Monday, August 20, 2007

Hate it. (On Sunnyslope)

4310 SUNNYSLOPE AVENUE, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(MLS #s: F1709214 & F1730323)

Price Reduced: 06/01/07 -- $949k to $919k
Price Reduced: 07/10/07 -- $919k to $879k
RELISTED 08/18/07: $812k

Price Reduced: 10/02/07 -- $812k to $790k (down 16.86%)

I kind of hate this house.

Here's what the listing description read originally:

"Huge price reduction!!!.This residence captures the charm of sherman oaks [sic] living.Walk to all the great resturants [sic]and shopping on the bivd. [sid] Just remodeled!Large living room w/fireplace,country kitchen,master suite with romantic fireplace.Make offer!!"

We all know that "MAKE OFFER" means: "Just give me something so I can call up everybody who ever visited the house and tell them I have an offer so that they might bid against you."

Anyhoo ... here's the current listing description:

"This residence captures the charm of sherman oaks [sic] living. Walk to all the great resturants [sic] and shopping on the blvd. Walk to dixie canyon elementry. [sic]Just remodeled!Country kitchen. Large living room with fireplace.Wood floors.Master suite with romantic firteplace . [sic] Make offer!!"

Ugh. Learn to spell already, would you? And stop commanding me to make an offer. Sheesh.

What the picture doesn't show you is that there is a hideous McMansion next door. I mean, a real eyesore. Also, there are three or four different types of hardwood flooring in this house giving it that patchwork "Home Depot Close-Out Special" feeling. The kitchen? Blech. In short, this house is a major fixer and it is way way overpriced. And not like "everything is overpriced right now" more like: "step away from the crack pipe" overpriced.


Anonymous said...

How do you define a McMansion? Are we talking about these 6 bedroom houses that are being built in Valley Village where a two bedroom house used to be?

Kate said...

McMansions are over 2,000 square feet and usually in the Caliteranean style and are frequently surrounded by much smaller cottages or mid-century ranch homes.

Often identical or mirror-image McMansions will be built on adjacent lots. They are also noted for crenelations and other architectural features generally reserved for castles. A giant house that is just boxy with no distinguishable features may also be considered a McMansion.

Ornery said...

Call me guilty, but what I really want is something approaching a McMansion. 3 working adults and 3 children plus 4 cats, and 2 dogs do not fit into a 3 bed, 1 bath cottage no matter how you squeeze. The minimum house (and only if very well laid out) for us is about 2200 sq ft plus an outdoor play yard. Of course decent schools and decent commute are a must.

Kate said...


Hey, you want a big house, no problem. I get it. I'm whining about the mid-evil castles in suburbia.

I've seen plenty of the California bungalows get tasteful additions that do not interfere with the original charm and style of the home and the street. You know, projects that involved an architect.

Anonymous said...

How funny. Yes. there really is a McMansion next door. As bad as it looks now, imagine how crappy that McMansion looked when it was built in 1988. People were flipping. That house is no way fits in.

The house was nice, back in the day. But there is no yard in the back, it is concrete.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, budget deficits, wars, LA schools going south fast and we're worrying about McMansions?