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The Belmont -Redwood Shores School District is discussing changing the boundaries in Belmont. Belmont has 4 elementary schools and Redwood Shores has 2. All students attend Ralston Middle School. This district also services part of San Mateo and San Carlos. Buyers who are thinking of purchasing in any of our Peninsula cities must get all the current information from the respective school district. For expample the Burlingame School District decided in March of 2011 to open up the old Hoover site as a K-5 neighborhood school by August 2014. This will effect many homes in the area. Currently there are 5 elementary schools and 1 middle school. For up-dates on the boundary line decision-making progress, please visit the Burlingame District’s website www.bsd.k12.ca.us  or Belmont-Redwood Shores District  www.brssd.org

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Did you know that the city of Millbrae now requires sellers to have a sewer lateral inspection done before the property can be transferred? Burlingame and Hillsborough have been requiring this for years before escrow can close. I am a strong believer in the test and recommend it to all of my buyers during the inspection contingency period. Sewer lateral work is expensive and especially older homes are prone to root blockages.  The test runs about $ 200 plus permit fees for Burlingame, Hillsborough or Millbrae.

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Eichler fans have some choices in the Highlands neighborhood of San Mateo. There are 9 active listings. Prices range from $ 880,000 to $ 1,688,000. I saw 1400 Tarrytown, a 3 bed/2bath home yesterday which is a short sale. The home needs to be remodeled but the setting is lovely with Canyon and Bay Views. The home is listed for $ 899,000 by Eric Chen/Coldwell Banker 650.558.6876. My favorite Eichler right now is located at 1736 Yorktown Rd. This 4 bedroom/2bath home represents what I love about Eichlers, the amazing natural light throughout. Cool colors and contemporary design touches were considered when the entire house was remodeled. The concrete floors fit the house nicely. Currently offered for $ 1,050,000 by Glenn Sennett/Coldwell Banker 650.558.4250

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702 Newhall Road in Burlingame

This lovely 4 bedroom/2.5 bath house is now on the market.Enjoy the old world charm in the living room and dining room with the modern touches of a remodeled kitchen. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac at 702 Newhall Rd in Burlingame, this a must see if you are looking for a walk to coffee location.  Open House times are  scheduled for Saturday, February 26th and Sunday, February 27th from 1-4PM. See pictures at www.702Newhall.com

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Story poles have been set up at the Burlingame Train Station to show residents the height of the elevated train tracks planed for the High Speed Rail system. The orange mesh gives a good visual how the tracks clearly will divide our town. The 59 feet high cables indicate where the electric cables will run. The story poles will remain in the parking lot at the intersection of California Drive and Burlingame Avenue until Thursday, October 21. Take a look and you will understand why Burlingame residents are upset.
More information at the ABC channel 7 website: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/video?id=7728061

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According to the National Association of Realtors Cost vs. Value Report, a seller who remodels a kitchen or bathroom can recoup between 61 – 72% of the investment. Buyers appreciated the home at 138 Louise Lane in San Mateo with it’s upscale renovations. The 3 bedroom/3bath home was listed for $ 1,058,800 but sold for $ 1,251,000. The seller received 11 offers for this beautiful home ‘in the Lanes’ in San Mateo.

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2505 Valdivia Way in Burlingame has so much to offer. Hardwood floors extend throughout the house .The entire living space of 2070 sqft is on the main level. Doors from the eat- in kitchen lead to the beautiful deck, overlooking the yard and sparkling pool. What this house needs are cosmetic up-grades but it has great bones. Walking distance to Franklin Elementary School and BIS.

3bedrooms/3bath/lot size 10,125 sqft listed by Chuck Cochran/Coldwell Banker 650.685.7650 for $ 1,490,000
Open House Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1 from 1-4PM

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711 Vernon Way in Burlingame had 11 offers. Listed for $ 1,398,000 by Lorelei Keim, Coldwell Banker 650.558.6889. The 4 bedroom/3.5bath home has some tasteful up-grades and an open floorplan that appeals to a lot of buyers. Located on one of my favorites streets. Close to Washington Park and in walking distance to Burlingame Avenue. Escrow is scheduled to close on August 25th.

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My favorite house on broker’s tour yesterday was a lovely up-dated home in the Easton Addition in Burlingame.

1328 Columbus Ave in Burlingame where traditional meets contemporary, is a must see if you are looking for some modern touches but don’t won’t to give up the charm of a traditional home.This 4 bedroom/3bath house with 2450sqft of living space is priced attractively for $ 1,659,000. Listed by Alisa Ruiz-Johnson/Cashin 650.740.3218

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One of the largest Eichler developments were built in the San Mateo Highlands. These contemporary homes were constructed between 1956 – 64. Joseph Eichler revolutionized the standard 3 bedroom home by adding a second bathroom to every home he built. If you like lots of natural light and one level living, you should consider an Eichler. There is a 3 bedroom/1590 sqft Eichler at 1719 Monticello Rd, San Mateo for sale for under $ 900,000. Listed for $ 898,000 by Glenn Sennett/Coldwell Banker 650.208.7355.The home has a remodeled open kitchen. Highlands Elementary School and the Recreation Center are in walking distance. Additional Eichlers for sale are located at 1784 Lexington Ave and 1524 Tarrytown Street.

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