Real Actual Listing Photos: Indoor Snow Machine!

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. If you’ve got a nomination for a listing photo that should appear here, drop me a line.

No particular theme this month. Just enjoy a collection of odd listing photos found by readers and yours truly.

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

14620 SE 16th Place, Bellevue, WA 98007“Plenty of space for comfortable living…”

Everything looks like “plenty of space” when you shoot rooms from the perspective of a toddler. Found by reader ggrraahhaamm.

8125 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106“Charming 1921 Tudor w/ updates that keep original style intact.”

This one sort of complements that last one, giving us the perspective of the room as it might be viewed by a giant. This might also perhaps explain the tall chairs…

7117 31st Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126“Bring your contractor to finish this incomplete home addition.”

As pointed out by Lara, the reader who spotted this gem, “started addition that wasn’t finished but they couldn’t even mow the lawn or put the shower nozzle away before taking six photos.” Real estate agents, keeping it classy.

212 30th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112“One carport for off-street parking add to the appeal of this property.”

The carport is apparently the main attraction, given that that’s about the only feature you can make out through the sun flares in the listing’s primary photo.

30615 SE 44th St, Fall City, WA 98024“Down your private drive you’ll find this 3br 1.5ba home with a totally new kitchen and bath, new paint and flooring, a cozy dinning area and free standing wood stove.”

How could they not mention the indoor snow machine?!? Who cares about a “cozy dinning area” when you can make it snow inside. Spotted by reader Beth Traverso.

5974 44 Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118“Solid built brick home in quiet neigh. … Use your imagination and with over 2800 square feet of space, this can be a very nice entertaining home.”

Double pool in the basement! Play some pool from inside your indoor pool! The whole set of photos on this home is classic.

Let me know if you have an idea for a future “Real Actual Listing Photos” theme, and be sure to check out Looney Listing for listing photo amusement throughout the month.

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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. Tim also hosts the weekly improv comedy sci-fi podcast Dispatches from the Multiverse.


  1. 1
    DirkKS says:

    Not only are half of the pictures of the indoor snow machine house out of focus, some of them have bright orange datestamps on them.

    From 2011.

  2. 2
    ChrisM says:

    The “double pool” one is so awful I wonder about how the listing agent isn’t worried that potential sellers wouldn’t immediately write him off. There’s no photo of the exterior of the house, instead the leading photo is one of the stupid carport!!! But this points (yet again) to flaws in the entire process – no good way to choose an agent…

  3. 3
    ChrisM says:

    LovelyListings (or a clone) goes to tumblr:

  4. 4
    The Tim says:

    RE: ChrisM @ 3 – Nice! Here’s hoping they don’t lose steam and stop updating like seems to have.

  5. 5
    Peter Witting says:

    Keeping with your new job, Tim, how about a real-actual-listing post with remodel jobs gone horribly awry…

  6. 6
    Lo Ball Jones says:

    Not sure if this illustrates attic storage or whether it’s an invitation to use a time portal:

    Get in the basket…what adventures you’ll have!

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