“What a weird, cool house” says the reader who wrote in to clue us in on this 1960 Parade of Homes “townhouse” in Walnut Bend built by Robert Pine. The owner, who claimed to have rescued it in 2007 from the previous owner’s planned second floor addition and “tons of Home Depot upgrades,” put it up for sale last summer, after chatting it up a bit to Midcentury Mod fans on HAIF.
The $199,000 asking price only lasted a few months. Since last September, it’s been available for $159,900. Why hasn’t it sold?
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A potential buyer posted comments on HAIF last week:
Well, it looks like the windows above the kitchen might be leaking. There is carpet in the bedrooms, and one of the rooms smells like a dog was living there (they didn’t have terrazzo under the carpet). Some parts of the rooms are just cement. All the cabinetry in the kitchen/bathrooms looks original and still looks really nice (for being 50 years old). Some new hinges and adjusting could help bring them back to life, imo. Looks like there was a work in progress renovation in the entryway trying to bring some light from the windows above the kitchen to the foyer. They put some tiles (I think large rectangular slate) in the master bedroom which is a shame because I love the terrazzo which does have some cracks throughout. The bathrooms look fairly untouched minus some fixtures in the master bath probably installed early 80s. I can’t recall the fixtures in the other bath at the moment. A couple of the bedroom doors needs replaced from scratching from the dog. I think the biggest things are checking the roof for leaking, and ensuring the foundation are in good shape. It appears like the owners were working on it, and then just stopped everything. Like I told my wife, a lot seems cosmetic with further research needed on the roof and foundation.
Oh, and the outside concrete needs [to be] replaced and a new coat of white paint.