide double lot of over 12,000 sq. ft. with durable materials, exciting architecture and spacious rooms, no expense was spared in creating this masterpiece while subtly blending with the environment.  Understated from the street and shielded with beautiful courtyard walls, maximum attention has been given to creating a sheltered water front experience.

Smooth alder cabinets with cherry finish and Travertine -Tuscani Procini flooring are in all rooms except bedrooms.  Brazilian white bay granite enhances the kitchen counters and fireplace surrounds.  Sub-Zero, Bosch, Fisher/Pakel and Frank brands adorn the kitchen.  Hand blown custome light fixtures by Doug Brown.

The separate guest room with kitchenette also enjoys a private patio overlooking the ocean, and has direct access to the main house.  The primary master suite is on the main floor, while the guest master suite and additional bedroom are on the second floor.  Hardi-Plank siding and steel trowel smooth stucco grace the exterior.  Copper gutters, downspouts, flashings, vents and outside lights insure years of care free maintenance.  Double pane low-E glass windows, trex decking and a Hot Springs Spa add to the joy of ocean life.

It’s hard work building spec houses, let alone financing them!  Do you have any idea how much that HDR photography cost, not to mention having to wait for the one day in June that the sun came out?

Now check out what used to be in this location, location, location!

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Be sure to snag this copper-guttered beach cottage, a 2010 winner at a 2006 price!

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