Real Estate

Here's the budget: What can you get?

A snapshot of what's on the market in nearby communities

Searching for the perfect home is often a stressful and daunting task, but taking a step back and evaluating similarly priced homes in different neighborhoods can help whittle down your choices.

In the Rex Manor neighborhood of Old Mountain View known for its 1950s charm, a three-bedroom home with a master suite sells for nearly $525,000. In the Menlo Park area, one can find a similarly sized home for nearly $70,000 less. In Palo Alto, a home with a comparable interior size costs at minimum $870,000.

Stretch the budget to a couple of million dollars, and the choices often expand to include custom-designed homes on larger lots.

In beautiful Woodside, a five-bedroom property with extensive grounds, refurbished with the highest quality material goes for nearly $4 million. An Atherton estate with a slightly more spacious interior but smaller lot size featuring a koi pond, swimming pool and spa goes for $4.25 million.

The following are options that were available on the market in early March:

$500,000:

MENLO PARK

Address: 581 7th Ave.

List price: $450,000

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Interior: 1,140 sq. ft.

Lot size: 4,950 sq. ft.

Date built: 1945

This one-story home is located in North Fair Oaks, popularly called "Little Mexico," because of its substantial Latino population. The home is equipped with a remodeled kitchen and laminate floors, and a gorgeous, expansive front yard. With easy access to Highway 101 and Middlefield Road, it is also a short drive away from the Woodside Central Shopping Center. Families with small children will find this residence ideal as it is only blocks away from Fair Oaks Elementary School and picturesque Hoover Park.

MOUNTAIN VIEW

Address: 915 Farley St.

List price: $525,000

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1.5

Interior: 1,146 sq. ft.

Lot size: 5,760 sq. ft.

Date built: 1951

The location of this detached single-family home in Mountain View satisfies avid shoppers and nature-lovers alike. The home is very close to Bailey Park Plaza Shopping Center and less than two miles away from the San Antonio Shopping Center. The residence is also surrounded by Stevenson, Monta Loma and Rengstorff parks and the Whisman Sports Center, which are short drives away. The home's traditional exterior of white wood contrasts with its luxurious interior kitchen with granite counter tops and deluxe skylights that illuminate the spacious living area.

$800,000:

MENLO PARK

Address: 2045 Menalto Ave.

List price: $849,000

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1

Interior: 1,090 sq. ft.

Lot size: 7,350 sq. ft.

Date built: 1949

This vintage Willows home with its lovingly designed landscape radiates a rustic charm worth considering. Its front yard of pink roses, mature fruit trees and stone paths and patios creates a simple and serene atmosphere. The home features a wood-burning fireplace, double-paned windows with wooden blinds, and honey-toned hardwood floors. Although secluded, the property is easily accessible to Highway 101.

MOUNTAIN VIEW

Address: 730 Cuesta Drive

List price: $829,000

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Interior: 1,178 sq. ft.

Lot size: 8,892 sq. ft.

Date built: 1955

Across the street from the green fields of Cuesta Park, this property also enjoys a view of the hills in Rancho San Antonio. The home has recently been updated with a new roof and refinished hardwood floors. Granite counter tops and an elegant fireplace in the living room give the home a lush, yet inviting aura. Other highlights include its proximity to public and private schools (Mountain View and St. Francis high schools, Bubb Elementary School) and to downtown Mountain View.

$1,500,000:

PALO ALTO

Address: 760 Webster St.

List price: $1,575,000

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2.5

Interior: 1,500 sq. ft.

Lot size: 5,000 sq. ft.

Date built: 2011

This recently built home on quiet Webster Street is surprisingly edgy with its modern interior d├ęcor of cream, wood and steel. The home is up-to-date and energy efficient with many green features including a solar water heater. High ceilings and expansive glass windows create a light and airy interior. Sliding doors lead to the landscaped private gardens for outdoor enjoyment. Sleek stone counter tops, wood cabinetry, chic tile accents and wood ceiling insets are also among the attractive interior details. Other amenities include double-pane windows, gas hook-up in the kitchen, skylights and a master-bedroom suite. The home is situated one block from Middlefield Road and a few minutes drive to downtown Palo Alto.

PORTOLA VALLEY

Address: 250 Gabarda Way

List price: $1,495,000

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

Interior: 2,730 sq. ft.

Lot size: 19,600 sq. ft. (.45 acre)

Date built: 1964

The extensive interior and open floor plan of this home makes it ideal for a large or extended family. This four-bedroom home offers an option of converting the office to a bonus room. Additionally attached to the home is a one-bedroom in-law unit with separate entrance and full bath. The high vaulted ceilings and large picture windows open up the living room space whereas the wood-burning fireplace evokes a more intimate feel. The kitchen is a delight for the gourmand with its updated appliances and breakfast bar.

$2,000,000:

PALO ALTO

Address: 178 Primrose Way

List price: $2,195,000

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3.5

Interior: 2,530 sq. ft.

Lot size: 5,940 sq. ft.

Date built: 2009

This fairly new one-story custom-built home with its tripartite architectural layers and contemporary style is located in the desirable Duveneck/St. Francis (formerly known as Green Gables) neighborhood. The home is only minutes from downtown Palo Alto and a few blocks from Duveneck Elementary School. This home is an architectural gem with its quasi-vaulted ceiling and attractive bay windows. Other highlights include its custom-designed bathrooms, modern light fixtures, master suites, a fireplace and an open floor plan.

MENLO PARK

Address: 675 Wallea Drive

List price: $2,995,000

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Interior: 2,460 sq. ft.

Lot size: 10,058 sq. ft.

Date built: 1951

This ranch-style home located at the heart of Menlo Park, with its immense lawn and private garden, renders it ideal for families seeking green pastures and some quiet. Its efficient floor plan and eat-in-kitchen will bring a smoother flow to the bustle of busy families. Amenities include a remodeled master suite, a two-car garage and a beautiful fireplace in the dining room.

$4,000,000:

ATHERTON

Address: 255 Selby Lane

List price: $4,250,000

Bedrooms: 6

Bathrooms: 5.5

Interior: 6,584 sq. ft.

Lot size: 1 acre

Date built: 1957

With a winding path in the backyard reminiscent of another era, and a waterfall and koi pond, this home was made for the family who enjoys the outdoors. Classically appealing are also the lovely grounds, swimming pool and spa. The property is well-protected with three gated entrances and is located on a cul-de-sac off the main road a few minutes drive from El Camino Real. With six bedrooms and three flex rooms, this home is meant for a large family. Interior features include wood parquet floors, plantation shutters and tall ceilings. A full guest house with its own gate and garage is also included.

WOODSIDE

Address: 11 Hacienda Drive

List price: $3,995,500

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 3.5

Interior: 5,100 sq. ft.

Lot size: 2.6 acres

Date built: 1980

With embedded light fixtures, raised geometric ceiling designs and oak floors, this five-bedroom home was made for a refined taste. The exterior and interior of the home and the guesthouse has been recently remodeled with the finest quality materials. The kitchen is a haven for earnest chefs with its honed limestone counter tops and high-efficiency stainless appliances. Other highlights include a fireplace in the family room, dual-paned windows, a master-bedroom suite and a three-or-more-car garage.

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