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BIRDS AND BEES ... Master Gardener Rebecca Schoenenberger will offer a free workshop on “Growing Flowers That Attract Birds, Bees, Hummingbirds, Beneficial Insects and Other Organisms” on Tuesday, July 31, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org GARDEN BONANZA ... Filoli will offer three days of demonstrations, walks and talks, plus crafts for children during its “Great Big Garden Bonanza” from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3 and 4, and from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, at 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. Highlights include a walk through the heirloom orchard; as well as walks and talks focusing on everything from picking pears to preparing food or flower arranging using seasonal fruit and blooms. There’s also a display of cutting garden flowers and an art exhibit, “Handcrafted and Through the Lens.” All activities are included in Filoli’s admission fee, which is $15 for adult nonmembers, $12 for seniors, $5 for children (ages 5 to 17). Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org (for complete schedule of events) WHAT’S COOKING? . . . Hands-on cooking classes at Sur La Table, #57 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, include: “Summer Berry Puddings Pies and Cakes” (Saul Flores, July 28, 11 a.m., $69; “Best of Thailand” (Terrina Wong, July 28, 5 p.m., $69); “Tame the Flame: Everyday Grilling” (Kim Henderson, July 29, 3 p.m., $69); “Date Night: Surf and Turf” (Will VanBrackle, Aug. 3, 6:30 p.m., $85); “Essential Knife Skills” (Saul Flores, Aug. 4, 11 a.m., $59); “Summer Tapas Party” (Will VanBrackle, Aug. 4, 5 p.m., $69); “Fresh French Fruit Desserts” (Saul Flores, Aug. 5, 11 a.m., $69); and “Sizzling Mexico” (Will VanBrackle, Aug. 5, 5 p.m., $69). Information: 650-289-0438 or email Cooking073@surlatable.com INTRO TO ALESSI ... New and classic Alessi designs for kitchen, tabletop and home will be on display at Fibre Arts Design Studio, 935 Industrial Ave., Palo Alto, from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. Alessi staff will be on hand to answer questions, and at 2 p.m., Jens Menke of Alessi will offer stories behind the designs and the history of the Italian ceramic company, as well as high tea. The current exhibition at the design studio, “Hearth and Home,” which explores concepts of constructed spaces, continues through Aug. 19. Information: www.fibreartsdesign.com or 650485-2121 n Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or email cblitzer@paweekly.com. Deadline is one week before publication.

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Avoiding

bloodsucking insects

Mosquitos can thrive in pools, ponds or even fountains

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by Helen Carefoot

zzzzzz. T hwack. There’s nothing quite like the buzz of a mosquito to ruin a summer barbecue — or a warm night’s rest. Though 2012 has seen a decrease in mosquito activity in Palo Alto, late rains have created more possible nesting places in puddles. This excess of standing water has provided ample mosquito nesting grounds: This year so far, the Santa Clara County Vector Control District, the county sector responsible for pest control, has assisted abatement in 150 residences. Much of it occurs in foreclosed homes or in homes that have been rented out while their owners are on vacation. Mosquito season may begin as early as January, but droughts this year after heavy rains pushed the beginning of the season back to March. Typically, the season lasts from early April to late August, with

a peak in June and July. While most folks don’t take mosquitoes too seriously, last week’s discovery of a squirrel with West Nile virus in Menlo Park brings the potential problem quite close to home. Residents should take abatement measures to prevent mosquitoes from nesting in their yards, especially in sources of still water, said Russell Parman, acting district manager of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District. Close proximity to mosquito nesting grounds mean a greater chance of being bitten and possibly contracting a disease, such as West Nile virus. Timeliness is paramount in abatement because eggs become adults in about 14 days. As mosquitoes continue to lay eggs in the water source, the water becomes a more attractive venue for other mosquitoes to nest in, causing more mosqui(continued on page 35)

