The Sale


We are totally blown away by the interest we’ve gotten for our sale and I’m just posting very quickly to say:

If you have e-mailed us about any specific items for sale and haven’t heard back from us, please understand. We’re totally overwhelmed! We’ve received so many e-mails and really need to organize everything for the sale. So we hope you will come by this weekend if you can. I will try to follow up with everyone’s interest on Monday… you know, in case we have anything left to sell that you might want. But do try to come this weekend. Thanks!

We also wanted to say this:

Thank you, Littof readers for your concern about us. When I wrote yesterday that we were planning to leave early because we didn’t want to “camp out” in our house, several of you either commented or wrote in to express concern. You are worried that we are leaving the house empty for a week and announcing it to the world. Yes, in hindsight that was silly of me write that without explaining that, in fact, the house will not be empty. No, no, no. We have lovely friends who have taken care of our house over the last couple of years while we’re away and they will be house sitting for us with their dog. Thank you guys for taking care of the house! Also, thank you to our neighbors for keeping an eye on it as well. We love our friends. We love our neighbors. We’ll miss you!

Back to organizing, pricing, tagging…


Bob and I just had a lunch pow wow over noodles about everything we need to accomplish this week.

ITEM NUMBER 1: Sell Everything.

No problem. That’s totally easy. You know what would be easier? Donating everything. Hmmm… we did consider that. But we have this big debt we’re chiseling away at… chipping away at everything that isn’t a work of art. Shedding, chipping, stripping it all away. What’s left? The simple life. Each other and peace of mind.

Bob said, “I’m already there. I already feel a lightness even though I know we have this massive debt. Because I’m not afraid anymore. The fear is gone.”

Ahhhhhhhh. Thank you, Bob. Perspective. We keep giving it back to each other. Passing it back and forth and in our best moments, sharing it.

But I digress. How are we selling everything? A combination of Craigslist and a big ol’ estate sale. When? This weekend. June 13th & 14th.

ITEM NUMBER 2: Plan our departure.

It’s official. We’re leaving L.A. On June 19th. Or 20th. Well, we have to figure out if we’re leaving the evening of the 19th or the morning of the 20th. We were going to stay until we closed on the house (which is June 27,) but then we realized that once we sell all of our furniture including lighting, plates, dishes, utensils, bedding, etc. we would essentially have to camp out in our house. And if we’re going to be camping, we’d much rather camp out on the beach or somewhere in Oregon (where I’ve never been) or in some fabulous place. Not our house. That’s just depressing.

So… we are having our big estate sale this weekend and hopefully selling everything. We’ll use the rest of next week to handle the rest. Then we will pack up our car with only the bare essentials and head out on an adventure.

The start of a new life. New because we have a new mantra: Less is more.

ITEM NUMBER 3: Work, work, work.

Bob is working very hard on a deadline this week. I’m handling everything house-related so that he can focus on work. But, I’m also scoping out job opportunities and writing as much as possible. Oh… and working out. Yes, Bob and I have joined forces in the fitness arena and have begun to work out every day. It’s not easy, but it sure feels great to be working out again! With everything going on we have to get up at 5 to get a workout in, but it’s worth it. (I lost 2 pounds last week! Woo!)

We do know where we’re headed. To Chicago. We plan to be there until November. Why? Well, we’ll be living with my family until we can figure out where to live in the city. I want a view of the lake. Is this too much to ask? Possibly. Though Bob works from home and can technically live anywhere, there’s actually a lot going on in Chicago with his company. So that’s good. And for me. Well, I love Chicago in the summer. Being near family will be so great. And old friends I haven’t seen in so long. Wrigley Field. Chicago theatre. I’m excited. I already have one job lead. I’m workin’ it.

So now you’re mostly caught up.

I wish I were more coherent today. More insightful. I just want to say that I’ve been getting wonderful feedback from readers as well as fantastic suggestions. I hear you. Please keep writing in as I take all of your suggestions to heart.

