January 6, 2013
Happy New Year Everyone!
December 2, 2012
How much does it cost to buy a four-bedroom, two-bath house?
This year, Los Altos/Los Altos Hills, at an average price of $1,706,688, is the most expensive market in the country when it comes to how much house your dollar will buy, according to Coldwell Banker’s annual Home Listing Report.
And San Carlos isn’t far behind, ranking 10th on the list, with an average listing price for a four-bedroom, two-bath home priced at $1,230,880 (wedged right between Carmel-by-the-Sea and Greenwich, CT). Belmont comes in at number 15, with an average home price of $1,098,777.
In fact, of the nation’s top five most expensive markets, four are on the lower Peninsula and Santa Clara County, and all are in California. Besides Los Altos, they include Saratoga ($1,582,434), Menlo Park ($1,506,909), and Palo Alto ($1,495,364). Newport Beach, in the No. 2 position ($1,658,000), was the only market outside of the Bay Area in the top five.
Coldwell Banker attributes Los Altos’ ranking to the confluence of tech and desirable locations. Google, Apple, Facebook and Stanford University are all located within 15 minutes of Los Altos, Coldwell Banker observed. And, so are the other top-five cities Saratoga, Menlo Park and Palo Alto.
And Los Altos Hills is the town that brought you the $100 million home, purchased by Russian tech investor Yuri Milner in 2011.
“The success of many of our native tech companies has shined a spotlight on Silicon Valley and our real estate market in the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Rick Turley, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in the San Francisco Bay Area, in a written statement.
In fact, among the top 20 most expensive markets in the country, ten of them are on the Peninsula or in Santa Clara Valley. They include the additional cities (in order of price) of Los Gatos, San Carlos, Cupertino, San Francisco and Redwood City.
High demand, low inventory, desirability and population projections all figure into the prices, Turley said.
Conversely, the most affordable was in Redford, Michigan, where the average a four-bedroom, two bath house cost $60,490—or 28 times less than the same house in Los Altos.
Coldwell Banker lists both the top 20 most affordable and the most expensive in the chart below.
|Rank||Most Expensive State||Avg Listing Price||Most Affordable States||Avg. Listing Price|
|1||Los Altos||$1,706,688||Redford, Mich||$60,490|
|2||Newport Beach, Calif.||$1,658,000||College Park, GA||$62,080|
|4||Menlo Park||$1,506,909||Cleveland, Ohio||$70,0665|
|5||Palo Alto||$1,495,464||Poinciana, Fla.||$76,341|
|6||Los Gatos||$1,444,214||Hastings, Fla||$78,840|
|7||Rye, N.Y.||$1,312,250||Jonesboro, GA||$79,686|
|8||Kailua, Hawaii||$1,238,208||Park Forest, Ill.||$81,107|
|10||San Carlos||$1,230,880||Johnstown, Penn.||$84,173|
|11||Greenwich, Conn.||$1,200,525||Cleveland Heights, Ohio||$84,535|
|13||San Francisco||$1,132,086||Fort Pierce, Fla.||$89,292|
|14||Weston, Mass||$1,105,692||Country Club Hills, Ill.||$90,788|
|16||Boulder, Colo||$1,084,183||Lehigh Acres, Fla||$92,819|
|17||Orono, Minn.||$1,070,203||Terrell, Texas||$96,329|
|18||Mercer Island, Wash.||$1,059,411||Warren, Mich.||$96,349|
|19||Darien, Conn.||$1,056,933||Ellenwood, Ga.||$97,850|
|20||Redwood City||$1,010,394||Maricopa, Ariz||$97,886|
December 1, 2012
|In keeping with its annual tradition, Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian opened up its life- sized cookie doorsfor guests to buy gingerbread treats and holiday décor in the lobby of the Victorian-themed hotel.|
December 1, 2012
- Join us for Christmas Carols by the San Carlos Community Band
- Cookies, sodas and candy canes
- Santa will be available from 10am-12pm to listen to the kids Christmas list
- No Charge for Santa’s arrival – sponsored by the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce
- Museum doors open at 9:30AM
November 28, 2012
This is a fun snow globe for this time of year. You just have to put in an address and it shows up with your house in snow. Of course, this is based in Google. I watch my house change all the time in google. All you need to do is:
ENTER YOUR ADDRESS and ZIP CODE (City & state not needed)
Then click the “Shake” button.
My friend, Doug Anderson shared this with me and I thought it would be fun for everyone.
November 15, 2012
This will keep you entertained for the next ten years!!
Here is a web site like no other. If you are over 50 – you will love this. You can scroll down the list below and click and watch anything. (Or you can view the same things at the web site in the link below.) TV shows (we sure had some good ones), songs (you’ll be singing along) – oh my – what a collection. Just love this. I think you will too.
The definitive aspartame family sitcom: Betty & Kathy feud begin over a bathing suit
21 PETTICOAT JUNCTION (1962) < http://xoteria.com/CH21.html>
Bea Bernadette and Edgar Buchanan bring up three perky teenage girls in Hooterville,
at the Shady Rest Hotel; this show was the precursor to “Green Acres” (CBS).
