Fall Real Estate 2008

Publication Date: Friday, October 10, 2008

Fall 2008 snapshot of the market
What do you get for close to the median price?

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.


Address: 3874 Magnolia Drive
List price: $1,650,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Interior: 2,063 sq. ft.
Lot size: 5,817 sq. ft.
Date built:
n/a; remodeled 2008

This Barron Park home was extensively expanded with a large one-story addition, as well as remodeling of the rest of the house. Features include granite counters, maple cabinets and stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen (which includes a breakfast bar), a fireplace in the living room, a separate family room and a two-car garage.


Address: 155 W. Portola Ave.
List price: $1,795,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Interior: 2,627 sq. ft.
Lot size: 6,552 sq. ft.
Date built: 2001

Location, location, location -- this North Los Altos home is close to schools, City Hall, the library and the Village. Just seven years old, the home offers a chef's kitchen (think six-burner stove), formal dining room with wainscoted walls and well-kept landscaping, including a rose garden and lawns. Extras include CAT 5 wiring, central air, alarm and a hot tub.


Address: 990 San Marcos Circle
List price: $998,000
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 2.5
Interior: 1,950 sq. ft
Lot size: 7,100 sq. ft.
Date built: 1964

Not far from Theuerkauf Elementary School and Stevenson Park in the Rex Manor neighborhood, this is a recently remodeled home (new kitchen, bathrooms) on a corner lot. This contemporary home features a separate family room with a fireplace, master bedroom suite and double-paned windows.


Address: 4021 Fair Oaks Ave.
List price: $1,525,000
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 4
Interior: 2,870 sq. ft.
Lot size: 5,000 sq. ft.
Date built: 1973

With easy access to U.S. Highway 101 (via Marsh Road), this large home in the Fair Oaks neighborhood features multiple master suites, an eat-in kitchen, living-room fireplace, marble, tile, hardwood and carpeted floors and a two-car garage.


Address: 1618 Carleton Court
List price: $898,850
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Interior: 1,460 sq. ft.
Lot size: 6,700 sq. ft.
Date built: 1955

Not far from schools, shopping, parks and highways, this west Redwood City home was upgraded with "green" efficiency in mind, with new heating/air conditioning and double-paned windows. A large yard offers a comfortable setting for both child's play and adult entertaining.


Address: 1218 Westminister Ave.
List price: $349,999
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Interior: 1,430 sq. ft.
Lot size: 5,800 sq. ft.
Date built: 1950

With easy access to U.S. Highway 101 (via Willow Road) and the Dumbarton Bridge, this one-story home is offered as a short sale. Features include an eat-in kitchen, separate family room with fireplace and a two-car garage.


Address: 19 Sandstone St.
List price: $2,095,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Interior: 2,500 sq. ft.
Lot size: .5 acre
Date built: 1985


In the midst of Portola Valley Ranch, not far from Corte Madera School, Interstate 280 and Stanford University, this contemporary home is set amidst rolling hills and ancient oaks. The home is sited to take advantage of the view, especially from the large deck. Storage is not a problem here -- with multiple walk-in closets and pantries. This planned community also offers tennis courts, pools, a wine-producing vineyard and hiking trails.


Address: 61 Oak Haven Way
List price: $3,199,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3.5
Interior: 4,150 sq. ft.
Lot size: 1.2 acres
Date built: 2000

Surrounded by oaks, this Woodside Hills neighborhood home is close to Interstate 280, Woodside Road and the Menlo Country Club and is in the Woodside Elementary School District. Highlights include high-beamed ceilings, large windows, an open kitchen with large family room, three fireplaces, large, walk-in closets, and a three-car garage with work bench.


Address: 96 Mulberry Lane
List price: $4,495,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4+
Interior: 5,800 sq. ft.
Lot size: 1.07 acres
Date built: 1958

Billed as a personal country club, this home has its own tennis court, swimming pool with spa, three-car garage and boat park on a level acre-plus. The master bedroom suite has two bathrooms, and each bedroom has a private bathroom. Other features include a library, three-room guest quarters and four fireplaces.


Address: 26459 Taaffe Road
List price: $2,695,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Interior: 2,304 sq. ft.
Lot size: 1 acre
Date built: 1959

It could hardly be Los Altos Hills without amazing hill views, but this home is also not far from Foothill College and Interstate 280, as well as Los Altos schools. If the view weren't enough, there's always the hot tub, swimming pool and outdoor kitchen to draw one outside. Features include hardwood floors, chef's kitchen and a separate, skylit family room.