November 6, 2013

Waterfront Lifestyle in (okay, next to) Silicon Valley

Have you ever wanted to live right on the water, like some homes we’ve featured in Alameda, but thought to yourself, “Dang it, I don’t want a killer commute like that! I have to live near major employers and be able to hang out with my friends in downtown Palo Alto if we ever get any time away from work! Oh yeah, and I don’t want to pay a million dollars for the location! Plus I want a property listing that acknowledges how creative I am.” Now you can have it all!

131106-maple-redfin1548 Maple Street #82
Redwood City, CA 94063
$265,000

2 Beds
2 Baths
890 Sq. Ft.
$298 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1996
Lot Size: —
On Redfin: 31 days
Status: Active
Property Type: Other (See Remarks)
County: San Mateo
Community: Lenolt
MLS#: 81336823

This charming 2BR 2BA floating home features unobstructed Redwood City water views. The two level home is an entertainer dream home with open flr plan, modern Kitchen, expansive decks, and a two person hot tub. Bonus work room/ workshop makes this home a dream come true to every person who enjoys the outdoors, entertainment and being creative.

Yup, nothing screams “I am being creative” more than a houseboat in Redwood City, unless it’s a schoolbus in the Santa Cruz Mountains. And the houseboat not only has an open flr plan, it’s much closer to Facebook.

Bunus: Absolutely NO public info on this place except the fact it’s a mobile home. A floating mobile home. Speaking of sunk costs…

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January 19, 2013

For foreigners without suitcases full of cash

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Everyone knows that Silicon Valley is the best place to launch a startup.  But what if you have a brilliant idea and want to move to the area to network with all those brilliant people, but you are held back by two things?

1. You aren’t an American citizen (or non-citizen who managed to snag Permanent Residency), and

2. You don’t have enough cash that Immigration would wave you through the line

Enter Blueseed.

130118-blueseed-boat

Take a Good Look at Me, I’m on a Futhermucking Boat!

Blueseed claims to have solved this problem.  All you need is a short-term visa, because you’re not staying in the United States.  Instead, you’re staying on a futhermucking boat outside the 12 nautical mile limit of the U.S.  (The 12–24 mile zone is also known as the contiguous zone.) Blueseed plans to build some kind of floating city 12 nautical miles beyond Half Moon Bay and run twice daily ferries to the mainland.  And by “floating city,” they mean raft-up.

Your job, dear Burbed readers, is to figure out if this is a project by The Onion or whether these people are actually serious.  But get this.  They’re charging “a combination of rent and equity.”  Does this mean you would not be a rentard aboard?

Top 10 Facts about Blueseed

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1 Who is this for? – The world’s best entrepreneurs and visionaries
The boldest, brightest, and most talented tech entrepreneurs from around the world. Plus the individuals and organizations that support and invest in them. 1100+ have already expressed interest.

Yes, you’re about to be priced out forever.  Again!

2 Where will it be? – Right near Silicon Valley
On a ship anchored half an hour (12 miles) from Silicon Valley, in international waters outside the jurisdiction of the United States.

But well within drone strike range. So don’t get cute with the industrial espionage.

3 What does it cost? – Around $1,600 USD/person/month
We’ll charge a combination of rent and equity to accommodate the stage of your startup. The price per person will include living and office space, and will range from $1200 for a shared cabin to $3000 for a top-tier single accommodation cabin.

And you better spring for that top-tier single, or it won’t be Special.  Come on, you want to live in the Real Boat Area, don’t you?  Avoid the cabins on busy hallways, or next to the helipad.

130118-blueseed-cabins4 Why should it be done? – Because innovation is awesome
The world’s best entrepreneurs should be able to gather and collaborate in one place, and not be limited by antiquated work visa restrictions.

And if those antiquated work restrictions force you to move onto a cast-off cruise ship, then you can make lemonade out of lemons, provided you’re willing to call lemon juice lemonade.

5 How can I get aboard? – Do something that matters, and be awesome
Get referred to us through a reputable angel, venture capital firm, entrepreneurs network, or trusted contact. Or surprise us.

Throw yer grapple and haul yerself aboard, matey! Why not commit a little actual piracy so you can convince us you want to work on the digital variety?

6 Can I legally work? – On Blueseed, yes.
You can legally earn an income working on your startup while on the Blueseed vessel regardless of your nationality, but you can’t legally earn a paycheck while visiting the mainland, unless you have a US work visa or are a US permanent resident.

So please don’t do anything more useful than winning a round of Angry Birds when leaving the boat.

130118-blueseed-12miles7 Can I travel to the mainland? – Yes
You can travel to the mainland using business/tourist visas (B1/B2), for up to 180 days/year (these are significantly easier to obtain than work-visas). US residents can travel to Blueseed at any time.

