As we highlighted in the third quarter of last year:

Purchased for $950,000 in February of [2018], the 1,700-square-foot, four-bedroom Bayview Heights home at 1119 Hollister Avenue was subsequently taken “down to the studs” and subfloors.

A structural wall was removed to open up the floor plan, a third bathroom was added, the electrical was upgraded (along with the furnace) and the all-new kitchen now sports a La Cornue range.

And having returned to the market [in February of 2019] with a $1.399 million price tag, the sale of the fully remodeled home…closed escrow [in August of 2019] with a contract price of $1.15 million, a price which will help push the average sale up, and is “21.1 percent more expensive,” just not on an apples-to-apples (or likely profitable) basis.

As noted by a plugged-in reader, the four-bedroom home at 1119 Hollister has now returned to the market, a year later, listed for “$895,000,” which is roughly $500 per square foot and 25 percent below the average sale price per square foot for the neighborhood over the past six months.

And yes, the aforementioned La Cornue range, which retails for $8,475, has been replaced by a roughly half as expensive, but still higher-end, Bertazzoni.

If you think you know the market for single-family homes and the Bayview, now’s the time to tell.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by Minna Jankowski

    Recessed lighting everywhere. Gross

    • Posted by SoBayRealtor

      As with many things in life, yes, less is better…

    • Posted by Curious

      I’m only just learning that there are others like me out there who think “can” lights are sad and awful!

  2. Posted by bg

    is that a bathroom fan instead of a hood above the stove?

    • Posted by Zac

      Hahaha good eye. Guess they don’t expect people to actually use the stove!

      • Posted by hmmm

        I love my Bertazzoni. It looks great and it functions great. The one downside is the slightly shallow oven compared to the American made brands, which my wife gripes about. I guess everything is a bit smaller in Europe.

        • Posted by Notcom

          And yours was ~$4K as well? For that price I would hope there wouldn’t be ANY ‘downside’.

          • Posted by hmmm

            It was around $3000 about 11 years ago. But that was a niche spot in the price range. Below that you were looking at a lot cheaper for more mass produced junk or a lot higher (eg $5K+) for other brands.

            The “downside” I mentioned was not an unknown and it’s not a design flaw per se. It’s just the design of the product which was designed by European company, presumably for a primarily European market. It works great as far as I’m concerned. If you do a ton of baking of large quantities or using the oven to cook for large parties on a regular basis, maybe not the best choice, but the problem would be in the consumer’s lack of research and not a problem with the product. We knew exactly what we were buying.

            Also, I am generally skeptical that the money people spend for fancy or large stoves (eg 6-burner, etc) ever get used to their full potential and that is basically money thrown away for useless ostentation. If your appliance meets your needs 98% of the time and you gripe about the remaining 2%, you made the right choice. It’s like retailers/malls wanting enough car parking sized to handle christmas shopping crowds, rather than for the other 11 1/2 months a year.

          • Posted by SocketSite

            Keep in mind that the La Cornue above is actually the least expensive “starter” model that La Cornue offers (a CornuFe Albertine). The average price for a Château Series range, which is La Cornue’s signature line, is around $40K. And their top of the line model, a Grand Palais, starts at $60K.

      • Posted by Brahma (incensed renter)

        I agree with Zac. Failing to provide standard ventilation for the stove, coupled with the galling lack of a kitchen island, indicates to me that the flipper meant the stove to be a status symbol for the eventual owner instead of an appliance for actual cooking.

    • Posted by Skankel

      Is the La Cornue oven digital in the original listing? The lighting on it looks unreal

      • Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

        Looks legit to me. Check out the shadows on the cabinet handles caused by the diffuse light from the skylight. Under the sink they are nearly vertical, gradually angled more to the right and more as you move to the right. You’ll see a faint shadow of the oven’s door handle at an angle that fits in well with that series.

        • Posted by Skankel

          Yea you may be right. The kitchen looks so depressing without that oven though, digital or not

  3. Posted by Hughie

    The market is not as hot and it’s October. At what price do they expect this property to sell? I couldn’t see any profit or breakeven. Why do they sell right now?

  4. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    What is the attraction to a La Cornue? Is it appearance or does it cook better?

    I upgraded to a Wolf but it cooks no better than the $700 Kenmore it replaced. Looks sharper though.

    • Posted by hmmm

      When we were shopping for a stove we found that the lower priced options that would offer decent performance all had digital displays and other electronics that we didn’t like for both aesthetic and long-term reliability reasons. If you want a solid, last-forever dependable stove that also looks nice without a bunch of digital goo-gasws, seems like you have to spend more money. It seems backwards, but that seems how it often is in modern merchandising. The cheaper the product, generally the more tacky and filled with useless bells and whistles. Simplicity should cost more, not less. Sigh.

      • Posted by tipster

        This won’t work for a stove, but if your dishwasher or refrigerator has an electronic display, a surge suppressor will keep the electronics lasting much longer.

        • Posted by Chris

          The exterior of the house looks old and dreary, the bathrooms look cheap, the backyard is a gravel pit, and the kitchen is small, awkwardly laid out, lacking an island, and bland-looking after the colorful stove was removed. There seem to be nearby homes that are a much better value.

          • Posted by Notcom

            “gravel pit” = “low maintenance neo-Japanese rock garden”
            Your future in ad copy-writing is bleak.

          • Posted by Chris

            It is a good thing that I own my own business, which has nothing to do with writing ad copy 🙂 But, yes, I am familiar with “creative” and puffed up for-sale home descriptions—it may get a seller in the door, but when they see the dreary reality with their own eyes, they usually quickly depart.

