I had the pleasure of viewing this, uh, interesting mountainside home in Phoenix this week. In a setting of million dollar homes and views, the previous owners cheapened the house, in my opinion, with horrific faux paint as you’ll soon see.
They were a little upset that the house went into foreclosure; the return vent was kicked in. Every wall, and I mean EVERY wall, was painted with bright colors and finished off with gold sponge paint.
Let your eyes readjust for a moment. Here’s the front yard of the house. The lot size is 1.2 acres. Hilltop home with nearly 360-degree views. It’s quite a walk up to the house.
Check out the dirt driveway. All rutted from erosion.
OK, now back to the horror. This is the living room. Green with gold sponge paint. Entirely green. Nearly every square inch. The room in the background is also green.
The kitchen with ugly red paint with gold sponge paint.
They ripped out tile at the front entry (seen here), the master bath, and two other locations. Was probably custom-made mosaic that they wanted to take (or sell). The house was listed for $2,877,000 in February 2008. It didn’t sell.
It was re-listed in April 2008 at $2,250,000. It didn’t sell. It was listed again in September 2008 as a short sale for $1,200,000. It didn’t sell.
Media room/movie theatre with green padded wall and ceiling cushions. The house went into foreclosure and was taken back by the bank in 2009. The bank listed it for $735,000 in April 2009, then dropped it to $550,000. It’s now listed at $479,000.
Downstairs family room with lots of damage. That’s a wet bar in the corner.
The family room with floor tile on the wall (repeated in several other rooms). In my opinion, this home was poorly designed. It’s a hilltop home but has view windows from the living room and master bedroom and that’s all. Surprisingly, the house is very dark. The media room, the family room, and the next two photos are the basement floor with no windows at all. How can you entertain guests in darkness? The only way down there is by a narrow staircase off the back of the kitchen. Creepy.
I expected sunshine in a mountainside home so didn’t bring a flashlight. These photos were taken in total darkness, using the camera flash to light my way. Flash and walk 10 feet. Flash and walk 10 feet.
In the dark, I thought that thing in the corner was an ugly water fountain. But it’s actually part of the mountain! To the left of it was another room, used as an office. All that time spent installing tile and rock veneer! In total darkness. It’s like a mine in Chile.
The master bedroom with tacky green and gold paint. They spent so much money on tacky decor in this house.
The master bedroom smells of pet urine. And you can see why.
These are the steps leading to the front door. Uh, where’s the railing??!! How dangerous is this staircase??
Looking down from the top of the stairs. One slip and you’re a goner. The dirt driveway has eroded onto the stairs.
The house is 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 5000 square feet. So much work needed, small kitchen, dark rooms, etc. that it’s really a tear-down. What a shame. What a waste.