Monday, July 24, 2006

Small Ross Cabin for People with Resilient Self-Esteem

This Ross cabin comes in at 1 br 1 ba. Asking $995,000. Nice interior though...all 690 sq ft of it. But hey, it's all about the neighborhood, right? So you can own the smallest POS in the hood surrounded by a bunch of multimillion dollar houses. People with an inferiority complex are not recommended to buy this one.

25 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! Ross has The Best Weather...The Best Market (Woodlands) AND The Best School (Ross School). I'd much rather live there than a big ole sheetrocked place like Novato, Petaluma, Fairfield, etc.!!

July 24, 2006 11:07 PM  
Blogger addamillion said...

Right...it rains like a mofo there...you'll have to take out a second on your POS to shop at Woodlands...and, the school is -- well, OK, it is good

July 24, 2006 11:52 PM  
Anonymous ross valley local said...

Ross has The Best Weather

That's pretty much the same weather as Kentfield, Larkspur, and San Anselmo--and look where it took these towns last winter. Not to be a stickler, but Woodlands market is in Kentfield.

July 25, 2006 10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a better idea. Rent a 2 br duplex unit for 1600 - 1700. Get a place twice the size for .. oh .. 1/4 the monthly costs.

July 25, 2006 11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the school is -- well, OK, it is good"

Live somewhere else for cheaper and send your kid to private school. Not only will your kid get a better education but you will be saving money on net too.

July 25, 2006 12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Live somewhere else for cheaper and send your kid to private school."

I have two kids and IMO Ross School is better than almost all private schools in the area. About the only one I know that compares is Marin Country Day which currently runs about $20,000/yr per student. So at about $3,300 per month (with no write-off for tuition, BTW!) how do you figure I'll be saving money??

Not to mention, given a choice of a great public school or a great private school, I'd generally choose the great public school. Better socialization with friends, sports, etc.

July 25, 2006 1:51 PM  
Blogger marin_explorer said...

I'd generally choose the great public school.

Agreed. On the subject of socialization, ever met a kid that was "home schooled"? That said, CA really needs to get on the ball with quality public schooling. It shouldn't be a question of over-leveraging a mortgage to get a decent K-12 education. I know so many people who have incurred huge debt for the "best" public schools.

July 25, 2006 2:09 PM  
Anonymous seamus said...

You forgot the CHARM CHARM CHARM!

July 25, 2006 2:39 PM  
Anonymous LJR said...

Cute house though. I could fall in love with it.

July 25, 2006 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Mike P. said...

This is a dandy example of a housing market gone bad. Take that 995,000, and put it into California tax free bonds. Be lazy and just buy a mutual fund paying 3.6% tax free...

That will generate $2985/month.

$2985/month will rent a lot of cuteness, even in Marin.

July 25, 2006 4:28 PM  
Blogger Dana Muise said...

I think people just have to come to terms with a simple fact: Marin county, particularly south Marin used to be a middle class county. Now it's the richest county in a state that has the 5th largest economy in the world. One by one these old POS house are being replaced with McMansions, it just takes time.

BTW, if I read another article in the Marin IJ about the "Price of Privilege: the unhappy children of affluence" I'm going to puke.

July 25, 2006 9:42 PM  
Anonymous Mike P. said...

Just for fun...

Here's what the same cash buys in the southwest of France. As the realtors would say, "CUTE! CUTE! CUTE!"

http://www.real-estate-in-france.com/727lot.htm

4 bedroom manor house on 3 hectares, garden and swimming pool. Oh, and stables and a 45 sq meter cave, orchard, spring, and river frontage...

I'd say this beats a scraper or a McMansion in Ross.

July 26, 2006 12:43 PM  
Blogger rejunkie said...

Yeah, whatever. THIS is God's Country, not the south of France(sarcasm).

You are going to send all the speculators there next with your french taunting!.

Go boil your bottoms, sons of a speculator! Your mother was a realtor and your father smelled of Alan Greenspan!

July 26, 2006 3:23 PM  
Blogger addamillion said...

I looked at that place in France. What the hell is a "gite?"

July 26, 2006 5:36 PM  
Anonymous Mike P. said...

> I looked at that place in France. What the hell is a "gite?"

A little place in the country. Generally it's used for that cute little cottage in the country you got as a vacation home.

I've seen it used for vacation apartment rentals aimed at the English in Paris, though, so it seems to have slipped into broader use meaning 'overpriced vacation home.'

rejunkie: "Now go away, or I shall taunt you with affordable yet classic homes again!" :-)

I've always found the "They aren't making any more land! That's why homes are so expensive here." to be weak. France has been around a tad longer than California, and has a higher population density, yet homes are more affordable there. I suppose it's all the 200 year old 'older homes' that keep their market so depressed...

July 26, 2006 7:30 PM  
Blogger Marin Family Guy said...

Haven't seen where that house is. The basic rule in town I have heard regarding expansion is "if you wanted a bigger house you should have bought one". Whoever buys it should be aware of that!

July 26, 2006 8:45 PM  
Blogger marin_explorer said...

The basic rule in town I have heard regarding expansion is "if you wanted a bigger house you should have bought one".

That's an interesting rule, because it would seemingly curb the upscale aspirations for buyers of those small, $1M+ bungalows. Yet, I've still seen expansion, such as that McMansion on the corner of Lagunitas and Shady Lane.

Ross has its charm, but much of the town is no different than 1000s of other small towns on the west coast, such as my hometown far north.

July 27, 2006 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"that McMansion on the corner of Lagunitas and Shady Lane"

That "McMansion" is on a 4 acre flat lot....I think to qualify for "McMansion" status it should be the kind of new house where you have about ten feet between each other!!

July 27, 2006 1:44 PM  
Anonymous ross valley local said...

BTW, if I read another article in the Marin IJ about the "Price of Privilege: the unhappy children of affluence" I'm going to puke.

Score another for the IJ's stomach-heaving journalistic prowess. Money doesn't salvage self-image? What a scoop!

July 27, 2006 1:54 PM  
Blogger marin_explorer said...

That "McMansion" is on a 4 acre flat lot....

I use that term, perhaps wrongly, for any conspicuous new or rebuilt home. 4 acres in Ross? I bet that was $$$$. I hope they got their money's worth.

July 27, 2006 1:57 PM  
Blogger Marinite said...

4 acres in Ross counts not as a "McMansion" but as a "Monument to Ego" in my book.

July 27, 2006 4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This place looks like it belongs in the mountains of West Virginia. Seriously, it looks like Snuffy Smith's cabin. I'd fully expect to find a still in the backyard and livestock running around the property. The structure can't have more than a few years of life left in it, so you're basically paying a million bucks for the patch of dirt.

July 28, 2006 9:40 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

What does it matter about the Ross schools? Think this cabin has any room for a family??

August 08, 2006 5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As for that place in France, it neglects to mention a very critical element: all your neighbhors, everyone you meet in town or anywhere will be English. Eeeeeuuuwww! That's enough to send me running back to Snuffy's cabin in Ross...

August 09, 2006 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Hey! Ross has The Best Weather...The Best Market (Woodlands) AND The Best School (Ross School). I'd much rather live there than a big ole sheetrocked place like Novato, Petaluma, Fairfield, etc.!!

And the BEST part yet?

You get to hobnob with Sean Penn and his wife and kids.

OOOOOHHHH so impressive!

Although I doubt they'd set foot in your craptastic woodshed er, I mean, house.

Mark

September 17, 2006 6:44 PM  

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