More Ugly Ducklings

By Dave Fratello | July 28th, 2010
With burgeoning inventory this month, there's one trend that's harder to put a finger on... hard to describe... hard to really say out loud... but you know it when you see it.

It seems that several new listings are, let's say, "aesthetically challenged."

We'll run through a gallery quickly, using small-size photos. If you like, you can click any highlighted address for listing details via Redfin, plus full-size pics.

1908 Elm (4br/3ba, 3520 sq. ft.) was new in the mid-80s, though we're reminded that that was 25 years ago, no matter how fresh the music still sounds today.

As far as the home goes, we're seeing some tentative Tudor, but beyond that, the style is hard to figure. The listing features just this one pic – no interior shots – so we'll have to wait till the opens this weekend to see or say more. Starts at $1.590m.

751 26th (5br/6ba, 3500 sq. ft.) boasts a great location, but it's something of a surprise that the build sports a 2001 completion date. There was some kind of attempt at a Spanish styling here, but it got squared off and flattened out.

The beauty must be inside.

26th starts at $1.899m, a short sale after a most recent purchase in April 2005 at $2.1m. New in 2001: $1.475m.

3608 Crest (3br/4ba, 2125 sq. ft.) is forthrightly labeled a "Tudor," and we're guessing this reflects some kind of restyling of the original 1957 build. (Tudor had a good run in the 70s.)

The home seems comfy, if dated. It's in the thick of El Norte close to Rosecrans. You do get some ocean views, and the corner lot on Crest – which is kind of an alley – gives you some space from neighbors. Starts at $1.379m.

Why doesn't the listing mention "steps to El Tarasco?"

Rounding out our selection is a little piece of old-time MB at 1504 Pine (3br/2ba, 1600 sq. ft.), the eldest of this group with a 1954 build date.

Perfectly capturing the vibe, the listing calls the home "Big Bear at the Beach."

Having recently visited that mountain town, your blog author can certify: they nailed it. Pine has got a cabin-like feel with lots of wood paneling and cabinets, plus the requisite sooty fireplace.

The listing is not hiding anything: the home "could use some updating." But if you do the work, look where you are. Starts at $949k.

Don't think an ugly duckling has no chance to sell. Price can fix anything.

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