Sunday, July 23, 2006

Pricy Ugliness in Novato

What's so special about this Novato POS? It comes in at 3 br 2 ba, built in 1954, 1650 sq ft and asking $685,000. The interior is updated but nothing fancy certainly not by Marin standards. So what's the deal? I guess what made me post this was the ugliness factor and price combination.


Blogger marin_explorer said...

I'll give this one the Albedo Award for its use of concrete and white paint.

July 23, 2006 11:54 AM  
Blogger Marinite said...

The interior is all white too including the cabinets and counter tops. The current owner really, really likes white.

July 23, 2006 2:20 PM  
Blogger Dana Muise said...

I've come to think of 1950 through 1970 as a time where bay area architects were in some kind of creative brain fart, or people didn't bother using them and let the contractor build the house as he saw fit. I guess back then, hiring an architect would cost more than the land & house was worth. This is a perfect example. The owner probably paid $5,000 for the land and another $5K for a house to be built for his modest family. He probably had a 30 year loan on it too! Who the hell knew it would end up like this?

July 23, 2006 7:14 PM  
Blogger fredtobik said...

Someone please point out a location of housing development that meets your level of sophistication.

I am not defending this house, but I keep reading from this blog a negative view on "tract" homes.

July 24, 2006 12:05 PM  
Blogger marin_explorer said...

I've come to think of 1950 through 1970 as a time where bay area architects were in some kind of creative brain fart

I know what you mean. Whether due to poor home design or bad city planning, many neighborhoods of that period lack warmth and character. Contrast that to those bungalow neighborhoods built a little earlier. We'd pick the latter over most homes built in the 70s.

July 24, 2006 12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon, is Novato really Marin? Not in my book.

August 09, 2006 9:23 AM  
Blogger marinmaven said...

It is not that "architects were in some kind of creative brain fart" but the need to build affordable homes for families as quickly and cheaply as possible. These houses were design to be built by less skilled and therefore cheaper workers. The design allowed for materials to be bought in bulk. Laugh all you want, but in 1955 new homes went for 14k-17k for 3-4 bedroom, 2 bath ranch houses with front and backyards. Families could get reasonable loans and be able to live a normal life with mother staying home with the kids making cookies.
Getting the upgrades to a home and any detailing that would make a house visually stunning costs money in hours and materials. Part of the reason houses are going up in price is that people want the pricey upgrades over a practical and sensibly priced home.

August 30, 2006 1:09 PM  

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