House Porn on Zillow

Slide_25502_279859_large Steve e-mailed me to say THE HUFF POST POACHED YOUR IDEA!! Well, I never posted the idea; it was just a conversation between Steve and myself. And now I'm kicking myself for not posting our conversation, because then I could be filled with righteous anger. 

On the way back from Wave Hill last Saturday, I was so distracted by the beautiful houses in Riverdale that I ended up missing the on ramp to the Henry Hudson and then got stuck in Yankee traffic on the Deegan. 

When Steve came home from his camping trip, I pulled up Realtor.com and Zillow, so I could show him how fabulous the houses were. We spent a long time looking at this house in particular. I guess some poorly paid intern at Huff Post did, too. 

Thank God for the Internet, so I can spy in rich people's homes. 

12 thoughts on “House Porn on Zillow

  1. You can do this while driving, with the convenient zillow iphone app. Well, I guess you can’t do it while you’re driving but you can do it while Steve is driving.
    I love Zillow, too, and love spying on people’s houses. Now I just answer about how much our house cost, instead of being coy about it (like I think you’re supposed to) on the grounds that anyone who has been to the house can just look up what we paid for it on Zillow.

  2. You can’t learn everything you want to know from the internet, unfortunately. Currently, I’m interested in two houses near campus. It’s a small, small faculty/staff neighborhood, so you take what you can get.
    House #1’s previous owner just died. The heirs are busily remodeling a bathroom, but haven’t decided what to do with the house yet.
    House #2 has a visibly decaying exterior and the garage is so full of stuff that the owner can’t park the car there. It was supposed to go up for sale next year. However, a mom friend informs me that the house flooded two days ago and the owner is still on vacation. Oh, for unlimited funds and a demolition crew. Hopefully, the homeowner’s insurance will do a nice job on the place.

  3. You can’t learn everything, but I can see roughly how much my neighbor redid and exactly how much they are asking, roughly 15% more than I think my house is worth on my optimism days (for a house that is maybe 10% bigger).

  4. Speaking of Pittsburgh real estate, Amy might want to know that the giant Panera space in Squirrel Hill is becoming the new location for Pamela’s. The much bigger Barnes and Nobel space is still empty and the sign has changed to include “Will Subdivide.” The old Poli scape, and much of the adjacent structures are still empty as the plans to build a hotel/condo/whatever failed to get a loan. Other than that, the downtown seems to be holding up.

  5. I had to look up Pamela’s, but that sounds like a reasonable trade for Panera’s. It’s so sad about the Barnes and Noble. I was looking at Google Maps, and the Squirrel Hill restaurant scene is pretty much unrecognizable compared to 10 years ago, which is when we left. The only restaurant I recognize is Eat N Park, which really doesn’t deserve to live (we rented a 1-bedroom apartment on Bartlett). Those big box spaces are so hard to fill. In our city in Texas, there’s a huge empty Circuit City next to a huge empty Linens N Things–pretty dreary.
    In happier economic news, my young structural engineer relative has finally landed a job after 2 years of unemployment.

  6. I ate at Eat ‘n Park last night. Wasn’t bad. There aren’t many places where you can get a fruit or veggie that a five year old will eat. Also, the local Curves has turned into a yoga studio. We’re going fancy, dining options aside.

  7. I spend way too much time bouncing back and forth between zillow and the realtor’s site. What surprises me is the lack of movement (I know, houses aren’t selling). If I had 40 favorites in 2005, I’d go back and 2 would be gone the next day. Now, nothing changing over the course of weeks.

  8. kris,
    I’ve noticed a lot of houses that disappeared from the market didn’t actually sell. They go on and off the market repeatedly for years.
    Some of my real estate favorites are Lovely Listing
    http://lovelylisting.icanhascheezburger.com
    and the lovable and informative Jim the Realtor
    http://www.bubbleinfo.com/page/2/
    JtR lately has a lot of filler on the blog, but his special gift is the video tour,
    particularly of high end Southern California foreclosures.
    I haven’t done a lot with the site, but I know a lot of people like the Crack Shack or Mansion site, which covers Vancouver, BC homes.
    http://www.crackshackormansion.com/part2.html

  9. I was just playing the crack shack or mansion guessing game and having no luck at all. I guessed crack shack on one and it turned out to be a $1.6 million sale. I loved the caption: “How does that song go again? ‘If I had a million dollars…I would borrow 600k from my parents.”
    I have some Vancouver connections myself. A couple I know well is mulling the opportunity of selling their house for $2 million just for the lot value–there’s a very nice run of Chinese buyers this spring. The potential buyers would then scrape off the old house and build a new house over most of the available square footage, that being the Chinese way. Oddly enough, the immigrant Chinese buyer really isn’t into the whole tree and nature thing. It’s kind of weird to move to Vancouver and do that, but whatever.

  10. Make sure that your house as an eight in the address (rhymes with wealth in Mandarin) and you are set!
    We moved from Vancouver 10 years ago and the real estate prices there HAVE gone insane. What were middle class/working class neighbourhoods are now priced out of reach of most people. A close friend has a family home three doors down from a crack house that in a normal market you would never ever consider. They bought it pre-reno for under a million three years ago and feel like they scored…

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