Sunday, July 15, 2007

A MAGNET FOR MISCREANTS: BEHIND-THE-SCENES AT OUR FAVORITE FIXER UPPER

                             

Shock waves rippled across Santa Monica this weekend as word spread that Our Favorite Fixer Upper -- the long-neglected home just North of 7th and Montana -- is, in reality, a secret hotbed of illicit activity.  The problem began several years ago when an investor reportedly paid $1.7 million for a home that was just crying for the wrecking ball.  However, before she could "flip" the property, a SWAT team from the local police department allegedly swooped-in and used the house for target practice under the mistaken impression that it was scheduled for demolition.  Since then, the home -- now unoccupied and riddled with bullet holes -- has suffered one indignity after another.  Last year, local sources report that a homeless man moved in, used the floorboards as firewood and transformed one of the rooms into a toilet.  More recently, an enterprising student is said to have gained access to the house, cleaned things up a bit, and turned it into a temporary "Loveshack," renting out rooms by the hour on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.  Today, things are relatively quiet at Our Favorite Fixer Upper, but I can't help thinking that the property has become a monument to Real Estate Misfortune and a sore spot in the neighborhood ...! 

6 comments:

gazker said...

See ms like your neighbourhood is as interesting as mine ;-)
Gaz

mpnaz58 said...

How sad.  If the walls could talk, what tales they could tell!!  There seems to be a house like that in so many neighborhoods.  When affordable housing eludes so many, this one just sits.  Sad.
xoxo ~myra

acoward15 said...

It looks an interesting house, but we can't see the neighbourhood from the picture. Is it is in a reasonable area, it could be a great investment opportunity.
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julianridetolax said...

I AM IMPRESS AT YOUR BLOG CONGRATS VERY  FUNNY AND CLEVER ARTICLES  I LIKE THE PICTURE WITH THE HALF MOON  VIEW LOL

beckiepainton said...

reminds me of 'the burbs' Beckie x

tenyearnap said...

The SWAT team used a residential neighborhood for their shooting games? Sad, indeed. --Cin