17 Ronald Lane
This was an attractive house some years ago when it sold (direct) for $590,000. The new owners put in a new kitchen and baths, redid the floors and all that and put it back up for sale in April ’07 for $1.395, which turned out to be too much. It’s back today at $995 and while that may still not be the right price in today’s market, it’s a pretty good one, for an updated house, with pool, on a quiet dead end street. Worth watching and even bidding on if you’re in the under million bracket.
- 8 Beechcroft
This one will be interesting to watch. This house, built in 1999, was listed for $4.595 million in 2004 and sold for a million less, $3.6 million. Dumb price that first time, eh? In any event, the new owners have spruced it up, renovated and added a bit of new space and have now put it up for sale at $4.895, just about what it didn’t sell for before. Will the improvements outweigh what’s happened to the market in the past couple of years? Stay tuned and find out.
- 14 Tinker Lane
A reader asked about these two houses and wanted to know why, besides the market dropping dead, they haven’t sold, because he thought they were attractive homes. He’s right, they are.
14 Tinker’s failure to sell is straight-forward: it’s been withdrawn from the market. I thought this house was a good value last September at $4.395. It’s been completely redone, with all new mechanicals etc., looks great and has a beautiful yard. Tinker Lane gets demerits for being close to the Merritt and its noise and some houses here deserve that rap. To my ears, this one doesn’t. The highway curves north, away, before it reaches this lot and while I could detect its presence it bothered me not one whit. Besides, why do you think it was priced so reasonably?
Or reasonable in September, 2008, before the market crashed. I don’t know what’s a good price for this today but, as it’s off the market, that’s irrelevant. If it ever comes back on, all of its good points will remain. A very nice house.
And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with 767 Lake except that it’s a Coggins design which means, horrors! It lacks 25′ ceilings. Again, a huge, flat back yard (both Tinker and Lake sit on over 2 acres), decent room sizes, nicely updated. It came on at over $5 million, which proved excessive, as things have turned out, and it’s still up in the high 4s but at the right price, this is a good choice.