Recently we decided to sell our house in the Bay Area and move out
of state. There is no need to describe how stressful this can be.
We wanted to find a realtor who could not just sell our house but
help with all expected and unexpected issues we could encounter.
We chose to trust our house, which represents most of our life savings
to Lana Ralston from Intero's Los Altos office. Lana has an extensive
experience serving clients in Palo Alto / Los Altos / Mountain View
and lived in the area for a long time.
Lana impressed us from the moment she walked into our house, and
now, three month later when we are waiting for escrow to close,
we are impressed with her even more. We began from making a comprehensive
schedule, which directed us in doing house and yard upgrades, packing
and moving out, staging, putting house on the market and taking
offers. Lana helped with decisions on making the house and the yard
ready. She saved us time and money by helping to choose what is
necessary to make house appealing, providing the contractors, and
overseeing most of the work, so we could focus on moving.
We were in the middle of the move when the coronavirus hit. At this
point we had no choice but to keep going, making the adjustments
to stay safe and follow the law. We left the state and let Lana
manage the remaining tasks. Lana dealt with all arising difficulties
and placed the house on the market right on schedule. She adjusted
her marketing strategy to a new environment, and two weeks later
we ended up with four offers at the price we wanted. We were only
two days behind the original schedule, which is amazing considering
the tough conditions Lana had to deal with.
In conclusion, we are very grateful to Lana for her support in these
difficult times and being not just a highly professional realtor,
but a great friend. We would not be able to pull this out without
MLS # ML81788357
Fordham Court was completely rebuilt in 2016, with an emphasis on
The Living Area is 2,130 sq. ft; the Lot is 8,054 sq. ft; the
house includes 4 bedrooms & 2 ½ bath.
The main entrance is formal, with a custom front door and cathedral
lighting. The living room features a custom-designed patio door,
three-zone smart lighting, remote-controlled custom shades, and
triple-crown molding. The left wall features an Astria double-sided
see-through linear gas fireplace, on the other side of which is
an inviting open space that includes a beautifully designed gourmet
kitchen, family room area wired with Ethernet, HDMI and audio for
5+1 home theater system with wall-mounted Sony Bravia 4K 65-inch
smart TV (Android). A future-proof Cat6A Network cable is installed
throughout the entire house allowing speeds up to10 Gbps when the
equipment becomes available.
The kitchen features four lighting zones and valances over cabinets,
quartz custom countertop, Samsung Counter-depth Flex Refrigerator,
Bosch gas cooktop, Bosch quiet dishwasher, Center Island with seating
for four, and a large pantry. There are smart remotely controlled
switches in the family room and kitchen.
The Master Bedroom has a private entry, two lighting zones with
dimming recessed lighting,
Holographic Electric fireplace with separate thermostat and remote
control, 14 x 5-foot walk-in closet with double doors and motion-sensing
lighting, and a wall-mounted Vizio 4K 55-inch smart TV (Android)
with a Yamaha sound bar above the TV.
The en-suite Master Bathroom has a walk-in shower for two, Blue
Ocean 64-inch Stainless Steel Shower Panel; custom-designed Thomasville
lifestyle vanity with self-closing doors, natural stone countertop,
and a Kohler Soaking Triangular Bathtub for two. There are two more
bedrooms with full bath, an office that can be a fourth bedroom,
and a guest bathroom.
The house also has two independent HVAC zones with Nest thermostats,
a new high-efficiency multiple speed furnace, air conditioning,
and two independent gas water heaters. Dual-pane vinyl windows block
ultraviolet radiation (UV) and infrared heat. Custom window coverings
include light filtering for the public area and dual light blocking/privacy
screen in all bedrooms. There is commercial-grade Pergo laminate
flooring in most areas. The kitchen and bathrooms feature ceramic
tile, the entry and master bathroom natural stone tile. Kitchen
tiles are 48 inches long and are water and scratch resistant.
The two-car Garage has a finished and painted interior, vertically
stacked high-capacity LG washer and dryer, and tank water heater
for kitchen and laundry use. Ample storage includes numerous customizable
shelves and cabinets, and additional closet with insulated door
and shelves. Lighting is LED commercial-grade, and there is a motion
sensor and camera.
The house's exterior features a front porch with natural stone
(travertine) tile. At the rear is a 10x10-foot deck with travertine
tile on a concrete base. There are wall-mounted LED lights and outlets.
Out back is a color-coordinated table with six chairs and an umbrella.
Front, side and back yards are professionally landscaped with LED
lights and outlets, a new fence on the right side; and irrigation
systems for front and back yards with timers.
I have a team of affordable painters,
carpenters, cleaners, etc. They are available as soon as the listing
contract is signed. The brokers' commissions are negotiable, and
fully tax-deductible as selling expences. Below is an example of
three weeks of preparation for the sale of 290 Iris Wayin Palo Alto. On top, the house before remodeling. Just below,
the house only three weeks later.
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Park and Professorville, or how Palo Alto was created.
Wellsbury Way in Palo Alto owes its name to a wedding in England
in the early 20th century. In 1904 James P. Blackman and Harriet
Wellsbury were married in Surrey, south of London. Immigrating to
the United States in 1910, they lived in Carmel Valley, then San
Francisco, where Mr. Blackman was co-owner of a beauty salon on
Geary Street. In 1948 the Blackmans settled in Palo Alto, bought
property that had been part of the Clark Ranch south of today's
Oregon Expressway, and subdivided it for 16 homes. Mr. Blackman
named Wellsbury Way after Mrs. Blackman's maiden name. They lived
the rest of their lives at number 685.
Like many towns between San Francisco and San Jose, Mountain View
began as a stage coach stop. In 1850 the approximate route of today's
El Camino Real was designated by the county as the town's major
thoroughfare, with a stage stop between Stevens Creek and today's
Grant Road. After the railroad arrived, the town's center grew around
the station near Castro Street, named for one of the first major
property owners, Mariano Castro. The city was incorporated in 1902.
Mountain View being blessed with rich soil and a mild climate, southeast
of El Camino Real were orchards, vineyards and farmlands under large
landholdings. One property owner was Elias Fulton Springer, born
in Missouri in 1831, whose name continues today as Springer Road,
Springer Elementary School, and Springer Meadows. The area was still
agricultural after World War II. In the early 1950's housing was
developed, as was the Rancho Village Shopping Center at El Camino
Real and El Monte Road.
Adjoining Springer Meadows is a neighborhood called Blossom Valley,
within which is another neighborhood and park called Varsity Park.
The name seems to be related to several streets named for Eastern
colleges: Yale Drive, Cornell Drive, Columbia Drive, and Fordham
Way and Fordham Court. Fordham Court, although only about a mile
from a major thoroughfare in Silicon Valley, is a quiet cul-de-sac.
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