      • Posted by Brian M

        Bosh! We are all supposed to be managing our stoves through our cell phones! And our refrigerators need to be connected to the internet so it can order groceries from Amazon for us!

    • Posted by MP

      I bought a true commercial Wolf range. It was only about $3k and it’s AWESOME! Of course it’s not the stove for most home cooks, the fit and finish are pretty rough and there’s zero insulation so I had to build a firebox around its space in the cabinetry. But other than that super happy. Cooking on other stoves, even high end ones is a disappointment now.

      • Posted by Big B

        My plumber said that you can’t put a commercial range in a residence for code reasons. Something about the size of the gas supply line among other things.

      • Posted by scurvy

        I hope that range doesn’t cause any issues. Your home insurance is now toast if it does. Is losing out on your home’s value worth the “benefits” of a commercial stove?

  5. Posted by Dixon Hill

    Assuming this is not a lowball listing price, this is as bad an example of a failed flip as I’ve seen on this website since the great recession (given how quickly they lost several probably 30% to 50% of their original purchase price. The interior seems to be builder’s grade with few upgrades (Ikea closets!). They probably spent a lot of money removing that load-bearing wall and it doesn’t appear to have added any value. Street View doesn’t look that great.

    1074 Ingerson is about a block away. Similar home with a remodel that looks at least as good as this home. 50% more square feet asking another $138,000. 1003 Hollister (asking $949K – contingent) looks like a nicer home, albeit 10% smaller. Situated on a corner with a better parking setup.

    • Posted by SocketSite

      To be clear, the remodeling and “failed flip” occurred last year, when the home, which was purchased for $950,000 in February of 2018, was taken down to the studs, remodeled, and then resold for $1.15 million in August of 2019.

      And once again, the current list price of “$895,000” equates to around $500 per square foot (which is roughly 25 percent below the average sale price per square foot for the area over the past six months).

    • Posted by 1031 Exchange

      1074 Ingerson originally listed for $1.28M and just slashed its ask down to $988K. It has an odd floor plan. More square footage in the form of an in-law unit so if the buyer wanted to use all of it, would need to put some work into it. This one definitely has a better parking setup comparable to 1003 Hollister (2 car garage + 2 car driveway). Street parking is a nightmare in this part of the city so any off street parking is a plus.

      Looks like 1119 Hollister was purchased last year and was rented out in the past year (most recent rental listing of $5,625 was removed from Zillow on 9/16/19). Probably felt like they got a deal when they purchased and now getting out while they can.

    • Posted by Hughie

      This is indeed a low ball [list price]; talked to the seller agent they didn’t allow viewing the home unless buyer is approved with 1.2mil

  6. Posted by What-A-Town

    In what world would this have ever made sense?

  7. Posted by haighter

    I’m baffled by the trend of having open shelves in a kitchen. You’re supposed to have your food and dishes out on display?

    • Posted by Notcom

      ‘cept we all agreed (see second post, et al, [above]) that this “kitchen” isn’t really for cooking…more like spillover waiting area from the living room. So the only thing you really need is enough charging stations for guests’ smart phones.

    • Posted by heynonnynonny

      Plenty of beautiful kitchens actually look like kitchens. Maybe you need nicer food and dishes.

      The old reason for doors was to keep critters out, which is less necessary in a modern house. It’s still better for long term storage to minimize light exposure.

      Around here earthquakes are probably the best argument for cabinets.

      • Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

        Doors also conceal the untidy clutter of some shelves. For example most people’s pantries are full of random food packages with clashing colors, fonts, and graphics.

  8. Posted by Evan

    While I love the stove talk, and never knew a stove could cost $60,000. Insane! I will be the first to venture to the question at hand. I’m going to go with $925,000

    • Posted by SocketSite

      A sale at $925,000 would represent a 19 percent drop in value for the single-family home over the past year on an apples-to-apples basis, save the stove, and would be 18 percent below the average sale price per square foot for the neighborhood over the past six months.

    • Posted by Neighborhood Activist

      I think $925K could be close. It’s a buyer’s market now, and anybody that wants or needs to sell now is going to get a pretty thorough bath (in cold water, yet.)

  9. Posted by Scott F

    That $8,000 stove has gas burners, not induction? I can’t imagine paying that kind of money to still reek up my whole kitchen (and living room, hooray open plan!) with all the toxic fumes a gas burner puts off. And as other commenters have noted, no hood, so it’s actually a worse cooking experience than a lot of rent-controlled apartments where the landlord put a cheap GE range. This proves it, the rich have no sense.

    • Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

      Clearing out the fumes from a range is why there should be a good high volume hood over the stovetop. Oh wait …

  10. Posted by Cody

    I visited a woman in Alaska who had a wood burning stove & brought out amazing bakery goods from it. A good cook does not need an $8,000 stove to cook well. The magic is in the cook, not the stove.

    • Posted by Pablito

      Absolutely agreed. 🙂

      And the fancy stove cannot make up for the depressing Third Street neighborhood commercial corridor. If you want to eat somewhere – you are hopping on the T- line heading north. It’s a neighborhood that needs a lot of work.

  11. Posted by Metroliner

    Yikes. Zillow lists that it was sold for $1.15 8/2/19 and listed for rent for $6,025/month 8/7 then reduced to $5,625 10 days later. Whoever bout this *as an INVESTMENT* is going to lose their a** no matter what they sell it for.

  12. Posted by Some Guy

    The $8,000 kitchen stove in a remodeled Bayview shack with a metal security gate has to be one among many “market top” indicators.

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