Feb 21

Some Real Estate Attractions are Just Plain Weird

Especially when it’s been a particularly long or hard winter, real estate agents in the sunnier states count on getting an influx of inquiries. In California, that phenomenon usually gets a boost when TV starts broadcasting shots of sunny blue skies over the Rose Parade.

Perhaps in compensation, California is also the frequent object of Costa Mesa residents’ jokes about how nutty the state is—and there are some exceptional examples of real estate weirdness found only in California. These are real estate curiosities, so they aren’t transportable beyond the borders of the Golden State. Three come to mind:

First, there’s The Winchester House of Mystery. This San Jose tourist landmark was built by the heiress of the Winchester rifle fortune. Eschewing any professional architectural input, Ms. Winchester began remodeling an unfinished farmhouse in 1884—and continued adding rooms with no particular plan in mind until her passing, 38 years later.

Because of her determination to ward off malevolent spirits, the 160-room mansion has some unique touches designed to confuse otherworldly visitors. Among them are doors that open into solid walls, windows with views of other rooms, stairways with odd-sized risers that lead nowhere, and an abundance of stained glass windows, some with spider web motifs. At the time of Ms. W’s death, the majority of the six kitchens and 47 fireplaces were operational, but among the 13 bathrooms, only one had actual plumbing (to confuse the ghosts).

Down the road, just outside of Santa Cruz is The Mystery Spot, a chunk of real estate said to have been found in 1939 when the new owners of a large tract of land discovered a small canyon that made them feel “very light-headed or top heavy.” It also made their pocket compass behave in a way that was “not correct.” Within a half-century, so many visitors had taken a guided tour of the place that it’s been made an official California Historical Landmark—one where “puzzling variations of gravity, perspective, and height” are said to prevail.

A similar real estate attraction can be found at The Gravity House. Although an online video says that it is one of the “mysterious places with NO gravity,” Gravity House is not in outer space: it’s just off Highway 101 (on Confusion Hill). Gravity does definitely exist there, although it seems to misbehave. For just $5, entrants roam the ramshackle structure where floors and walls run every-which-way. As visitors progress from room to room, they are encouraged to decide for themselves why “people seem to grow or shrink” and how it is that water flows uphill. In some rooms, the challenge is trying not to fall into the walls.

The proprietors of Gravity House say that many theories have been advanced to account for the strangeness—including buried meteorites—but most scientists point out that anywhere you build a house where every surface is constructed at crazy angles, optical confusion will result. You may also tend to fall into the walls.

Our current Costa Mesa real estate listings aren’t comparably exotic, but they do have attributes you’ll find much more livable. To visit some outstanding examples, give me a call!

Feb 14

Beautiful Pacific Shores Bungalow in HB!

Beautiful Pacific Shores Bungalow in HB! – $1,074,000.00
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Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Year Built: 2013
Square Footage: 2431
Agent Name: Patricia Singer
Broker: The L3
MLS #: PW18018231
Price: $1,074,000.00
8403 Noelle Dr
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
  • Range/Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Sink Disposal
  • Microwave
  • Fireplace
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Kitchen Island
  • Master Bathroom Dual Sinks
  • Balcony
  • Gated Community
Your opportunity to live in Pacific Shores has arrived, Seller is relocating in a few weeks! This Beautiful Bungalow in the gated community of “Pacific Shores” built by Christopher Homes! Enjoy the Huntington Beach coastal lifestyle with an easy stroll or bike ride to Pacific City and other downtown destinations. This Bungalow Plan 2 offers 4 spacious bedrooms plus a loft and 3 1/2 baths. The first floor features wood flooring, plantation shutters and recessed lighting. The family room is inviting with a cozy fireplace and room for entertaining while open to the gourmet kitchen with a large center island, stainless steel appliances, and lots of cabinets for storage. Built in sorround system speakers in the family room will be be perfect for entertaining. Living Room is beautiful and ready for formal gatherings and a guest half bathroom. 2nd Floor has three bedrooms ,master suite with walk in closet, master bath including dual sinks, a walk in shower, balcony with neighborhood views. With a full bathroom, and a separate laundry room with sink. Third level has a spacious bedroom with an ensuite bath in addition to a loft area . 2 RING systems installed an electric vehicle charger in your 2 car garage. Pacific Shores offers year round resort style living with a community pool, adjacent park and access to walking trails. Property faces park, NO neighbors in front of you. ONLY three blocks to the beach, this is beach living at its finest!

Contact Patricia Singer for a private showing. 714.580.5808

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714-444-4663

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Feb 09

Prestigious Huntington View Home!

Prestigious Huntington View Home! – $1,090,000.00
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Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Year Built: 1975
Lot Size: .1377/6,000
Square Footage: 2706
Agent Name: Larry Weichman
Broker: The L3
MLS #: PW18025266
Price: $1,090,000.00
19591 Topeka Lane
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
  • Range/Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Fireplace
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-In Closet
  • Patio
  • Fenced Yard
  • Swimming Pool
  • Grass Lawn
  • Fire Pit
Highly upgraded and expanded custom pool home in the prestigious Huntington View tract of Huntington Beach! This gorgeous property features 4 Beds/3 Baths and more than 2,700 sq. ft of living space. The custom master suite encompasses the entire second story of the home and provides more space in a bedroom than most homes can ever offer. Original master and 2 other bedrooms are all downstairs, and feature organized closets, mirrored wardrobe doors and plantation shutters. The warm and inviting kitchen boasts granite counter tops, newer cabinets and hardware, stainless steel appliances,and recessed lighting. It also overlooks the private backyard with beautiful artificial turf and private pool and spa. Some of the other amenities include: Built in entertainment center in family room, fireplace in living room, built in entertainment center and desk in master suite, large cedar-lined walk in closet, reverse osmosis water system, central air conditioning, washer and dryer included, impressive spiral stair case to upstairs master, vaulted ceilings, warm toned hardwood flooring, dual-paned windows, newer exterior siding, remodeled bathrooms including dual sinks, and so much more!

Contact Larry Weichman for a private showing. 714.863.5739

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714-444-4663

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