Real Actual Listing Photos: Shipwrecked Edition

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 week, just a bunch of great listing photos sent in by readers and spotted by yours truly.

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

11718 Possession Lane Edmonds, WA 98026“One Of A Kind Waterfront Property owned by the same family since 1930.”

What a deal. For a mere $625,000, you get the land and the privilege of cleaning up the mess left behind when said family decided to get out of the ship salvage business!

2123 10th Ave W Seattle, WA 98119“LRI- Duplex Zoned.”

You’re looking at the only listing photo, and the entire listing description. Somebody is working really hard for the commission on this $520,000 property.

12721 NE 112th St Kirkland, WA 98033“…perfect for home veggie garden!”

Just be careful not to plant too big of a garden, or you won’t be able to find your house.

11406 NE 112th St Kirkland, WA 98033“Build an estate home on this 75,794 sq ft, level lot in Kirkland neighborhood.”

Just look how at home the Mercedes is on this estate-home-ready lot.

9679 51st Ave S Seattle, WA 98118“Attached one-car garage has been converted to bdrm, and can easily convert back to garage.”

The really weird part is that this blurry photo of rocks is just a slight variation on the primary photo of the front of the house.

5546 21st Ave S Seattle, WA 98108“…this 4 bedroom 2 bath home has loads of character and potential!”

So much character that mere photos could not capture it. You’re looking at one of just three listing photos, and one of the three appears to be a screenshot from Microsoft’s Bird’s Eye View.

Let me know if you have an idea for a future “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
    Pegasus says:

    “LRI- Duplex Zoned.” That photo looks like a World War II bombing mission photo. Is that the intent?

  2. 2
    Peter Witting says:

    If the Mercedes makes the Kirkland listing an estate-home-ready lot, what does the Porsche do for the Beacon Hill place?

  3. 3
    Mike says:

    The ship is kinda cool.

    At least they don’t include a screen shot of the map, which shows that the house appears to be quite litterally on the “wrong side of the tracks”. Maybe it has been owned by the same family since 1930 because their ship got beached and they could never escape from being trapped between the Sound and the Sounder.

  4. 4
    The Tim says:

    RE: Mike @ 3 – Bird’s eye view has a pretty good look at the whole space. The remains of two or three other ships are parked there too. I did some research and it appears to have been a former salvage operation.

  5. 5
    The Desponder says:

    I’m surprised they aren’t marketing that old boat as a mother-in-law apt., yoga studio, or rental.

  6. 6
    Pegasus says:

    Looking at the one with a ship in the front yard, I think in the old days the landowners would move the lights around at night so that the ships would get confused and run aground and they could plunder them. Back then we called them pirates, nowadays we call them bankers.

  7. 7
    John Bailo says:

    The bizarre part is not the photos but the listing themselves.

    First of all…the Seattle home is really nice for $134,950, although, yes, I know Rainier Beach. But as a home it’s pretty similar to the Kirkland Home for $225,000.

    Now we get to the Kirkland home for $850,000. Why so much…well, he’s selling you the land and it’s development potential as his little sketch indicates:

    You can build “potentially” 4 more homes ( $850,000 / 4 = $212,000 each ?)

    So I’ve tried to use this kind of reasoning in the past based on the $2 million dollar mansion that went for $500,000 and it had 14 acres!

    So you can get 14 acres for $500,000 plus a gigantic 4 bedroom home — or 1.74 acres for $850,000 and a small ranch home?! The high end isn’t making sense…and it’s impact on the lower tiers has yet to be felt…

  8. 8
    T. Y. Lee says:

    I love how Shipwreck House doesn’t actually show us a single picture of the home’s interior. You know, that part you actually LIVE IN.

  9. 9

    RE: The Tim @ 4

    I’m Surprised This is Even Legal

    Kary may be able to help, but parking old rusted hulls in the bay [that’s public property BTW] sounds about as legal as our Social Security Agency and banks ignoring/masking chronic/blatant SSN identity fraud.

  10. 10

    RE: softwarengineer @ 9 – Admiralty law is not really something I’ve dealt with much, except to the extent of liens and other secured claims.

    One small tidbit. To record a deed of trust you pay a recording fee based on the number of pages. Years ago when I looked at Preferred Ship Mortgages, the fee was based on the number of words. That’s how odd Admiralty law is.

  11. 11
    ChrisM says:

    RE: John Bailo @ 7 – IIRC, that 14 acres isn’t as developable (is that a word?) as you may think, due to steep slope. I don’t recall if wetlands were involved, but they might have been in there as well.

  12. 12
    Scotsman says:

    With steel scrap going for $220/ton I know how you could easily recoup your down payment. . .

  13. 13

    RE: Scotsman @ 12 – Or a great place to build a balcony with a hot tub.

  14. 14
    mukoh says:

    The shipwreck will never get cleaned up in Posession. Its been there for as long as I have lived around Edmonds. It is one hell of a fishing spot to troll through at the evening tide. :) Always get doubles!.

    That lot will only take two years in permits through tribes, and DOE!. The sellers there have been in the loonie bin twice. ;)

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