In a trilogy, sometimes you get a different ending than you expected.
Over at 224 34th
, we have yet another 2006 purchase that's hoping for a 2011 sale.
It's the third 2006 purchase we've covered this week, with 2 others being recent closed sales that came in 24%
and 43% (yikes!)
below their 2006 acquisition prices.
But at 224 34th, the sellers are thinking they've got a different story to tell.
Let's stipulate that this El Norte walkstreet home is big (4br/4ba, 3700 sq. ft.) and beautiful, thanks to a fairly recent remodel ("built by a perfectionist and impeccably maintained," per the listing). The ocean views are significant. (The listing pics are good, too – you notice the difference when someone puts in the effort.)
The main question we'll confront here – before a more detailed review for "Weekend Opens" tomorrow – is simply this: Can they get their 2006 price in a resale this year?
224 34th last traded off-market, back in Sept. 2006, for a price of... well, have you got a minute?
The buyers paid $2.925m
, of that we're sure. Public records say so.
The MLS will tell you now that the home sold for $3.0m
. That's because there were no buyer's agent commissions paid in '06. What would have been $75k in costs of sale/purchase were magically eliminated, but the MLS-reported value
of the transaction still reflected the hypothetical doling-out of those commissions.
So, you see, the real price was $3.0m, less the altruistic contribution of whoever repped the buyer. (You want that person on speed-dial? Sorry, we don't see a name anywhere. We might guess it was the buyer or a family member, but you never know.)
We've been maddened by this price-inflation tactic before (see "The Mystery of 2310 Palm
"), but let's put that aside for now.
OK, $2.925m, $3.0m, regardless – today's price is about the same: $2.999m
Have El Norte walkstreets been immune from the hammer of the local RE decline in 2007-09?
Look basically across the street for one answer.221 34th
(5br/5ba, 4200 sq. ft.) (pictured)
was new construction in 2008 that wound up as MBC's deal of the year
after a buyer grabbed the home, which launched at $5.4m, for $3.315m
. (The deal closed in Jan. 2009.)
And then there's the neighbor to the subject property here, the Porsche party house. 228 34th
(4br/4ba, 3450 sq. ft.), a pretty big remodel which launched in Sept. 2008 with a fanciful request for $3.999m, dropped to $3.6m with a "free" Porsche 911 convertible to be thrown in
(value up to $145k), and quit this past Halloween at $2.999m. (More than 2 years on market.)
We're not saying either home is better or worse than 224 34th – just that there have been issues on the block.
Ocean views and a cool walkstreet in the heart of El Norte – did you know they're moving Sharkeez right up near the top of the block?
– certainly will distinguish 224 34th from the location-challenged sales we focused on earlier this week.
But 2006 in 2011? That'd be quite a feat.