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toes to populate the same pond or fountain. Parman advises residents to take care of any containers of standing water. “People should empty or drain standing water of any size around the home,” he said, “especially swimming pools and spas.” Parman says the most common mosquito nesting grounds in Palo Alto are old catch basins and dilapidated swimming pools. Barron Park resident Nancy Hamilton experienced abatement first hand when she discovered mosquito larvae living in her fountain. “I have a portable fountain on my deck that my dog sometimes drinks out of,” she said, “I watched it carefully and saw the larvae just below the surface, which looked like thin black hairs.” After doing some research, she decided to replace the water in her fountain. Initially, Hamilton did not think it was possible for mosquito larvae to live in her fountain. “I didn’t think I would have a problem because Palo Alto water has chloromine (a chemical used to clean water), but I was wrong. The chloromine doesn’t evaporate, so it doesn’t take care of the problem.” Parman said Gambusia affinis, or mosquito fish, “are an extremely effective means of abatement in urban residential settings because they are environmentally friendly and able to re-populate by themselves.” Originally introduced into California as early as 1922, mosquito fish have been one of the most effective non-insecticidal and nonchemical methods of controlling mosquitoes for more than 80 years, he said. The fish live near the surface of the water source and eat the mosquito eggs resting on the surface. A resilient species, mosquito fish are capable of surviving harsh conditions like water with low oxygen content or elevated salinity and only need to be planted once per season. In a given year, the fish may produce anywhere from 50 to 100 live-born young in three or four broods. Each fish is capable of eating more than 100 mosquito larvae daily. The fish can be placed in ponds and fountains, as well as some swimming pools. The fish require little upkeep and can live for two to three years. The fish do not need to be fed unless the pond they inhabit is new and without vegetation; in this case, the fish can eat tropical fish flakes. Algae are beneficial for mosquito fish, but they cannot survive in ponds or fountains containing duckweed or certain types of leaves like eucalyptus, pine, oak or pittosporum. One Barron Park resident used mosquito fish to abate her empty swimming pool after it had collected excess rainwater and was very happy with the results. “I challenge anyone to find a mosquito in that pool,” she said. “They do their job and you don’t have to feed them

HOME SALES

Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder’s Office. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.

East Palo Alto

1765 E. Bayshore Road #210 Yuen Trust to L. Giam for $331,000 on 6/22/12; previous sale 7/08, $332,000 1012 Bradley Way Gonzalez Trust to G. & S. Geppert-Lal for $300,000 on 6/20/12 1224 Camellia Drive H. Chen to J. Qin for $262,000 on 6/22/12 2466 Gloria Way S. Maximo to Habitat For Humanity for $209,000 on 6/22/12; previous sale 1/07, $135,000 1238 Laurel Ave. Equity Growth Asset Management to D. Mejia for $350,000 on 6/21/12; previous sale 9/99, $250,000

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or anything.” She was also pleased with the ease of acquiring and installing the fish. “I just researched online, called the vector control agency and they set me up with them. It was really easy.” The fish are available to all Santa Clara County residents with free delivery from April through October. However, it is illegal to plant mosquito fish without a county-issued permit. Also, the fish cannot be released into the wild because they are prolific and are capable of displacing natural species. If and when mosquito fish are no longer needed or reach abundance, residents can return them to the county. According to the Santa Clara County Vector Control District website, the two types of mosquitoes most commonly found in Palo Alto, the Culex and the Culiseta, lay “rafts,” or groups of 200 to 300 eggs that float on the surface of stagnant water sources. A raft of eggs looks like a speck of soot floating atop the water and each raft is about a quarter-inch long and an eighth-inch wide. The Culex tends to lay eggs in man-made water sources such as sewage or ponds; the Culiseta prefers warm, sheltered, foul or polluted water such as that found in neglected swimming pools or catch basins. Both mosquito varieties have been known to cluster around creeks. n Editorial Intern Helen Carefoot can be emailed at hcarefoot@paweekly.com.

