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3Oceans Rises From the Depths

April 26th, 2007 · 9 Comments

After a too-long blogging hiatus — brought on by a confluence of heavy work and personal commitments — I’m back…

One of the commitments keeping me busy was my “most Internet-marketed property…ever” listing. Let’s just say I underestimated how much time it would take to put property details up on some 80 sites…even though many of them auto-feed from Realtor.com But more on that later.

With the help of Jack Wimberly from West Valley Home Tours and the good folks from Wellcomemat.com I’m proud to unveil my debut acting appearance in a video segment about the listing, which is at 49 Missouri Street in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood.

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Bamboo is the New Granite (Extended Remix Version) — A Contemporary Townhome in Downtown Palo Alto

January 22nd, 2007 · 8 Comments

Michael Hall and I had a lot of fun putting together our first property video review, and now that we’ve worked the kinks out, we thought we’d give it another spin, with more detail. Wellcomemat allows you to create “chapters” within the video so you can jump from one place to another. Very neat!

Interestingly, the first post sparked an email conversation with some folks about countertops: Is bamboo really the new granite?

One emailer had this to say:

Don’t believe everything you hear! It discolors easily, needs to be sealed annually, and can chip/crack. Composite stone is the new granite. :)

Somebody else said:

I hear concrete is the new kitchen counter granite. Next it will be back to those laminate ones…I don’t even remember what it’s called!

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“Bamboo is the New Granite” — A Contemporary Townhome in Downtown Palo Alto

January 19th, 2007 · 12 Comments

Good friend and colleague Michael Hall, with the permission of his client, graciously allowedliving-room-wince.JPG me to use his new listing as a guinea pig for a series of video articles I intend to start doing about interesting local properties. For many properties, a good set of MLS pictures and a standard virtual tour give a good idea of what the property is about, but there are some that merit better treatment, and Michael’s listing at 498 Fulton, Palo Alto, is definitely one of them.

While Palo Alto has an endearing snobbishness all its own, some folks moving to this area from San Francisco or New York shudder at the thought of being in the ‘burbs. This place, however, would fit in well in many an upscale San Francisco or new York neighborhood, and as an added bonus, it’s only a block or two from the hubbub of Palo Alto’s University Avenue.

Listed at $1,650,000 and weighing in at just under 2000 square feet, with threekitchen-wince.JPG bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, the interior is sparse, sleak, and stylish, with curved walls, high ceilings, bright lights, and a spacious kitchen.

Ah yes, the kitchen…that brings me to the whole bamboo thing. While granite is still the biggest rage in kitchen decor, bamboo is definitely making inroads into high-end kitchens.

Take it away, Michael!

(Video hosted by Wellcomemat.com)

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