When Bad Things Happen To Good Houses

March 18th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Let me share with you a tale of woe.  It’s about a fantastic home in north Scottsdale.  3900 square feet.  4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths.  3-car garage.  Exclusive neighborhood.  Listed for $1,249,000 in 2002.


Resort-like back yard.


Custom-built pool and spa with waterfall feature.  A real showcase home.


This is how the pool looked like in 2005.


What happened??!!??!  Unfortunately, there was a severe defect in the construction of the pool.  The pool leaked and “severely compromised” the foundation.  So bad, in fact, that the house had to be demolished.  Here’s the back door.


Real estate agents and visitors were advised not to enter the house because it was unsafe inside.  Here’s a view of the side of the house where they tried to patch the cracks.


Close-up view of the crack.  The house sold July 2005 for $550,000 as a tear-down.


Tags: Hazards · Pool & Spa · Scottsdale, AZ Homes

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ugly House Photos » Blog Archive » Cracked Up // Apr 20, 2009 at 8:15 am

    […] Structural cracks are not fun.  A post from last March told the tale of a Scottsdale home with structural cracks so bad, the house was condemned. […]

  • 2 Greeney // Mar 1, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    That is tragic. I hope the owner sued the company who put in the pool. But then they were probably a fly by night company and could not be tracked down.

  • 3 Kris // Aug 29, 2013 at 2:39 am

    I wonder where in scottsdale this house was located.

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