Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Compelling places

Persson’s Nursery. This time, it quietly closed.



That’s my Patch piece for the week.



Onto to a related topic, my favorite foreclosed home.



Albert and I have poked around a little, in and out.



And decided



Whoever the owners were, their risk was worth taking.



I'm sorry they lost.

28 comments:

  1. Nothing like that sinking feeling when you realize a gem is closed for good.

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  2. I hope they drank the beauty of their world every day while there. Was this really what Milton meant when he wrote "Paradise Lost"?

    WV: wanedl. I wanedl you that we couldn't afford it!

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  3. That second to last photo is stunning. Why would they want to leave a view like that?

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  4. They didn't want to, Kaori. There's a big lender eviction notice on the door.

    Brenda, I think so. There's still lumber in the backyard and a half-finished formal porch.

    WCGB, we didn't see this one coming, did we? I'm going to miss them. Half the plants you see at my house came from Persson's, including the Aussie hedge.

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  5. Make an offer. Albert would like living there.

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  6. What's Albert's credit score?

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  7. Was it really worth it?

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  8. Persson's has been shut down for at least 2 weeks. I drove by there, and they were closed on a weekday.

    This is just so sad for the owners as well as for the community.

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  9. It no longer open to the public?
    Is this the nursery near Pasadena HS on SMadre Bl?

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  10. Excellent piece. What a sad story. I wish they could have at least had a final sale or even given the plants away. What a shame to let them all die.

    The objects left behind in foreclosed houses are the same things you see in the wake of a natural disaster. I covered a major earthquake years ago and that's what struck me - the small objects of everyday life, abandoned. Very poignant.

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  11. You've been hanging with PA too much! So have I...was in Pacific Palisades today (doc appt. west-side) and took picks of a gate where there is no longer a house 15040-15054 Corona Del Mar (34.031892,-118.524046 coordinates on Google-maps) and a house at 14914 that's totally depapidated but the owners are still hanging in there (along with 2 abandoned cars in the front) as can also be seen on Google maps.
    So sad about the folks who lost that house due to foreclosure.

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  12. Those darned banks show no mercy. Couldn't they let people live there, paying back a little at a time? After all, it's all the fault of the banks that we have this recession. Are you thinking of putting in an offer, Karin? Look at that great view!

    As for Persson's, how sad it closed after all the effort to save it. Perhaps the bank decided it would rather have the plants dead than alive.

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  13. Hopefully, times are a changing and this home 'comes back'.

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  14. I had a cup of coffee with a friend yesterday. She's been fighting with BofA for 2 years. They service her loan, they don't own it, and they don't know who does. A consortium of unnamed investors, they say, but they don't know who those investors are.

    She has had to reapply five times. Four times they've lost her paperwork.

    In the last week her application has been turned down twice, and twice she's been told it was "reinstated." Why she hasn't had a heart attack I don't know. She has a family and a business and has never missed a payment.

    WV: helisa. Helisa B of A mortgage.

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  15. It does seem wantonly mean-spirited to just let the plants die.

    I exchanged an email with Michael at East of Allen blog, and he may do a little research as to the future of the area. It's in his neck of the woods.

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  16. Why do you have to go and make me cry?

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  17. I'm thinking some trespassing might be in our future come October? I"m game! :)
    V

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  18. I wonder what we'll be saying about the last ten or so years in ten or so more years. Surely we've had this kind of meanness, greed, folly and vice before, and yet . . .

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  19. We recently bought a house for the first time in 15 years. We had 25% down, cash in the bank, excellent credit score, and good income for the size of the loan. Wells Fargo made us jump through all types of silly hoops. The banks used to give anyone a loan with little vetting. Now, they almost make it impossible. When it was over I told the lending officer, who was only the messenger, that banks have now got reputations comparable to attorneys. Apologies to the attorneys who may be offended with being compared to bankers.

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  20. Really, dbdubya, watch your tongue.

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  21. Nice article and tribute to Persson's Nursery. It is sad they had to close and will be missed.

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  22. Thanks for covering this on Patch - we loved Perssons and are so sad that it's closed.

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  23. One of my daughters and her husband are looking for a house to buy. Most of what is out there seems to be bank owned right now. Pretty sad stories...

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