Mountain View Voice

- October 15, 2010

Same price, different house

What's on the market in local communities

by Georgia Wells

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.

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 within walking distance to Belle Haven Elementary School 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.

$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 and Graham Middle schools). Other amenities include an attached two-car garage, a tub with jets, central air-cooling and a living room fireplace.

Editorial Intern Georgia Wells can be reached at gwells@embarcaderopublishing.com.

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