Don’t Even Think of Buying This Condo, Unless You’re Termite-Poop Crazy

12748 Huntingwick Dr., HoustonYou may have seen some harrowing home listings in your day, but for sheer, ballsy “abandon hope, all ye who enter here” bravado, it would be hard to imagine outdoing the agent’s MLS presentation of the single-bedroom condo at 12748 Huntingwick Dr.

How fearsome is this place? Well, let’s just say the featured photo in the listing is the down-the-hole toilet-bowl shot shown at right. Yes, if while trawling through listings, you are attracted by a full-on view of dank toilet water, surrounded on the floor and porcelain by brown bits that bear more than a passing resemblance to dead cockroaches, this might be the place for you. If, that is, the agent’s sage discouragement, dispensed in contract-friendly all-caps, doesn’t drive you away:

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12748 Huntingwick Dr., Houston

12748 Huntingwick Dr., Houston

12748 Huntingwick Dr., Houston

12748 Huntingwick Dr., Houston

12748 Huntingwick Dr., Houston“TERMITES, CRACKED SLAB AND SIGNS OF MOLD IN EXPOSED SHEETROCK,” the listing description begins. And it’s all downhill from there: “NO FLOORING, NO APPLIANCES-MISSING EVERYTHING STRIPED OUT. STAIRS UNFINISHED.”

12748 Huntingwick Dr., Houston

12748 Huntingwick Dr., Houston

12748 Huntingwick Dr., Houston

In case you are not getting the message, there’s this helpful hint: “>>>>> BUYER BEWARE OF CONDITION <<<<<” There’s more, including this baffling but gasp-inducing pronouncement: “BUYER BEWARE OF BANKS OZONE WAITING PERIOD WHEN PLACING AN CASH OFFER ONLY. NO LENDER WILL FINANCE IN THIS HORRIBLE CONDITION.

12748 Huntingwick Dr., Houston

12748 Huntingwick Dr., Houston

This 1,002-sq.-ft. wonder can be yours for the rotting-threshold-low price of $107,321.

12748 Huntingwick Dr., Houston

12748 Huntingwick Dr., Houston

12748 Huntingwick Dr., Houston

12748 Huntingwick Dr., Houston

Fair Warning

18 Comment

  • Now I am curious what a pristine builders grade material condo would be priced at out there.

  • meh, that’s nothing :)

  • On top of that, a $374/mo HOA fee? Are they freaking kidding me? This dump has me sold to never, and I mean, NEVER, get a townhouse or condo.

  • I don’t think Clorox wipes are gonna cut it this time…

  • eww, shared walls

  • $107,000??????!!!?!?!???!!!!????!?!???
    For that?! I guess it just shows you how crazy 77024 is. In my neck of the woods, that condo would be hard to sell for $20,000.
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    Speaking which, for a second I thought that unit was in Le Promenade at 7400 Bissonnet. But with the receivership, I think they’re starting to fix units that are that bad at 7400.

  • ZAW: There must be other factors. There are plenty of 2 bed units, selling in better shape, for not *that* much more. This property sold in 97 for 1/2 that price.

  • Oh wow. Why even bother trying to clean that fiasco? Better to just go after it with a sledgehammer and a blowtorch.

  • Aaaand my house search swings back to “detached”…

  • “Cosmetic Fixer, ready for your personal touch!” LMAO

  • There is a townhome on the market in the same complex for $325K right now. Maybe not a homerun, but room to hit a triple.

  • I looked at a 2007-build condo on Commerce in early 2013 that was very similar to the condition of this unit. The mold, rot and falling down sheet rock was on every floor and every wall – probably caused by the roof deck.

  • Looks like the future Montrose.

    lol!

  • Mike: The other one is (recently) heavily renovated, 2 beds (vs. one), an extra 1/2 bath, and 50% larger. Plus, while listed, it hasn’t sold. Let’s say it goes for $300k. So even after this one is upgraded, it might be in the high 1′s tops. But let’s just call it $200k. So buying in the low 1′s, with that much work to do, and the costs to buy and then sell, and holding costs, and paying HOA, you’d be lucky to break even. And if buying to live in, you have to be close to $200k cash since you can’t finance.
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    I honestly think the property is about 2x where it should be.

  • Seriously. I have to ask — what caused all that damage? Flood? Were other units flooded?

    This stuff is scary.

  • Can we do this auction style? I start the bidding at $1.50.

  • @ Ornlu – That’s generous and more than I would offer for this cesspool. I mean.. Eww. I feel itchy just from looking at the pictures. No amount of logic could convince me it’s a good investment.

  • Looks like it took a ride down the ole Hershey highway. Finally I have been waiting all of the years for a sh*& hole to appear next to Hershey park to use that line. But has the market really come to this, $100K for 1,000 sqft. that needs to be HAZMATed for remediation well outside of the loop.