Monthly Archives: July 2008

Home Remodeling Q&A – New Gory Details Real Estate Podcast


Eh_podcast_graphic Yes, it’s back, after a mid-season “summer break”. Ok, so it’s not a network reality show, but it’s the next best thing!

An important topic for buyers and sellers today is remodeling and personalizing their home to their tastes.  Formica or Brazilian Soapstone? Poured concrete or granite? Tile or linoleum? Porcelain or ceramic tile? And what’s wrong with knob-and-tube? Other relevant topics we’ll cover in today’s podcast include:

  • What projects can represent the highest return on investment long-term?
  • What are the best things for a seller to do prior to putting a home on the market?
  • What’s the permit/planning process like?…..And more

And joining us today as our special guest to the Gory Details is a long time local design/build general contractor from Friel Designs, the illustrious Patrick Friel. 

Take a listen, because the July edition of “The Gory Details Podcast” is now available! 

 (1) iTunes users, get it right here

(2) Or get it at

(3) And, always available at


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Embellishment 101 – Humorous Real Estate Video of the Week

Boy, how many times have we seen these descriptors in brochures? And no, that is NOT me doing the voiceover on this one…

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Recent Sales in Mt. Carmel

Quite a few Mt. Carmel area homes have recently closed escrow, with many pending right now that should be closing in the next few weeks. Here though, are a handful of some recent sales. As you can see, prices are holding pretty close asking in most cases:

194 Nevada – 3br/2ba, 1850 sf

List price: $1,198,500 – Sale price: $1,208,500

435 Avenue del Ora –3br/2.5ba, 2400 sf

List price: $1,149,000 – Sale price: $1,134,000

421 Harrison – 2br/1ba, 710 sf

List price: $495,000 – Sale price: $475,000

518 Grand St. – 3br/2ba, 1400 sf

List price: $850,888 – Sale price: $850,888

1562 James Ave – 2br/1ba, 1150 sf

List price: $828,000 – Sale price: $810,000

2469 Brewster – 3br/2ba, 1656 sf

List price: $1,250,000 – Sale price: $1,200,000

190 Opal Ave. – 2br/1ba, 1210 sf

List price: $850,000 – Sale price: $850,000

436 Sapphire St. – 3br/2ba, 1340 sf

List price: $738,888 – Sale price: $785,000

233 King St. – 3br/3.5ba, 2169 sf

List price: $1,249,000 – Sale price: $1,185,000

169 Inner Circle – 4br/4+ba, 3150 sf

List price: $1,469,000 – Sale price: $1,440,000

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The New(est) Mt. Carmel Listings – Week of 7/5

Wow, it’s been awhile, but there’s been a flurry of nice homes that have come on the market in Mt. Carmel, with some going pending or price reduced quicker than I could get myself updated here (but that’s another story). Here then, are some of the latest:

258 Elwood St. – $549,900 – 2br/2ba, 1070 sq. ft. on a 6500 sq. ft. lot.  Quite possibly currently the lowest priced home in Mt. Carmel.  A classic and quaint Craftsman, circa 1924. Great sized lot for the price.

273 Iris St. – $1,088,000 – 2br/2ba, 1700 sq. ft. on a 6500 sq. ft. lot – impeccably updated and landscaped, this is a nice place on a great street.

5 Elwood St. – $749,999 – 3br/2ba, 1230 sq. ft. on a 7020 sq. ft. lot.  Nicely updated kitchen and bathrooms. Good location with easy access to Whipple (it’s right on the corner of Whipple & Elwood). This is listed as a short sale (last sold in Dec. ’05 for $825K).

1918 Brewster – $1,198,000 – 4br/1.5ba – 1920 sq. ft. on a 6350 sq. ft. lot. Originally priced at $1,249,950 23 days ago, it’s got nice curb appeal, updated kitchen, and a pool in the back (huge bonus for those hot days like we’ve been having this week).

202 Harrison St. – $1,089,000 – 4br/3.5ba – 2380 sq. ft. on a 5550 sq. ft. lot. Has a lot of nice curb appeal (ya gotta love the white picket fence!), and a lot of space for the price. You would be nestled amongst some multi-unit complexes, but this house is super conveniently close to a lot of amenities (Sequoia Station, Whole Foods, etc.).

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Mt. Carmel is Block Party Central on July 4th!

One of the coolest things about the Mt. Carmel neighborhood is that on July 4th there is always SO many block parties going on.

As I was driving to a bbq on Quartz, I saw so many streets bloked off, with inflatable jumpies, tables full of food, and loads of people just eating, drinking and having fun.

I know I’m probably missing some, but I cruised by block parties on Nevada St., Myrtle, Jeter, and Grand Streets. Heck even the world famous (my designation) “Sixth Grade Dad’s Band” from Mt. Carmel School made an appearance at the Jeter St. block party.

Another great benefit to living in this neighborhood — a great sense of community!

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