Here’s a cheery little story just to remind you that you’re all only one abandoned hellhole of a house away from losing Real Bay Area status, and it can happen anywhere!
Dumping ground: Burlingame neighbors tire of long-vacant home
January 08, 2013, 05:00 AM By Bill Silverfarb, SM Daily Journal staff
Daily Journal Neighbors want action taken against the owners of a vacant home in Burlingame who have not maintained the property for years. (photos, Bill Silverfarb)
A long-vacant home in Burlingame’s Lyon Hoag neighborhood has turned into dumping ground and neighbors in the area are sick of it.
The home, at 139 Channing Road, sits in the middle of million-dollar homes but neighbors fear their own property values will be negatively impacted by the property — which they say looks like an overrun junk yard.
The listed owners, Michael James O’Brien and John Quillian O’Brien, moved out of the home several years ago after a death in the family and have not maintained the property, neighbors told the Daily Journal.
Bruce Bettencourt, who lives right next door to the house with his wife, has called Burlingame code enforcement at least “100 times” over the years about rats, garbage, junk and overgrown vegetation on the property, he told the Daily Journal.
He has found dead raccoons on the property and fears it has also become a nesting ground for rats.
Dead raccoons plus live rats! Usually we get our housing fun from real estate listings. But you can learn a lot from reading the news sites as well! Let’s see what we can find out about this house.
139 Channing Rd
Burlingame, CA 94010
$694,000 Trulia Estimate
Neighborhood: Lyon Hoag
Description provided by Trulia
This is a Single-Family Home located at 139 Channing Road, Burlingame CA. 139 Channing Rd has 1 bed, 1 bath, and approximately 1,000 square feet. The property has a lot size of 5,750 sqft and was built in 1922. The average list price for similar homes for sale is $3,020,488 and the average sales price for similar recently sold homes is $1,106,052. 139 Channing Rd is in the Lyon Hoag neighborhood in Burlingame, CA. The average list price for Lyon Hoag is $1,035,000.
Public Records for 139 Channing Rd
Official property, sales, and tax information from county (public) records as of 09/2012:
Single Family Residential
Lot Size: 5,750 sqft
Built In 1922
Parking: Detached Garage
Parking Spaces: 1
County: San Mateo
Tax Rate Code Area: 4-001
While you can’t see much from the street, here’s an abandoned car from the view over the back fence. If you check out the Streetview pictures, you’ll find trash cans in front of the house next door, but we don’t think that’s what the neighbor called the code enforcement office about.
You’d think that San Mateo County would want their $16,000 in back taxes. You’d think they’d bring some kind of fines against the owners for abandoning their (live) dogs in the house. Supposedly John Quillian, Michael O’Brien’s stepson, recently told the city he’s planning on moving back in.
Why doesn’t the city or county force a sale of this property?. Not only would that lead to a new owner cleaning up what’s turning into a health hazard, but it will be good news for the local agencies as well.
139 Channing Road
Burlingame, CA 94010
Owner: MICHAEL JAMES OBRIEN & JOHN QUILLIAN OBRIEN
Land value: $94,608
Building value: $111,812
Total value for property: $206,420
Assessments for tax year: 2009
Last sale: $120,000
Date of last sale: 10/24/1979