I’ve got all kinds of stuff marinating in my head. My goal is to continue to reflect on our experience as we’re experiencing it and share it as openly as possible… while trying to understand it all at the same time.

The other night I asked Bob why does he think we’re happier now than we were before. We’ve been talking about that a lot. And I’m working on getting to the heart of that in a specific way. We both agree that it’s not just one thing. But that we are and continue to be happier than ever before.

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UPDATE: Apartment Therapy LA blogged about the sale. They’ve got tons of pictures up there. We’re slowly stripping away the anonymity (or ripping it off like a band-aid) and it’s a bit scary. But it is what it is.

Their post is very nice. Thanks, Apartment Therapy! Check it out:

Silver Ridge House Tour Residence Everything Goes Sale – Apartment Therapy


One million dollars? No.
One million served? Nope.
One million doughnuts? (Today is free doughnut day… so they’re on my mind, but…) No.

Then what? One million what? Foreclosures. 1,000,000 foreclosures.

Yesterday The Huffington Post reported in “Dispatches from the Displaced” that according to the Center for Responsible Lending, foreclosures have passed the 1,000,000 mark for 2009! In the same piece they feature our story and this blog. Check it out. Dispatches from the Displaced: Los Angeles Couple Blogs their Foreclosure.

According to the Center for Responsible Lending, every 13 seconds another person/family loses their home to foreclosure. Take a visit to their site where you can see the National Foreclosure Ticker.

I don’t really know what to say about that except that it seems like an awful lot for 5 months. And it really drives the point home that we’re not alone in all of this.

I was interviewed for a Business Week story that is in today’s issue and online. The story is titled: Foreclosure: Now an Upscale Blight and talks about how the foreclosure problem is growing and is not just about subprime anymore.

We see ourselves in this excerpt:

“The biggest factor in this second wave of foreclosures is the inability of distressed homeowners to sell in order to pay off their debts. Prices in bubble cities such as Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Miami are down less at the high end of the market than at the bottom, according to data from Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price indexes. But that’s cold comfort to people who haven’t managed to sell at all. According to research by the National Association of Realtors, there are enough $750,000-plus homes on the market to cover more than 40 months’ worth of demand at the current rate of sales. That’s four times the rate of oversupply in the housing market as a whole.”

That’s crazy, right? Enough $750,000-plus homes to cover more than 40 months’ worth of demand?! No wonder it has taken us 9+ months. And we thought one month max. Ha. Ha ha. hahahahah. Joke’s on us.

HOWEVER… considering the way things are projected to worsen, we count ourselves extremely fortunate to be so close to our short sale actually happening. And we’re not taking anything for granted. We can just keep doing what we’re doing and approach every challenge with enthusiasm.

Los Angeles Couple Blogs their Foreclosure – The Huffington Post

Foreclosure: Now an Upscale Blight – Business Week

A California Foreclosure Story: Can you be both broke and happy? – Business Week

National Foreclosure Ticker – Center for Responsible Lending

Doughnuts in LA: Where to celebrate National Doughnut Day – L.A. Times

Pssssssst! Free doughnuts today (June 5) at Krispy Kreme (no strings attached)


I have a confession to make.

Lately, I’ve been waiting for all of this to just be over and forgetting to be happy.

My thoughts have looked like this:

-Once this is all over, we’ll be happy.
-I just want this to be done.
-I can’t take it anymore.
-We should never have bought this house.
-Why was I so stupid?
-I’m just so tired of all of this.
-I just need to save us to make it all better.
-Why has everything gone wrong?!
-We just need to get out of here.
-Once we get out of here, go back to Chicago for a respite, regroup, get back on our feet, everything will be fine.

But what about now? This moment?

These thoughts make me pretty miserable. They’re anxiety-causing. They’re trouble!

