Redwood City: Westside Starter with Room for Expansion


Located off busy Woodside Road, this neat and trim former rental at 54 Murray Court has been on the market for 69 days, with the price recently being lowered to $748,000. Currently listed as a 2BR/1BA, the garage has been turned into a slightly claustrophobic 3rd bedroom, without permits. Given the deep lot and large backyard, there is room for a good-sized addition, eliminating the need for this illegal room.

The house itself, at 1090 square feet, is in good condition for 60 years old. There have been significant updates and upgrades, specifically: new plumbing, electrical and roof (all with permits), as well as new fencing and an outdoor sprinkler system. While original windows remain in a few rooms, some new dual-panes have been installed. The kitchen, with its adjacent laundry room, has had updating but is nothing special or high-end. Same with the bathroom. The living room, with vaulted ceiling, is on the small side but has some character. Wood floors are in good condition. Bedrooms are standard for a home this size.

Road noise was not noticeable on a busy Saturday afternoon, but the drawbacks to this location are the fact that it is a mixed-use area (retail, apartments, single family homes close by) and the backyard is visible to residents at Woodside Terrace, a multi-story senior residence, which backs up to a corner of the property.