817 Shenandoah Drive – was a nicely updated (kitchen and baths) Brown and Kauffman (B & K) home. The front two bedrooms were bumped out under the roof line to add additional usable space. Note: this eliminates the front porch. There is a nice private courtyard in the front of the home.
The problem with B & K homes is the room behind the kitchen is too small for a family room and too large for a dining room. You could walk through ten different B & K homes and half will have the room listed as a family room and the other half will have it listed as a dining room. Go figure!
Good home, neighborhood and schools. Listed by J & J Faulhaber of Alain Pinel Realtors.
1537 Samedra Street – As I mentioned in my tour tweet, this house is right out of the 70’s with it’s brown shag carpet. It’s only a 2 bedroom, but the rooms are both quite large. The rest of the house is original and the patio has been enclosed (a buyer may want to verify the permit status on the addition). The main feature of the home is the large lot. Someone buying this home will probably live in it for a few years and then blast out the back of the home with a remodel. Can you say 4 bedroom?
I thought the house could have been cleaned up a little more and the yard trimmed back. I also would have asked the seller to leave the property during the broker open house. According to the MLS, the listing agent, Kitty Chuang of Asante Real Estate, she would like all offers to her office by 9/10/08 2:00 p.m.
1398 S Bernardo Avenue – This house was generic and somewhat boring. The yard was cleaned up and newer sod in place. The house had been updated, but probably just to sell because the quality of the upgrades is not that high. Most of the garage has been converted into a living space (buyer should check on permits). The house sits directly across the street from highway 85 and the large sound wall. The buyer of this home will be buying for the excellent Cupertino schools first and location second. The home is listed by James Carter of Intero Real estate services.
1720 Banff Drive – This house is located in a little pocket of homes south of Homestead and east of highway 85. I was surprised that the home didn’t have more freeway noise than it did. I recommend a buyer visit the house during dirfferent times of the day to see if the freeway noise is a problem. The large tri-level home has been updated throughout. It’s nice and not over the top. The house looks a little stark so it might look better being staged. The four bedrooms are all fairly small but the yard is sufficient. Cupertino schools add to the home’s appeal. The listing agent is Mark Miano of Alain Pinel Realtors.
Note: There were a few other properties on tour, but I was unable to see them all.