October 30, 2007

Finally a house without staging!

3365 E HILLS DR, SAN JOSE 95127 (San Jose)
$479,000 Beds: 2 bed(s) Baths: 1 bath(s) MLS: 719133


Property Overview
SAN JOSE (San Jose) 95127
Detached Single Family (Class 1)
Bed/Bath: 2 / 1
SqFt: 660
Lot: 5,227 sq ft
Age: 86 years
List Price: $479,000
Assoc Fee:
$479000 now! OBO! Short-sale OK. Great starter home, 2B1B, small office, Large lot, stone patio, 1Car gar. 1B/1B apt in back. Permits? Side driveway provides access to back for RV or boat

When you’ve looked as many houses as I have, you get really really really really sick of staging. Brightly colored towels, giant clocks that Buster Keaton could hang off of, French poster ads turned into art – blah blah blah.

I like this ad. It’s authentic. It’s got a certain realism that really resonates. What is the artist attempting to establish in this scene? Despair and dereliction perhaps? The human condition?

Why not other pictures of this house?


Oh. Nevermind. Picture of a sink it is.

Comments (10) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:56 am

10 Responses to “Finally a house without staging!”

  1. John in Mountain View Says:

    There was another (San Joses’ 25 this year – Remember San Jose one of the safest big cities…) murder on Monday night in that neck of the woods. Maybe it really was a suicide and the owner of this hovel decided it just wasn’t worth it anymore. Great parenting here, super clean throughout and nice kitchen plus all those other amenities like the metal fence and gate. Wow, I surprise myself, I should be a REALTOR!

    Who could resist? RIP Short Sale. John in Mountain View.

  2. DensityDuck Says:

    I like the way that the microwave is bolted to the cabinets with its little rubber feet dangling in the air…

    Also, I like the ad copy: “Permits?” …sure, why not? Permits are always good!

    Age 86 years ZUGGGUWHA!? Eighty-Six YEARS?

  3. MrSaito Says:

    I think something is missing in the composition. The artist did a fair job of communicating the dishevelment, but the piece is symmetrically unbalanced. I believe this could be remedied by the addition of more refrigerator magnets. This would bring the left side of the piece into harmony with the right.

    I do love the use of light however. The small rectangular window in the center of the piece hints of an escape. I believe it symbolizes the current owner’s hope of escape from the home’s oppressive mortgage.

    Overall, not a bad first piece.

  4. Lando Lord Says:

    I like how the artist express the emptiness of the hearts of locked out home buyers with the empty scattered glassware and pans across the counter tops. The subtle use of the high mounted cabinets to show how just out of reach the American dream can be. And should they open those doors- cockroaches.

  5. ex-sunnyvale-renter Says:

    Huh-huh-huh-huh-huh hey Butt-Head, we just listed Stewart’s house for sale!! (cockroach climbs up side of couch, wiggles antennae, retreats). Hhhhhheh-Hhhhhheh-Hhhhhhhh-uh, you just said, uh, (crashing noises and high-powered engine sound from nearby) Whoa, it’s Todd! “Hey, you little bastards just listed my house on the MLS! I’m overrun with Realt-Whores! I’m gonna kill you little punks…!!!”

    etc you get the idea.

  6. ex-sunnyvale-renter Says:

    I mean Goddamn, we lived in houses that old when I was a kid, moved plantation houses set up on lots and rented to Welfare people like us ……. but we weren’t stupid enough to BUY one of the POS things, and so what if it was a 2/1 with cabinets full of cockroaches? It was windward Hawaii and we were on WELFARE……. and those old 1930s glass-window’d cabinets looked one hell of a lot better than that Wal-Finishing this POS has been subjected to.

  7. sonarrat Says:

    This is the exact area that had a 5.6 earthquake two hours ago.

  8. Mark Says:

    Someone drive by and see if the house is still standing. If so add another $50K for proper earthquake retrofitting. If not, add another $100K to remove the toxic waste left behind on this superfund site.

  9. Alex Says:

    What’s up with all these ugly cabinets I see all over the Bay Area? Some people are missing old renting days and crappy apartments? Or it’s a special kitchen design to make your grandma feel at home? 🙂

  10. burbed Says:

    Does it even matter? Most people in the Bay Area make so much money, they just go out and eat at Spagos for dinner – or at the Google cafeteria.

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