|Fall Real Estate 2002
Publication Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2002
Old vs. new
by Carol Blitzer
An unusual real-estate opportunity cropped up in Palo Alto this
month, with one of the oldest houses in town coming on the market,
a 107-year-old home that is on the Palo Alto Historic Registry.
The house was built on Middlefield Road, but was moved in 1905 to
its present location at 640 Fulton St.
In the early '90s, owner Dennis Starkovich added a master bedroom
with a balcony to the second story and updated the kitchen. In the
process, he saved as much of the original as he could, reusing the
bricks from the old fireplace in the new walkway in front of the
house. He also kept all the windows and doors, as well as the front
porch with its spindle railing.
"We're proud of what we did, keeping it in its style,"
While the exteriors remain historically correct, the insides were
gutted and completely updated. The home at 918 Bryant St., for example,
features Olde Boarde American walnut wood floors on the main level,
and the kitchen has high-end features to entrance a gourmet cook
- a Wolf range, KitchenAid ovens and dishwasher and Sub-Zero refrigerator.
The master bedroom is located in the basement, with glass doors
opening to a landscaped private patio. There's air conditioning
Buyers are beginning to ask for air conditioning in new homes,
said Hal Nelson, of Nelson Realty, Menlo Park. His firm is introducing
a new home in west Menlo Park with state-of-the-art wiring and high-end
"There's nothing of its equivalent. The quality and craftsmanship
in this price range is more equivalent to $3 million," he said.
A couple of miles -- and another school district -- away in Palo Alto, a new home offers similar features. "For the price, they're getting top-of-the-line amenities, including slab granite, crown moldings, custom-made cabinets, high-end appliances," said Christina Luiz, of the Cashin Company.
Where: 639 Ashton Ave., Palo Alto