April 27, 2011

A House for a Sci-Fi Fan

Thanks to Burbed reader Overheard in San Carlos for this fascinating find!

2015 SAN CARLOS Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070
$699,000

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BEDS: 3
BATHS: 2
SQ. FT.: 1,570
$/SQ. FT.: $445
LOT SIZE: 5,663 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Contemporary
STORIES: 2
VIEW: Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 1964
COMMUNITY: Beverly Terrace
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81114457
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 15 days

3BR/2BA HOME WITH A LARGE DECK IN BACKYARD AGAINST A CREEK SIDE SETTING! SEPARATE DINING ROOM, 2 CAR GARAGE, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ACROSS THE STREET.

Here’s what Overheard in San Carlos had to say about this house:

CRAZY front photo… The house looks like some sort of robot face or something.

Let’s see the Streetview!

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Oh noes, it’s going to EAT that station wagon!  I can’t look!

Hey, you want to really feel like this house is in a Science Fiction film?  Let’s see it in 3D mode!

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Dang, left my red and blue 3D glasses at my other house.  But don’t worry, the Three Laws of Robotics assure us that it won’t eat any cars with humans inside them. 

Bonus: House sold for $825K in 2006.

Comments (14) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:05 am






April 15, 2011

As seen on Flip This House: Outstanding Remoldel

Thanks to Burbed reader Sam for this “very unique” find in San Carlos.

790 BUCKLAND Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070
$1,049,000

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BEDS: 4
BATHS: 3
SQ. FT.: 1,965
$/SQ. FT.: $534
LOT SIZE: 7,565 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Contemporary
STORIES: Bi/Split Level
VIEW: Bay, Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 1955
COMMUNITY: Cordes
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81113908
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Pending Without Release
ON REDFIN: 14 days

Wow!!This is a Tremendous 4bed 3 bath home. Unmatched features and wide open floor plan make this home “fit for a King” Heated bathroom floors, heated towel racks, remote control digitally controlled shower. Electrolox Icon Stanliess steele appliances with build in espresso machine makes this kitchen one of a kind. All new windows, floors, doors, Outstanding remoldel.

imageHere’s what Sam had to say about this listing:

I guess the listing agent forgot that in 2011 the “recently flipped” moniker isn’t a feature. Flip This House is sooooo 2006. But hey, it’s “fit for a King”: it has heated towel racks! It also has “Stanliess steele”. I don’t know what that is, but I’m pretty sure it would make a good porn star name.

Well, we got good news and bad news for you, Sam.  The bad news is this listing recently changed, maybe when the buyers accepted that pending without release offer.  Maybe they took away that “recently flipped” comment you mention that I didn’t find, what with my keeping your email sitting around for 2 weeks.  But the good news is that we don’t have to scratch our heads wondering what’s wrong with this place.  Redfin’s doing the heavy lifting for us!

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Very unique!  I love very unique!  Nonconforming and weird is good too!  We’re going to love working with our Redfin overlords.  Meanwhile, check out the Google Streetview of this place!  I guess Spring Bounce means equity is rising. Something is rising, because the place doesn’t look exactly level.

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But wait, there’s more!  Look at the listing history, OMFG!  This must be what Sam mean about recently flipped.  Plus a bonus foreclosure, this place has it all.

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Don’t worry, Zillow’s got us covered on those missing listing prices.  Hoo-boy, can you say “Price Reduction”?

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Cheer up!  The house was pending back in September, 2010, and that deal fell through.  It could happen again and YOU could be the next owner!

Whoever does buy it, please replace that rug with something that doesn’t look like the hardwood floor cut open and rotated 90 degrees.  Even Stanliess steele would look better.  But nothing beats a remote control digitally controlled shower.

Comments (11) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:05 am

April 5, 2011

A coupla dudes chillin’ in South Palo Alto talkin’ ‘bout stuff

Who doesn’t love Palo Alto?  Certainly not the Burbed reader who sent this in!  Thanks so much for all your finds, everyone, no matter what side of 101 they’re on!

1022 METRO Cir, Palo Alto, CA 94303
$1,388,000

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BEDS: 4
BATHS: 2
SQ. FT.: 1,702
$/SQ. FT.: $816
LOT SIZE: 9,430 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STORIES: 1
YEAR BUILT: 1951
COMMUNITY: South Palo Alto
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81112215
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 9 days

Spacious 4 bedroom 2 bathroom with new carpet. Huge kitchen with island. Newly painted inside. Beautiful backyard with playground. Must see!!!

Of course we must see.  It’s in Palo Alto!  That’s like printing your own money!  Would have been nice if the agent had moved her car before taking that picture, though.  Then we could see the house like she asked us to.  So let’s have a look, courtesy of Google Streetview.

