Has it really been a whole year since the famed house at 5623 Willow Walk Ln. in Huntwick Forest — touted by its sales agent, Paul Gomberg, as “the Filthiest House in Houston” — first appeared on the market? No, but the Chronicle‘s Darla Guillen has provided a “one year later” update on the storied property a full 4 months early. And really, with some of the newest pungent and juicy details she reports, why wait?
Gomberg first put the property on the market last December, detailing the home’s assembled collections of condiments, garbage, and animal deposits. “The foul stench of animals & their waste products permeates,” the listing summary noted, and at least one photo description included the always-colorful descriptor “feces galore.” In early January, Swamplot featured one of the tamer images from that listing as its Home Listing Photo of the Day. Later that week, Gomberg came out with this video tour of the property:
What’s happened since? Gomberg tells Guillen that a couple of agents have reported to him that their clients who toured the house ended up vomiting inside. “That’s how stinky the place is,” he tells her. “People ask to see it, and I tell agents, ‘It’s really yucky in there.'”
Gomberg also relates that the owners’ pet potbelly pig, which was likely responsible for a fair portion of the feces shown strewn about the house in the listing and video, is no more: “They went to Disneyland for 10 days and the pig was eaten by their dogs,” he tells Guillen. “They didn’t leave enough food for the dogs.”
The listing has been updated with new photos showing various public health warnings attached to the property, and notes on some of the more poop- and trash-filled scenes indicating that much of the mess has now been cleaned up.
Gomberg credits some of the cleanup (including the removal of a dung-stained carpet pictured above) to the efforts of a concerned neighbor, who spent a reported $1,200. “You could smell it from the street,” he says.
Offers as high as $218,000 have been made for the property, says Gomberg, but he reports that mortgage lender PennyMac Loan Services at one point instructed him not to accept any offer less than $280,000. Records indicate that’s the price the current owners paid for the property when they bought it in July 2012.
Since mid-April, the asking price for the 4-bedroom, 3-and-a-half-bath home has been set at $200,000. Gomberg “believes the bank may place the home under foreclosure by the first Tuesday of September,” Guillen notes.
- 5623 Willow Walk Ln. [HAR]
- A year later, the ‘filthiest house in Houston’ still hasn’t sold [Houston Chronicle]
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