And 733 Lake Avenue is back

733 LakeThis is a very nice house that, after starting out at $5.4 million, finally sold for exactly $4 in November, 2012 (I’d predicted a selling price of $4.3 to a client, but I think the extended time on the market due to such a high start price really hurt it). The buyers tried flipping it for $4.595 back in November, 2013, were unsuccessful, and have now returned it to the market for $4.795, a price strategy that escapes me.

As said, it’s a beautiful house, on great grounds, but when I saw it with my client we were both dumfounded to discover that the architect had insisted that single-pane windows be used to preserve his sense of pseudo-authenticity. It’s nice that his ego at least permitted heating, air conditioning and plumbing to be installed, but still …

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21 responses to “And 733 Lake Avenue is back

  1. Cos Cobber

    So let me guess, it doesn’t have a phone, tv or internet, because none of which are authentic either?

  2. anon

    are the windows cheap looking besides being single pane or is your objection singularly that they are single pane, meaning the loss of heat is great and the heating bills high?

  3. housecat

    Um, the *architect* insisted on single pane windows? What about the person actually paying for them? I guess I’m a horribly difficult person, because my response to something like that would be: “Yep. That’s nice. Double-paned windows, please. No, really. I GET it. We’ll do double-paned windows. Thanks! (As in, “that means the discussion is over.”)”

    LOVE this house, btw. Definitely have house envy on this one (except for the windows, as it turns out…)

    • EOSredux

      I’m with you Housecat. LOVE this house, inside and out, every little detail screams my aesthetic sensibilities, and I would also kindly request double pane windows. That said, my only teensy-weensy objection is having a house carved out behind it, with a parallel driveway. In the summer probably not visible; in the winter, I bet a full light brigade shines through. Doesn’t work for me.

      I haven’t had a chance to wish you good luck Housecat, with the upcoming relisting and of your home.Here’s to a VERY quick and lucrative sale.

      And I’ve been meaning to ask for the longest time, why is it again you are a registered Democrat? You seem so sensible, so logical, very pragmatic, fiscally responsible, and not overly determined to make everything politically correct. That’s no kind of Democrat I know. I could loan you a few leftover Romney hats and banners if you so wish, to stage the newly relisted house. 🙂

      • housecat

        Thanks, EOS. (Both for the best wishes, and the lovely compliment).

        I’ve always been an independent, except for a brief stint as a College Republican many years ago. I registered in ’08, because at the time I thought Obama was the best candidate, and really didn’t want to experience another Clinton in the WH. I became quite disillusioned with O during his first term, though. I also became pregant with our third child, and with that, lost the free time necessary to go down to Town hall on a field trip to un-register as a Dem. So, I’m still on various Dem-related email lists.

  4. anonymous

    Would love to see this house, Link pretty please?

  5. Anonymous

    If they are authentic divided light single pane windows, they are much much more expensive they standard double pain windows. The labor involved in putting together the individual glass pieces is brutal. They are then made just as efficient as a double pane with a special storm window. The reason you rarely see them is because they are so freaking expensive not because of energy efficiency.

    • That, and the nuisance and expense of storing and hanging storm windows each year.

      • Anonymous

        They do not need to be removed. I’m surprised to see them them on only a 4mm house. This is a big ticket item, one unlikely to be recouped by the seller.

        • Well they weren’t on when we toured it two years ago. But I agree with you – the cost of expensive windows, no matter how good, are never recouped. An example can be seen at that beautiful old brick house on North Street, across from St. Michael and on the corner of Copper Beech. Over a $ million spent on custom replacement windows, house sold for less that the owners paid for it originally.

      • Joey

        Those storms are fun to wash too. Takes me back to the 70s.

    • anon2

      Good point. This from Marvin:

      “Custom Authentic Divided Lites (ADL) feature separate pieces of glass glazed between muntin bars—the way windows have been made since the beginning. ADL is available in wood, and through Signature Products and Services, in clad-wood as well. Historically ADL joins separate pieces of single pane glass, but Marvin’s state-of-the-art design gives you the option of using ADL with insulating glass, if desired. A narrow, custom width of 7/8″ is ideal for replicating historic windows (no minimum quantity applies). Custom widths and profiles are available.”

      • Anonymous

        Simulated Divided Lites (SDL) is the way to go and prob in 99% of new construction. True divided and/or ADL windows are a thing of the late 90’s……and stupid expensive. Do your research real estate peeps!

        • Anonymous

          All double pane windows are SDL. ADL are single pane, stupid expensive, and rarely installed, but can be made just as energy efficient. They are only used on high end jobs where you are going for that antique look and don’t care how much money you are pissing away.

      • Fred2

        You can get light weight storms. See the magazine: old house journal in the adverts

  6. Anonymous

    Wasn’t this house part of the Dom de Vito collection?

  7. Anonymous

    What do you know about the listing agent? I’ve never heard of her.