Monday, December 10, 2012

As the Brochure Says...

Bring your tool kit and your dreams.


You might also want to bring some antibiotics and a tetanus shot.


Open floor plan.


Electricity, almost.


Location, folks. It's going for $250 K. Bring your biggest tool kit and don't skimp on the dreams.


31 comments:

  1. I usually see the value of keeping old houses and fixing them up, but call me cruel as I can only imagine knocking this one down. Love the green green grass though.

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  2. I happened by on a stroll with a friend of mine and we ran into two prospective buyers. "Does it even have a bathroom?" my friend asked. "Hmm, I don't see a toilet, but there appears to be a sink on the floor," one answered.

    I guess real estate values really are on the upswing.

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  3. Somebody has been holding on to this I would say. Or maybe they're just overly sentimental? Prolly not. I do wish them luck, I would love to sell my empty lot.

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  4. Well, that's quite a piece of real estate. Must be in a prime location, location, location....

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  5. Seriously?! I'm guessing a developer will get it for $100 thousand in cash. A few months from now there'll be a brand new house for sale for, I don't know, $500k?

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  6. I found it on Redfin. Now I remember looking at this property (I never made it up to the house) and actually daydreaming about living in a trailer while I rebuilt the house. That was back in the day when I was desperate for land for Tommy and I was seduced senseless by that yard. My realtor talked me out of it.

    Apparently an offer has been accepted: http://www.redfin.com/CA/Pasadena/1898-Santa-Rosa-Ave-91104/home/7257204

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  7. It comes furnished with a sink and a chair? They should have asked for more.

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  8. Oh, I see, Susan, its style is Rustic!

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  9. More a knocker downer than a fixer upper. Is this how much a plot of land costs in Altadena? Maybe Wal-Mart's arrival is raising house values.

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  10. These must be the post-Halloween views of the house.

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  11. Rustic? I call it early 2000 meth house.

    (Pierre, apparently they are. According to the site it appears $274 might be the actual price.)

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  12. I"ve watched enough HGTV to get this puppy in shape in no time. Send them the check and we'll get right on it.
    V

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  13. It doesn't rise to the level of a Cat D-9, but a nice JD dozer and mid-grade loader should do it. But 250K for a lot? Really?

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  14. I don't think there is a tool kit big enough.

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  15. Plenty of decent places for well under 6 figures in Detroit's suburbs. So there it's $274K for a lot and the privilege of paying for a knockdown. I'm not at all that rosy about Detroit, but something's way off. (You don't think I've invited some mockery, do you?).

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  16. B52, I think Dee-troit is going to become the urban farmers' delight.

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  17. For those who like a little more luxury, you can buy this compound in the desert for a mere 9 million: http://curbed.com/archives/2012/12/11/gucci-heir-lists-23acre-california-desert-compound-for-9m.php

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  18. Susan, I would never get anything done there. I would loll by the pool and watch TV.

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  19. It would probably go for closer to $1M in Vancouver.

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  20. This lot is about 5 or 6 blocks from our home.
    In my fantasies, I buy the house and then convert it into a cultural center of sorts. Where Literary Circles and the like could take place. Or I would build a Tumbleweed Home there and enjoy the openness of the lot. The rest of the neighborhood is fairly well kept and the architecture fun.

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  21. Maybe they'd let you park your trailor there, Susan.

    Roberta, wish you would. But lose the house; I see dead people.

    Banjo, is there some gentrification going on around Daytwah? Seems to me I recall something to that effect, along with urban gardening.

    When I visit a new city I can instantly judge the cost of living by buying a beer. In Norway, a glass of the ordinary costs $12.

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  22. Well, it's about time I found a home smaller then mine (56' smaller).

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  23. Maybe one of the key features that makes Altadena unique is the abundance of Deadora (sp?) pines. Every yard seems to have one. In fact, I'd wager to say, there are more pines below the mountain then on it.

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  24. PA: Although Deodora appear to be pines, I sure thought so, they're actually cedars.

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  25. Paula and AH, yes, some talk about gentrification (I've seen a little) and urban farming/forestry (I'll believe it when I see it). But knocking down buildings costs money, the mayor and city council hate each other, and eminent domain would be a nightmare to impose.

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  26. An abandoned, decayed house always make me feel sad...I think, who lived there... what's happens...
    We could write a short story...

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  27. There are numerous abandoned houses/buildings on Highway 395 in the Owens Valley up through Bridgeport...it always amazes me to see these buildings in various stages of decay...and I wonder how it came to be...actually, I start off wondering why in the world there was a building there in the first place!!!

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  28. What a sad place. I always feel sad for houses that must have been proud of themselves at one time. Now, I think even the house would agree that any toolkit must be large enough to hold a bulldozer!

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