As soon as I dwell on the past and my mistakes, I’m immediately suffering. As soon as I focus on just getting out of this and on with my life, I’m missing my life.

We’ve been going through this for 9 months, right? What if for 9 months all I thought was, “Everything will be fine once this is over.” Well, I would have missed 9 months of life… of living, discovering and creating. I would have sat around waiting for it to be over and might possibly have had a nervous breakdown.

Waiting for it to be over = missing out on life

And that is not okay with me.

When this all began, we agreed to stay ‘in the moment,’ and see the opportunity in every moment. To get that being happy has nothing to do with the circumstances of your life. If money can’t make you happy, then lack of money can’t make you sad. Right? Right!

We’ve learned so much along the way. The biggest triumph for me is really getting that we don’t need money and stuff to make us happy. To be complete. We just need each other and a good dose of perspective. Love. And each other. Sharing our fears and hopes, connecting and rising above the morass.

I have to say, this blog keeps me honest. When I hear myself complain or lament our situation, it doesn’t take long for me to think:

Hey! You started this blog for a reason. You’re committed to being happy in the moment. Remember? In the now. In foreclosure. In default. In debt. Happy. In limbo and in love. In whatever. That’s your commitment. That’s what you write about. And you know being happy is just as possible as being miserable. You know this. So stop this nasty downward spiral and go do something productive. Give Bob a kiss. Pet the dog. Clean the kitchen. Sit in the sun for a minute. Write a blog post. Call a friend just to say hi. Whatever, but just be happy. Now.

Yesterday Good Karma Housekeeping blogged about “Love in the Time of Foreclosure” and referenced this wonderful quote from Michael J. Fox who said:

“Happiness grows in direct proportion to your acceptance and inverse proportion to your expectations. This is what I have today . . . I don’t have a choice about this, but I have a million other choices. And if I choose well, I’m going to be a happy person.”

I so agree. There’s so much that is out of our control, but our happiness is not. It’s one thing that is most definitely within our control. Like Michael J. Fox, I believe it is a choice. And I’m choosing happiness.

Now if you’d excuse me, I have a husband to kiss, a dog to pet, a kitchen to clean, possessions to sell, a friend to call just to say hi and sunshine to enjoy…


Do you ever intervene in your unhappy thoughts? If so, what do you do to re-presence yourself to happiness?


I see fire and I see rain…

It’s a rainy day in L.A. today. I love these days.

We just set the smoke detector off because we started a fire in the fireplace and forgot to open the flue. It smells like a charred campsite in here now. But the fire is lovely. And with the doors open you can feel the chill in the air, smell the fresh rain and hear the pitter patter and the occasional rumble of thunder.

So, gather round, pull up a chair or a cushion, pop a squat by the fire… it’s time for some LITTOF Q & A.

Your questions have been so great. Really good. Thank you for asking them! I will do my best to answer.

Here we go…

*The first three questions are from a LITTOF reader who e-mailed us to say that they are in a similar situation (bought in 2006, fell behind in paying the mortgage due to loss of income, tried for a modification w/o success so far) and are wondering what to do next.

Have you spoken to a real estate lawyer at any point in all this?

No. We haven’t. Because my mom is a Realtor and has been for 25 years, we felt pretty well-guided by her expertise. Additionally, she put us in touch with a short sale expert who was willing to talk to us about how to approach a short sale. His number one goal was to keep people OUT of foreclosure. We would have loved to have talked to a Real Estate lawyer, but we didn’t have the money to spend. Some people say that it’s worth spending that money, though. I think you just have to do what feels right for you and is within your means.

Have you considered bankruptcy at all? At least as a way of protecting yourself from getting possibly taxed on the loan/sale price difference later on down the line?

