January 23, 2013

Three Thousand Square Feet And Zero Dollars To Heat?

10 Portola Drive

The Twin Peaks home at 10 Portola Drive now boasts three bedrooms, three and one-half baths and almost three thousand square feet of living space. And thanks to a 3kW rooftop solar system, the listing for 10 Portola boasts a PG&E bill of zero dollars for the home in 2010 and $79 in 2011.

Purchased as a 1,170 square foot home for $760,000 in 2002, the property was rebuilt and expanded to 2,827 square feet in 2005 and first returned to the market in 2008 listed for $2,395,000. Reduced and relisted six times since, the Portola Drive has just been listed with an official "one day" on the market for $1,825,000.

No word on the PG&E total for 2012 or how utilization of the home might have changed over the past couple of years.

∙ Listing: 10 Portola Drive (3/3.5) 2,827 sqft - $1,825,000 [10portola.com]

First Published: January 23, 2013 9:00 AM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

You'd think that for $1.8MM you could take some better photographs. They don't know good real-estate porn.

Posted by: David at January 23, 2013 9:38 AM

worst. photo gallery. ever.

Posted by: momonthego at January 23, 2013 9:39 AM

Hey, but look on the positive side, the property website does include one of those creepy float over windows with the agents photo stating "It looks like you're interested". It lurks and waits a bit before popping out for extra surprise effect. It is the website equivalent of when you think you're on the street at night alone and then some dude pops out from the shadows, motioning you over for who knows what.

All this website needs to be complete is autostart music. Have it delay a few seconds if you really want to embarrass visitors.

Posted by: The Milkshake of Despair at January 23, 2013 10:01 AM

Having been a victim of the autostart music last week, I'm glad this site isn't set up the same way. But agree on the pictures. The master bedroom pic looks like a bowling alley with all the furniture bunched up on one side.

Posted by: Lori at January 23, 2013 10:33 AM

No shower doors?

Posted by: lolcat_94123 at January 23, 2013 6:25 PM

A Zero Dollar PGE bill is impossible. There is a monthly generation/distribution charge that you have to pay even if your usage is net zero. Also, a PV array does not make natural gas to heat your home and water so you have to pay PGE for that. These guys are probably reading by candlelight and doing shadow puppet theatre for entertainment because a 3KW array, especially in fog-prone Twin Peaks, can't possibly provide enough power to sustain a typical family these days.

Posted by: esme alaki at January 24, 2013 12:04 PM

easy way to a zero pge bill, maybe it's unoccupied

Posted by: fancy rental at January 27, 2013 2:04 AM

I still do not understand how they converted the house from being 1100 square feet to 3000. Where did they find the space from?

Posted by: john at January 28, 2013 8:48 AM

Gorilla in a fur coat....

I'd be embarrassed to live here.

Posted by: NoeLocal at January 31, 2013 5:03 AM

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