22 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST BOB MATTHIAS (1956) < http://xoteria.com/CH22.html>
1952 Olympic Triathlon Champ Discusses the games & his movie debut with Herb Sheldon.
Sheldon hosted several shows ranging from talk, to teen dance, to Ricky Tick Piano . ( DuMont )
23 DANCES OF THE 1950’s: THE HAND JIVE (1957) < http://xoteria.com/CH23.html>
Herb Sheldon’s dancing Teens do their spin Johnnie Otis’ “Willie & The Hand Jive,”
Then see Otis’ original performance of his “Hand Jive.” (Dumont/RKO)
Contestants: 11 year old Candice Bergen with dad, Edgar sans Charlie Mc Carthy,
& Groucho’s daughter, Melinda. Are the dads smarter than the 6th graders? (NBC)
25 the original DRAGNET (1959) < http://xoteria.com/CH25.html>
Granddaddy of TV cop shows, the definitive police melodrama with Jack Webb as Sgt. Joe Friday,
Ben Alexander as Officer Frank Smith. Cliff Arquette appears as a nut (NBC)
26 THE MAGNIFICENT MUSICAL COMEDY GENIUS OF VICTOR BORGE 1951 < http://xoteria.com/CH26.html>
Victor performs a new twist to Listz and it is a classic Borge, musical & comedy genius.
Victor Borge’s precision piano and satiric talent are as natural as his warmth. (CBS)
27 EDDIE FISHER SINGS A MEDLEY OF HIS BIGGEST HITS 1953 < http://xoteria.com/CH27.html>
Eddie croons I’m Walking Behind You, Anytime, With These Hands, Oh My Papa on his TV show.
Like the era crooners, Fisher got 15 minutes weekly to enthrall his swooning fans.(NBC)
28 ABBOTT & COSTELLO: WHO’S ON FIRST? 1951 < http://xoteria.com/CH28.html>
The signature Bud Abbot and Lou Costello comedy routine often imitated, never duplicated.
The duo did hosting stints on The Colgate Comedy Hour & Hollywood Palace . (NBC)
29 DANCES OF THE 1950’s THE JITTERBUG 1958 < http://xoteria.com/CH29.html>
It started with Cab Calloway and ended up the most popular moves on American Bandstand .
Here the dancers jitterbug jive to Little Richards’ “Rip It Up.” (AIP).
Kids 8 to 80: Enter your 40s-60s dance video @ Oldies Television & win cash & prizes!
30. THE HONEYMOONERS …IN COLOR! 1969 < http://xoteria.com/CH30.html>
Ralph & Ed are jailed in Paris , Ed’s plan backfires with hilarious results.
Jackie wanted the show taped in Miami , Audrey Meadows & Joyce Randolph nixed moving.
Sheila McCrae & Jane Kean played Alice & Trixie; audiences didn’t accept the change. (CBS)
31 THE ORIGINAL FLASH GORDON SERIAL theatres-1939; TV-1960’s < http://xoteria.com/CH31.html>
Before oldies concerts, PBS used Flash Gordon cinema serials to rattle the tin cup.
Buster Crabbe introduced Flash Gordon fighting evil Ming The Merciless~Charles Middleton/
From Captain Video to Captain Kirk, find your TV galactic faves here @ Oldies Television
32 Full Episode THE LONE RANGER 1955 <
November 10, 2012
Some people move cross-country for jobs.
Others move cross-country for love.
Actress Olivia Wilde recently picked up a new place in New York, listing her home in Los Angeles for sale.
She readily admits she moved for her boyfriend, actor Jason Sudeikis. In a recent interview with USA Today, the “House” actress said she’s been spending time “decorating our new apartment. That’s a lot of what I do.”
Wilde’s Los Feliz place, pictured in the gallery, was formerly listed as a rental for $9,500 a month, but apparently the relationship is serious enough that she’s ready to dump her West Coast digs. She bought the home in March 2011 for $2.295 million, according to property listings. The home is listed for $2.495 million.
Located at 2510 Chislehurst Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90027, Wilde’s home is a classic 1929 Spanish-style villa with original architectural details such as Malibu tile, wood floors, stained glass and iron work. Measuring 3.284 square feet, the home has 4 beds, 3 baths, a library and media/screening room. The private property also includes video surveillance.
Wilde’s new place in New York is a tad smaller. The 2-bed, 2.5-bath apartment is just 1,950 square feet. Good thing Wilde is a native New Yorker and likely used to the high prices for smaller spaces in the Big Apple. According to property records, Wilde closed on the Manhattan apartment for $3.225 million. The loft has enormous windows, hardwood floors and open spaces perfect for entertaining.
November 5, 2012
Michael Jackson ‘s last home is off the market.
That figure is well below the $29 million the house’s owners, Hubert Guez, head of Ed Hardy apparel, and his wife Roxanne had originally been asking for when they put the estate on the market back in 2010.
Mauricio Umansky, the listing agent representing both parties in the transaction (and hubby of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills ‘ Kyle Richards), could not be reached for comment on the sale. Nor was the buyer’s identity disclosed.
But sources told the paper that the chateu-style property was purchased by Steven Mayer, a senior managing director of private investment firm Cerberus Capital Management.
Nestled in the posh Holmby Hills neighborhood of Beverly Hills, the 17,000-square-foot residence sports seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, and 12 working fireplaces. The 1.3-acre abode also boasts a wine cellar, theater, tasting room, spa with a gym, guest house, along with a pool and gardens.
November 2, 2012
Just a friendly reminder to change your clocks at 2:00 AM on November 4th, Sunday. Set BACK one hour. You don’t want to miss that extra hour of sleep in the morning. Cheers!
October 24, 2012
The world’s narrowist home in Poland. Well, even if that makes sense, still check it out. Talk about real estate.
The thinnest house in the world is being built between two tower blocks in Warsaw. The house will measure 120cm at its widest point and 71cm at its narrowest. The building has been designed by Jakub Szczesny, who took his inspiration from the work of Israeli writer Etgar Keret.