The possibility of being taxed for the amount forgiven in the short sale is a scary one. According to Suze Orman if it’s your primary residence, you won’t be taxed for the difference. I hope she’s right. To be safe, we are actually talking to tax attorneys about this. Well, we were given a list of referrals from people we trust and need to follow up with them this week. We definitely feel like we need guidance in this regard. Once the short sale goes through (all appendages crossed for that!) we still have the rest of the debt to overcome. So we will be looking at the best path for us. We decided to do a short sale when it became clear that no matter how hard we tried, we weren’t going to be able to sell the house for what it’s worth in this market. It took us many months to finally accept that. Once we did, we chose to go the short sale route so as to lesson the blow to our credit. Foreclosure effects your credit for 7 years. Just like bankruptcy. Our goal has been to avoid that. Once we talk to a tax attorney, we’ll know a lot more. Hopefully.

There’s this business about a “deed in lieu of foreclosure.” Don’t really understand that. It seems too good to be true.

Great question! The CFO at my old job suggested we do a DIL. “Deed in Lieu” and I had NO idea what she was talking about. She invests in real estate and said it would be really easy. We could just, essentially, transfer the mortgage to an investor who would in turn rent us the house at a price we could afford. Sounded like a great alternative to short sale and foreclosure. But, it was a totally unknown territory and for that reason, we avoided it. Also because soon after she suggested it, we finally got an offer on the house. So, I’m in the dark about this too. But here’s what I can offer.

Obama’s MAKING HOME AFFORDABLE plan has been appended to include incentives for the banks to allow Deeds in Lieu of Foreclosures. From the MHA Fact Sheet:

Foreclosure Alternatives for Borrowers Eligible for MHA but Unable to Sustain a Modification:
For eligible borrowers unable to retain their homes through a Home Affordable Modification, MHA will provide incentives to borrowers, servicers and investors to encourage short sales and deeds-in-lieu. Both allow families and servicers to avoid the costly foreclosure process, and to minimize the negative impact of foreclosures on borrowers, financial institutions and communities.

Short Sales/Deeds-In-Lieu Program to Facilitate Foreclosure Alternatives

When a borrower meets the eligibility requirements for a Home Affordable Modification (HAMP) but does not qualify for a modification or cannot maintain payments during the trial period or modification, the servicer may consider a short sale, and if that is unsuccessful, a deed-in-lieu (DIL).

Both a short sale and a DIL provide an opportunity for borrowers and servicers to avoid the foreclosure process. In a short sale, a servicer allows the borrower to sell the property at its current value, even if the sale nets less than the total amount owed on the mortgage. Approval of a short sale requires the borrower to list and actively market the home at its fair value. The sale must be an arms length market transaction with all proceeds (after selling costs) applied to the discounted mortgage payoff. If the borrower actively markets the property but is unable to sell it within the agreed upon time period, a servicer may consider a DIL. With a DIL, the borrower voluntarily transfers ownership of the property to the servicer – provided the title is free and clear.

To view the Making Home Affordable fact sheet as an HTML doc, click here.

*This last question is from our friend and frequent LITTOF reader, Kim:

What is your opinion on owning property, in general? Lawrence and I talked about looking at places, but it’s just too risky in my opinion. I have no interest in it right now. All that would have to happen is for me to lose my job and we’d be up shit creek. We’re “safe” (relatively) where we are now. I can’t see myself ever feeling in control of my anxiety enough to buy…but maybe I don’t understand the whole “You gotta take a leap of faith” idea. Would you buy again down the road?

That’s a big question. Gosh. Where do I begin? Well, in general my feelings on owning property have been changing a lot lately. We have friends who are trying to buy their first home right now in Los Angeles and I feel like they are buying at the right time for them. They’re ready, they’re buying in a climate where banks aren’t approving you for more than you can afford. They’re being smart. For them, I think it’s a great thing and I hope they find a house they can stay in and love for a long time.

