Thursday, March 5, 2009

Home Shopping With Dave, Part 3

Look closely. Click to enlarge. Yes, it's a putting green.

I don't think I'd want one in my back yard. Then again, I have dog poo in my back yard. I must want it there, because otherwise I'd go out and poop scoop instead of sitting here blogging, wouldn't I?

Dave Knight and I visited a third high-end Pasadena property on our caravan (visit yesterday and the day before for details). This one's in the Chapman Woods area, a $3.5 million property on Madre Street. For grace and charm I prefer yesterday's home but this one has some nice amenities, like a tennis court and a 1200 sq. ft. guest house. The main house has about a hundred bathrooms (I exaggerate - there are actually only six). My favorite amenity is an unmanicured area beyond the tennis court, where the kids have their own jungle.

Dave and I did some talking during the caravan. (No, we didn't, of course not! We sat silently in the car as we rode from house to house.) Dave found his way into real estate by way of charity work; he'd been with a group that helps the needy find housing, and thought he could do good work in the business. He has a wife and a three-month-old son to support so he's gotta make a living, but regardless of commissions he still gets a charge out of finding a great deal for someone who needs it. Those were the stories he relished telling: the friend who got a house for $130,000; the older couple who decided not to sell based on Dave's advice. "I lost that deal," he said, "but they would have lost everything."

If Dave looks familiar, here's why: I first met him last October, at the now famous Pie Night.

15 comments:

Cafe Pasadena said...

P, do you have to mention PIE around midnite! To a dog.
Man, I mean woman, I almost have to go out right now to get one bcuz of you.

And this guy Dave you've been hanging around with lately sounds like a real knight. Someone with strong sense of morals/ethics. Selfless & charitable.

So, it's good to see you getting out of the house more, and into others.

Shell Sherree said...

Petrea, I promise not to ask you to revisit this house to put a golf buggy on the putting green.

Dave sounds like a dream real estate agent ~ not to mention someone who appreciates a nice piece of P.I.E. {Spelling it out so Cafe Pasedena won't notice.} If I ever need an estate agent, I hope I'm lucky enough to find a genuine, caring one just like him.

Anonymous said...

ginab: I need pie, now, too.

Cafe Pasadena said...

Gina B: you also need your own internet at home! Have you done it yet?

Susan C said...

I can't tell from the photo if that's a solar roof over the patio or sky lights. If it's solar, then that's a really green house with a putting green and green energy. (Of course, a putting green takes a lot of water and maintenance, so it's probably a wash.)

Irina Netchaev said...

Petrea, you couldn't have found a nicer agent to go carvaning with. Dave is a great guy! Sounds like you had fun sitting silently in the car on the way to view these mansions. :-)

Susan C said...

Petrea, In one of the threads, you asked to the link to the dataquick information by zip code:

http://www.dqnews.com/Charts/Monthly-Charts/LA-Times-Charts/ZIPLAT.aspx

A couple caveats: if less than three homes were sold in your zip code, it's not necessarily a true reflection of the market, especially in neighborhoods that have a wide range of prices.

Also, you can't necessarily draw conclusions about your own home in zip codes that cover large geographic areas, such as Altadena.

(I am not a real estate agent and have not played one on TV, but I like to write about real estate.)

Margaret said...

Let's talk about the pie. I think I want to have a pie night. I actually make a very good apple pie, and my kids love a chocolate pie with whipped cream topped that I call sweet dream pie, but should probably call me up the insulin already.

Desiree said...

Once again, out of the loop. What is the now famous pie night? And, Margaret, I'll enter my fave (but so much work to make) lemon meringue

Petrea said...

Yes, Cafe, I do believe Dave is one of the good good guys. And that you need pie.

Shell Sherree, we had excellent agents when we bought our home. The agents Dave and I met the other day were good folks. We've had a real estate meltdown here. But I think it's important to remember that even though a few bad people can do a lot of damage, the good people are the majority.

Yes, you may call me a pollyanna.

GinaB, is it pecan season in Texas yet? That would get my vote.

Susan, I forgot to ask the agent but I believe those are solar panels. The back yard is vast and probably requires much maintenance (except the jungle). And thank you for the link; it puts my neighborhood into perspective.

Hi Irina! You and Dave are a mutual admiration society. But everyone who knows you admires you, so that's no surprise.

Margaret, I think it's relatively easy to have a Pie Night. Though the Schwartzes are the only people I know who've had one, and I imagine you get to make up your own rules. The Pie Night post was popular; commenters from around the world warmed to the idea of having Pie Nights of their own.

Desire, there's a Pie Night link at the end of the post to tell you what's what.

Lydia said...

Your Home Shopping series is so interesting. I hope you will share in commission if one of these sells as a result of your photos/commentaries. :) This house seems quite plain in comparison to the others.

A favorite blogger of mine is in Paris right now and her photos are marvelous. I wanted to turn you on to the photography of Di Mackey while she's getting shots like this one (although all her work is gorgeous).

Cafe Pasadena said...

I agree there s/b a new competition for pie baking. I'm sure y'all are great bakers with winning (@ all costs) attitudes. Pie knight will be when we judge the entrees/entrants.
Oh hell, wait - we don't have a judge. Hmmm...well, I guess I'll volunteer my services to be the judge/taste-tester. This is when my big, sharp teeth come in handy besides just when I'm doing my cat-catcher duties - my other volunteer work.

Christie said...

That sounds like too much to clean!! I have a house with about 2000 square feet and it is more than enough. I can't imagine having a larger home than this; the cleaning alone would take days!! But then again, all the decorating possibilities.....hmmm. I'm content.

Desiree said...

doh!
I'm gonna have to work on reading comprehension

Petrea said...

Lydia, thanks for the referral to Di Mackey. I like her stuff. And as for a commission, the way I look at it is this: if you prosper, I prosper. If the economy prospers, I prosper. So yeah, I'll get an indirect commission.

Christie, don't you worry about it. I doubt these people clean their own house!