Monday, April 03, 2006

Le Petite Beige Bungalow in San Anselmo

2 br, 1 ba, 891 sq ft POS in San Anselmo; built in 1924. There's no realtor write-up to make fun of so I will have to provide my own:
Come live the sought after Marin POS lifestyle in this charming, cozy, le petite beige bungalow in San Anselmo. Never mind the big, fat, black power lines running right over the le very narrow and overgrown back yard. Perfect for young families with fewer than two kids or who like to double-up in the beds or even the loser professional who is only making a high six-figure salary and cannot afford a real house in Marin but nevertheless must be able to brag about living in Marin. The fresh coat of paint and the sagging, gray planter make this well worth the $729,000 asking price. Be sure to stock up on the Top Ramen and PB & J.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Marin County has the nation's worst housing stock or something?

Drek

April 03, 2006 7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Marin County has the nation's worst housing stock or something?

It's actually quite ordinary. I think part of the shock value of this blog comes not just from the ridiculous prices, but the almost invariable ordinariness of what's on offer. Keep in mind that Marin is a very stagnant place. Sometime in the 1970s or '80s a majority of the county's residents decided that Marin was "built out" (even though something like 3/4 of the county remains undeveloped) and most of the houses in the county were built before 1980. So a lot of what's there now is in really sorry shape. In Mill Valley, for example, usually what happens is the houses (tiny, rustic old cabins for the most part - former vacation homes from when Mill Valley was considered "the boonies"), once sold, are completely torn down and replaced with ridiculously huge houses more befitting the new owners' socioeconomic status.

April 03, 2006 9:40 PM  
Blogger Marinite said...

"Ordinary". Yes, that definately characterizes Marin's housing stock.

April 04, 2006 10:16 AM  
Blogger marin_explorer said...

There's too much bung in that bungalow.

Does Marin County has the nation's worst housing stock or something?

There are some nice neighborhoods, but they're almost always surrounded by crumbling, neglected areas; it's not an isolated case. Even the town of Ross, possibly the most overrated place I've seen. Granted, there's some big homes, but there's also small/old/rundown homes--and nothing to do. Except of course, saying those words: "I live in Ross". I don't get it.

April 08, 2006 12:22 AM  

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