Friday, March 28, 2008

I don't think so

Pushing the envelope for Sunset Park spec houses is this 5 bed / 5.5 bath basic stucco McMansion at 2307 Ashland Ave. listed 2/7, asking $2,390K:

"New custom built 5BR (4+maids) 5.5 BA Mediterranean in Sunset Park. Quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. Dbl wrought iron and glass doors open to dramatic two story foyer w/curved staircase, classic iron railings, topped with a stunning chandelier. Palatial columns in LR, FP, solid wood flrs w/cherry finish. Luxury gourmet kitchen w/6 burner Jenn-Air stove and Jenn-Air ref. Adj breakfast area and fam rm. Master ste w/ sitting area, FP, balcony, spa tub and stall shower. Garage...."

The previous 2 bed / 1 bath modern 1950s house house on that lot was listed June-August 2006 for $1,189K but apparently didn't sell. Zillow's last sale information shows it sold 12/24/03 for $727K.

But the highest Sunset Park comp I have is the 4 bed / 4 bath craftsman house at 1341 Pearl St., listed 8/20/07 for $2,199K, closed 10/26/07 for $1,950K. Which is on the hill looking west toward Ocean Park, whereas 2307 Ashland is the second lot east of very-busy 23rd Street and two blocks north of the end of the airport runway. I don't think so.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Walked through this one. This is the ugliest spec I have ever seen....realtors...get your Persian clients in there ASAP...its all decked out for the Middle Eastern palette.

Anonymous said...

I feel for the neighbors. What an eyesore.

Josh H said...

Umm.... this is about as kitsch as you can get. My condolences to the Sunset Park neighborhood.

If there is one thing in the mad mad world that really gets under my skin, it is crappy thoughtless homes like this (aside from all the serious stuff going on). Reading the realtor's description of it makes me want to puke, "double wrought iron doors opening into a two story foyer .... blah bah blah bah blah" . We have seen this junk a million times before.

Anonymous said...

Hey, you can criticize price, but the house is very very good. I have seen it, it has columns (big ones!) by the front entrance, and it has much marble and plush carpet and statue. Very beautiful like a palace. And yes I am Persian but it has nothing to do with the house being nice, please stick your comments to price.

Anonymous said...

Big Columns? In Sunset Park? Yikes!

Anonymous said...

anyone seen the spec house at the corner of Ashland and 16th? Green stripes!

WarChestSM said...

I saw the picture and the two columns immediately gave this thing away. Personally, I find this to be absolutely ugly...

After seeing the columns I just knew I would see the give away key word in the description..."Mediterranean"

90405, please accept my condolences...but life isn't so bad with hideous specs adorned with columns...you will survive, 90403-90402 have learned to live with this for years...

Anonymous said...

"And yes I am Persian but it has nothing to do with the house being nice"

LOL. I hate these places. They make condo complexes like this in the Valley that only appeal to people who enjoy tacky columns and gaudy statue. BLEH.

Anonymous said...

Well i resent the comments about persians. I just don't like the stereotyping.

Of course the stereotype is 90% true, that is why it is so offensive.

There are plenty of nasty (& TRUE) things we can say about other religious groups and racial groups on this board - so if the moderator wants to allow such comments about persians to be posted here the moderator should be prepared for comments to be made about other racial groups.

This is Santa Monica, let's stick with the zeitgeist here and show some respect for others

Anonymous said...

Agreed. If you don't believe in diversity, move to the suburbs and live in a gated community where every home looks the same.

Westside Bubble said...

Is there a way to use the term "Persian Palace" without it being an ethnic slur?

I think it started in Beverly Hills, and caught on because it vividly captures this style, and even alliterates.

There was an extensive LA Times article in the last couple of years, interviewing a leading architect talking about how Persian families use their houses.

I have Persian / Iranian friends, but have not talked architecture with them.

But I can't think of any other style names that embody an ethnicity.

Although it's very common to refer to geography: Mediterranean, English, Cape Cod, Caribbean, Japanese, etc.

We could substitute "Mediterranean Monster" and even still alliterate.

I don't want this blog to devolve into racial / religious stereotyping. Buyers of big, ugly houses come in all ethnicities!

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speedingpullet said...

Heard a beauty over on Housing Bubble Blog -"Garage Mahal"

Personally, every time I read "Tuscan/Tuscany" with regards to a property, a little part of me dies. No offense to Tuscans meant.

And, having actually been to Tuscany, I can tell you that real Tuscan houses have as much in common with the behemoths in Santa Monica, as Steak-UMM does with kobe beef.....

Anonymous said...

I live about a block away from this house. Everyone hates it. It's ugly, especially the columns. It doesn't fit the street, neighborhood, or city and they want way too much money for it. You can go about five blocks west and get a smaller, but well-rehabbed home for near $1MM (probably less by the time I finish this message). At 23rd, you are at the very end of the airport and only two streets to the north at Ashland. It's not like being on Marine or Pier where you really, really hear the aircraft, but it's super loud.

I reiterate, the house is ugly and it's design is tired. It really looks like it was designed in the 80's and just built.

Does anyone know about the house on the SWC of Hill/25th. It's just north of this property. It's actually not that bad except the east side has so many doors and door-like windows that open toward Clover park. I don't know, it just seems like something is wrong with that one too.

Anonymous said...

It's definitely rude to apply any racial moniker to any homes. Our contractors and the building materials they use, can't possibly recreate the beautiful middle eastern palaces that may guide some of the design cues used by the persian homeowner. I feel for them because it's us who falls short.

SCOTTMCINTOSH said...

The house is now in escrow. Its showing up as looking for backup.

Anonymous said...

LOVE that green stripe house, by the way - something groovy, finally!

Anonymous said...

I am not a realtor but one thing I know is that the style of house should fit the style of the neighborhood. This house definately does not fit. It would fit in the Communist Hills (aka Calabasas). Talk about a city that lacks class and creativity. It's a shame that they took a beautiful place and turned it into Palmdale. OK.. Back to the Westside.