Redwood City: Surprises Abound


This is the second home on this street I have seen this week. And much like the one at 620 Vera, this home at 712 Vera had a few surprises as well. Listed at $1,078,000, this is a 1,350 square-foot-home with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths on almost a quarter-acre.

The living room is on the smallish side, with refinished hardwood floors, unusual ceiling, fireplace, and built-in cabinet with tile top, which could be used as a dry bar. Off the living room are two bedrooms and a hall bath. Both have hardwood floors, crown molding and, like the rest of the home, dual-paned windows. The hall bath has remodeled and has standard shower over tub. The second bedroom has its own bathroom with shower, vanity and toilet. The large eat-in kitchen has also been remodeled with new cabinetry and counters and professional-type stove/oven. There is a third bedroom off the kitchen with its own remodeled bathroom.

Heading out the kitchen there is a high fence which encloses the…tennis court. Yes, full-size, regulation tennis court on artificial turf. But the yard does not stop there. Heading to the far end of the tennis court is a fenced-in second area containing…a yurt. A yurt, you ask? Typically seen on the Mongolian steppes, these housing units are typically round, wood-framed dwellings covered in a heavy canvas or other equally durable material. They are becoming more popular as housing units on leisure property, and are available from a variety of companies, such as this. I have long been enamored by yurts, but my husband thinks I am crazy. In a mild, temperate climate, they are a nice, and cheaper, alternative to standard construction and can last for many years, not to mention that they can be taken down and moved if need be. This was a fully outfitted yurt, with kitchen, bathroom and living area, and was plumbed and had PG&E. NOTE: as a living unit it was not done with permits.

There was no garage on this property, but who needs a garage when you have a yurt?