Last year, a reader named Cindy sent me a link to a “Bad MLS Listing” in Long Beach, California, that was actually too bad for me to post. It looked like a hoarder (or two or three) lived there and they had pretty much destroyed that poor place. It made me sad for the house and the homeowners to see those photos. I posted the link on my Facebook page, so those of you who follow me there might remember it. After all, it was hard to forget.
The house was on the market for $412,000, and the listing actually stated, “No need to see inside.” It was probably better that way.
The kitchen is in there somewhere:
A tentative peek inside the bathroom:
It looks like there was so much dust and dirt in the air that the camera actually photographed it floating around in the bedroom:
Some rooms were completely unidentifiable. All you could see were piles:
But this house story has a happy ending. Cindy tells me that the house sold for $350,000 in October to someone who has already cleaned it out and fixed it up, giving this adorable house a fresh start. It’s back on the market for $549,000, and it’s hard to believe it’s the same place. I can’t believe how quickly they turned it around.
Here’s how it looks now, all shiny and clean. (Is it my imagination, or is it smiling?)
It was built in 1929. It’s a charming little house with 3 bedrooms and about 1,200 square feet.
No need to fear the bathroom any longer:
The dust and dirt and that awful blue paint that were in the master bedroom are gone:
I love it when a house gets a happy ending. My hat is off to the people who rescued it because it wasn’t a job for the faint of heart.