Saturday, May 20, 2006

Brown Box in San Rafael

Wonderful opportunity to find home with large patio, close to shopping and transportation at this price. Hardwood floors, 1-car garage great starter home. Views and light, large terraced garden.
What the heck is up with this San Rafael POS? This must be the ugliest thing ever. No upgrades whatsoever. "Wonderful opportunity to find home with large patio"? Huh? Is a large patio what we are to aspire to? Yeah, a large patio, like that's on the top of my list when buying a house.

Anyway, this piece of brown ugliness that is in need of a flush comes in at 2 br 1 ba, 784 sq ft, built in 1963, asking $599,950.

But in all seriousness, the sad thing is that there are people who buy stuff like this for these prices and think they are somehow special. The joke's on such people I'm afraid. You see, Marin County makes the rest of the country look better. So you live in what is (locally) considered to be an average house in Minneapolis (or where ever) and maybe you are feeling a bit despondent about it. Don't! It could be worse --> you could be holding a mortgage for a POS in Marin.


Blogger marin_explorer said...

Can anyone explain how anything with 784 sqft can be a 2BR? How is that space even remotely useful? At what price/sqft would that stop making you laugh--$300?

May 20, 2006 10:42 PM  
Blogger leewhee said...

A "starter" home? Maybe a firestarter. You could use this box as kindling to torch a McMansion.

May 21, 2006 10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

worth a look

May 21, 2006 10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Uh, yeah. I think most of us have seen that.

May 21, 2006 11:52 PM  
Anonymous tom stone said...

i miss being able to post on the main site,not being a blogger and all,and re skeptic,these are bunk bedrooms! you get used to the 4 ft ceilings in no time and just tell your relatives it's conceptual least it is the appropriate color.

May 22, 2006 12:02 PM  
Blogger Marinite said...

just create a blogger account.. its free, anonymous, and the blog you create does not need to be real.

May 22, 2006 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..uh, that's not brown, but the color isn't the main problem here... the sq footage is killing me...does that include the garage, and I assume the bedrooms are in the garage?

May 22, 2006 4:21 PM  
Blogger B. Durbin said...

Hmm. 2 bd in 784 square feet. Okay, let's make each bedroom ten by ten, that's 200 square feet off the total, leaving 584 for bath, kitchen, and main room.

Or we could be generous and up it to twelve by twelve each— not uncommon size for that era, and we have 496 square feet left over. If it's only a one-butt kitchen*, you've got plenty of room left.

Or we could make the obvious surmise that one of the bedrooms is a converted pantry, six feet by ten. Don't laugh. I lived in a house like that once.

*The "butt" measurement for kitchens is one of the most useful standards I've come across. A one-butt is great for an individual or a pair, but if you want a family you'll need at least a two-butt kitchen, as anyone who has children can attest.

May 23, 2006 8:00 PM  
Blogger marin_explorer said...

"Let's make each bedroom ten by ten...leaving 584 for bath, kitchen, and main room."

I think your calcuation nicely illustrates how quickly square footage gets consumed for living necessity. Anyone who can comfortably use a 10x10 BR gets my minimalist living award. Up to the challenge, I decided to map out our minimal living space needs, and I don't think I can match yours:
2 Bedrooms @ 13' x 15' = 390sqft
Living room @ 12 x 20 = 240
Kitchen @ 10 x 15 = 150
Dining @ 12 x 14 = 156
Bath @ 10 x 12 = 120
Laundry @ 8 x 10 = 80
subtotal = 1136, plus I'd add another 10% for halls and closets
= 1250 sqft

We'd slowly go crazy in less space. On the other hand, we probably don't "need" 3000sqft. Of course, ceiling height, windows, light, and views play a part in spaciousness too.

May 24, 2006 4:16 PM  
Blogger MjM said...

Somewhat off-topic, please excuse, but does anyone have any idea what happened over at


May 30, 2006 12:28 PM  

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