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Jerry’s Journal of 2009

03-20-09. Wow! Spring has sprung, or at least it's springing, for the inventory of Eichlers has taken a quick turn for the better.  As of today, our Eichler area now boasts 30 listings, about one-third of them showing up in the last week or so.  We've not seen the listing activity that normally happens just after the Super Bowl until now.  Perhaps the hesitancy and uncertainty caused by our economic situation to either sell or buy is beginning to wane, and so folks are getting on with their lives.  I think what we need now is to have that 30 number remain about the same, with several new listings appearing weekly, and the same or similar number of sales occurring as well. Everybody wins in that climate.  We'll see what happens. It is rather unusal to have two of the outstanding Eichlers located on Stanford University grounds be listed at the same time, as happens today. And for those of you who may be new Eichler enthusiasts, you may be surprised to learn that there are over 100 Eichler homes located in the beautiful environs of the Stanford property. Virtually all of the homes, several of which are shown in our book, Eichler Homes – Design for Living, are considerably larger than the homes found in the “normal” communities of Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, etc.  They are, however, recognizable Eichlers, through and through, with more square footage devoted to […]

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SOLD: 4144 Wilkie Way, Palo Alto

4144 Wilkie Way — $1,049,000.  Listed 3/18/09 (Julia Keady of Alain Pinel Realtors represents the Seller) SOLD for $1,049,000 – 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms– 1318sf living space on a 6490sf lot– pool, patio, private redwood, updated baths and kitchen, high ceilings.  Mark's Preview Notes: Since this is on the corner at Tennessee, there is a spacious side yard offering an escape from the pool in the back.  This Eichler has an updated kitchen, baths, and laminated floors but you may need to consider if the carport-only configuration offers enough storage for your lifestyle.

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Withdrawn: 3645 Ramona Cir, Palo Alto

3645 Ramona Cir — $1,240,000.  Listed 3/18/09 (Judy Decker of Keller Williams Palo Alto represents the Seller) Withdrawn – 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms– 1800sf living space on a 6192sf lot– extensively re-built in 2004, Possible guest suite with kitchenette, separate entrance, and private garden, updated kitchen and baths, gleaming hardwood floors.  Mark's Preview Notes: The IKEA cabinets and replacement globe lights help to refresh this Eichler very nicely.  Another interesting choice here was the use of natural wood colored tongue and groove ceiling instead of the popular white paint nowadays.  Visually it provides a very appealing contrast.

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Sold: 780 Maplewood Ave, Palo Alto

780 Maplewood Ave — $975,000.  Listed 3/17/09 (Eric Colbrie of Intero Real Estate Services represents the Seller)  Sold for $970,000, COE 6/2/2009 – 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms– 1144sf living space on a 6000sf lot– 2 updated tile baths, new carpeting, 3 parks right around the corner. Mark's Preview Notes: I am first struck by the especially nice sun for the patio, classic Eichler outdoor living.  The original wood paneling in most rooms give the buyer a nice palette from which to begin updating this Eichler.  At this price, how can you go wrong?

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New Listing: 1643 Edmonton Ave, Sunnyvale

1643 Edmonton Ave — $1,250,000. Listed 3/17/2009 (Judy Pullos of Intero Real Estate Services represents the Seller) Withdrawn – 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms– 2430sf living space on a 11025sf lot– sparkling pool and spa, Large master bed and bath with jetted tub, 3 remodeled baths and pergo floors! Mark's Preview Notes:  The benefits of no rear neighbors and large lot make this a spacious Eichler for sure.  It seems the atrium was enclosed and a hall bathroom was added at the front of the house, which is why this is now a 3 bathroom.  The additional living space comes from a master extension off the back.

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SOLD: 2425 Fairoak Ct, San Jose

2425 Fairoak Ct — $685,000. Listed 3/16/09 (Loni Nagwani of Century 21-El Camino represents the Seller) Sold for $685k COE 7/24 – 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms– 1618sf living space on a 6180sf lot– All original paneling, atrium model, cul-de-sac lot  Mark's Preview Notes:  Here is a very original Eichler at the lowest list price for any active Willow Glen Eichlers.  The kitchen has the original sliders, the wood panels are mostly in good shape, and the rear stationary windows have been updated to dual pane some time ago.  The landscaping is rough and the master bathroom has been completely ripped out, but for someone who is looking for a nice Eichler in Willow Glen on a quiet court, that’s also in live-able condition, this is a nice option.

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