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• Cover containers (so mosquitoes cannot enter to lay eggs) • Remove excess vegetation • Change outdoor pet bowls and bird baths regularly • Destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, plastic sheeting or other containers that collect and hold water • Fill or drain puddles, ditches and swampy areas • Remove, drain or fill tree holes and stumps with mortar • Eliminate seepage from cisterns, cesspools and septic tanks • Take care not to over-irrigate lawns. To obtain mosquito fish and assistance, residents can call the district at 408-9144770/800-675-1155 or enter a request for services at www.sccgov.org (search for “mosquito abatement”). — Helen Carefoot

122 Mission Drive B. & S. Dubetsky to T. Hui for $240,000 on 6/21/12; previous sale 1/01, $381,000 2250 Ralmar Ave. Wells Fargo Bank to H. Zheng for $273,000 on 6/22/12; previous sale 12/96, $179,500 1027 Ruth Court Aurora Loan Services to A. Callejas for $246,000 on 6/20/12; previous sale 12/04, $520,000

Los Altos

38 3rd St. #102 Blankenburg Trust to T. Rose for $1,195,000 on 6/29/12; previous sale 3/99, $621,000 3378 Beaumont Square J. & M. Lee to R. Jain for $1,560,000 on 7/3/12 728 Brentwood Court Fournier Trust to E. & Y. Shimoni for $1,520,000 on 7/2/12 310 Costello Drive Park Trust to Golzen Trust for $2,202,000 on 6/27/12; previous sale 8/03, $1,510,000

1190 Grant Road Sun Trust to L. Yin for $1,285,000 on 6/29/12; previous sale 4/05, $1,165,000 231 Yerba Buena Ave. J. & W. Raabe to T. & C. Shaked for $2,070,000 on 7/3/12

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Menlo Park

28025 Arastradero Road Meadows Trust to Ranganathan Trust for $3,100,000 on 6/29/12; previous sale 4/88, $965,000 12445 Hilltop Drive HedayatiFlake Trust to P. & N. Tamer for $5,070,000 on 6/29/12 4270 Manuela Way Noble Trust to E. Stein for $2,325,000 on 6/29/12 26462 Purissima Road Los Altos Homes to V. & V. Sikka for $6,150,000 on 6/29/12 14085 Seven Acres Lane S. & T. Colby to T. & L. Ramgopal for $2,100,000 on 7/6/12; previous sale 5/09, $1,900,000 13303 Wildcrest Drive B. & E.

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Menlo Park

1440 Modoc Ave. Habitat For Humanity to M. Li for $315,000 on 6/18/12; previous sale 1/11, $257,500 269 O’connor St. O’Connor Investment to A. Jain for $1,250,000 on 6/21/12 4 Pepperwood Court B. & J. Porter to V. Pilette for $3,452,000 on 6/20/12; previous sale 2/07, $3,450,000 2426 Sharon Oaks Drive Gardner Trust to J. Browne for $1,200,000 on 6/21/12 1330 University Drive G. Morrison to Tollinger Trust for $1,058,500 on 6/19/12; previous sale 2/10, $695,000 1212 Windermere Ave. G. & X. Nickings to M. & M. Baskauskas for $310,000 on 6/21/12; previous sale 5/97, $179,000

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2349 Carol Ave. Smith Trust to Diamond Trust for $1,385,000 on 7/2/12; previous sale 11/07, $1,298,000 412 Chagall St. Shea Homes to P. Vemulapalli for $772,500 on 7/3/12 405 Chesley Ave. Rosenfeld Trust to Engleman Trust for $1,800,000 on 7/3/12 1390 W. Dana St. D. Kaern to A. Drzewiecki for $889,000 on 6/29/12; previous sale 1/09, $710,000 26 Dorchester Drive S. Lin to J. Rangaiah for $670,000 on 7/5/12; previous sale 6/03, $500,000 1755 Ednamary Way #5 Chan Trust to D. Gandour for $701,000 on 6/29/12; previous sale 3/08, $710,000 135 Escuela Ave. Bialson Trust to Hon Trust for $630,000 on 7/3/12; previous sale 3/00, $391,000 193 Greyhawk Court K. Bellers to A. Tull for $685,000

East Palo Alto

Mountain View

Total sales reported: 8 Lowest sales price: $209,000 Highest sales price: $350,000

Total sales reported: 20 Lowest sales price: $285,000 Highest sales price: $1,800,000

Los Altos

Palo Alto

Total sales reported: 6 Lowest sales price: $1,195,000 Highest sales price: $2,202,000

Total sales reported: 13 Lowest sales price: $197,000 Highest sales price: $3,275,000

Los Altos Hills

Redwood City

Total sales reported: 6 Lowest sales price: $2,100,000 Highest sales price: $6,150,000

