September 3, 2011

Pictures, We Need Pictures

Burbed has been using this image for a few months to accompany reader Guest Posts.

I love this picture, but I have no idea where it was taken.  And I haven’t been able to find it again since I snarfed it from Google Images however long ago.  I’m suspecting this was hurricane damage to a new development but it would be nice to know.

I’d like to have a few more photos to use to label Guest Blog posts from our excellent Reader Contributions, especially some from this area.  Here’s a few I’ve been thinking of using. Let me know what you think, or link to some you like!

imageOn the left is one of my favorite photos from a Burbed listing.  We had to give the agent props for including this in on MLS, because it was awfully hard to shoot around it.

Best of all, this place has been pending for almost six months!

This one below is such a favorite, it generated its own number.  Yes, because the House Came With Dudes, we now have a Dudes Hanging Out (DHO) Index for any real estate photos that include people unwilling to clear out.


There’s the typical Silicon Valley crapbox, and then there’s the crappy Silicon Valley crapbox:


Or this kitchen that was supposed to help sell a $3.1 million dollar house.


Or say it with class!  MAWBUL KAWLUMS!  With lots of RED ARROWS!


So these are some starting points, but please share your favorite ugly house pictures from the Real Burbed Area!  This is an Open Thread.  (Not that not declaring an Open Thread ever stopped any of you.)

Comments (22) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:07 am

22 Responses to “Pictures, We Need Pictures”

  1. SEA Says:

    “I’m suspecting this was hurricane damage to a new development but it would be nice to know.”

    My first guess: Landslide damage. It’s definitely not hurricane damage, since the roofs and windows are in such good condition.

  2. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    The Tree is classic but it’s not that obvious to those not in on the joke that it’s a tree trunk there. The Two Dudes Hanging Out is one I love, but it could as easily be used on a gaming site “Lame Game Of The Week” etc.

    The horrible kitchen is funny.

    The two crapboxes inches apart is also a good one.

    But I think Mawbul Cawlumns With Red Arrers wins!

  3. z2amiller Says:

    Once you’re up to a 3.1 million dollar house, does it matter what the kitchen looks like? Only the help goes in there.

  4. DreamT Says:

    <snark>If you spend upwards of $3M for a house, you’re beyond help</snark>

  5. SFGuy Says:

    If you like Mawbul Cawlumns you might want to visit and see what life is like in the southland.

  6. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    SFGuy I guess you’ve seen the SouthPark episode where they poke fun at Persians’ ideas of decorating. Pretty funny. Lots of white, gold, and columns. Of course I’m sure most of us Americans do dumb stuff that’s really funny over in Europe, like the fascination with wood paneling (real or faux) that’s positively correlated with poverty (I type this in a my, yep, faux-wood-paneled-side trailer, and this thing is in terrible shape too, it’s favala-fabulous!).

  7. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    I mean, “inside”. And it is, except in a couple of places where it’s fallen off/been peeled off/burned(!) off.

  8. Divasm Says:

    I vote for mawbul cawlums as well, with two dudes being a close second…it needs a bit more explaining. We saw a house on Newlands in Belmont which featured a prominent bust of Ceasar in the entryway as well as several glass topped tables supported by cawlums. Classy. Shockingly, It got pulled from the market a while ago.

  9. Swan Says:

    The Two Dudes would get my vote as it is what hooked me on Burbed!

    I don’t know what the Dudes are up to these days, but this house has a dude who could use a friend. Check out the pic of one of the bedrooms. You can only see his knee, but it’s still a DHO! The realtard’s write up and the other pics are worth a look and a laugh too. When you are ready for another laugh, head to Zillow and check out the price history.

  10. SEA Says:

    You want a photo? How about this:

  11. nomadic Says:

    Good one, SEA. But that Texas. Who cares? 😉

    Love this part:
    Pulte’s engineers continue to investigate the cause of the landslide, but San Antonio Planning and Development Services Director Roderick Sanchez said improper construction of the 30-foot tall, 1,000-foot long retaining wall and improper compacting of the fill dirt on the home sites caused the slide.

    Darnell conceded that Centex had no city permit to build the retaining wall but said the company followed city regulations and standard industry practices in its construction. Darnell disputed the city’s allegation that the wall was built improperly.

  12. madhaus Says:

    Gotta love the results of “Government is the problem so let’s privatize everything.”

    Texas has a Residential Construction Commission with the power to perform inspections, determine fault and suggest remedies in incidents like this, but the Legislature did not reauthorize the commission during the last session, so it can’t take on this case.

  13. nomadic Says:

    Yeah, that made me laugh too. Everyone loves the Libertarian viewpoint until their house falls down a hill… Too bad, shoulda hired an inspector, soil engineer, etc. before buying!

  14. Sunny(vale) Kim Says:

    Everyone loves the Libertarian viewpoint until their house falls down a hill

    I am a Libertarian and my viewpoint does not slide down the hill with my house. If I was such a position (i.e. my house sliding down), I would just get up, find a house in neighborhood that did not slide down the hill, kick the owner out from the house and live in it. That’s definition of “right to life, liberty, and property” of a Libertarian. And I do respect the fact the guy who is kicked out by me has the right to do the same to another neighbor.

    Libertarianism is the view that each person has the right to live his life in any way he chooses so long as he respects the equal rights of others.

    – Libertarian writer David Boaz

  15. Real Estater Says:


    You are a librarian?

  16. Real Estater Says:

    Serious? You don’t believe in public school then. Wife is not big on education, I suppose?

  17. SEA Says:

    Maybe better photos!

    The residents seem to think it was a translational slide that could have been avoided by a better retaining wall. There are some other photos that show that the slide was most likely rotational. Given it was a rotational failure, the construction of the wall didn’t matter.

    There was a nice rotational slide in the State of Washington:

  18. SEA Says:

    The slide:

  19. SEA Says:

    Sunday September 4, 2011 — Prattsville, NY

  20. SEA Says:

    Where children sleep:

  21. Sunny(vale) Kim Says:

    You don’t believe in public school then.

    Public school is for you, who cannot afford private one.
    Do you intend to live on Social Security benefit when you retire? Or can you afford to put retirement money on some kind of “private” fund (e.g. 401K)?

  22. JuJu Says:

    We once had a Libertarian as a guest speaker. I do recall him saying he does not support government funded education system.

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