60 Hoods Point is in an absolutely spectacular location, with one of the best views in the Highlands. The view didn’t disappoint, but the house definitely did. It’s not the house’s fault. Someone hacked it up and remodeled it in a manner that left it looking schizophrenic and uncoordinated. The style of the interior lacks cohesion and has some odd choices, like glossy tile in master bedroom, and a first-floor bathroom with a picture window. And while appear large on a square-footage basis, the living area is split up. There’s an upstairs unit that could be used as an in-law apartment or a rental, but that brings certain compromises as well. While the house is certainly livable, it left me a little perplexed that what could have been a true gem was turned into something so utilitarian.
On the other hand, the views are great and the house is livable and move-in ready, so I’m sure it will work out for someone. The asking price has already been reduced by $100k to $1,898,000 from the initial price so perhaps potential buyers have the same reservations.
Note: I’m just a guy who lives in the neighborhood with no particular expertise in evaluating houses. If you’re interested in buying this house, get your own home inspector!
60 Hoods Point Way, San Mateo Highlands
3 bed/2 bath, 2 car garage (main floor)
2 bed/1 bath in-law unit upstairs (accessible from a separate stairway outside)
3,090 sf including both units
10,000 sf lot
Asking price: $1,898,000 (down from $1,998,000)
Redfin listing: https://www.redfin.com/CA/San-Mateo/60-Hoods-Point-Way-94402/home/2048598
- Staggering, 180-degree view of the Peninsula and SF Bay
- Quiet, cul-de-sac street which lies off another quiet street
- It’s on the warmer, less windy side of the Highlands
- Swimming pool and spa
- Home theater addition with multiple screens would be great for movie buffs sports addicts
- Remodel is still in good condition and the house is move-in ready
- In-law unit that can potentially be used as rental space
- The original modern lines of the home’s exterior were rendered almost unrecognizable by the addition of the theater room and second story, which leave it looking chunky and unbalanced. You can tell they tried to keep it somewhat in the style of the house, so as additions go, I’ve seen worse, but that’s not saying much. Without these additions this house would have been a showpiece. Unfortunately that ship has now sailed unless a buyer is willing to invest a lot of money to reverse the changes.
- The interior is a mish-mash of different styles, as if different parts were done at different times. It’s uncoordinated and schizophrenic, kind of like wearing plaid pants with a striped shirt. The tongue-and-groove ceiling has been drywalled over.
- There are a number of design decisions that struck me as odd. For example, the toilet in the master bath looks through a picture window to the pool, leaving you no privacy if you need to use the facilities while you have guests in the back yard. A window covering might be possible if it weren’t for the tub/shower, which has no shower curtain.
- Although the house measures out to almost 3100 sf, I wouldn’t say that’s all “usable space” for a single family because the in-law unit is only accessible from outside by a separate stairway. The main living space on the first floor is essentially a standard 3/2 Eichler, so probably 1600 sf, plus another 400 sf or so for the theater room.
- As an in-law unit, the upstairs space has some limitations. The steep stairway could be problematic for older people, and the roof deck off the living area has no railing. The same concerns would apply to using it as an expanded living area for a family with kids. It could work as a rental (assuming the zoning allows it) but I wouldn’t want to hear footsteps above me all the time either.
View from the street. Eichlers shouldn’t have second-story additions at all, but at least they *tried* to get the style right. Unfortunately the second story plus the white trim on the windows make it look more like a SoCal beach house than a mid-century modern home.