Saturday, October 18, 2014

New neighbor's property clean-up unwelcome

Cozy house with potential,
1 acre lot, central location
only $750,000
Yard needs a little clean-up.
Neighbor says "its a wetlands"
(no proof yet)
Pacifica Tribune/Jane Northrop, 10/14/14.  "Crespi property owners respond to neighbor."

"The new owners of 570 Crespi Drive cleaned up their large backyard last month. What seemed like illegal and wetland-threatening work to an Anza Drive neighbor, Amanda Hall, was, from the perspective of a new property owner, essential backyard clean up and maintenance.

Brendan and Eamon Murphy, the owners, said they purchased the dilapidated home and backyard acre at 570 Crespi about a month ago from an owner who has been there for more than 60 years. "  Read article. 

RelatedTrulia. 570 Crespi Drive, Pacifica, CA sold on 8/22/14 for $750,000.  "Property description:  570 Crespi Dr This Single-Family Home located at 570 Crespi Drive, Pacifica CA sold on Aug 22, 2014. The property has a lot size of 1 acre. The average listing price for similar homes for sale is $942,478 and the average sales price for similar recently sold homes is $829,650. This property is in the 94044 ZIP code in Pacifica, CA. The average price per square foot for homes for sale in 94044 is $565."

Note Trulia has included 9 photographs:  the house is 2, the shed, and yard 6.  

Posted by Kathy Meeh


Anonymous said...

Signs of Old Lake Mathilda in the Murphy's backyard.

Kathy Meeh said...

Wonder if a geological study was completed prior to purchase of this one-acre lot.

Anonymous said...

Could be a disclosure problem? The geology there is no secret. I recall the late Paul Azevedo, an expert on Pacifica history, talking about Lake Mathilda extending under much of the most western part of lower Linda Mar and how landfill was used to make it suitable for streets, building, etc. Didn't the phone company sell the community center to the city real cheap because they failed to use marine cables and had water damage to buried cables and equipment? Ocean on one side and an old lake right underneath.

big banker said...

Actually San Pedro Creek made a turn right where Linda Mar Shopping Center is now, and flowed out to the sea right across from Crespi Drive.

The guys paid $750,000. I would be more worried about toxics due to the fact this was an auto repair shop for years.

2:04 the water seeped into the Phone company building and would flood the phone system infrasture in the basement of this building.

Anonymous said...

Lake Mathilda was under there and has been under there longer than any development in Linda Mar. As far as the phone company bailing out of their bldg, it was water from above and water from below. Lotsa water. Bought my house from a guy who worked in that bldg from the day the door opened til it became the community center. He then bought the house across the street. Apparently that location was the company joke.

historic aerialist said...

The website "" shows the site in 1946 and other views. There is no lake or anything looking like a wetlands in these pictures.

Kathy Meeh said...

"Most of the former Lake Mathilda and its associated wetland has been destroyed." from "San Pedro Creek Geomorphic Analysis", Laurel Collins, Paul Amoto, Donna Morton, 2001, Abstract.SF State University, pdf, lower first page. And there's more through a Google search. Still, it seems a geological study prior to purchase would have been prudent.

Anonymous said...

LMAO 1946 would be just a tad late to see Lake Mathilda from the surface. Not unusual for boggy areas to be all that remains of an ancient lake. Kathy's right, a little geology would have helped, or, maybe the buyer knew and didn't expect a problem? Guys, this is Pacifica.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the real estate agent didn't do their job. Bring on the lawyers.

Anonymous said...

Actually the farmers who farmed lower Linda Mar changed and built the previous creek channel so they could farm the area that is now Anza to about Peralta.

I think it was more a marsh than a lake in wet years and probably came pretty close to drying up in the summer.

Actually it pretty much probably looked like the area between highway one and the skate park does now.

420 Surfer said...

Are there any pot farms in pacifica?

Anonymous said...

1149 Cartel scouts checking out the quarry and a few other choice sites as we speak. Ag is coming back big!

Anonymous said...

why dont they look underneath the homes of Loeb and nancy hall and see if they have a wetlands underneath their homes? I think they have a home above the wetlands. there is no wetlands in the picture above at all on crespi