Unless they’ve already been vaporized by a drone strike.  Sorry!

8 What happens when I succeed and outgrow Blueseed? – We help you move to the mainland.
Silicon Valley is the best place in the world to scale a company, and once you’re large enough there are legal channels available to move into Silicon Valley proper. We will provide you with the resources and contacts you need to make the transition.

That means we’ll give you a link to Craigslist.

9 When are you launching? – End of 2013
We plan to launch between Q4 2013 and Q1 2014.

You know how those house construction projects always run late?  What do you think would happen if you tried building all this in the Pacific Ocean? That’s why we said we plan to launch then, not that we would.

10 My organization supports startups, how do I join the project? – Partner up or Contact us
We’re primarily looking for incubators, support networks, and individuals or organizations that make our environment more awesome while solving a startup’s problems.

But we’ll take anyone’s money as long as you don’t ask to live here.

130118-blueseed-conceptAnd the above isn’t even the FAQ!

Blueseed is already pitching themselves as a relative bargain compared to actually living in Silicon Valley.  The rent (starting at $1200 a month for shared living space, mind you) also includes collaborative office space, more conventionally known as “good luck finding a seat somewhere in here.”

And while you won’t need a suitcase full of cash (as you would for an EB-5 investor visa), you would need to deposit enough money to pay for your ticket home. 

Maybe the folks running Blueseed could invest your ticket deposits by buying a place near Google.  Now that’s some equity.

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January 10, 2013

This floating home features wains coating and stain glass

Here’s a very Bay Area solution to the often noted challenge that “they’re not making any more land.”  Build your house on  water!  Sound like a plan to you?  Let’s swim on up to WaterWorld, courtesy of Burbed reader J from Alameda

Note: this is a Bay Area solution, but definitely not a REAL Bay Area fix.  RBA houses are in the RBA in the first place because they have land they aren’t making any more of.

130109-mariner-redfin2394 Mariner Square C3
Alameda, CA 94501
Sold 11/9/10 for $335,000

2 Beds 
1 Baths 
1,296 Sq. Ft.
$258 / Sq. Ft.
Built: 1972 
Lot Size: — 
Sold On: Nov 9, 2010
Status: Sold
Type: Detached
Stories: 2
Community: Barnhill Marina
MLS#: 40489839
Style: Contemporary
View: City Lights, Marina, San Francisco, Water
County: Alameda

This beautifully remodeled 2 bed 1 bath floating home features estuary and SF views, hardwood floors, new paint, wains coating, vaulted ceiling with exposed wood beams, new appliances, stain glass windows, three decks, and skylights. Close to BART, ferry, train, and Fwy.

130109-mariner-satelliteHere’s what J floated over with the house:

And this would be cheapest SFR/Floating. Also should get a prize for longest price history….

Unfortunately, would you believe this property was delisted, we swear we are not making this up, the very day we head off to Redfin to write it up?  Which means we don’t know how many days it was on the market for but about two years.  We’ve already done a property that was sitting on MLS for four years!  And this one for more than three!

But while you may be at sea here, the agent says it’s close to everything: BART, ferry, train, and Fwy. It’s even closer to the Posey (underground) tube.  The map clearly shows it runs right underneath you.

Meanwhile, we looked high (Zillow) and low (Sawbuck) for the newly pulled listing without much success.  Here’s what we found in Google cache, but it appears to be a completely different floating house, despite the listing history lining up perfectly.

130109-mariner-cached2394 Mariner Square Drive E6
Alameda, CA 94501
$229,000

1 Beds 
1 Baths 
— Sq. Ft.
Built: 1968
Lot Size: —
On Redfin: 537 days
Type: Detached
Stories: 2
Community: Barnhill Marina
MLS#: 40533694
Style: Contemporary
View: City Lights, Downtown, Marina, Water
County: Alameda

Floating Home. Open plan for kitchen/living room and den; upper level suite for bedroom and sitting area. 360 degree view from upper deck; elegant tiled first floor. New carpet in upper level bedroom suite.

130109-mariner-viewOne bedroom, two bedrooms, so what? No square feet, 1300 square feet, big deal.  Blue trim, green trim, doesn’t mean anything.  C3, E6, you sunk my battleship!

Now, here’s one of the 360 degrees of views you can enjoy from the upper deck.  Also check out this delightful photo of the house and environs from homes.com!

Bunus: Sold in 2007 for $448K.

Another bunus: This old listing (with old paint job) says there’s a $523 a month berth fee.  But that’s nothing.  Trulia says this place is a mobile/manufactured home.  They’re the only site that says so, which means they could be wrong.  But what could possibly be better than a trailer house in a trailer flotilla?

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