New Owners for Old Book-End House

Ryan Connolly, New Owner of 1905 Cedar Street

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 in Emerald Hills but plan on moving in at the end of March. Ryan doesn’t work at Facebook or Google or Twitter, but a medical device start-up. Ryan says they aren’t doing any serious remodeling, just some minor improvements with plans to fence in the side yard.  For now, it appears even the retro pink appliances in the kitchen will stay.   The couple should be pretty easy to spot around the neighborhood. They have a 7 week old baby and a 2-year old. They’ll be the ones pushing a double stroller.

1905 Cedar Street

So now for the real estate angle…1905 Cedar sat on the market for 106 days. Not for the want of buyers or lack of creative marketing. Word on the street that sellers insisted on a too-high initial asking price of $1,399,950 and that one buyer walked after a good offer was rejected.

Intero realtor Dave Blewett will confirm that the listing was reduced to the appraised price of $1,226,000. (Redfin shows the property sold for $1.1 on Feb 8th).

Blewett says they had almost a thousand people through the home during the first open houses and between 50-100 showed up at the open houses after that. “EVERYONE wanted to see the inside of this Grand Old Home! The virtual tour received at least 1,000 hits per week for the length of the home being exposed on the Multiple Listing Service,” said Blewett.

Besides price, why did such a great old house with some nice square footage languish on the market? Blewett says buyer’s agents told him the house would have been snapped up if it had a back yard. “When the home was originally built, this intersection was not as busy at it is today. These buyers had the vision to do something with the side yard according to their realtor,” Blewett said.







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  1. Karen says:

    I drive by this house almost every weekday and am impressed with the changes I see (in the yard). There is a beautiful side fence and a low front fence all in natural wood (no white picket fence for this home). They have also built brick “posts” that will eventually have a light of some kind on top….very, very nice!

  2. Karen says:

    The lights have finally been added – looks nice!

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