[This is part of a series of posts on the home buying process I'm going thru. To see the full set, visit the house category archives.]

This is is a copy of the note I just sent to my realtor.

I headed out on Saturday to check out a few Mountain View neighborhoods where some townhouses are listed. It just so happens that the first one of them had an open house, so I got a chance to check it out.


  MLS #371981
  1551 LILAC LN

This one had the open house going on, so I poked around. I liked the location a lot. The area didn't feel crowded at all and there was a fair amount of extra street parking for visitors. There were a few things I didn't really like about the place. First, the living room was quite small. I'd have loved to take some of the dining room space and use it to enlarge the living room. Also, I'm not a fan of hardwood floors. I hadn't really thought about that before, but I'd end up just putting in carpet anyway.


  MLS #372109

This one faces Middlefield road but is a fair distance from the road. From the outside it's hard to say much. But the parking and garage area felt cramped compared to the area on Lilac Lane. It's virtually the same price and square feet as the other one, so I'd like to have a look inside. I think that'll help quite a bit in setting my expectations and having a good basis for comparison.

Posted by jzawodn at January 17, 2004 07:13 PM

Reader Comments
# Rich Skrenta said:

Check out the Gardens in Sunnyvale. They're on La Mesa terrace, near California & Mary. Lots of space inside and very nice surrounding grounds compared to most condo developments.

I lived there from 1996-2002 and it was great.

They're currently going in the 500k range +=.

on January 18, 2004 04:21 AM
# John said:

What's the rat hole you're currently living in, and how much is it?

on January 18, 2004 12:33 PM
# James McMurry said:


you should look a little more south:


I used to live in this complex...it is AWESOME, and I know of people who work at Yahoo who live in that area you could carpool with :)

on January 18, 2004 05:06 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Indeed. I have looked a bit in the San Jose and Campbell areas. I've seen some interesting stuff there. I'll have to check that one out.

on January 18, 2004 05:25 PM
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