More bad real estate pictures

I was dream-searching homes in Gunnison, Colorado just now and was struck, again, with the low quality, dumb photographs used by some agents to market their listings. Here’s one, of several, that simply screams “lowball me” – that may not be the case, but the pictures show that it’s no longer being lived in and that, in turn, sends the message that the seller might be receptive to a very, very low bid. That may not be the case, but a decent agent would at least make the beds, straighten the blinds and create the pretense that there’s a happy family still ensconced and not at all eager to move out. Of course, the phrase “seasonal access”, buried in the text, might explain the vacant look, but someone could at least bring some sheets and fake family pictures along to pretend that someone’s still on the premises.

On the other hand, I suppose it could be a deliberate strategy: it certainly caught my eye as a target for a 1/2-price offer, and if it weren’t for the fact that I’m not looking for a summer-only mountain home, I’d investigate it further.

Long gone

Long gone

Gunnison 2

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28 responses to “More bad real estate pictures

  1. anonymous

    The heck with bad photos. What a great spread. View view view. Outbuildings to die for. Off the grid. The kitchen looks huge and in good shape, with plenty of wine glasses in that handy overhead glass holder at the ready for when we all visit. Buy buy buy.

    My only question: is there Internet? Or is this your way of telling us that when you move, FWIW will end its run?

  2. Al Dente

    The architect/decorator must be deranged and dyslexic. The bedrooms look like jail cells, the garage looks like a fire station, and the 57 different styles of paneling and tile look like they were leftovers from a Polish Home Depot.

    I hate this house.

    • anonymous

      Big picture must not be your strong suit AJ. Anyone looking to buy this isn’t expecting the paneling to be handcrafted by Christopher Peacock. Nor would one expect Architectural Digest for a photo shoot of the IM Pei designed outbuildings. Watch the show Buying Alaska then put the Gunnison compound in perspective. This has great bones.

  3. maybe setting up a crowd funding site would grease the skids for your new digs? for example, you could re-live those early, halcyon days in style in this place (last i heard it was $28m, down from $32m):

  4. Anonymous

    How much effort can one reasonably expect a realtor in bumblefuck CO to put in on a house where the agent’s take-home will be, what–$4k, at best, pre-tax? It’s not exactly a sophisticated clientele, present company excluded.

  5. Gunnison….Public Golf Course…only one in State…open year ’round……. and ski area open over 100 days/year 10 miles away….many extra Elk, Mule Deer & Grouse all freezerable ‘long side lots a Trout….volunteer guide available at short notice!

  6. Cos Cobber

    Great views and all that, but in wide open high desert, 90 acres can feel like 10.

    • Anonymous

      Almost hemmed in like Cos Cob, doh!

      • Anonymous

        I own more trees and grass than that barren spread

      • Cos Cobber

        What’s your agenda dude? Have I picked up a troll who cowardly goes by ‘anonymous?’ so as to be indistinguishable from the rest?

        Cos Cob is fantastic, everybody knows that. The lots are small because its popular.

        • housecat

          I’d take Cos Cob over Darien or Westport any day – over Riverside too, for that matter. He’s just jealous that you actually have space to put the above ground pool in your backyard. Pay no attention.

        • Cos Cobber

          Housecat, there are many reasons we decided on Cos Cob when we came to town many years ago. The central location, walkability and stores, its harbor, the nearby pinetum woods, the quaint streets w/sidewalks (yes – some are charming, others not), the train station, the single school in central location, the economic & social diversity, the mix of townies with newcomers and frankly, its perfect imperfections. I also liked the name and the area’s bit of history too.
          Equal with the above, we also decide on Cos Cob because we wanted to avoid fully ensconcing our kids and ourselves in a life blinded by privilege. We grew up in an economically diverse setting and we feel strongly it served us well. We also like to live all ways; fancy, campy, silly and woodsy, etc. In short, we like to be serious, but not too serious. I enjoy CF’s Cos Cob ribbing, most of it is hilarious. I don’t understand the others here attempting to pile on. Some seem arrogant rather than funny. There is a difference.

          Anywho, a cool cat like you would be a welcome addition to the central part of town!

        • housecat

          Agreed on all points – even though we live in the ’31. I suspect many of the dolts who bash Cos Cob are trying to make themselves feel better about laying out a few Ms for a shitty split-level in an overcrowded – I mean “hot” (cough, cough) – school district. I hated every single minute we lived in Westport – and the lack of *any* kind of diversity plus the arrogant tw*t contingent were huge factors in that.

        • Anonymous

          Dude here, sorry if I offended you. The comment was meant to contrast any hemmed in suburb with 1/4 – 1/2 acre zoning with 90 acre properties in Colorado. You are called Cos Cobber, presumably you live in Cos Cob. The comment would have been equally applicable if you lived in Riverside, Rye or Manhasset. It was not meant to be a critical comparison of Cos Cob vs. Round Hill Road.

        • Cos Cobber

          Cool Beans Dude. My mistake.