Another New Low in the HillsPosted on Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 at 5:33am.
903 10th, a new home as of about a year ago in which the builder has been living a while.
903 10th closed for $2.475m on Friday, and for a big home (6br/7ba, 5120 sq. ft.) on a sunny southwest-facing corner lot, that's a remarkable $483/PSF. That's well below the PPSF for the past 3 closed sales of new construction in the Hills (click any property address for more pics & details via Redfin):
- 218 N Dianthus (4br/5ba, 6100 sq. ft., $3.920m, $643/PSF)
- 1019 Duncan (4br/4ba, 4800 sq. ft., $2.900m, $604/PSF)
- 1023 10th (5br/5ba, 4350 sq. ft., $2.455m, $564/PSF)
That sale was in August, but now, 4 months later, someone has just paid essentially the same price (+$20k) for almost 800 more square feet plus the corner lot. Not a friendly comp if you just unpacked in the new home.
Of course, 903 10th was not exactly new. And one somewhat older home (2003 build) did scrape out a new bottom by the PPSF measure earlier this year: 1042 2nd (5br/4ba, 4425 sq. ft.), which closed for $1.810m in August, a PPSF of $409/PSF. (See "Atypical Deal on the Hill.")
One of the more noteworthy deals of the year in the Hills was right across the street from 903 10th, where 881 10th (5br/5ba, 4000 sq. ft.) sold in September for $2.150m. That was down $650k/-23% from its April 2006 acquisition price of $2.8m.
That was a stunning drop in value for the 2005-built home, but 881 10th actually closed $55/PSF higher than the newer, 25% larger home at 903 10th.
We can also just compare 903 10th to itself.
Back in August 2007, the lot was acquired for $1.725m. (You can see the old listing here via Redfin; you may have to "log in" to see it, though.)
The goal, then, was clearly NOT to build a 5000-plus-square-foot house and sell it for just $700k more, which is what has just happened. Why, that'd just $135/PSF to build. Uh-oh. Those aren't the numbers you see for new construction around here.
Upon completion in 2008, the home was offered, informally, for $3.7m. Sky-high, sure, but that's some measure of what the builders thought it was worth. This year, the listing began at $3.195m in July.
The final price was down $720k and 23% from there. Probably not the profitable project that penciled out in Summer 2007, but a late-season deal for the folks who relieved the builder of this burden.
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