4094 Wilson Lane is for sale. I have to say: it's one of the tidiest homes I've ever been in.
Rather than list out all of the things that are pretty obvious from the photos* (and list good/bad features), simply take a look and judge for yourself. I've also posted the realtor's flyer at the bottom, too. If you have questions, check it out in person Saturday or Sunday (Sept. 27th and 28th). It's listed at $560K.
Click on the photos for higher-res versions.
* Things not completely apparent in the photos: the radiant heat does work and yes, those are forced air HVAC ducts in the ceiling -- for additional heat and cooling.
I have a distinct point-of-view on the value that a real estate agent can bring to the table — they are either your biggest asset and ally... or your weakest link. And given that your home is your biggest investment, when it comes time to sell, you want to get as much out of the sale as you can — and you depend on that agent to prepare and market your property "right" in exchange for a flat 6% commission. It's 6% for the best, most experienced agent... or 6% for the guy who's just phoning it in. Sadly, three of the last four houses in our neighborhood have been represented by the latter (so poor that I haven't even featured the bad ones on this site).
Jon and Carlos stopped by today to bust up some concrete... we've big plans (note the title of this post), so stay tuned.
Given that much of the yard is already finished, it was very important that they work around some of these finished areas -- and all went well. If you need landscaping demo, tree trimming or general strong-back type of work, give Jon a call at (510)600-5619 or drop him an email at: Jon Cunningham <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Last week, we hosted a photoshoot at the house for Sony. It's always amazing to see the space you live in transform into a photo set with new props, very manicured models and lots and lots of gear. In situations like these, we generally pack the day full of errands and stay out of the house, but I snuck back in to grab a few shots myself.
While out of our immediate neighborhood, our friend Thomas Westfall sent us his newest listing. We met Thomas serendipitously through one of his own listings... I was so impressed with the photography, marketing and website, I reached out to him. Since then, he's found us great new neighbors and has found some other friends a new home in Sacramento.
5664 Greenridge appears to be a great mix of original and updated for an askign price of $850K. But don't take my word for it. Take a peek at the pictures below and check out the website.
We've been seeing a lot of houses come up for sale in the past few months and the latest is at 4006 Santa Fe Court which is the same model as 4002 Santa Fe Court which sold just a few weeks ago — a 4BR, 2BA carport model. This house is at the corner of Salem St. and Santa Fe Court.
Some of the decor and finishes might not be perfect for the purist, but it seems to have "good bones". See more photos after the jump and judge for yourself (click for higher-res images).
4112 Phoenix Street is now for sale. It's a 4BR carport model which clocks in at about 1650sf with a one-car garage. It's on the market starting at $500K, but given the recent comps, it's anticipated to go a bit above that. Take a look! Also, feel free to check out the Flickr gallery which has higher-resolution images.
This week, we made a good bit of progress on the deck: aboug 2/3s of the surface and the planting areas. If it was a traditional install, we'd have been done a while ago, but it's a very time-intensive install with a lot of in-between steps and the heat makes things tough to plow through.
But with progress comes questions. Directly around the pool, we need coping. This was originally planned to be wood to match the deck, but given how much moisture and wear it will see, we're considering an even more durable material like concrete or stone. The material needs to be 3/4in thick, so countertop-style granite (2cm) would be ideal, but expensive. Wood would be the cheapest and easiest to install. Custom concrete tiles would be interesting and potentially cost effective... Thoughts?
Edit: A stopped at a fewcountertop shops yesterday and today and piked up some samples. Here is the backside of a jet-black countertop granite (when polished) staged at the edge (with some water splashed on the bottom two pieces... but otherwise all the same stone). I think I like it! Some sealer will make it look more gray than white. It's amazing that on the other (polished) side, it's jet black.
Blaine has been doing some incredible things to his house. This morning, he and a friend were re-facing his roll-up garage door — and by 10AM they were already at this point and finished by the afternoon. Granted, lots of planning and cutting happened beforehand, the results — in just a matter of hours — are amazing. The panels certainly add extra weight to the door... in his words: "The door is so heavy now, I'll have to get a diesel-powered door opener"... but the results are worth it.