Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Mill Valley Artist's Shack

Artist's cottage on sunny, street to street lot with panoramic views. Good neighborhood and location, brick fireplace. Living room, dining and kitchen upstairs, bedroom and bath downstairs.
1 br 1 ba, 1070 sq ft, built 1920, asking $550,000 in Mill Valley. Are there really any artists left in South Marin? There used to be tons. So if this shack is for artists, then by the looks of it I would say it was built for "starving" artists. But if you can pay that asking price, then I guess we have to redefine what we mean by "starving". And what's this? No extra room for the artist's workshop? What kind of "artist's cottage" is this?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a nice one just reduced by $50k to $949k in Corte Madera.


What this listing does not tell you is that the house was build by apparently blind people as the house's back wall is at a about 10% + slant and looks like the whole house is going to fall over in the first stong wind.

September 12, 2006 5:54 PM  
Anonymous Ang-ang said...

Nice house

September 12, 2006 9:14 PM  
Anonymous Hanover_Fist said...

I like the realtors display in the lower window...prolly couldn't find nice spot on the 'lawn' to place it...

September 12, 2006 9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Per Zillow, somebody is going to do OK:

Sale History
06/09/2004: $576,000

September 12, 2006 11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Lord. I'm a realtor in Michigan. Sure, we have a crappy economy here, but you'd be lucky to get $90,000 for that here. You could put the rest of the money in the bank and live off the interest.

September 13, 2006 7:24 AM  
Anonymous re_lurker said...

These PoS's aside, can anyone explain to me why so many homes in Marin are in such deplorable condition?

Whether I drive through Mill Valley, Kentfield, San Anselmo, etc. I see much of the same: peeling paint, bad roofs, dryrot, cracked cement, etc. It looks as if most 20+ yo homes have deferred maintenance.

For an area that prides itself in its wealth and "quality of life," I don't see much quality in the housing, with the exception of brand-new homes. What's the story here? Fixed-income retirees that cannot afford basic maintenance?

Realtor in Michigan: yes--the joke's on every SF Bay wage earner that leverages themselves to the gills just to say you "own" a piece of the lauded SF Bay lifestyle.

September 13, 2006 10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the realtor in Michigan, some ppl are doing just that!!! Aren't they calling you. I really like Michigan.

Maybe you should leave your phone number.

September 13, 2006 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheap lazy or stupid are the three camps that the non-maintainers fall into out here in Marin.
The cheap ones are shocked to learn that a decent licensed contractor costs more per hour than their crystal massage therapist and they ain't gonna give up that groovy vibe.
Most Marin folks work at a desk and the thought of getting their hands dirty is just so pedestrian. Besides that ivy growing on the house looks neat! Folks out here tend to be very book smart with all sorts of sheepskins but far too many just have zero common sense. You can pay a gardener a little twice a month and your property well look well kept year round or you can shell out a bunch once every three years for all the blackberry, ivy and acacia to get cleared and your property will look well kept for a few weeks. A simple reality that many just don’t get.

September 13, 2006 1:58 PM  
Blogger marin_explorer said...

Most Marin folks work at a desk and the thought of getting their hands dirty is just so pedestrian.

Well, perhaps...but as a professional that makes little sense to me: that's what contractors are for. Besides, it allows you to engage in a fav Marin pastime: bossing your help around.

Lurker: I've seen this too, and my guess is those "desk job" types simply have no money for maintenance after paying their mortgage and/or living that glorious "Marin lifestyle".

September 13, 2006 7:23 PM  

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