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Whoa, looks like there’s a big ol’ construction project next door.  Hope they didn’t get too carried away.

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Whoops!  Too late!  Fortunately there are no vehicles in the way of these other pictures:

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Um, whoa… can you turn that wall down?

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And, um, whoa… I asked if the agent could move her car out of the house picture.  She can’t even get these two dudes out of the living room.

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imageLet me get this straight.  $1.38 million for a house, and they couldn’t even match the sink with the toilet?  And in the second bathroom, the shower curtain is pulled forward to hide another mismatched toilet, right?  That purple… it’s BA-A-ACK!

Now I know what those two in the living room are talking about.  They’re planning the décor for their next house.

Update: Agent moved the cars!!!  Maybe she shouldn’t have.  Moral: careful what you wish for, you may get it.

Comments (74) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am

March 24, 2011

Spectacular View… of a chain-link fence

It’s about time we heard from Burbed reader sonarrat, isn’t it?  Of course it is, now that we’ve escaped from our Visit to Vallejo.

1314 WEATHERSFIELD Way, San Jose, CA 95118
$725,000

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BEDS: 3
BATHS: 2
SQ. FT.: 1,176
$/SQ. FT.: $616
LOT SIZE: 7,227 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Ranch
STORIES: 1
VIEW: Green Belt, Mountains, Lake, Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 1965
COMMUNITY: Cambrian
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81100244
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 78 days

Move in ready! Completely new kitchen! Cherry cabinets with features today’s cooks are looking for. Granite counter tops, prep sink, two disposals, stainless steel appliances(except fridge), double convection/microwave ovens, gas cooktop, tile flooring. Master bath and hall bath remodeled. All this, plus Almaden Valley & Cambrian schools, a view you will never grow tired of. Come see for yourself

It’s rarely a good sign when the first picture in the listing isn’t of the house itself, but “a view you will never grow tired of.”  That means the chain-link fence is just as stunning at high noon.image

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The house?  Well, having just returned from Vallejo, we’ve seen worse.  Like the screaming tomato-red “accent wall” in the… is that the living room?  WHAT did they do to that fireplace?

But let’s stick to the outside for now (we know the inside has the features today’s cooks are looking for, or is it just the cabinets only that are so equipped?  At least the agent admits that the stainless treatment didn’t extend to the refrigerator.

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Here’s the actual view of the house so you can see how well you’re going to get to know the neighbors.  They will be parking in front of your house because there isn’t room for guests,  Also note the great condition of your new street.

Meanwhile I hope you like wildlife.

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Because it looks like this house backs onto the mother of all mosquito breeding programs.  Come see for yourself

Comments (10) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:08 am

February 25, 2011

Serf’s Up in Redwood City!

Sometimes Burbed readers find a great house to share but can’t wait for us to write it up, post it and finally have it appear.  After all, we only post one house per weekday.  So instead they post the house to comments, and then we think, dang!  That’s such a terrific find, if only they’d sent to us for a write-up.  And sometimes we think, oh hell, we’ll write it up anyway!  So, you may have seen this before, but it’s getting the Full Burby!  Our thanks to Burbed reader Tuno for this insightful look at socioeconomic disparity.

Remember, if you prefer the element of surprise, you can always send listings and contributions to either burbed or madhaus (at) burbed.com.

367 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City, CA 94062
$509,000

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BEDS: 2
BATHS: 1
SQ. FT.: 750
$/SQ. FT.: $679
LOT SIZE: 0.25 Acres
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Cabin
STORIES: 1
VIEW: Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 1926
COMMUNITY: Cordilleras Heights
COUNTY: San Mateo
MLS#: 81100851
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 43 days

Bank Owned Home located in one of the most desirable areas of upper Redwood City. This home offers 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, kitchen and living / dining room combo. The lot size is approximately . 25 acres. This home has great potential. Seller is extremely motivated – all reasonable offers welcomed.

Here’s what Tuno had to say about the house:

this is one of my favorite houses at the moment, because it is a perfect Serf House.  if you go to street view and look at it (you may have to scroll up the road a little), it looks like an ordinary very modest little house.  then turn around and see what is across the street.  Presto  -  you can be the live-out serf!!!
the house across the street may not be as magnificant as your examples, madhaus, but *they* don’t include serf huts.

Well, we’d best take a look at that Street View and see what Tuno is talking about!  Here’s the so-called Serf House we’re featuring today.

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Not many Street View photos manage to fit three different houses on three different lots into one picture, but this one did it!  Wondering how?  Have a gander at those lot lines!

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Hey, let’s have that peek at the house across the street, because its profile is wider than it is deep.

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Whoa!  The other place had both neighbors elbowing their way into the picture, but this housing tumor just crowds the lens!  After looking at this across-the-street view, you’ll feel like you live in picture #9 from the listing:

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They’ve even left the door open for you!  Maybe the current live-out serf is hard at work threshing the wheat.  No wonder the seller is extremely motivated!

