Thursday, November 8, 2012

The other white house


If you start from my front porch and walk four blocks south and two blocks east, this is where you'll land. The house is for sale.


I've had dreams about this house, though it usually plays only a minor role. But the other night, I dreampt I bought this house for $350,000.


That's how you know it's a dream; the wide awake selling price has one extra zero.



The devil's in the details.


Nothing says great wealth like a two-foot high coffee cup. There's also a chess room inside, with pieces the size of fourth graders.


(More info on architect Qingyun Ma of Sunday's Titanic House in comments)


36 comments:

  1. Is there a nice big rocker for Edith Ann [Lily Tomlin] to sit in while she tells us about her sandwich?

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  2. Doris - LOL...or would you always have to be on the lookout for the Red Queen?

    It does have very lovely bone structure and is that green grass I see..?

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  3. I love that you are lurking in broad daylight. Most of us simply attend the Sunday Open Houses. How pedestrian my approach is.

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  4. Curioser and curioser.

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  6. Doris is racking up all kinds of points here -- C & C should have been my title. Plus, if she doesn't mind my sharing (and even if she does) Ms Finch has an invitation to the Titanic house this month. That makes her my new BFF. Although I believe Des also has a date scheduled in May. Ah, the company I keep.

    This house does have grass that's green, Carolynn, or maybe they have each stalk individually painted.

    Tony, I wouldn't be at all surprised.

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  7. I toured that house during a St. Marks fundraiser. A little too nouveau riche for my taste. Including a beautiful loft library that had NO books, but was papered in book wallpaper instead. And a lot of zebra print and pink. I was sad.

    The bathroom did have the original hex tile, so there's that...

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  8. Correction [no fault of the esteemed blog author]: Like many a less gifted architect, I have remuddled my houses and will not be inside the [puce, blue violet, bluciolet] sharp-prowed mothership this month. However, for those who are really curious and have $$ to spend on tickets, there will be a Da Camera concert there in May next year--solo cellist, Peter Stumpf, playing Benjamin Britten. For those of a more cerebral [read cheaper] curiosity, here is a link to a long interview with Ma [not the cellist], the architect of that, hmm, unusual edifice. It has somewhat about the house, plus a lot of other things he thinks about. http://archinect.com/features/article/68561/qingyun-ma-part-i-the-idea-behind-s-p-a-m

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  9. You buy that place, I'll buy yours. !

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  10. You could do a lot with that house, especially the big coffee cup. I see a planter just waiting to be self-actualized.

    Let me know if you and your gang of infamous trespassers pic-a-nic there. I'll send complementary chips and dips.

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  11. My sons always wanted a giant chess board. Weather here would ruin it. It's a pretty house.

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  12. That "one extra zero" has been the bane to my existence.

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  13. At least I see the appeal of this one. So many super-expensive houses look like glassy legos. Or half-sunken ships. Oh wait, you know about those.

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  14. I don't like this house much. You can dream up better (like the one you showed me). I would suggest you go back to the puce house though. Namely the photos. The last one....look at the bubble on the right side above the white door. I swear someone is looking back at you.

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  15. MuseB, book wallpaper? I was going to say that's Gatsby-esque, but even Gatsby had real books. They made a point of it. and if this house needed books, they could have asked...
    Marjie, who has thousands of them. And that's a modest estimate.
    Kenny Mac, you don't need my house, but you do need a vacation.
    Paula, we haven't done that for at least two years. We lost our great organizer to Arizona, and she gave our group a certain amount of respectability.
    K, yeah. For the want of one little placeholder.
    Banjo, explain the appeal to PA. (P, it's the puse/puce one.)

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  16. I love MuseBoot's comment, " A little too nouveau riche for my taste." We if it's too nouveau for her, it's too much pour moi. Down here that translates to TACKY.

    V

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  17. Good "lurking" photos! Is there a giant saucer to go with the cup?
    And "wallpaper" books in the library??

    I am curious about the people who live there....

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  18. I struggle to play standard size chess. I'd have no hope playing theirs.

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  19. Doris, thanks for the link to the Archinect interview with Qingyun Ma, designer of the Titanic house in a very patrician area of Pasadena. In 2007, when the interview took place, this starchitect from China had had to stop work on his house because of Pasadena's strict hillside permit rules. he he, they're VERy strict, even my area's impacted by them. Glad the house got built in the end, though, as it's such an amazing sight among the other houses up there.

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  20. Now that is a chess game I'd like to see.

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  21. I'm intrigued by this one. Maybe you can talk them down to your dream price.

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  22. I like the cup. Of course, I could use some coffee right now.

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  23. PA, I have only AH's photos to go on, of course, but to my eye this place has some understated grace or quiet elegance or something--which so many garish, super-expensive places do not. This house has nothing to prove. It's not going to compete with carny houses. (Therefore, I'd dump the big coffee cup . . . ).

    AH, how'd I do? Think I changed her mind?

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  24. I like the look of the house from the outside, but an interior that includes lots of pink and zebra prints and book wallpaper instead of books doesn't seem to match the exterior (or my idea of a dream house). The huge coffee cup cracks me up, but I wouldn't want one in my house!

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  25. The house looks nice and comfortable. I like the lawn too.

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  26. Didn't you get the memo Banjo? The hiker can not declare her dream home without my approval. She's trying to play you. Although I don't care for garish homes either, this home comes without eaves. No - "we" like eaves. This is what she really wants

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  27. I see the point about the one she really wants. That's very cool, tho' I don't know how long I could stand the bright colors. Too much whimsy. Whimsy bad. Dark Puritan brooding good. Frown. Grunt.

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  28. Hey, I was in that house recently! Friend made an offer and is waiting to hear.

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  29. Oooh, PA, what's not to love about the house on your link above? Well, maybe the current colors are a bit much for most of us, but that's what paint is for. I can definitely see our AH holding court in front of the fireplace there, with a large black rug [oh wait, that must be Albert] spread in front of the hearth.

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  30. you sure this place is not haunted?

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  31. I must be in a cleaning mode. All I can think is all the Howard's that I'd need to buy. Dream on.

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  32. I must be in a cleaning mode. All I can think is all the Howard's that I'd need to buy. Dream on.

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  33. My dreams can't even extend far enough to think up a life in this house. Maybe the cup? Either way, I love it, and would take it if offered to me. Even in my dreams.

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