Fall Real Estate 2007

Publication Date: Friday, October 12, 2007

Fall 2007 snapshot of the market
What do you get for close to the median price?

by Carol Blitzer

Here's a snapshot of what was on the market in early September. Each home was offered at close to the median price for that community.

EAST PALO ALTO
Address: 885 Schembri Lane
List price: $639,000
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Interior: 1,130 sq. ft.
Lot size: 7,501 sq. ft.
Date built: 1951
On a larger-than-average lot, this contemporary home in The Gardens neighborhood offers even more living space with its deck and back yard. Highlights include a large living room fireplace and skylight, roomy dining area, an eat-in kitchen and a large yard with a deck.

REDWOOD CITY
Address: 1112 Palm Ave.
List price: $875,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Interior: 1,140 sq. ft.
Lot size: 6,048 sq. ft.
Date built: 1949
Granite and marble grace the kitchen of this home, which was remodeled by the owner/contractor. In addition to the marble bathrooms, there's both a one-car attached garage and a new two-car detached garage, perfect for a workshop or possibly a family room. Outside one can enjoy the mature landscaping, fruit trees and patio. The ranch-style home is just blocks from Reed Morton Community Park and shopping along Woodside Road.

MOUNTAIN VIEW
Address: 2705 Wasatch Drive
List price: $1,088,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Interior: 1,576 sq. ft.
Lot size: 7,840 sq. ft.
Date built: 1962
What's new in this 45-year-old home? Berber carpet and kitchen flooring. All the rest <0x2014> including kitchen and baths <0x2014> is original. This one-story ranch-style house is located in the Waverly Park neighborhood, with Cooper Park, local schools and State Highway 85 nearby.

MENLO PARK
Address: 1397 Woodland Ave.
List price: $1,299,000
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Interior: 1,530 sq. ft.
Lot size: 6,140 sq. ft.
Date built: 1957
What happens when you blend 50-year-old charm <0x2014> hardwood floors, crown molding <0x2014> with up-to-date amenities <0x2014> recessed lighting, remodeled bathrooms, walk-in master closet, granite kitchen counters and a two-car garage? This ranch-style home in the secluded, woodsy Willows, just across San Francisquito Creek from Palo Alto's Crescent Park, is served by the Menlo Park School District and has easy access to U.S. Highway 101.

PALO ALTO
Address: 874 Garland Drive
List price: $1,567,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Interior: 1,980 sq. ft.
Lot size: 7,257 sq. ft.
Date built: 1956
Mature trees and a winding road with short cul-de-sacs create a neighborhood with a very French countryside feel. With its modernized kitchen (in 1986), updated bathrooms and mature landscaping, it's no great surprise that the last family stayed more than 30 years. The home is an easy walk to Jordan Middle School as well as to Midtown shopping. Actually it's not far from much in Palo Alto.

LOS ALTOS
Address: 1931 Deodara Drive
List price: $1,750,000
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Interior: 3,061 sq. ft.
Lot size: 10,018 sq. ft.
Date built: 1969
In woodsy Woodland Acres, at the base of Los Altos Hills, this roomy rancher boasts a stone façade and circular driveway. Special features include a separate dining room, formal living room with fireplace, and two <0x2014> count 'em <0x2014> separate family rooms with access to the back yard. The home offers easy access to shopping, State Highway 85, Interstate 280, downtown Los Altos and the Cupertino school district.

WOODSIDE
Address: 558 Patrol Road
List price: $1,998,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Interior: 3,100 sq. ft.
Lot size: 1.26 acres
Date built: 1960
This is so Woodside: privacy and a horse stable with tack and hay rooms, paddock and trail access. The interior has hardwood floors, two master-bedroom suites, an eat-in kitchen, a workshop and a bonus room. The ranch-style home features a wood-burning fireplace in the living room, a separate dining room and a sleeping porch, as well as a large deck.

PORTOLA VALLEY
Address: 133 Corte Madera Road
List price: $2,098,000
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 4
Interior: 3,279 sq. ft.
Lot size: 22,599 sq. ft.
Date built: 1950
The Portola Valley School District is a big draw for this remodeled Brookside Park home, which sits on more than half an acre. Features range from the professional landscaping and circular driveway to the dual entry patio with "eyebrow" arbor. An extra bonus is the view of Windy Hill and easy access to Alpine Road (and Interstate 280).

LOS ALTOS HILLS
Address: 27633 Via Cerro Gordo
List price: $2,899,000
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Interior: 3,568 sq. ft.
Lot size: 1.60 acres
Date built: 1969
Completely remodeled in 2001-3, this Mediterranean-style home boasts panoramic views of Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay. Highlights include six skylights, four interior arches, a breakfast room, office, utility room, bonus room and wine cellar. Close by are Foothills Park and the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club. Another plus: the Palo Alto school district.

ATHERTON
Address: 163 Fair Oaks Lane
List price: $3,500,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Interior: 3,510 sq. ft.
Lot size: 1.24 acres
Date built: 1937
Surrounded by mature oak trees, this roomy French Colonial home sits on well over an acre of land in tony Atherton. In addition to the main house, there is a one-bedroom, one-bath guest house, a gated entry, lush landscaping and a pool. The home is a short walk to the Atherton train station, and not far from Holbrook-Palmer Park.