Comments (18) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:06 am

February 24, 2011

Come see this property for yourself!

$325,000

 

Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 1,020
$/Sq. Ft.: $319
Lot Size: 2,000 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Stories: 1
Year Built: 1926
Community: San Bruno Park
County: San Mateo
MLS#: 81044562
Source: MLSListings
Status: ActiveThis listing is for sale and the sellers are accepting offers.
On Redfin: 143 days
Come see this property for yourself. Lots of potential. Combo lock box ready to view as of 1/25/2011. Call Ali Hasnain/ Vana (650) 299-9009 for viewing and short sale iinformation

Well, I guess I have no choice but to see this property for myself, since the listing photo is both tiny and flipped horizontally.

Here’s what the photo may actually look like:

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I like how this has been on Redfin for a while now, but the combo lock box has only been ready since last month. It goes to show how swamped our Realtors are – the market must be superhot!

Comments (23) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:55 am

February 23, 2011

Get a home Renovation Loan on this great opportunity

imageLet’s welcome Burbed reader sonarrat to the front page again with another amazing find.  This submission came about after sending in a few listings for us to write up, and one went into particular detail. So here it is for all of you to enjoy, even though it is (amazingly) pending (but with release, so there’s still a chance!).

All Burbed fans are invited to submit listings for us to put together, or write it up yourself if you feel inspired.  Send them to burbed or madhaus at this site (your choice, because you deserve one!)  We reserve the right to edit your submission into something your own mother wouldn’t recognize while leaving your name on it.


Great for a first time home buyer. A Huge lot to build more home or get a home Renovation Loan on this great opportunity.

3370 Kettmann Rd, San Jose, CA 95121
$330,000

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BEDS: 2
BATHS: 1
SQ. FT.: 1,182
$/SQ. FT.: $279
LOT SIZE: 0.25 Acres
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STORIES: 1
VIEW: Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 1948
COMMUNITY: Evergreen
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81037698
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Pending With Release
ON REDFIN: 191 days

Great for a first time home buyer. A Huge lot to build more home or get a home Renovation Loan on this great opportunity.

imageSo, I took a pretty long look at this place. Big lot, not on a busy road, walk your kids to the library, blah blah blah. Seemed like at the very least, a decent investment, seeing how it was the least expensive house in Evergreen and it had tenants living in it until fairly recently. Let’s just say the house comes with a couple caveats.

There is nowhere to put laundry facilities. No gas hookup and no 220V electric in the “laundry” area, which consisted entirely of a big washbasin in a moldy and rotting addition to the rear of the house.

imageOriginal 1948 kitchen with a very dirty green and yellow lino floor against red and yellow tiles, then white cabinets and a counter insert on the left in the fakest granite-look finish you can imagine. One of the worst color combinations I’ve ever seen.

The bedrooms are both on the left corner of the house and couldn’t be more than 10×10 each. No offensive colors there, just newer beige carpet and windows with bullet holes in them. From the inside.

One working furnace out of two.

Bathroom is extremely pink. New vanity and curtain rod installed in an improvisatory fashion.

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There was so much termite damage in the attached “den” area that I was left with no doubt the whole kit and caboodle would need to be razed, and that I was happy to continue renting.

Comments (34) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:10 am

February 15, 2011

Copied from an Oceanfront house in La Jolla, CA

Here’s another great find from Burbed reader sonarrat.  Imagine, this house just like living in toney La Jolla, CA, only it’s actually in Alum Rock so you’ll save a couple hundred bucks.  Plus your commute to Facebook is much, much shorter.

52 N White Rd, San Jose, CA 95127
$590,000

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BEDS: 3
BATHS: 2
SQ. FT.: 1,526
$/SQ. FT.: $387
LOT SIZE: 5,220 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Mediterranean
STORIES: 1
YEAR BUILT: 1927
COMMUNITY: Alum Rock
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81055565
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 74 days

Super Location/Near James Lick HS, Alum Rock Library . .. Remodeled!Light Peach and Green Mediterranean Style Home, Copied from an Oceanfront house in La Jolla, CA call listing Agent to show. .Tenant Occupied. Best Offer will be considered

Here’s what sonarrat has to say about this house: “I just.. uh… what the f—????”

What the fail indeed!  I’m just glad the agent told us it’s a Light Peach and Green Mediterranean Style Home, because from the photo I thought it was a cream and crud crapbox.  Now let’s check out that Super Location!

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“Near James Lick HS?”  James Lick HS’s address is 57 N White Rd.  So this is kind of like how Red Rock Island is “near” SF Bay.  Don’t plan on leaving the house when school starts, ends, or has any sporting events.  According to greatschools.com, their big sport is badminton.

