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Ryan Connolly, New Owner of 1905 Cedar Street

New Owners for Old Book-End House

There’s nothing like a man standing in a dumpster that screams a spiffing up is under way. That’s Ryan Connolly off to the left, new owner San Carlos’ famous brick “book-end” home in the White Oaks neighborhood at the corner of Cedar and St. Francis. Ryan and his wife Brenna are still at their place [...]

Enter the Craftsman

Enter the Craftsman

Parts of San Carlos are beginning to look a bit more like Berkeley or Palo Alto, thanks to the number of craftsman style homes going up. Jill Lewis with SC’s Planning Department says the city is seeing a growing  preference for this type of architecture. “Particularly in the flat land areas,” she said. Especially true [...]

The Lowest Priced Houses in SC

The Lowest Priced Houses in SC

Spied on Old County Road and Holly Street: a sign advertising the, “lowest priced home in San Carlos.” The LSS followed the signs to 1018 Montgomery in East SC and found an updated 800 square foot 2/1 listed at $469,000. The updated house has hardwood floors, a new kitchen with granite counter tops, a living/dining [...]

The (Grand)Mother of All Open Houses: 1905 Cedar

The (Grand)Mother of All Open Houses: 1905 Cedar

Over the weekend, more than 950 people trooped through the open house at 1905 Cedar Street. “I’ve never held anything that big in my entire life,” said Intero real estate broker Dave Blewett of the distinctive property known as the “brick bookend” house at the corner of St. Francis Way. Unlike most houses on the [...]

1035 Northwood Drive, San Carlos

Got 1/2 Mil? Welcome to East San Carlos

What’s considered entry level for buying a house in San Carlos?  Depends on which side of town you’re talking about. On the West side, it’s anything under a million, although move-in ready houses priced between $700,000-$800,000 go fast, some with multiple offers.  On the East side, entry level is lower, although still not cheap. On [...]

Stairs leading to man cave

Enter the Man Cave…San Carlos Style

When a postcard for an Open House arrives advertising a “gem of a home” with a basement “man cave,” there’s really only one option (if you’re the Laurel Street Spy).  You go. What would a man cave in San Carlos look like?  Would it be covered in Giants posters?  Would there be a lamp with [...]

Want to Feel Better About San Carlos’ Rental Prices?

Want to Feel Better About San Carlos’ Rental Prices?

Demand for rental housing is strong in San Carlos, so it’s no surprise prices are on the steep side.  A 2/1 single family home on Hull is renting for $2,850 a month.  (Check out realtor Chuck Gillooley’s, “Demand Spikes for Rentals in SC, Peninsula” post in White Oaks Blog) Still, there’s always a place where [...]

1528 St. Francis Way...before scrape

New San Carlos Homes….Kind of Big

Even for White Oaks – where homes are smaller and closer together than most other SC neighborhoods – the house at 1528 St. Francis seemed tiny at 870 square feet. After the 2/1 sold for $710,000 last summer, down it came.  When construction is finished, in its place will stand a much bigger residence…but one [...]

SC Sues Homeowner/Single Mother of Three

In case you missed it…. Daily News Staff Reporter Bonnie Eslinger has the story about a public nuisance lawsuit brought by the City of San Carlos against a homeowner on the 700 block of Elm. Ester Adut, a single mother of three, is accused of allowing trash and clutter to pile up on the property.  [...]

No shortage of bidders on this 1,300 square foot house in San Carlos

In a Down Economy, Some Multiple Offers

A bright bit of news on this dismal, Dow-plummeting Monday:  a 1,296  square foot, 3 bedroom/2 bath home on Howard Ave. in San Carlos recently sold…with seven offers. Alain Pinel’s Chuck Gillooley represented the buyers.  Like most houses that entertain multiple offers, this one listed at below a million dollars, considered “entry level” in this [...]

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