The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

22 August 2004

For sale by somebody

I usually don't read the real-estate section of the Sunday paper. For one thing, most of the actual for-sale ads run in Saturday's edition; for another, I'm not going anywhere anytime soon. For some reason, though, I took a peek at today's selections.

Traditionally, ads of this sort are believed to require multiple grains of salt to counteract the evasions, misdirections, and outright fibs that are supposed to be inherent in the selling process. I didn't find a lot of those, though I was amused by one little place pitching itself as being in the "Crown Heights area," which is true if your definition of "area" is sufficiently broad. (Douglas Place sits north of Crown Heights; this house is on the opposite side of the street from the northern boundary of Douglas Place.) It's probably just as "absolutely darling" as the ad claims — I think that's a reasonably spiffy neighborhood — but Crown Heights it ain't.

On the other hand, some ads score for Brutal Truth. On this presumed handyman's special on the southside: "Not scared of repairs?" And one rental ad, for a westside apartment, cuts to what's really important: "No One Upstairs."

What caught my eye fastest, though, was a feature article on this. Yes, it's just slightly ostentatious, and yes, it's expensive — $1800 was the quoted price — but damn, it put a wobble in my Thou Shalt Not Covet stance.

Posted at 6:11 PM to City Scene

My favorite descriptions when I was searching for country property were "park like setting," and "country estate." Upon viewing such properties they were usually just regular homes on a wooded acreage; which was a stretch for affordability anyway.

Posted by: Babs at 7:33 PM on 22 August 2004