Real Actual Listing Photos: Year-End Potpourri

It’s 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.

No particular theme this month, other than the usual theme of bizarre and disturbing listing photos.

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

228 112th Rd SW Everett, WA 98204“Possible commercial rezone of this highly visible Rambler.”

In case you aren’t convinced how visible this rambler is, all eight photos are of the exterior. …and never mind the prominent prescient sign right in front of the house in the primary photo.

3025 146th Place SE Mill Creek, WA 98012“The home has some very nice quality features throughout.”

The listing doesn’t say whether or not the cat in bathroom sink is included.

8720 228th St SW Edmonds, WA 98026“Cir dr leads to your own pri Eden. … Kit w/ garden win…”

Best viewed full size. I’m having a pretty hard time deciphering the listing description, so I’m not sure which part refers to the super-skilled MS Paint job done on the walls and refrigerator in this kitchen.

6607 227th St SW Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043“Upgrades: new roof & windows, hardwoods, kitch appliances, watering system, & sep entrance for office/large guest rm/den.”

The listing conveniently excludes mention of the micro fault line that apparently lies directly beneath the house.

4517 W Dravus St Seattle, WA 98199“Elegant entertaining home soaring ceilings, walls of windows. Serene sitting.”

Who wouldn’t think “serene” when relaxing in a living room adorned with such tasteful, subdued art?

19534 Forest Park Drive NE Shoreline, WA 98155“Story book home with spacious day rooms on large serene lot. . This home has a multitude of windows that bring the outside in…”

I’m not sure it’s just the windows that are attempting to “bring the outside in” to this “story book home.”

Let me know if you have an idea for the next “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.


  1. 1

    I think I may have mentioned this before, but related to the cat in the sink I once saw an appraisal where the owners’ dog managed to get himself in almost every picture.

  2. 2
    alex says:

    Hey Tim, this makes me wonder about the opposite – making a short list of houses that are super desirable for comparison.

    Where would I go today to field this query:
    “all houses that sold within 15 days of the last price change?”.

  3. 3
    alex says:

    Hey Tim, this makes me wonder about the opposite – making a short list of super desirable homes.

    For example, think about this search:
    ==> “all houses that sold in November, within 15 days of the last price change”

    And then if I do that, is it worth averaging statistics about that set of houses over time? Say, take their median price in September, October, November, and then chart it.

  4. 4
    Dweezil says:

    Listing 1: Looks like the homeowner had a 50 foot restraining order against the photographer.
    Listing 2: Kinda cute, kinda eww.
    Listing 3: This one had me laughing out loud! What was the hourly rate charged to the homeowner for the quality work on that?!
    Listing 4: How could a real estate agent submit that photo with a clear conscience. “meh, good enough. I’m getting my 3%”

  5. 5
    ChefJoe says:

    Re: cat in sink. I have no idea why cats do that but mine has the same habit of crawling into and sitting in the sink.

    Re: MS Paint skills. Wow, targeting the modern amish when a kitchen has no plugs for appliances. The lower cabinets are faked too so the question becomes how much of the kitchen is real?

  6. 6
    EconE says:

    There are a whole lotta refinances on that Dravus property.

    Just SAYIN’

  7. 7
    dlg99x says:

    RE: “The listing conveniently excludes mention of the micro fault line that apparently lies directly beneath the house.”

    how can one check where fault lines are at?

  8. 8
    Scotsman says:

    Sky says sun- lawn/house say just another rainy day. In any case, not very inviting:

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    karl says:

    I like this one. Only the one photo but from the discription you get a good idea what the inside is like.

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