Wednesday, November 19, 2008

It's a Habitrail! You know, for kids!


My children need this house that Annie found. They just need it. Or rather I need it for them, especially if I could seal the tubes off from time to time for some peace and quiet. Just joking. No I'm not.

39 comments:

Jodi said...

Oh. My. God.

This is the perfect house for me and my hamster hands. Does it come with an exercise wheel?

I can just imagine crawling through those tubes with a cheese puff or two in my mouth and then curling up in some cedar shavings to take a nap.

Neal Snow said...

I love it I love it I love it

Dane said...

Did anyone else notice that there are 4 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms? doesn't that seem like a bit much to anyone? When the kids gotta go they gotta go? It is a pretty sweet pad though

Karen of TX said...

I love this house. I'd buy it! I don't even know where Waukegan is!

LadyFi said...

Actually - I love the house ... a hamster run for the kids and dog.. and four bathrooms (and only 3 bedrooms)?? Too cool!

Anonymous said...

It's great, I love it. I figure there is an extra bathroom on the lower level, so more bathrooms than bedrooms. But is that annual tax amount correct? Over $7600/yr? That is outrageous on a property that is offered at less than $100K.

David said...

Neat house...although I think I would feel like Willie Wonka or something living there.

Lizard said...

I love the lino on the walls, and the curtains (I can't imagine them opened) in that long skinny room that might be a dining room.

However, I am deeply puzzled by the house costing less than 100K but having taxes of more than 7K per year. Holy tax base! That is some property tax.

Ruth said...

My guess is that something or somethings very disturbing happened in this "house".

scmtngirl said...

This is so FRIGGIN RAD. If it weren't for the outrageous property taxes, I would snap this up in a heartbeat. I'm not joking.

Mortimer's Mom said...

Style: Other, contemporary.

I beg to differ. did they not have a drop down menu item for Futuristic, Interplanetary.

Stuart said...

A house made of habitrail parts, Legos and Pez? I am so there. And the best part ... you don't need a coupon. Says so right there.

Patricia said...

I'm comforted in knowing I'm not the only one who LOVES this house. $98,900 for almost 3000 square feet in Northern IL? I smell a problem somewhere-- esp since the listing says it's being sold AS IS.

Julie said...

OOOOOHHHHH. That's not a play area, it is part of the actual HOUSE.

Wow.

Anonymous said...

Ruth, the disturbing thing about this house is all of those windows that need washing!! GAAAAAAAAAHHHH!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

J-Rap said...

I think I need some acid to wrap my brain around that stairway to heaven.

Brandy said...

I love most of this house, but I would have a problem with the jail cell door on the kitchen...

And I wonder how squeaky or smooshy the floor is in the area that looks suspended.

I'd LOVE to know who designed this place! Geary? Quant? Steed?

Chris said...

I'd totally live there. Talk about distinctive.

ptooie said...

Escher had a hand on this house... the 6th picture is making my head hurt!
and where do the tube steps go? Do you just walk right out of the picture like in an Escher drawing?

jackie31337 said...

That is the most awesomely bizarre house! And I could actually afford it too. Too bad it's not anywhere I'm interested in moving.

tzveyah said...

um. i actually really do love this house also. over the other qualms already voiced, i'd say my main problem with the house would be how HOT it must get when the sun is facing all those windows and tubes!!!! like a huge greenhouse.

Martha said...

Funny, everything I came in here to say has already been said!

I'd totally live here, and since I'm in MN already, it's really not that far for me!

I too am really concerned and confused by the really high taxes on such a low cost house.

Babs said...

Hudsucker ref = awesome sauce.

Anonymous said...

All it needs to be complete is a ball pit.

Bill's Bayou said...

Quite possibly the worst listing on this site. A link under each photo allows you to see them in their full Nikon D80 10-megapixel glory.

This house appears to be a mish-mash of styles and approaches to stability. There are exposed utilities of EVERY sort throughout. Floor tile on the wall, and carpet on the ceiling. The entire structure appears to be built on spindles. Unfinished drywall and collapsed ceilings with dangling lighting. But here are some interesting points:

Photo 2 (foyer): Blood spatter on the radiator panel. (floor level beneath window, left side)

Photo 6 (family room): What do those 15 switches, three knobs, and rainbow colored pipes control?

Photo 9 (view) Views a SWAMP.

