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Hyde Park's million-dollar house

First: Yes, Hyde Park!

Second: No, not Fairmount Hill (IYKYK).

Third: As nice as the house looks from the outside (and it has a carriage house!), if you look at the bottom-left photo here (click the link, then the photo), you'll see that they obviously got to $1 million by assigning a value of $1 to every last doo-dad in the house.

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“you won’t find another property as rich in character or opportunity as this one!”

Character, I agree, hard to top (I shudder to think). Opportunity? After you fill a couple dumpsters and gut rehab?

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But the room full of crosses might not be to everyone’s liking.

Somehow my favorite lines is that it has “window AC”

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There are several rooms full of crosses if you look at the whole listing. Also a room full of dolls.

It's actually really well done maximalist design, if you like that sort of thing.

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I certainly would say the crosses room would even give the Pope pause, but, not sure if I can say it is the creepiest our of all of the rooms in contention for that honor.

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Not that I have $1m, but it seems "cheap" compared to similar homes in the area. (Surely it will go for much more.)

As for the decor, awesome too. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing, etc.

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not cheap, overpriced in my opinion. that neighborhood is one of the first to decline in a softening market and one of the last to rebound. with rising interest rates and inflation, not the time to invest in Hyde Park at the top of the market. I would say at $700,000 this would be a great buy

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Agreed, this doesn't seem like a hugely bad deal. You would pay almost as much for a 600 sq.ft condo in the South End, I'll gladly take a 4,000 sq.ft house.

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Brokers need to re-stage. Creepy!

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Considering some of the tragic homes Zillow Gone Wild showcases... anything will sell looking like any condition. They posted a house in LA somewhere where it was "sold as is" and "cannot look in basement or bother tenant. Tenant comes with house". I think its pending right now. (ZGW often can help boost/fasten a sale)

And of course we can't forget "WELCOME TO POUNDTOWN" house in Wisconsin that was posted earlier this week. I laughed & laughed ...

But it generated a lot of interest for the house.

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this just goes to show that you don't need a bunch of new fancy trendy stuff to have an amazing house.

Will go for way over asking.

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As was explained to me by my retailer, in hot markets like Boston they purposefully list the property for well below what they hope to get. The goal is to get as many people in the home as possible over the course of a single week. (Gotta make people sweat and impulsive.) In this case it's to nab everyone searching for under-$1M.

They'll take the top 2-4 offers and tell the prospective buyers they are in the running, would they like to up their offer without disclosing what the top offer was.

So you have a situation where the 2nd highest prospective buyer might offer $50k more when really $2k might have done it.

If they don't get the amount they hope for, they just take the listing down and try again in a few months. But maybe that will change with climbing interest rates.

Plus you've got the whole "love letter" thing which is either racist or a way for the seller to take pity on someone, depending on your perspective.

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Yup we just went through all of this to get our house. Ended paying over $100k more than listed which seems crazy but the final price was still lower than comparable houses with less features. It's silly because we found out what the sellers were hoping to get and it's less than we paid. If they had listed it for the price they wanted in the first place I would have absolutely still put in an offer so they kind of played themselves. I wonder if any Realtor has actual data on if this strategy yields higher sale prices or they're just all doing it because everyone does it.

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The wife’s parents built the house and she grew up in it. Then it was passed down to her and she got married, had a kid and raised her daughter in the same house. When I came into the picture they were at retirement age and wanted something with less maintenance and to be closer to their now adult daughter. I wasn’t the highest bid, but they wanted it to go to someone that would care for the house as much as they did so they sold it to me.

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My friend whose parents used to live near me was selling her parents' home. One of the bidders wrote a letter about how they would take good care of the house and the garden. When they bought the house, they knocked it down and built a suburban monstrosity with a 2 car garage and a big fence. I really wonder about whether to believe those letters.

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Plus you've got the whole "love letter" thing which is either racist or a way for the seller to take pity on someone, depending on your perspective.

It's definitely racist if you consider BlackRock as having a race.

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Save our Victorian gems! We've lost so many to fires whether partially or entirely, to lack of preservation, funding, and appreciation. They are examples of intricate hand craftsmanship and magnificance. In JP, Hyde Park, Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan.

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There are also three other $1 million houses on sale in Hyde Park right now. Amazing.

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One could buy it, touch nothing the inside and just plant a sign in the front yard that says: "American Museum of People Who Have Too Much Stuff". I think it would be a success.

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But I think I’d skip the scary Crucifix Room. I did not have any exposure to them as a child so maybe that’s why my tolerance of them is still low compared to my atheist friends who were raised Catholic and who send each other pious postcards as a joke.

The rest of the place is awe inspiring!

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And you all bagging on the decor are just boring. You probably live in houses decorated like business hotels.

The art displayed in that house is fascinating, and displays such imagination and creativity, that I regret never meeting the person who collected it, and so I took a moment to learn who it was.

Rest in peace, Enrico Pinardi.

https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/providence/name/enrico-pinardi-obit...

https://www.puckergallery.com/enrico-pinardi/

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Mr. Pinardi lived an amazing life. The home's collections take on a whole new meaning.

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I have to admit. I winced a bit when I found out that the barn was remodeled as a "studio," but now it makes all the sense in the world. I also have visions of him taking the train to Providence from Hyde Park Station for work.

His art was pretty good, but still, the interior design is, well, art is subjective. We'll leave it at at that.

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I was not aware of Pinardi, and this transforms the encounter of the space in which he made art. It is a pleasure to encounter his work.

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The heating bills must be brutal though.

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Clutter!

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I don't know the market in Hyde Park, but that house is a beauty. It has great bones and hasn't been remuddled. And I find the collections really interesting. You can tell someone was quite artistic, with a keen sense of color. And you can also tell that someone lived very happily there, and was passionate about many things.

Many of us who went to Catholic school barely register the crucifixes, since we had one in front of us in every classroom, plus a life-sized, often graphically gory one in church. Whatever.

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I'm wondering whether the current owner is planning to box up all those belongings to decorate their new home in Florida, or if there will be a massive estate sale.

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… grown and now they need a bigger mansion.

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or $750,000 as is.

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Compared to prices in my neighborhood of Highland Park, this house seems a steal. I could sell my modest house in Roxbury, pay cash for this beautiful Victorian, and still deposit the left over half a million in the bank.

It would be like the priced out Angelenos migrating up the coast to Seattle in the '90s and '00s, driving up housing prices beyond the reach of the locals.

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