Real Estate

Same price, different house

What's on the market in local communities

Looking to buy a house, but don't have your heart set on a specific neighborhood? It can be a useful exercise to compare just what you can get at different price points.

In Menlo Park, for example, $500,000 buys a modest starter home from the 1950s that has been fixed up. Or, in that same price range, one can find a condo in Mountain View.

In Woodside, a comparably sized home costs $900,000.

A spacious home in Atherton on a one-acre lot with a pool and tennis court goes for $4 million. A Woodside home for the same price is on a three-acre lot with a pond, waterfall and equestrian facilities.

Here's a sampling of what was on the market in September:

$500,000:

MOUNTAIN VIEW

Address 1260 West Dana St.

List price $549,000

Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 2.5

Interior 867 sq. ft.

Lot size 3,600 sq. ft.

Date built 1923

Located one block from downtown Mountain View, this single-family home has easy access to Edith Landels Elementary and Rengstorff Park. Features include hardwood floors, central air-conditioning and a detached garage.

MENLO PARK

Address 421 Hamilton Ave.

List price $575,000

Bedrooms 4

Bathrooms 2

Interior 1,360 sq. ft.

Lot size 6,650 sq. ft.

Date built 1950

Located in Belle Haven near Highway 101, this home is in walking distance to schools (Belle Haven Elementary, Menlo-Atherton High) and has easy access to Bayfront Park. Its remodeled kitchen includes granite counter tops, new stainless-steel appliances and tile flooring. Other features include a hot tub, skylights, a fireplace in the living room and an attached garage.

$800,000:

PALO ALTO

Address 380 West Meadow Drive

List price $869,000

Bedrooms 4

Bathrooms 2.5

Interior 1,310 sq. ft.

Lot size 8,700 sq. ft.

Date built 1920

This vintage fixer-upper is located on a large lot one block from Robles Park. The attic and main level each have two bedrooms. One bedroom and bathroom have a separate entrance -- suitable for renting. Highlights include the hardwood floors and coved ceilings of the living and dining rooms. The dining room also has a fireplace. The lot includes a rose garden, two lawns, many mature plants, a detached garage, and easy access to schools (Barron Park Elementary, Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle and Gunn High).

WOODSIDE

Address 330 Ridge Road

List price $888,888

Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 2

Interior 1,830 sq. ft.

Lot size 10,800 sq. ft.

Date built 1972

This cabin-style home in the redwoods is secluded, yet is still less than a half hour from most of Silicon Valley. The three-level home includes a large master bedroom with open-beam ceilings, lots of windows and skylights, and cedar closets. The lower level's floors are solid oak, with a stone tile entry. Other amenities include high ceilings, three fireplaces and a deck and barbecue area.

$1,500,000:

ATHERTON

Address 77 Walnut Ave.

List price $1,449,000

Bedrooms 4

Bathrooms 3

Interior 2,122 sq. ft.

Lot size 6,550 sq. ft.

Date built 2008

This newly built, price-reduced home could be suitable for a large or extended family. In addition to the main house, there is a separate guesthouse with a kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Other highlights include all new Anderson windows, hardwood floors, high ceilings, a new roof, new and remodeled bathrooms, a built-in multi-zone audio system, central air-cooling and a fireplace in the living room.

MOUNTAIN VIEW

Address 1561 Glen Una Court

List price $1,569,000

Bedrooms 5

Bathrooms 3

Interior 2,530 sq. ft.

Lot size 8,160 sq. ft.

Date built 2008

The open floor plan and large patios of this five-bedroom home make it ideal for entertaining, inside and out. Serious chefs will appreciate the gourmet kitchen with custom cherry cabinets, granite slab countertops and stainless-steel appliances. One block from Cuesta Park, this home is also close to schools (Bubb Elementary, Graham Middle and Mountain View High). Other amenities include an attached two-car garage, a tub with jets, central air-cooling and a living room fireplace.

$2,000,000:

PORTOLA VALLEY

Address 451 Portola Road

List price $2,300,000

Bedrooms 2

Bathrooms 1.5

Interior 2,320 sq. ft.

Lot size 1.13 acres

Date built 1912

This castle-like home has a fa├žade of smooth river rocks, leaded-glass windows, hardwood floors and a fireplace. Great for horse-lovers and artists, the property includes two guest cottages, an artist studio, and a horse stable and corral. Other highlights include a detached two-car garage, barbecue area and greenhouse.

PALO ALTO

Address 3105 Bandera Drive

List price $2,400,000

Bedrooms 5

Bathrooms 2.5

Interior 2,907 sq. ft.

Lot size 1.04 acre

Date built 1967

=With a beautiful garden, barbecue area, patio and the nearby Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club, this five-bedroom home was made for the family that enjoys spending time outside. Amenities include recently updated kitchen and bathrooms, an attached two-car garage, a tile roof and two fireplaces.

$4,000,000:

WOODSIDE

Address 375 La Questa Way

List price $3,998,000

Bedrooms 4

Bathrooms 2.5

Interior 4,000 sq. ft.

Lot size 2.73 acres

Date built 1961

Set on a three-acre park-like property, this luxurious home has a private media theater, wine cellar and two fireplaces. The land includes a pond, waterfall, pool with spa, fitness center, equestrian and pitch-and-putt facilities. Other highlights include a detached guest house, separate studio apartment and a detached two car garage.

ATHERTON

Address 24 Almendral Ave.

List price $4,000,000

Bedrooms 5

Bathrooms 5

Interior 5,890 sq. ft.

Lot size .94 acre

Date built 1950

An active family will appreciate this spacious home with a pool and tennis court. The formal foyer has a grand staircase and cathedral ceiling. Multiple skylights, three fireplaces and central air conditioning create a pleasant atmosphere. The landscaped garden is good for entertaining, and has an enclosed patio with built-in barbecue and bar and a three-car attached garage.

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