Mary Ann Teixeira
San Francisco Peninsula Real Estate

Just Listed! 7 East Poplar Ave, San Mateo

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This delightful 1928 bungalow just went on the market. It has three bedrooms, one bathroom and all modern necessities. Contact me for details! (650) 399-5505.

  • Formal entry, large living room and dining room
  • Original hardwood floors!
  • Eat-in kitchen with granite, gas stove, built-in hutch with butcher block counter
  • Updated bathroom with shower over tub and walnut-finish vanity topped with granite
  • Hidden artist’s studio fronted with its own private patio
  • “Gardener’s garden” with herbs, flowering plants, drought-resistant natives and meandering brick pathways
  • Attached one-car garage with laundry and plenty of storage space
  • Conveniently located midway between Burlingame and San Mateo with easy access highways and Caltrain

 

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My Renovation Journey: So It Begins!

The time has finally come! I am going to remodel my very own home, and you’re invited to come on the journey with me. In this new series, you’ll see the entire process, including before and after videos.

I love my house. It’s 1500 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a quarter bath. It was built in the 1920s, so my husband and I want to preserve its unique architecture while making modern updates. We’ll be updating the kitchen, our master bedroom, our bathrooms, and our long hallway.

Here is an overview of the changes we’re making:

- Removing part of our old-fashioned mud-porch
- Taking down a wall between two bedrooms, and improving the master bedroom and bathroom
- Opening a wall to the kitchen
- Eliminating our large hallway for more light in center of the house
- Adding a second set of French doors to backyard, and a deck
- Turning our quarter bath into a half bath and a powder room

We’ll have to live in the living room while all this is being completed. Yikes! I’m a little antsy about that, but also very, very excited to begin the process. Geronimo!


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Renovating 725: The Backyard

Welcome to the final post of my renovation blog series. Today we’ll talk about the breathtaking backyard of this 1949 San Mateo ranch house. As with all posts in this series, I’ll walk you through the area while explaining the changes we made, and why.

The hidden jewel of this property is the backyard, and we knew it was one of the primary features that would sell the house. The original owners of the home had very close ties to the floral and gardening industry. In fact, their family has been in this business for three generations! It’s clear from the backyard’s layout that they appreciate of balance and beauty of flowering plants.

The Challenge

The love of nature is apparent in the focal point of the backyard: the rock waterfall and pond. It is also apparent in old family photos that this was the pride of the family patriarch. Unfortunately, over time, the fountain had become sparse, the garden overgrown, and the harmony of balance forgotten.

Our Solution

We hired a landscaper to replant the waterfall, relocate boulders, add fresh red bark, and replace the grass with new sod. We stripped the perimeter fence of rotted boards, replaced and repainted. We power washed the deck, and the flagstone decks. The large deck was staged as both a lounge area and a dining area.

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I’m happy to announce that we sold this house to a family with two young children. I know that they will take full advantage of this beautiful open space!


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Renovating 725: The Deck

Today on the renovation blog series, we’ll talk about the deck just outside the dining room of this 1949 San Mateo ranch house. As with all posts in this series, I’ll walk you through the area while explaining the changes we made, and why.

The lathe-covered deck, located directly outside the dining room, is a huge bonus for this property. It suggests its use as an additional ‘outdoor room’, or an extension of the home.

The Challenge

The deck itself is redwood, and it was in good condition to begin with. Unfortunately, the lathe-covering was not. There was extensive dry rot damage, so it would have to be replaced, as it was at the end of its useful life. Additionally, the perimeter plants were sparse and anemic. We’d need to make them look lush again.

Our Solution

The effect of an outdoor room was such dramatic feature of the home that we chose not to take down the lathe. Instead, we replaced and patched boards, and painted with fresh paint to match the exterior color of the home. Of course, we asked our pest inspector to inspect and fully disclose the extent of damage first. We also replanted to make the parameter plants look more appealing.

The deck was power-washed and then staged. We chose to stage it as both an outdoor dining area and as an outdoor living room to accentuate the size of the deck. Voila!

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