The boy Nextdoor: Introducing the real estate wunderkind some residents mistook for a scammer

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Melissa Hartman/Town Crier
Bob Lane gained local attention after a Springer Trees neighborhood resident posted a picture of him on Nextdoor, questioning whether he was a scammer. It turns out the 18-year-old was going door to door as a part of his real estate license training.

A resident of the Los Altos Springer Trees neighborhood authored a post on the online Nextdoor site Aug. 23 with the title “Possible real estate scam.” Below the resident’s explanation of how a young man came to her door that afternoon asking if any neighbors were interested in selling their homes, she included a screenshot from her Ring security camera – a grainy image of 18-year-old Bob Lane.

The resident, who requested her name not be used, said she did not intend “to open a can of worms,” but she thought it curious that Lane was handing out Alain Pinel Realtors business cards that were worn (possibly from floating around in his pockets, she speculated) when the company had been acquired by the New York-based Compass Realty in March.

Transactions for the week of Sept. 11

Los Altos

353 Costello Drive, A. Zink to Zeng Trust for $3,160,000

510 San Felicia Way, Highland Trust to G. & G. Aggarwal for $3,200,000

1564 Vineyard Drive, Levison Trust to H. & K. Liu for $2,300,000

Mountain View

181 Ada Avenue #19, Okuda Trust to H. & M. Yang for $1,150,000

1923 Cambridge Drive, S. Chen to S. & Z. Wang for $1,454,000

1354 Dale Avenue #4, Buchanan Trust to L. & Z. Liu for $1,250,000

116 East Middlefield Road #D, S. & S. Fok to R. Linn for $850,000

120 Minaret Avenue, J. Gantus to N. & G. Choi for $1,800,000

131 Ortega Avenue, S. Weng to T. Zhao for $1,420,000

701 North Rengstorff Avenue #11, M. Meyer to L. Wang for $795,000

221 North Rengstorff Avenue #1, Conradson Trust to C. Pfalzer for $1,350,000

2255 Showers Drive #342, K. Aggarwal to M. Philippe for $1,250,000

48 Starlite Court, G. Petersen to D. & S. Chang-Graham for $1,200,000

620 Willowgate Street #6, Julin Trust to J. & R. An for $1,550,000


869 Lonna Lane, Mathis Family Trust to K. & A. Gupta for $1,900,000

22825 Poplar Grove Square, Kim Trust to I. & M. Alabado for $1,350,000

20385 Via Portofino, Kantamneni Family Trust to J. Wu for $2,150,000

7394 Wildflower Way, Zheng Family Trust to A. & X. Hao for $2,850,000


Los Altos

Total sales: 3

Lowest sale: $2,300,000

Highest sale: $3,200,000

Average sale: $2,886,700

Mountain View

Total sales: 11

Lowest sale: $795,000

Highest sale: $1,800,000

Average sale: $1,279,000


Total sales: 4

Lowest sale: $1,350,000

Highest sale: $2,850,000

Average sale: $2,062,500

– Cal REsource

Ace Hardware to open in former OSH Mountain View site

Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Ace Hardware plans to open at the old Orchard Supply Hardware site on Charleston Road in Mountain View Sept. 25.

Fans of Orchard Supply Hardware were stunned when a liquidation sale began just days after customers and employees learned of the chain’s impending nationwide closure in August 2018.

Just more than a year later, former competitor Ace Hardware will open in the 34,000-square-foot space where OSH Mountain View previously stood, the retailer’s public relations representative confirmed last month.

Chasing a moonshot: LA venture capitalists fund companies seeking to change world for better

Future Ventures co-founders Steve Jurvetson and Maryanna Saenko finalized their 10th investment last month, with the venture capitalists drawing from their $200 million inaugural fund.

Well versed in aerospace innovations, the Los Altos-based team is now seeking out every conceivable sector generating tech “unlike anything they’ve ever seen before,” Jurvetson said.

Transactions for the week of Sept. 4

Los Altos

23 Arbuelo Way, Murray Family Trust to N. & A. Singh for $2,225,000

11652 Putter Court, S. Ng to W. & Y. Sun for $2,400,000

Los Altos massage therapist opens incubator

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Eric Davidove/Special to the Town Crier
Kua Body Studios founder Upuia Ahkiong, front, celebrates the company’s fifth anniversary with a luau party Aug. 25. Behind her are massage therapists who have undergone her training program, from left, Crystal Perretta, Jennifer Ruiz, Annette Oevermann, Carolina Huerta and Estel Pereira.

Twenty years ago, Los Altos businesswoman Upuia Ahkiong couldn’t have imagined becoming a massage therapist, let alone owning her own massage studio.

“It wasn’t part of my plan,” said Ahkiong, owner of Kua Body Studios at 106 First St., which celebrated its fifth anniversary last weekend. “I wanted to be a principal for a school. … My desire was to make an impact on the school level and at the state level because I just saw how the government and the school systems were really challenging.”

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