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Larger Homes on Smaller Lots: What's for Sale in Albany

There's a 1,200-square-foot home on Curtis Street that sits on less than a quarter-acre. Here's what it costs.

Size and acreage.

Those are two of the most important things that determine the price of a house.

This week, we're taking a look at larger homes for sale in some communities that sit on not-so-large lots.

In Albany, there's a somewhat spacious home at 729 Curtis St. that rests on only .12 acres. It's being sold for $750,000.

The home, built in 1925, is 1,220 square feet. It has three bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms.

Know of any homes with big yards for sale in your neighborhood? Let us know in the comments.

This information was provided by Rachael Hand, Broker Associate, Coldwell Banker and Director for the Contra Costa Board of Realtors. You can reach her at 925-372-8080 or rachael.hand@cbnorcal.com

Alan Eckert February 15, 2013 at 05:31 PM
What newsletter is being advertised at the top of this article? Is it the Patch daily newsletter, something related to property, or something from from a realtor company/organization?
Howard McNenny February 15, 2013 at 06:26 PM
I would call .12 acres a rather large lot in Albany. It amounts to about 5,000 s.f. The zoning ordinance will allow a house of up to 2,750 on a lot of this size. A small lot in Albany is 2,500 s.f., and there are quite a few of these.
Holly McCroskey February 15, 2013 at 08:12 PM
It's true that "less than a quarter acre" is NOT a "smaller lot" in Albany -- for that matter, in most of suburban California, a quarter acre would be a largish lot. On the other hand, there aren't very many places where 1200 square feet would count as a "larger home." So this is just...weird.
D. Mehrten February 15, 2013 at 09:56 PM
This home is indeed in Albany, but the rest doesn't fit at all. Where are these generic filler pieces coming from anyway?
Mr Eous February 15, 2013 at 10:09 PM
"Acreage" is a word not generally encountered when discussing Albany real estate.
D. Mehrten February 15, 2013 at 10:34 PM
I guess my lot would have "0" featured prominently in any acreage calculation. It's one of those 2500 sq. ft. ones that clever Mr. MacGregor managed to squeeze a decent if cozy house onto.
K Murphy February 16, 2013 at 06:47 AM
Yes, they are generic filler pieces. Local "Patches" have apparently been restructured so that they are sharing generic content without local editors. El Cerrito Patch just had a generic filler real estate article too. The comments have links that explain some of the back story behind the proliferation of pre-fab patch articles: http://elcerrito.patch.com/articles/homes-with-big-yards-whats-for-sale-in-el-cerrito
Edward McManus February 17, 2013 at 04:36 PM
What is weird is that the cost of housing in Albany is something around $600 a square foot. Astronomical.

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