Golden McNugget

6709 N Golden West Ave.

2/14/08 Update on listing price reduction

3/25/08 Sold for $970,000 (22% off peak)

McMansion alert! McMansion alert! McMansion alert!

Here’s another McMansion up for sale. I can’t imagine why anyone would like the look of a house that’s way overbuilt on its lot. The dominating three car garage at the front of the house is so 1980s. According to one of our readers, McMansions are “gaudy” and I agree. The sales history of this property tells yet another story of gambling on a McMansion. Perhaps these folks should have went to the Golden Nugget in Vegas instead of Golden West in Arcadia; they’ll have better odds with their money playing at the tables.

Asking Price $1,225,000 ::: Sq-ft 3477
Purchased Price $1,250,000 ::: Lot Size 6120
Purchased Date 10/13/2006 ::: Beds 5
Days on Redfin 90 ::: Baths 4
$/Sq-ft $352 ::: Year Built 2001
20% Downpayment $245,000 ::: Area Baldwin
Annual Income Required $306,250 ::: Type SFR
Est. Payment* $6,194/month ::: MLS# 12101558

*Estimated monthly payment assume 20% down, 30-yr fixed @ 6.50%

This stretch of Golden West Avenue used to be quiet, but ever since the 99 Ranch Market plaza popped up in the 90s, traffic has increased substantially. This is within walking distance to the aforementioned strip mall in addition to the Pavilions town center next to it. I often see supermarket shopping carts wander down towards the location around this house making the neighborhood look tacky. In addition, it borders the neighboring town of Temple City so it’s not prime Arcadia real estate by any means.

Date Price Appreciation
10/13/2006 $1,250,000 2.2%/yr
09/07/2005 $1,220,000 23.4%/yr
08/31/2004 $985,000 14.9%
10/30/2001 $665,000 311.8%/yr
02/09/2001 $240,000 76.4%/yr
08/29/2000 $186,000

As IR would say over at Irvinehousingblog, this is a “rollback” to 2005 prices. From the looks of it, the buyer in 2001 bought the property for $240k, plowed it down, built this monstrosity they call a house and sold it 8 months later for $665k. From there, the bubble takes off and wild speculation begins with transactions in 2004 for $985k to upwards of over a million dollars by bubble-mania-euphoria-year 2005. The current seller bought 15 months ago for $1.25MM on pure speculation, but won’t get burned even if he doesn’t get the asking price. Why? Because it was bought with 100% financing.

Loan 1: $1,000,000
Loan 2: $250,000
Downpayment: $0

With zero downpayment, the flipper walks away with nothing but a dinged credit score. In this case, the 2nd mortgage lender will lose $25k if they get their asking price. It’s not pretty either way, but the lenders were stupid to do 100% financing and this should teach them not to do that again.

This property has been on the market for 3 months and it’s likely it will remain unsold without a significant price reduction. If I were to spend around $1.2MM, there are much better choices in more desirable parts of Arcadia such as this in Peacock Village, this and this up in the Highlands.

4 thoughts on “Golden McNugget”

  1. What is worse than over-using a small lot, many of these rebuilds just don’t fit in with the neighborhood architecturally. That to me is what makes them such eyesores. In my old neighborhood in Irvine (built in the early 70s) every 10th house or so had been knocked down with a gigantic 2 story monstrosity in its place. These houses easily had double the square footage as the neighbors, and this is a zero-lot line, 5000 sq-foot lot type place. Not pretty.

    I looked at the 1.2 M houses you suggested. Truly beautiful neighborhoods, but I’ll be damned if I spend over 1.2 M on something and it *still* needs updating. I can’t imagine these homes will be above the million dollar mark for long.

  2. I like Irvine because it’s so well planned, but yes – they too have the McMansion bug. The ugly overbuilt homes look even worse there because Irvine lot sizes are generally smaller than those in Arcadia.

    The links to the comparable homes at $1.2million were intended to capture what a buyer could get at this point in time. I wouldn’t spend $1.2million to buy any of those homes right now because I wouldn’t buy any real estate now.

  3. Wow – I almost fell over when I saw one of those Highlands listings. That’s my old school bus stop location for Highland Oaks (back when we called it grammar school – yes I know I am dating myself).

    At least some of the homes in Arcadia retain their original charm, as you have noted. The McMansion exteriors are somewhat horrific, and the interiors (when they are actually lived-in, and not cleared out under cover of darkness) look like TJMaxx threw up on them.

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