When we bought our condo we were very smart. Our mortgage was the same as our prior rent! We loved our condo. We loved the neighborhood and it is still today (even in this market) worth more than what we paid for it. It’s hard to stop kicking ourselves. We sold it in 2 days for a big profit and took a big leap into this house. That “leap of faith” you speak of…. I regret including it in the equation. Our leap of faith was that the house would increase in value and we would just keep making more money. We relied on that. Naively. Even though we knew better. Even though that’s the exact opposite of what we did while in the condo.

Would we own again down the road? I think yes. BUT. Not for a long time. Bob would say, “Only if we could pay cash and own the house outright.” So, when would that be? Never, possibly. Unless we win the lottery.

I still look at Real Estate “porn” (MLS listings)… There’s definitely something in me that thinks about owning again in the future. But I think, we’ll own something like a duplex where we have income coming in to help us with the mortgage. Or, I remember reading a story several years ago about a couple in L.A. that bought a warehouse for a song, converted half of it to a living space and kept the other half as storage that they rented out to a company for enough money to pay their entire mortgage! So… yes, I think we would like to own again in the future. But we’d be so much smarter about it.

By the way, your anxiety about it is understandable. It’s crazy out there. It’s crazy in here! And there’s nothing wrong with renting. We don’t all have to own property to be complete human beings…. though sometimes it feels that way.

Great questions. Keep ’em coming! Send them in to:


Yesterday Bob and I celebrated our 6th Wedding Anniversary

We ate, drank, played chess, ran on the sand, napped on the beach, saw dolphins, talked about the future, reminisced about the past, laughed and simply enjoyed each other with no work, planning, packing, selling, stressing for an entire day. It was delightful.

Here’s a fun fact. Did you know that IRON is the traditional 6 – year anniversary gift theme? Yep. Iron.

So instead of giving each other gifts this year (it just didn’t seem appropriate considering our financial status) we made a short and somewhat uninspired list of iron-related gifts for fun.

-Iron-on patches for your jeans
-An iron
-A curling iron
-“Iron Man” DVD
-Fe (you know, for a charm bracelet. The elemental symbol for iron)
-A wrench
-Golf club
-Iron gym pull-up bar

And my favorite:

“Happy anniversary, honey. I got you some iron pills. For your anemia.”

Other ideas? Post ’em here.


If you didn’t see the tweets or hear the news, “Love in the Time of Foreclosure” was recommended on NPR’s Planet Money Blog. Here.

We’re delighted to have more readers and welcome your comments and questions!

We’ve actually been getting a lot of really interesting questions over the last few days and plan answering them in a post. So please send us your questions (and suggestions) either in the comments section or via e-mail:

Thank you!

Living with Foreclosure – Planet Money


After rebounding from my darkest moment in this entire experience I am very happy to report that THINGS ARE LOOKING UP!

How? Why? What’s going on?

Well, I’ll tell you.

It all began on Tuesday morning when Bob declared this week a “Bull—- Free Week.” As in, no baloney. No messing around. Just getting it done. Making it happen. Turning it all around. It was a powerful declaration and I got on board.

With a foreclosure looming on the horizon and no word from the short sale negotiator, I decided to call Countrywide and request a Postponement of the Foreclosure. That was an interesting/frustrating couple of hours. I actually “tweeted” (yes, Littof is on Twitter! Follow us) in real time while I was on the phone. If anyone is interested in what that looks like, here’s a screen shot of my tweets from Tuesday. Click on the image to enlarge, then read bottom up to get the progression:

The bottom-line is that I was given the run-around (per usual) for a while until I was told by someone in the short sale department that they had no record of our offer, our file was closed and they wouldn’t be able to postpone the foreclosure.

No record of the offer?! We submitted it weeks ago! What the hell?!

I e-mailed our Realtor that has been handling the negotiations with our lenders and expressed my utter confusion and frustration. She sent me our negotiator’s phone number and said I could try to call him but that she’d been leaving him messages and hadn’t heard back. I did call him and I left a message asking him to get in touch with me as I’m worried and had questions. I tried to sound sweet and not like the crazed banshee that was raging inside.