Total sales reported: 9 Lowest sales price: $210,000 Highest sales price: $1,600,000

Menlo Park

Woodside

Total sales reported: 6 Lowest sales price: $310,000 Highest sales price: $3,452,000

Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $695,000 Highest sales price: $3,275,000 Source: California REsource

on 6/27/12; previous sale 1/07, $710,500 125 Huntington Court B. Greeley to A. Solomon for $650,000 on 6/29/12; previous sale 3/03, $525,000 1437 Meadow Lane Rado Trust to J. & E. Han for $1,610,000 on 7/6/12; previous sale 5/02, $965,000 2047 Montecito Ave. #3 A. & A. Olah to Mountain View Retirement for $285,000 on 7/5/12 1935 Mt. Vernon Court #1 Vanbesouw Trust to Green Belt Investment for $340,000 on 7/5/12; previous sale 1/98, $187,500 1930 Mt. Vernon Court #7 S. Tracy to C. Chuang for $435,000 on 7/6/12; previous sale 5/05, $455,000 1438 Nilda Ave. M. & C. Walker to A. Vijendran for $1,200,000 on 6/29/12 49 Showers Drive #W201 R. Cigarrero to B. Matenciuc-Antonesc for $485,000 on 6/29/12; previous sale 5/07, $555,000

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232 Blakewood Way T. Bauer to D. Davenport for $695,000 on 6/21/12; previous sale 10/86, $155,000 7 Oak Haven Way Ihrie Trust to G. & L. Hsu for $3,275,000 on 6/20/12; previous sale 12/00, $4,350,000

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Redwood City

17 Cove Lane Norris Trust to P. & M. Calvinperez for $455,000 on 6/19/12; previous sale 4/88, $186,000 1936 Goodwin Ave. Farwell Trust to Altick Trust for $775,000 on 6/20/12 932 Governors Bay Drive G. Gitschel to N. Balthaser for $1,600,000 on 6/22/12; previous sale 1/07, $1,540,000 1824 Hull Ave. E. & B. Voelk to J. Roessner for $970,000 on 6/22/12; previous sale 10/07, $1,101,000 620 Hurlingame Ave. C. & R. Mendez to K. Lomeli for $210,000 on 6/15/12; previous sale 2/97, $135,000 102 Moonbeam Lane E. & P. Menor to Y. Wang for $1,049,000 on 6/19/12; previous sale 11/04, $1,075,000 530 Oak Ridge Drive M. & K. Parodi to S. Hoang for $660,000 on 6/22/12; previous sale 12/04, $676,000 385 Sequoia Ave. Finato Trust to T. Lutz for $620,000 on 6/15/12; previous sale 9/03, $450,000 807 Shepard Way Kester Trust to M. & K. Kurland for $950,000 on 6/22/12

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2480 Agnes Way C. Schira to C. & L. Patnoe for $1,300,000 on 7/3/12 407 Alder Lane G. Schisler to Chan Trust for $1,521,000 on 6/28/12; previous sale 9/08, $1,668,500 2090 Columbia St. Brown Trust to C. Nebel for $1,380,000 on 6/28/12 4161 El Camino Way #E A. Stcyr to D. Mitchell for $197,000 on 6/29/12 3544 Emerson St. A. Arani to J. Liang for $1,348,000 on 7/6/12 435 Fernando Ave. L. & J. Quill to U. Erlingsson for $1,545,000 on 6/28/12; previous sale 11/01, $490,000 365 Forest Ave. #3a J. & J. Kang to D. Cohen for $1,140,000 on 6/27/12; previous sale 7/05, $960,000 3195 Kipling St. Baker Trust to D. & H. Kim for $1,939,500 on 7/6/12; previous sale 8/03, $1,500,000 300 Lowell Ave. Miller Trust to S. & C. Tierney for $3,275,000 on 6/29/12 4217 Manuela Ave. Barbeau Trust to J. Althoff for $3,000,000 on 6/29/12; previous sale 4/92, $715,000 1780 Newell Road F. Huang to M. Zanganeh for $2,850,000 on 7/6/12; previous sale 6/08, $1,486,000 568 Rhodes Drive J. & C. Wu to H. Kim for $1,900,000 on 7/2/12;

