November 16, 2010Another One Bites The Dust
By Sara In AZ
Oh man, I sincerely wish I did not have to report MORE bad news on the MCM home front! Especially after I had to tell y’all about all those decorative concrete screen blocks being trashed. But, here goes anyway.
Do y’all remember the house that was for sale here in Phoenix, that reader Shen went to and snapped a bunch of pictures for us to drool over? HERE is the link if you want to see that post.
As many of you know, I am searching for my own retro dream house here in AZ. My real estate agent has me set up with an account that will automatically send me alerts anytime a house that meets my specifications comes up for sale. Basically my specs are a house 1950-1965, at least 3 bedrooms and 2000 sq feet. So, that is how I knew this house was back up for sale.
I already knew that this house had sold back in July for $215,000, because I had been watching it to see how much it sold for. I was SO hoping that it had sold to someone who loved the retro vibe of the house and NOT to some flipper.
But, I was wrong y’all. 🙁 Oh , so wrong.
As Sablemable/Jan pointed out a while back, the re-hab disease is spreading far and it is spreading wide. And this house is no exception. This place is about as bland as you can get now, with no retro or mid-century left in it at all. Maybe we should all start calling this the “Home Depot Disease” or HDD for short. This house was built in 1954, unfortunately you could never tell that now.
***WARNING*** ***WARNING***The pictures you are about to see are not for the squeamish or the faint of heart ***WARNING******WARNING***
Lets start off with the front door.
Remember the awesome Starburst Escutcheon?
Well, gone baby, gone…..
Remember the awesome entry with the cool planter and hip tile floor?
Now it’s all blah, blah, blah………with that blah Home Depot ceiling light. HDD y’all!
Remember that AWESOME blonde paneled living room with the original lights and ultra FAB fireplace?
Well, now we have this. At least they saved the fireplace…… Uh-oh HDD strikes again!
Remember the kitschy and cute kitchen?
With the original tile.
Now we have granite, granite, and more granite………………. WAY HDD!!!!
Remember the cute little sink with the original wallpaper?
Now we have this.
Remember the AWESOME mint green tub?
It’s all plastic now y’all. Oh HDD, what have you done?
Looks like they even spilled some of that beige paint on the shower surround.
Uh-oh, maybe that is karma for destroying that nice green tub!
I was SOOOO in love with this fish shower door.
For some reason this part makes me the most sad.
And now we have this. HDD working at destroying everything cute and kitschy!
I don’t want to sound mean about the way this house was re-done. I’m sure there are many, many people who would be perfectly happy in it now, and would probably even like it much more than the way it was originally. But, you can buy ANY new house now and get all this same stuff – granite and dark wood cabinets and travertine and blah…..blah……blah. We can never get back the cute fish shower door, or that fantastic green bathtub, or that awesome Starburst Escutcheon – and, oh, the original lights – and everything else that is now probably in the trash heap.
Obviously, the house needed some sprucing up. Maybe some fresh paint, some new carpet or hardwood, some cleaning here and there, maybe a bit of tile work – but it was such a cute house. I can’t tell you how very much it saddens me that all of the character has been stripped out of this house.
Oh boy y’all, whatever can we do to stop HDD? Help!!!!
The house is now back on the market for $315,000 – any takers?