Friday, August 19, 2005

The Marin Lifestyle is For Sale

As I am feeling more irreverent than normal (and given that there is not much that is particularly new in the news vis-a-vis real estate, other than the fact that on both coasts inventories are up and sales are down as are prices), I decided to post this obscenity I found on a Marin realtor's web site:

I love the phrase they use "yet inviting to today’s lifestyle". Would that be a "lifestyle" of excess? Please, post your comments on what word you would use to describe this thing. And doesn't the owner know that McMansions have fallen out of favor?


Blogger marine_explorer said...

omg, how about:

Mausoleum for Fallen RE Investors

Home for the Compulsively Symmetrical

Saddam's Secret Marin Palace

Nail Salon and Bail Bonds, est. 2008

Training Target, USAF

Aug 19, 2005, 3:53:00 PM  
Blogger Marinite said...


Aug 19, 2005, 4:15:00 PM  
Blogger SD_suntaxed said...

Compact, yet sufficiently pretentious Tuscan Villa completed in 2001, located on the Strawberry Shore waterfront in Mill Valley.

Fabulous views of San Francisco, Belvedere Island and the Bay. If the Bay fails to entertain, enjoy the many passersby on the nearby street from your sumptuous terrace.

Diminutive, stylized stucco pillars grace the front facade of this stately residence, underscoring value in this showcase of fine finishes, authentic materials and attention to detail.

A park and walking path at waters edge in this coveted neighborhood. No need for excess lot space for privacy in this fine residence. Nearly 15 feet separate you from your neighbor. Escape from it all in rectangular splendor.

Elegant and stately; yet inviting to today’s lifestyle with low introductory monthly payments.

Professionally landscaped, a lily pond, fountain, and spacious terrace to entertain and intimidate.

You deserve it!


Aug 20, 2005, 10:09:00 AM  
Blogger fredtobik said...

I don't know, but when I think of mcmansions I think of this

I chose this area, because before I moved to the best place on earth I lived there. I looked at a few of these new developments, and it was unbelievably cheesy. You could pick and choose peaks, 2car garage or 3, and there were only 3 different designs for each development, and they are right next to each other with no backyard. Oh and they are all 2500 sq ft or more, and of course started at 280 in 1999.

Aug 20, 2005, 10:49:00 AM  
Blogger Marinite said...

Ah, but that would be a Europen style McMansion. We have those in Marin too. This one is Tuscan.

Of course, there are locations in Marin where the McMansion is at home...Ross to name one. But this one in Strawberry is so out of place. For another good one, go to Larkspur, on Magnolia St. about a block from the library. Amidst rows of 1 bedroom bungalows is a monstrosity that blocks the neighbors views of the redwoods and keeps one house in shade half the day.

Aug 20, 2005, 11:33:00 AM  

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