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This is a story that's only really a "bookend" to the story of one spec project.

That would be 750 30th St. (5br/7ba, 5070 sqft.), a new "beach plantation" style home that has just closed for $4.500M.

The sale itself is notable, for sure. 

It's only the fourth-ever sale to close in the Tree Section over $4M that wasn't near American Martyrs church. (Click for more on the Martyrs area and active listings there.)

One of those past $4M+ sales was of a double-lot "compound" (3305 Pine) that sold back in 2012.

The other two more "conventional" home sales over $4M came within just the last year:

  • 769 33rd (6br/5ba, 4900 sqft., 7400 sqft. lot), a big, luxe custom Spanish on an oversized lot, sold for $4.100M off-market in July last year;

We half-joked yesterday that when a home sits for 30 days in this market, it almost seems like a "crisis."

Where's my bidding war? Where are the all-cash offers?

Well here's a case of a home that took 5 full years to sell.

906 9th (6br/7ba, 5425 sq. ft.) is a Hill Section spec home that first came out in April 2010 asking $4.695M.

Along the way, asking prices dipped as low as $3.895M.

It's been rented out for much of its time since completion.

Around this time last year, 906 9th came to market asking $4.895M. It hung around for 9 months.

Finally, this week, it sold. The new closed price: $4.300M, somewhere in between the up-and-down asking prices of the last few years.

But now, through some combination of persistence, timing and luck, it's done.

It was 4 weeks ago when we advised MBC readers to go take a look at 1321 Voorhees (6br/5ba, 3600 sq. ft.). It would be your only chance, it seemed, because the home was in escrow already.

In escrow... and at a big number, $2.795M, quite a feat for a home on a smaller-than-standard East MB lot (5200+ in this case).

Our opinions about this custom "plantation" home haven't changed, but that first buyer is gone, the escrow is canceled, and 1321 Voorhees is back on the market, looking for a new buyer. (You?)

[ UPDATE: Saturday, 1321 Voorhees went back into escrow. The rest of this post continues as originally run. ]

While it's out there for a second run, suddenly, it's notably the least-pricey East MB new construction option on the open market.

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To judge by the most recent closed sales come in, you'd think no one knows how to price a house anymore.

We've seen markets where nearly every listing price seemed to be an overreach. Today, start prices seem to be literally just the starting points. Consider these very recent closings:

510 23rd (4br/4ba, 3200 sq. ft.) is a 2009-built Spanish in the gaslamp district.

Start Price: $2.699M

Sold Price: $2.826M

Amount Over Asking: +$127K / +4%

Note: That result was different from when the same home debuted back in 2008-09. It ran 7 months on market and sold for 16% under the asking price way-back-when, the year your kindergartner was born.

1901 Lynngrove (3br/1ba, 1100 sq. ft.) is a mostly original corner-lot cottage in Liberty Village. The home has