Saturday, September 5, 2015

Spend a little more, buy a better house in this City

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Freeway view of "Flintstone House"
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Hillsborough cave-dweller's dream
USA Today/Mary Bowerman, 9/3/14. " 'California 'Flintstone House' is on the market for $4.2 million."

"Yabba dabba doo! California's well-known 'Flintstone House' is on the market. The 2,370-square-foot home sits on a hilltop overlooking Interstate 280 just outside San Francisco. The 39-year-old, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home is listed at $4.2 million

'Many of you have seen this house from Highway 280 for years. Your curiosity will be satisfied when you see the great photos,' listing agent Judy Meuschke said in a Sept. 1 Facebook post.

The house was designed by architect William Nicholson and built in 1976. The home became informally known as the 'Flintstone House,' a nod to the cartoon sitcom about a family that lived during the Stone Age. The quirky home was was also called the "Barbapapa House" in the 1970s, according to Curbed San Francisco.   Meuschke told NBC Bay Area that the asking price is 'pretty good price for a landmark.' She said the owner chose to remain anonymous and has lived in the home for 19 years."

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Or, live in this awesome Pacifica home?
Related article.  Intlernational Business Times/Brett Bodner, 9/3/15, "'The Flintstone House' for sale; look inside the $4.2 million California home." "Fans of "The Flintstones" will have the opportunity to purchase their own little piece of Bedrock next week. .... The single-family home got its nickname because it has a stone exterior and many bubble-like domes. The house is visible from Interstate 280 and is an area landmark. Hillsborough is 17 miles south of San Francisco. ...This will be the first time in 19 years the home is for sale. Alain Pinel Realtors is the listing broker, while the listing agent is Judy Meuschke. More information will be available at next week when the house will be officially listed." 

Related, the Flintstone House. Wikipedia, ....  "It was designed by architect William Nicholson and built in 1976 as an experiment in new building materials, in the form of a series of domes. ... By the mid-1980s the house had fallen into disrepair, as water runoff from higher on the mountainside damaged the foundation, causing the walls to crack. After several unsuccessful attempts, an extensive restoration commenced around 1987. San Francisco Bay Area architect Eugene Tsui undertook to remodel the house during the first decade of the 2000s."

Related, Pacifica price comparison: Harmony@1/The Opus, "appropriate for lot 3,8.  4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, Plus Office, Home Theater, Wine Cellar, Butler's Pantry, Master Suite with Sitting Room and 3 Car Garage. This Model has 4300 square feet of living space." See models, awesome views.  Home sites:  lot 3 price $4,795,000; lot 8 price $5,195,000 (pending sale)."

Note photograph from  Everyday talks/Flintstone House, CA, 3/27/14, "Most odd buildings in the world."  Highway 280 image from  Harmony@1/The Opus from the related Pacifica price comparison.

Posted by Kathy Meeh


Anonymous said...

The Harmony Opus model has a butler's pantry? The dud known as Harmony HaHa. Who knew the Canadians were so funny?

Anonymous said...

Fred Flinstone and Barney Rubble could have built out Harmony faster than the goons from Canada. aye?

Kathy Meeh said...

Goons from Canada?

With the Harmony@1 project, there is a sale pending, which may be the reason there is a building delay.

Tom Clifford said...

The sale that is reported to be pending on lot 8 seems to be in limbo. No application has been submitted to Planning Department and no Planning commission hearing is schedule as of August 31. The Conditions of Approval require that this house has a living roof but the renditions on their Facebook page show a standard type roof. They may have sold something they can not deliver. Also Harmony @1 has not submitted for the building permit for lot 2 as of August 31. ????

Anonymous said...

Harmony @ 1 is doomed.

Anonymous said...

Per the Harmony website, lot 8 has been "pending" since April. Not sure how real that "pending" notice is. Have to wonder why a person with that kind of money to spend on a house would want to put it down on one in which a simple google search reveals how the developer has gone from bragging about that Harmony would be the greenest of green devlopmenets (read any 2013/14-era interview of Tait Cowen) to one in which the developer fought hard to escape the LEED certification requirement in order to save ITSELF money. Not exactly inspiring. Couple that with the fact that the Harmony website spends more ink talking about how the homes comme equipped with automatic garage door openers (seriously -- they actually list this as a selling point, like it is something unique) than it does about its supposed commitment to being green. This development has all the earmarks of a scam. I'd love for it to be real, but it smells bad. Really bad.

Anonymous said...

Uh Oh I hear NOBY dance music.
You know how much they love to celebrate financial loss.

Anonymous said...

It's all so very Pacifica. We vote to keep out the type of fundable, competent, proven developers who can deliver a project--granted, many don't want that particular project--and we're left with the third and fourth tier players. Whadda ya expect?