San Carlos: Hidden in the Hills


I almost did not review this property at 124 Lyndhurst as it was a bit hard to find, navigating up narrow and somewhat winding streets. But I studied the map and took along a navigator and landed in a great neighborhood. But I still cannot decide if I liked the house or not. It definitely was not to my style, but should be a good fit for someone, and at $949,000 ($604/sf) in ready-to-move-in condition, it seems priced to sell.

The home is described on its sell sheet as an English Tudor home, but the new yellow stucco with wine-colored trim made it look more Spanish influenced. There was a larger living room (complete with full suit of armor and display of swords and other fighting implements) with refinished hardwood flooring and granite-faced fireplace. Adjacent is a formal dining room which leads to the remodeled kitchen with granite counters, brushed stainless steel appliances and cherrywood cabinets. There is a laundry area in the kitchen, hidden by a curtain. The only access to the back yard from the home was through this kitchen/laundry area, which I felt was a bit odd, but might be remedied by removing a hall closet and installing a door to the backyard.

One bedroom is located directly off the kitchen. This was an odd placement, away from the other bedrooms and bath which were located down a hall off the entry. It was a small room, more suitable for a small child or as an office. The second bedroom was much larger and the master bedroom is of decent size. Both hall bath and mater bath had been updated, with the master bathroom mimicking the kitchen with the same granite counter and cherrywood vanity.

The backyard is fenced in, with brick paver patio and new lawn and landscaping. The detached garage is located next to the back yard and accessibly primarily through the front entry.

Last sold in 2005 for $860,000, the home has had updated heating, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as new roof.