About an hour later, our Realtor called with our negotiator on the line. The negotiator said he was looking at the offer and not to worry, he could have it approved by Wednesday evening.

“See? There’s nothing to worry about,” said our Realtor. I know, but I won’t rest until this deal is done and the foreclosure is off my back, I told her. She said she understood completely.

She was right, though. Because Wednesday morning it was approved. Phew! Finally!

Next step was to get the approval from National City (our 2nd mortgage.)

And we got that yesterday! Just like that. Getting it done. No Bull—-. As soon as the National City approval came through, we entered ‘escrow’ (see definition at the bottom of the post) and the buyers were already scheduling the property and termite inspections.

What does this mean?

This means we are on the path to successfully avoid foreclosure.
We will officially celebrate when we close. But, this is good. Great, actually. Things are looking up, indeed.

Our closing date is June 27th. 30 days. That means we have one month left in this house. That means that we can start selling things. We can start planning. We can begin to move on. Yesterday, I sold (with lots of help from a friend) enough books to earn $109 on Today I’m cleaning the house, getting more boxes, selling my remaining books at a used book store, bringing some items to Goodwill, planning a giant estate sale. Moving on.

Yesterday as my friend and I itemized our belongings and entered them into an excel spreadsheet, it hit me, this is actually exciting. I mean it. I’m excited to sell all this stuff. I didn’t think I could do it. But I am and I’m excited. I think I’d feel totally different if I were packing everything and having to store it somewhere until who knows when. That would be completely different.

“Yeah, how depressing,” said my friend.

This is exciting and not depressing because it’s an adventure. An opportunity to learn. To wipe the slate clean and begin again.

Last week Bob said to me,

“I don’t want to acquire things. I want to acquire experiences.”

And that’s exactly it. That’s what I want our life to be. Acquiring experiences. I think it’s what I’ve always wanted. And that’s what we’re doing. Yes, this has been incredibly challenging, but I am so grateful for the experiences we’ve ‘acquired’ in the process. We are far more interesting now than before. Lighter, freer, happier. And Bull Shit Free.

What’s escrow?


Escrow opens when the buyer and seller sign a sales contract, commonly called a real estate purchase agreement and receipt of deposit. The contract, along with any additional instructions, serves as instructions for the escrow officer.

Escrow assures that the lender releases the home purchase funds at or about the same time that the deed is recorded to reflect new ownership. Escrow includes depositing, with a neutral third party, funds, documents and instructions necessary to complete the transfer.

For us, escrow means that things are moving ahead. But, like I said, we won’t officially celebrate until the deal is done. Until June 27th.

Any readers want to elaborate on the ramifications of escrow in California? Do it in the comments below! Thanks!


This is my hair. And my eye. Peaking through my too-long bangs. Can you see it?

I thought it was time to do a little update on the
Quest for my Organic Self or What Color is My Hair?

I have not spent any money or used any chemicals on my hair since I embarked on this quest. And I think you can tell. I love progress, don’t you?

The last time I dyed my hair was in January. It was almost black.
Very dark brown. Now, 5 months later, it looks like this:

How many colors do you see?
I see at least 3.
And a clear grow-out line.
I’m still not quite sure what my natural color is yet-
(dirty blonde??)
-but I’m getting closer.
And finding a lot of gray along the way.
Would you just look at that streak of gray!
I have a lot around the temples too.
I don’t mind the color so much as the coarse texture.

This ‘quest’ began on March 24th. I should have taken a ‘before’ picture. I didn’t. But I did write about it in a post here. It began as an opportunity as I wrote:

Yes, this is an opportunity. To let go. To confront all of my “looking good” issues. To see myself au nautural after years of being chemically enhanced (so dramatic, I know.) It’s an opportunity to let my hair rest. I’m letting it go. Through all kinds of crazy striped color weird and potentially extremely ugly awkwardness.