But the BEST PHOTOS OF ALL are photos 1 and 3. There is an orange sticker visible in photo 3 which is missing in photo 1 (left side of photo 1 is the same door). Flipping photo 3 over in Photoshop reveals the message on the sticker "NOT APPROVED FOR OCCUPANCY". This is not mentioned in the description.

The EXIF data shows that photo 3 was taken at 12:49 and photo 1 was taken at 12:50. THE STICKER WAS REMOVED FROM THE DOOR between the two shots by the photographer! I wonder if that's legal.

Anonymous said...

Want it.

Martha said...

Bill's Bayou - interesting, and of course scary. However, that sticker was not removed - if you open picture 1 up again, you'll see a sliver of the sticker at the top, and a black photoshopped box covering the rest of it.

How sneaky.

Sara said...

Impressive, Bill's Bayou. I hadn't noticed the links to the larger photos. I wonder if this is dust or mold up in the ceiling here?

http://tours2.vht.com/BWI/T1176936/still/print_3.jpg

Man, I hope someone buys this house and treats it well.

Anonymous said...

Concerning the blood splatter that Bill's Bayou found:
In the same room, zoom in on those green floor tiles. You'll see that they don't line up with each other very well and some are bowing up from the floor...they are just lying on the floor, not really glued to it! Did the photographer quickly throw down the tiles, to cover up the blood puddles and chalk outlines?

And in photo#6, what in the world is that red pole doing there by the doorway? And what kind of control panel is that in the middle of the room? It looks like Transporter controls from the old Enterprise!

- Alan

Anonymous said...

It's lovely and fun until you enlarge the photos. Then it becomes really scary!

Anonymous said...

I also first thought that it is blood. But when you enlarge the photo and zoom in, the "blood" really looks more like corrosion.

The fact that those tiles are not glued to the subfloor is a plus, IMO. Who would want to keep them anyway?

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

Anonymous - welcome to the world of forclosures (although I'm not clear as to whether that is the case on this particular property).

There were several foreclosures that my wife and I looked with the intent of rehabbing but we passed on because we simply could not afford the property taxes. Around here, property values are based upon comparables more than, say, sale prices. So you end up with houses that are listed at $180K but have are taxed as though they are worth $500K. Yes, you can appeal once you've purchased, and will probably get a reduction, but with property taxes as high as they are here in Shaker Heights (effectively 3.05% of value), it's not a gamble I can afford to take.

Patricia said...

Well, now that I've read Bill's Bayou's comment, I might not want to live here after all. Bill's Bayou you should work for the CIA or FBI or some organization where your keen observation skills could be used to their potential. :)

Andrea said...

If only it had a slide. If I was in the market, I'd be moving there in an instant.
A ball pit sounds like fun, too.

Anonymous said...

OMG! Huge house, enormous lot, groovy design, under $100k??? I'll take it!! Wait, the TAXES are more than the mortgage payment? Whuh?? And, thanks to the fine detective work of Bill's Bayou, I'm having second thoughts. That support structure looks like it would collapse from one hearty sneeze. Yikes.

Kate said...

Seriously. This kind of fun for less than 100K? I mean, on rainy days I take my kids to Chik-fil-A and they run about in something much similar. But, Hell...for 98K I might be tempted to move to Illinois and never have to go to Chik-fil-A again!!

Anonymous said...

I *think* you can see Lake Michigan from the Top of the Tube. And, this was house was for sale for something like $299,000 about 5 to 7 years ago (I thought about it!) And, schools in Waukegan are horrible, but some folks in Northern IL would find those property taxes downright refreshing...

Cathy said...

Check out the Google map photos for the area. It's not a swamp (though most of IL fits that description depending on the season), it's a small ravine with a stream at the bottom.
Price has also been lowered to $84,900.
Thanks for photoshopping the notice. I also had discovered the zoom feature and wondered what it said.
I may go and check this out just out of curiosity--I'm local enough. If I do, I'll report back.
IL property taxes lag a year, so taxes are based on previous year's value. I do wonder what happened, but a fair bit of the discrepancy could be based on land values and foreclosures. It can't be something like a meth lab because legally they have to disclose it. Can't you imagine the drug trips in this place?
Speaking of disclosures, if anyone can find out the official disclosures through MLS, I'd be obliged.

Anonymous said...

After looking at the listing and the other pictures and realizing it's in suburban Chicago, I now know whose house this is. Last time I saw it, there was a Ferrari crashing through the garage window.

Bueller? Bueller?