Real Actual Listing Photos: Multi-Million-Dollar Edition

Time for another installment of Real Actual Listing Photos. Once a month (or so) I round up some of the most bizarre listing photos from around the Seattle area and post them here, with brief excerpts from the real actual listing description, and probably a bit of snarky commentary.

The idea for this series stems from the ongoing forum thread Detrimental Listing Photos, which is where you should post your nominations for next month’s Real Actual Listing Photos post.

Enough explanation. Let’s get to the photos! Click the photo to view the Real Actual Listing.

7634 Simonds Rd NE Kenmore, WA 98028“Whimsical beauty!”

For just $1.75M, you can combine your bathroom and your library!

Photos here. Also note the random office chair in what appears to be some sort of kitchenette.

1206 NW Culbertson Dr Seattle, WA 98117“incredible 40x 60 concrete building”

For $2.2M, it had better come with your very own train to put on those tracks.

7320 NE 120th Place Kirkland, WA 98034“Incredible lower level includes large rec room, bath, wine cellar, half kitchen, & step-up media/theatre room.”

Oh wait, did we forget to mention that after you pay $1.6M, you still have to finish the “step-up media/theatre room” yourself? We were hoping that if we spelled “theatre” all British-like it might distract you from that unfortunate fact.

12754 Riviera Place NE Seattle, WA 98125“Bring your vision, your architect and your contractor.”

…and if you’ve got any money left after dropping $1.4M on this place, you might want to also pick up a steel-bristled brush to scrape all the weird green gunk off the pier and the rust off that bench.

123 Sunset Ave Unit A Edmonds, WA 98020“Exquisite residences provide unmatched indulgences… Homes share no vertical walls…”

I guess these $1.1M townhomes share some of those funky horizontal walls, then? Hmm. It’s a little hard to tell from the primary listing photo.

110 Sunset Ave Edmonds, WA 98020“…use it now or build to the future.”

It’s a little hard to figure out from the photos what exactly is for sale for $1.3M here. Are they selling a house, an intersection, or a parking lot?

Let me know if you have an idea for another “Real Actual Listing Photos” theme.

  

About The Tim

Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market.

24 comments:

  1. 1
    Hinten says:

    edited. too much snark, it’s your blog.

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    LA Relo says:

    Oh Seattle, you have a lot to learn about your home prices…

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    SeattleMoose says:

    Looks like turning liabilities into assets is indeed an “art”…..

    Like putting lipstick on a pig or repackaging dog turds as candy bars…..

    Don’t laugh, a lot of people made tons of money in the RE bubble doing exactly that!!!!

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  4. 4
    hoary says:

    I kind of like the library crapper…

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    The Tim says:

    RE: Hinten @ 1 – Hey, I can take it. If you think it’s a stupid series of posts and I’m stupid and/or a jerk for posting them, you’re free to share that opinion.

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    […] totally random photo is courtesy of Tim Ellis of Seattle Bubble, a real-estate blog which every month or so posts “some of the most bizarre listing photos […]

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    ray pepper says:

    RE: hoary @ 4

    Personally, I love the library crapper! But, between the kids and the wife I never have time to concentrate in there…

    Actually, I would just like to use the one in the picture..Just one time. Have an address Tim?

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    jj says:

    By ray pepper @ 7:

    RE: hoary @ 4

    Personally, I love the library crapper! But, between the kids and the wife I never have time to concentrate in there…

    Actually, I would just like to use the one in the picture..Just one time. Have an address Tim?

    I can’t wait to see the police report – “Local real estate agent Ray Pepper was cited for criminal trespass after squatting in a vacant Kenmore home…”

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    CCG says:

    Yeah, we’re at the bottom…

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    Dirty_Renter says:

    These ‘listing photo’ threads are my favorites.
    If that 40′ x 60′ concrete outbuilding had a water view, I’d live there. The rain might be a bit loud on that roof.

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    The Tim says:

    RE: ray pepper @ 7 – You can click any of the photos in the post to view the Real Actual Listing, including the address.

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    By ray pepper @ 7:

    RE: hoary @ 4

    Personally, I love the library crapper! But, between the kids and the wife I never have time to concentrate in there…

    The library in the bathroom is very convenient because it wouldn’t matter if you ran out of toilet paper.

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    ARDELL says:

    This is, hands down, my absolute favorite Seattle Bubble post EVER!!! LOVE IT!!!

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    Scotsman says:

    It’s a good thing the second listing has all that concrete anchoring it to the hillside- otherwise it looks like it’s going to slide off in the next heavy rain. I wonder how much more front yard there was when they originally built it?

    Also, the “random office chair” isn’t random- that’s what they call “staging.” Note how large and spacious the room appears with only the chair in it. Someone paid good money for that effect.

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    cheapseats says:

    Only 1 PIC I can see when I cliick on the library/Bathroom pic.

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    The Tim says:

    RE: cheapseats @ 15 – Note the link to the left of the pic with the text “Photos here.” It’s also in the listing on Redfin under the description in the header “Virtual Tour.”

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    Laird Nelson says:

    Folks might also enjoy Lovely Listing: http://lovelylisting.com/

    Best,
    Laird

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    Anonymous Coward says:

    The not-yet-finished Kirkland house appears to be offered for sale prior to finishing with the remaining work included in the sale price and not offered “as-is”. There’s nothing in the listing stating “bring your contractor” or anything of the other usual statements which accompany an “as-is” listing. Also note that the listing states “lots of heavy crown molding & loaded custom details” yet the photos show the molding sitting on saw horses. Furthermore, the listing states “Still time to pick granite, tile & colors”, which implies that granite and tile and painting is included in the sale. Also notice that among the interior features are listed the appliances and a jetted tub. Which in the photos are just holes where said features would be installed.

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    sallybuttons says:

    RE: ARDELL @ 13 – I just love to LOVE.

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    EconE says:

    Does that concrete room make anybody else think about ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’?

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    By EconE @ 20:

    Does that concrete room make anybody else think about ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’?

    Seller will contribute to closing costs and will re-install meat hooks?

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    Seems like there’s a bit of garage envy on this site. ;-)

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    EconE says:

    RE: Ira Sacharoff @ 21

    Isn’t the PacNW a mecca for serial killers? ;o)

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    […] lousy photos, let’s spotlight some examples of good photos for a change. Since it’s usually a given that expensive homes will have nice photos, all of the listings I’ll be highlighting […]

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