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7 Sutter Creek Lane Barve Trust to T. & K. Beals for $525,000 on 6/29/12; previous sale 5/01, $440,000 476 Sylvan Ave. T. Angelotti to D. Saito for $1,641,500 on 6/29/12; previous sale 7/08, $1,380,000 32 Tyrella Court A. Kamath to M. Mammarella for $752,000 on 6/29/12; previous sale 1/98, $359,500 736 Vaquero Drive R. & J. Schaeffer to A. Powell for $830,000 on 7/3/12 2110 Windrose Place S. Brook to S. Tramiel for $670,000 on 6/29/12; previous sale 10/03, $552,000

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Real Estate Matters Are there foreclosures around here, and how do I buy one? by Wendy McPherson

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ight now in the Town of Atherton, there are two properties that were repossessed by the banks that loaned the former owners the money to buy (or refinance). These properties have been through the foreclosure process, are currently for sale by the bank and on the open market. They are listed by real estate agents. One is listed at $11,750,000 and was on the market two years ago for $25 million. The other home is priced at $4,400,000, is in a great location, but is in marginal condition; the listing mentions that it has no appliances. There are a few of these properties available in Menlo Park and Palo Alto too.

How do I buy one?

The first challenge is finding out about these properties. There are Internet sites that you can access to find houses that have Notices of Default filed on them. Banks file these notices because the owners are not making their mortgage payments or have not paid a balloon payment due on

the property. These notices are a matter of public record. The sites on the web that give accurate i n for mation a re the ones that you should subscribe to; subscriptions can run from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars a year. They provide numbers to call to check the status of the loan(s) and the amounts. A Notice of Default (NOD) is the first filing, where someone has defaulted on his monthly payments or on her balloon payment. Banks are obligated to publish these notices for a 90-day period. This is the time to do some diligent reconnaissance on comparable properties and try to ascertain the condition of the property. You can drive by the house, though you cannot get in, as generally someone is living there. Are there other deeds of trust/

notes on the property? Past due property taxes? Does a family live there? This is the time to know a friendly Realtor and a title company representative. Going back to your Internet foreclosure site, the next notice you will see is a Notice of Trustee’s Sale. You will see this about 90 days after the filing of the NOD. This gives the date that the property will be auctioned on the courthouse steps. There are no actual steps at 400 County Road, Redwood City, where San Mateo County properties are auctioned, but it is done outside the building. This is actually a fascinating process — it is worth showing up at 1 p.m. (same time everyday) to watch the bidding. A man with a clipboard calls out the address of the first property to be auctioned and the minimum bid. Your Internet site should have given you the date and time of the auction and the minimum amount that the bank will accept to let you buy the property. If the amount owed to the bank is $786,456, you had better have that amount in your pocket — yes, in your pocket — in the form of cashier’s checks made out to cash. If you don’t have the exact amount, you will get a refund in the mail a few days later for your overpayment. They do not accept underpayments. The opening bid stated by Mr. Clipboard is usually the amount of the loan. However, banks have

gotten smart lately, and sometimes the opening bid is less than the loan. Banks have realized that the property may be so over-encumbered that the amount owed to them will never be realized in a regular sale. The higher priced the property, the more loathe the bank is to take it back. Banks generally figure that repossessing a house, with all the ensuing effort and cost of placing it on the market, will run them 15 to 30 percent over the cost of the loan. The above primer is a rough draft of the complete process. Many, many hiccups can happen along the way. What are the biggest pitfalls? If you never get inside the house, what is the real condition? I have seen houses where rooms are nothing but Sheetrock — no plumbing, appliances or fixtures. Is there some loan or tax lien that was not cleared from title? Who is still living there? Do you want to be the one to evict a family? Are there permit issues? Zoning problems? Termites? The list of potential issues is substantial. The rewards can also be substantial, but this process is definitely for those with large wallets and iron stomachs. n Wendy McPherson manages about 145 agents for Coldwell Banker in two Menlo Park offices, plus Woodside and Portola Valley. She can be reached at WMcPherson@cbnorcal.com.

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