Now let’s get a few more views of the house since the Realtard didn’t want to get out of her car.

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Okay, I see the Green, but that still doesn’t look like Light Peach, unless she’s talking about the roof.  And my, my, look at those, um, bold, yes, bold power lines in front.

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Plus a pickup truck around the corner!  What’s that classic 70s muscle car parked at the fence break?

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Oh, please say the garage is included!  It matches the paint job, and you’ll make loads of money towing the neighbors’ cars when they block it.

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And don’t worry if it isn’t your garage, it looks like your next-door neighbor can rent you a parking space.  Wow, this really is just like living at the beach in La Jolla!

Comments (9) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:15 am

February 8, 2011

It’s Like Living in a Pop-Up Book!

So much to admire about this house, so little they’re willing to show us!  It must be full of awesome sauce inside!

3601 Howe Ct, Fremont, CA 94538
$419,000

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BEDS: 3
BATHS: 2
SQ. FT.: 1,640
$/SQ. FT.: $255
LOT SIZE: 7,134 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Contemporary
STORIES: 2
VIEW: Neighborhood
YEAR BUILT: 1958
COMMUNITY: Alameda County
COUNTY: Alameda
MLS#: 81019451
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 289 days

Property in a cul-de-sac; 3 bdrms 2 baths, the garage was converted into a bedroom legality unknown by the seller. Good size backyards. Living room with a fireplace, kitchen with a granite countertops & double sink. This house needs some TLC.

Oh come on, how come none of these listings ever come right out and say “this is an illegal conversion, we’re sorry”?  Legality unknown?  The only thing unknown is why the agent thinks nobody could figure that out.  I mean, look at the place, the garage conversion was done by such unpleasant people that the second floor is trying to make a break for it.

This house needs some TLC, alright.  Some TNT Lit and Combusting.  If you use enough, you can blow the back fence out, too.  Then enjoy watching the trains go back and forth right behind where the house used to be.

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Whoo-whoo!  But hey, it’s got granite countertops.

Update: Thanks to Burbed reader nomadic for calling out this amazing Street View!  Wow!

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What’s really great about this is it makes the next-door neighbor’s entire house look like it’s the detached garage for the featured place, right down to the echo of the green Yen sign in the housepaint.  Extra points for the yellow vehicle having the hood up.

Comments (16) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:03 am

January 27, 2011

Combines Character of the Past Era with Modern Monthly HOA Fees

Here’s another delightful find from Burbed reader sonarrat, who only comments, “One of the oddest listings I’ve ever seen.”  And sonarrat has certainly found us some odd ones before!

1566 Duckett Way #19, San Jose, CA 95129
$1,598,888

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BEDS: 5
BATHS: 2.5
SQ. FT.: 2,776
$/SQ. FT.: $576
LOT SIZE: 4,620 Sq. Ft.
PROPERTY TYPE: Detached Single Family
STYLE: Colonial
STORIES: 2
VIEW: Green Belt, Neighborhood
COMMUNITY: Cupertino
COUNTY: Santa Clara
MLS#: 81050795
SOURCE: MLSListings
STATUS: Active
ON REDFIN: 99 days

This beautifully restored Colonial Revival home in new home community combines the character of the past era while offering all the luxuries of today’s lifestyle. 2 story home plus sunroom, detached artist studio and basement/wine cellar. Gourmet kitchen with viking appliances. Large redwood deck off master overlooking wooded creek! Top Cupertino School District (Blue Hills, Miller, Lynbrook).

imageOdd?  It’s a listing with Cupertino schools and there’s 8s in the price.  That sounds downright normal!  What is odd is the small lot size and all those extraneous buildings.  Which ones are yours and which are merely situated really, really, really close to yours?

You know what else is odd?  Upwards of a million and a half for the house and not one interior picture.  Are they still restoring it?  Guess they don’t want you to know, because they conveniently left the year built off the listing.

But the satellite view might give us a hint.

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Heck, the $175 a month HOA fees are needed just to sweep up all that construction mess.  Well, other than the unspecified townhouses or condos on the site, let’s see who the neighbors are!

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Definitely a million plus view!  So, is this a convenient location?

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You betcha!  This house is within 1000 feet of three gas stations, four shopping centers, a bus line, and the world-famous California 85 freeway, which goes directly to Google! 

Now all the seller needs is the economy to do a Revival along with this Colonial.  Then some lucky buyer, somewhere, will say, “Honey, do you know what I want?  I want to live in a big Colonial Revival right next to a bunch of attached housing!  Then they will all know that WE live in the Big House, even if it has an apartment number!”

Plantation boss lifestyle without the kudzu!  What are you waiting for?  Think of the fun your kids will have giving out their new street address!

Comments (13) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am