I’ll be honest. I’m a little afraid. I’m afraid I’ll look ugly. That people will point and stare. That I’ll have way more gray than I can possibly handle. That I’ll look old, haggard and unkempt.

So why am I doing this? To embrace my fear. To strip me down to my organic self. To save money. To make a small personal sacrifice for the benefit of our household. To just see. See what? I don’t know… what I really look like, what comes up for me. I’m just gonna see.

How do I feel about it now? Well, it is what it is. I’m definitely saving money and that feels good. I’m allowing my hair to ‘rest.’ I’m letting go of looking good. It’s kind of fun, actually. It’s more of a fascination. Each day more gray…. The “crazy striped color weird ugly awkwardness” is kind of fascinating. My response is, “Wow! Look at that!” instead of: “Oh no! Damn! Help!”

One day a couple of weeks ago while Bob and I were eating lunch together, he just looked at me and said, “I like your gray hair coming through.”

And I said, “What? Really?!”

And he said, “Yeah. It’s pretty. It’s you.”

I just kissed him. What more could I do?

When you strip everything away and are just left with you… nothing added, no house, no material possessions, no money, no make-up, no chemically treated hair, no fancy clothes and expensive lingerie… will you still be loved?

That’s the question and the fear, right?

If the answer is yes, you know you chose the ‘right’ partner. If it’s no, well, to quote Liz Lemon from NBC’s ’30 Rock’: “That’s a deal breaker, ladies!” But that’s just an opinion.

And I do believe more than anything that it has to first come from you. From within. Right? Everything else is gravy.

Wow, I just made what was supposed to be a lighthearted post, dramatic.
I guess I can’t help it.

What do you think?
Did any readers join me in this quest? If so, please share your progress.
If not, anyone want to start now?



FERRIS: If I had to live in that house, I’d pray for a disease, too. The place is like a museum. It’s very beautiful and very cold. You’re not allowed to touch anything. Can you appreciate what it must have been like to be there as a baby?

For $2,300,000.00 YOU could own the house that housed the Ferrari in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Set over a creek in the Highland Park woods – north of Chicago – the home is a stunner.

Description from

THE BEN ROSE HOME-site of the famous movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, cantilevered over the ravine, these two steel and glass buildings, which can never be duplicated, have incredible vistas of the surrounding woods. This is a unique property designed by A. James Speyer and David Haid, both notable architects of the 20th Century. Estate Sale Sold -No disclosures! This is an amazing architectural treasure.

Want to see more pictures of Cameron’s house? There are a bunch of gorgeous interior shots and more info at: Gizmodo


BEHRANI:Do you remember our bungalow on the Caspian, how I ordered the trees cut down on the west side so we may view the sea? … I today have bought for us another bungalow. I purchased this home for a price no one would believe.

At a more ‘affordable’ $1,999,000.00 you could own the ‘bungalow’ from House of Sand and Fog.

Thanks to L.A. Land Blog we learn:

The ocean-view house staged as a San Francisco property in the 2003 movie “House of Sand and Fog” has come on the market at $1,999,000.

Actually in Malibu, the 1,239-square-foot house was built in 1955, sits on more than an acre and has two bedrooms and 1 1/2 bathrooms.

This is a probate sale, so I wouldn’t worry about the film’s tragic plot playing out in real life.

— Lauren Beale

I have to comment on Lauren’s point about the movie’s tragic plot not being an issue in probate. Hmmm…. still could be an issue. If the deceased’s family has emotional ties to the house but cannot afford to own it themselves, there could be a similar plot. Something like this, perhaps:

DAUGHTER OF DECEASED: I grew up in this house and you think you can come in here with your millions of dollars and buy, er, TAKE it from me?! This is a stolen house!! I will now cash your check. Thank you.”

Or not.

For listing info & more pics via Redfin

Let’s play a game.

Which house would YOU rather own? And Why? Who wants to start?

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