Downside To Hillside Home

October 23rd, 2010 · 17 Comments

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.

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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.

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Check out the dirt driveway.  All rutted from erosion.

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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.

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The kitchen with ugly red paint with gold sponge paint.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Downstairs family room with lots of damage.  That’s a wet bar in the corner.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The master bedroom with tacky green and gold paint.  They spent so much money on tacky decor in this house.

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The master bedroom smells of pet urine.  And you can see why.

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These are the steps leading to the front door.  Uh, where’s the railing??!!  How dangerous is this staircase??

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Looking down from the top of the stairs.  One slip and you’re a goner.  The dirt driveway has eroded onto the stairs.

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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.

Tags: Tile · Carpet · Foreclosure · Zoning Violation · Safety Issue · What Were They Thinking?!?! · Driveway · Phoenix Homes · Ugly Décor · Faux Paint & Murals · Fixer-Upper · Ceiling · Vandalism & Theft

17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Karla // Oct 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Wow, they spent a pile of money on it though.
    Such a deal. I see some very nice big places down in Amado. Going back there to shop next month.

  • 2 Karla // Oct 23, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Looking at it again, this house has a drug dealer look to it.
    To them it was expensive looking. Only problem is, if it was drug dealers then they should have been able to pay for it.

  • 3 Murphy // Oct 23, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    This would be the perfect place for a Halloween haunted house. You could charge admission.

  • 4 MickeyD // Oct 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    What a total nightmare. Amazing it went from over $2 mil to basically a few hundred thousand. What was the bank thinking when they financed that thing in the first place? Was there no appraiser to see the funky things like a mountain in the room?

  • 5 cregazw // Oct 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I like the exterior look of the house. Stonework is nice. I like the mountain in the room. Fake ceilings are gross.

  • 6 Murphy // Oct 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    This building was actually a smuggler’s warehouse.

  • 7 Melykin // Oct 23, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Nasty. It does look like some sort of criminal hidaway. Maybe they were using it as a bawdy house. I don’t ever want to know what went on in that dungeon-looking area. Or the padded room **shudder**

  • 8 Murphy // Oct 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Is there a disclosure on this building? It is a bunker. There was cooking, growing or trafficing of something illegal going on. The floor tiles and ceiling were probably torn up by the police when they searched it.

  • 9 Kat // Oct 23, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    It should be interesting to see what it finally sells for and what the new owner does with it.

    I have a vision of Errol Flynn and Capt. Jack Sparrow having a swordfight on those steps.

  • 10 WildCard~ // Oct 23, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    I tell you it’s the heat, it does something to folks~

  • 11 SF Sex Toy // Oct 24, 2010 at 12:29 am

    OMG… These people must have sniffed too much paint. Out of the eff’n minds!

  • 12 S // Oct 24, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Dear God, I would love to flip this place. Disasters like this make me practically salivate. Sure, the basement is dark and the mountain is weird, but a ridiculously luxe media room with a natural stone fountain? Count me IN.

  • 13 WildCard~ // Oct 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I bet that MT real cool on a hot day~~~

  • 14 Robert // Nov 15, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Sadly, the previous owners aren’t going to pay for this house. We, the taxpayers are! The bank will write it off (and get refunded with bail out money). And, of course, the owners won’t have to pay income tax on forgiven debt. And we’re all paying via artificially low interest rates meant to prop up house prices.

  • 15 Kyle_in_rure // Mar 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    The Haunted House on Horror Hill

  • 16 Christina // Mar 28, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    And another uneducated on how mtgs work person has commented above, tho old comments the mentality is the same still today. Robert states bail out money to the bank…. uhhh NO. Bail out money paid for the top CEO’s bonuses and perks, didn’t you see those articles and how it outraged America? The banks nor the big mtg co’s do NOT need ANY bail outs because the mortgages are GUARANTEED by the US GOVT who pays them ANYWAY if the buyers default. So the mtg co’s get dwnpymts, get pymts thru the loan and then foreclose, take on huge fees, penalties, interest, add’l chgs etc then sell it at auction, take on more fees, more interest, etc. then get paid almost the total amt they loaned to begin with AND THEY DO THIS IN WAY LESS TIME FRAME which is why they choose not to foreclose legally. Break the rules, rush it thru, make trillions in short time frames. Then they get bail out money to pay their CEO’s extra money for doing so well!! Please Google the increase in profits from 2007 thru 2013 for JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, etc… Their assets have increased over 33% and they have made record profits Except for the late court orders against JP Morgan for breaking laws left and right due to Dimon’s ignorance in running it all in the ground.

  • 17 D // Dec 1, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Did this home ever sell? Would love to see a “where are they now” feature on some of these homes…

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