One house always seems to stand out, doesn't it?

One house always seems to stand out, doesn't it?

Tuesday is Broker Tour day in my part of San Mateo County, California. Today's tour was by far the largest in recent months. In the areas I serve, I had a choice of 111 properties to view.

After scanning each listing, I focus on ones that might be good fits for all of my buyer clients, check out others that are comparable to any listings I have, current or upcoming, and others that, for one reason or another, would be of interest to friends and clients.

Most weeks one house stands out above the others, and today was no exception.

3154 La Mesa Drive, San Carlos, CA 94070patio, 3154 La Mesa Drive, San Carlos CA 94070

High in the hills of San Carlos, California, with views of the San Francisco Bay, East Bay hills, city lights from one direction, and Edgewood County Park and Skyline Ridge from the other side, is 3154 La Mesa Drive, San Carlos, CA 94070. The setting of this house, the neighborhood, the pricing, and the opportunities all come together beautifully, and made this my stand-out house of the day. The house is listed by the team of Carol and Nicole of Alain Pinel Realtors, and has been on the market only 2 days.

Kitchen and view, 3154 La Mesa Drive, 94070The pictures here I snapped at a late afternoon showing to one of my buyers. Although the natural daylight was fading fast at 5:00 PM, you can sense the appeal of the house. For details about it, and additional photos, please check out the single-property website for 3154 La Mesa Drive.

If you'd like to know what else is on the market in San Carlos CA, the mid-Peninsula or the Silicon Valley, let me know--I'm happy to answer your questions.


--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

Peninsula Living Business Page



Comment balloon 9 commentsLottie Kendall • January 25 2011 09:21PM


Good post, Lottie.  Broker tour is such a valuable tool that enables real estate agents learn the inventory which will help them better serve their clients.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 8 years ago

So there is one day each week where all the homes are available to view....that's kind of a neat idea...are they all staffed?  How does this work?

Cindy in Indy

Posted by Cindy Marchant, "Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate (Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 over 8 years ago

Wow...great looking property.  I lived in San Mateo County many years ago - in Foster City.  No idea what it is like now, but would be interesting to see how it has changed.

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) over 8 years ago

That is one gorgeous house!  AMAZING view of the bay.  You are absoulutely right - it does stand out!

Posted by Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate, Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming (Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming) over 8 years ago

Beautiful home and a lovely setting and views Lottie............I can see why this one was a "stand out".

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 8 years ago

Hi Mary -- our broker tours provide a very efficient way for us to keep up with the inventory. We have very few housing development tracks, so one needs to know the inventory first-hand.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 8 years ago

Cindy, real estate boards in this area run their broker tours differently.

SAMCAR (San Mateo County Association of Realtors) has broker tour every Tuesday morning, 9:30 - 1:00. If you put your property on tour, you can expect up to 50-70 agents to come through during those times (condos and far afield places far fewer agents) While not required, I always host mine, often with food and waters,

SILVAR (Silicon Valley Association of Realtors) serves the Palo Alto-Mountain View-Los Altos-Los Altos Hills area. Their tours are on Friday mornings. They have the requirement that a host be present, unless the home in vacant, and then that comment appears in the tour remarks.


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 8 years ago

Barbara, Foster City has 'grown up' in the last few years. It's a very popular city with people who like all the surrounding water, nice parks, jogging trail, good schools, etc. My colleague, Jim Minkey has a good blog, Absolutely Foster City which you might enjoy.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 8 years ago

Hi Brenda and Roger -- I'm glad you enjoyed this home.

I'm not the only person to thing this one is special--every time I've been to the house, other showinsg have been going on too.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 8 years ago