Real Estate

A market sampler

What can you find at various price points, in different cities?

Small house on a big lot? Big house on a small lot? Condo with no yard? Walkable to downtown? Near great schools?

These are the questions that challenge a would-be homebuyer. But at every price point, there are trade-offs, whether it be size of home or lot, condition of the house, or that old "location, location, location."

Here's a comparison of what was offered in mid-March at similar prices but in different cities:

$700,000:

MOUNTAIN VIEW

Address: 725 Emily Drive

List price: $685,000

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 1

Interior: 816 sq. ft.

Lot size: 5,000 sq. ft.

Date built: 1954

Walk score: 46

Located in the North Whisman neighborhood, not far from Google and other high-tech companies, this home was remodeled to include re-textured walls, an updated kitchen and bathroom with granite counters, laminate floors and dual-pane windows. A bonus room and a large backyard complete the package. Photo by Veronica Weber.

MENLO PARK

Address: 200 Hamilton Ave.

List price: $700,000

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 partial

Interior: 1,964 sq. ft.

Lot size: 6,650 sq. ft.

Date built: 1980

Walk score: 46

This spacious home on a corner lot in the Belle Haven neighborhood is not far from Belle Haven Elementary School. Features include a fireplace in the living room, a separate dining room, a low-fenced grassy yard and an attached two-car garage. Photo by Michelle Le.

$1,500,000:

MOUNTAIN VIEW

Address: 1208 Awalt Drive

List price: $1,646,000

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Interior: 1,964 sq. ft.

Lot size: 7,950 sq. ft.

Date built: 1965

Walk score: 29

In the Waverly Park neighborhood, this home was extensively remodeled in 2007 with a kitchen and great room ideal for entertaining or just plain living. Quality surfaces are throughout, from the hardwood and Travertine floors to the limestone counter in the office. It is nicely landscaped with a patio and lawn in back. Photo by Veronica Weber.

MENLO PARK

Address: 240 La Cuesta Drive

List price: $1,499,000

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 3

Interior: 2,600 sq. ft.

Lot size: 16,206 sq. ft.

Date built: 1958

Walk score: 37

Located in the Ladera neighborhood, this rustic, yet contemporary home offers an open floor plan, formal dining area and a master suite with access to the deck. The large decks offer plenty of room for entertaining. A bonus: the Las Lomitas School District. Photo by Michelle Le.

$2,000,000:

ATHERTON

Address: 37 Watkins Ave.

List price: $2,188,000

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 4

Interior: 2,580 sq. ft.

Lot size: 6,550 sq. ft.

Date built: 2006

Walk score: 51

This contemporary home not far from Atherton's Town Hall and Library, as well as Holbrook Palmer Park, sports hardwood floors, granite countertops, family room/kitchen and a beautifully landscaped yard with outdoor fireplace. Photo by Michelle Le.

PALO ALTO

Address: 1982 Louis Road

List price: $1,998,000

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

Interior: 1,696 sq. ft.

Lot size: 7,200 sq. ft.

Date built: 1951

Walk score: 35

This unusual Eichler, located in the Leland Manor neighborhood, was remodeled in 2008, with a gourmet kitchen Viking appliances and CaesarStone countertops. The updated home has the classic Eichler indoor-outdoor features, including vaulted ceiling, living room flowing into dining area, master suite opening to tile patio. Bonus office opens to yard. Photo by Veronica Weber.

$3,000,000:

WOODSIDE

Address: 31 Eugenia Lane

List price: $3,298,000

Bedrooms: 6

Bathrooms: 5 full, 2 partial

Interior: 3,350 sq. ft.

Lot size: 60,984 sq. ft.

Date built: 1956

Walk score: 8

Located in Woodside Heights on a sloping lot on a cul-de-sac is a four-bedroom main home plus a detached guest house with a private entrance. Lush grounds surround the pool and spa. The home is located in the well-rated Las Lomitas School District. Photo by Nate Donovan.

PALO ALTO

Address: 1449 University Ave.

List price: $3,250,000

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 partial

Interior: 3,851 sq. ft.

Lot size: 11,769 sq. ft.

Date built: 1925

Walk score: 52

This classic, stately home in the Crescent Park neighborhood is set back from the street and very private. Many original details have been maintained, including hardwood floors, a formal dining room as well as a breakfast room, and broad grassy expanse in the backyard. Photo by Nate Donovan.

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