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Joined: Mar 20 2003

Hey,

Anyone see that $949k Eichler open house on Sesame Drive in Sunnyvale this weekend? I'm wondering what (other than locationlocationlocation) sets this hovel apart. Especially interested in the atrium remodel job and the glass above it. If anyone has a URL for the house, please post it.

Cheers,

Robert

Tod
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Joined: Mar 21 2003

We did not make it over in time for the open house but did walk by there last evening. Reasonably nice looking from the outside.

However, there was another nice looking house of the same (or at least very similar model) on Sesame that just has just gone into escrow. That other house was listed for a bit less than $720K. I don't think things have gone up over $200K in a couple of weeks.

I think that $949K is way over priced.

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Joined: Apr 3 2003

Views of the inside of the house are available at http://www.mlslistings.com. It has been thoroughly updated and is very nice inside. - Derek

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Joined: Apr 7 2003

The house that sold for 752.000 $ at Sesame drive is apr 520 sqf smaller than the 949.000 $ house. That explains the price difference.

Tod
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Joined: Mar 21 2003

As I mentioned above, I have not seen the inside. I have, however, looked at the "virtual tour" on the MLS site. It looks like the atrium is now a living space (I see indoor types of lamps, etc.).

From the outside the house looks like the same (or very similar) model to the one down the street that listed for about 720K and is currently in escrow.

Apparently this new house on Sesame is listed as 520 sq. ft. bigger than the one now in escrow. Am I right in guessing that the 520 sq. ft is due to converting the atrium to "living space"? If so, is that really worth $100K to $200k?

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Joined: Mar 20 2003

Actually, if you look purely at $/sq ft, it probably is worth it. The $720k house was probably around 1750 sq ft (about $410/sq ft). For the same $/sq ft, a house 520 sq ft bigger should go for around $935k.

The real question is whether $410/sq ft is worth it for either house.

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Joined: Apr 2 2003

Just wondering about the fact that noone has commented on the extensive renovations to the home. I admit to only glancing through the MLS photos quickly but I almost couldn't tell it was an Eichler inside except for the beams. Iif you're looking for the Eichler aesthetic, I'm not sure you'll find it there. However, it did look like the renovations were extensive and pretty high-end. My guess is the upgrades represent a fair chunk of the price difference.

To each his own.

Jake

eichfan at rawbw dot com

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Joined: Mar 23 2003

Seeing the house is well worth your time. It is very tastefully done, really beautiful. The owner is an interior decorator with her own company and did a wonderful job. It is amazing the simple details that keep the" look" . The photos on the site just do not do it justice! It is eichler elegance and simplicity. I can not imagine wanting to move if I lived there. They did a great job .
Lucy

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Joined: Mar 20 2003

I live on Sesame, and comparing the two homes mentioned is difficult. The one who just sold is more of a run of the mill Eichler, and the expensive one has had extensive renovations with high-end fittings and stuff. However, what is sad is that they have enclosed the atrium (hence some of the extra some 500sqf), and therefore lost some of the original Eichler feel. It is quite nicely done, but to my taste - I'd rather have a true atrium Eichler with the original concrete slab floor.
Stand up for your atriums! Don't fall for the temptation to enclose it.

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