A traditional, modern home in San Mateo’s Aragon district 

To hear Geoffrey Nelson, our long national real estate nightmare is over. Nelson, who became a real estate agent in 2001, has built a stellar reputation since then, ranking fourth among all Peninsula agents for sales in Burlingame in 2008. In the world of San Mateo County real estate, he is considered an up-and-comer. According to him, the local real estate market is healthier than it has been in months.

“You’re seeing more people at open houses,” he said recently while holding an open house of his own. “I think homes are moving much more quickly [than they had been].”

In recent months, Nelson, who recently moved his business from Cashin Company to McGuire Real Estate, has closed sales in Hillsborough and San Mateo. Right now he has a notable listing at 1224 Rhus St., in San Mateo’s Aragon district.

Rhus is a one-block street known for its collection of storybook Tudor homes. Built in the years after World War I, the homes mimic those on nearby Avila, Seville and Aragon streets, only in smaller form. Most were built with two bedrooms and a single bath.

This was the fate of 1224 Rhus St. for more than eight years, until a massive overhaul doubled its size, added a second story and completely reconfigured its ground floor. The resulting home is spacious and modern, without sacrificing one bit of its original Tudor charm.

Finding the right balance between old and new is always a challenge during large-scale renovations. Often the exterior result looks more like a house wearing a hat than it does a two-story home. Inside and out, the transformation of 1224 Rhus St. avoided stylistic pratfalls. Inside, the use of open-beamed ceilings, traditional kitchen cabinetry and hardwood floors made the division between old and new almost seamless.

After two weeks on the market, Nelson reduced the asking price of 1224 Rhus St. to $1.425 million, making it one of the most attractive buys in Aragon. Given the market improvement he’s been seeing, it shouldn’t be long before someone swoops in and buys this traditional and modern home.


Hot property

1224 Rhus St.

Where: San Mateo

Asking Price: $1,425,000

Property Tax: $17,100

The Property: Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, 2,245 square feet of living space.

Notable: Built in 1926; extensively remodeled and expanded in 2009.

Agent: Geoffrey Nelson, McGuire Real Estate, (650) 455-3735


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