Saturday, January 31, 2009

The #1 rule in real estate

I've been eyeballing the local housing market lately in anticipation of a move sometime in the next 18 months. I came across a rather nice looking house just outside our search area. It was reasonably priced, (too) large, and nicely appointed. A big plus was that it was new construction; you generally have to go pretty far out for that in Austin. Then I looked a little closer:

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What you're looking at is David Weekley's demo house. Rather, houses plural. See, they decided to build a couple of houses in a prime location in Austin to showcase their designs, amenities, etc. Basically a house showroom. They built two of them adjacent to each other. For easy access, they built them right on the feeder road of a major highway (spin the street view), and not far from another major highway. The houses are surrounded by massive parking lots, and ringed with strip malls and commercial real estate (my first full-time job was just a stone's throw away). The nearest other residences are on the other side of the highway behind a bunch of business. There's no neighborhood, nothing. It's just two adjoining houses smack dab in the middle of a bunch of strip malls (zoom out to see).

I can imagine someone finding this house on Trulia and not looking at the listing page too closely. I imagine them noting the address, then going for a drive by. And then the jaw dropping. What are they thinking? Who could possibly want that house there? It's hilariously awful.

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Blogger Rich said...

That's too funny. I could actually see someone wanting to live there though. Easy access to the highway, no neighbors to bother you. No HOA almost certainly. It's like a castle in a kingdom of concrete.

February 5, 2009 at 10:00 AM  

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