Drop $1.2M on a Super Haunted, Frightfully Florid Victorian

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Source: Curbed.com ~ Spencer Peterson ~ 511 E Walworth Ave Zillow

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Location: Delavan, Wisconsin
Price: $1,200,000
The Skinny: In popular lore, Victorian mansions are not only haunted by restless spirits, but by long-decease decorating trends still lingering within. TheAllyn Mansion of Delavan, Wisconsin confirms both stereotypes. Zillow reportsclaims of a haunting there, but doesn’t say whether we’re dealing with a vengeful wraith, or merely the still-polite spirit of some well-coifed dandy. What can be confirmed is potentially just as frightening, depending on your taste: a surfeit of interior floridity that’s as overwhelming as the exterior is winsome and the painted ceilings are beautiful, fresh from an “award winning restoration.” Built in 1885 by a wealthy farming family, the Allyn Mansion has since survived a tenure as a nursing home, a stint as a furniture store, and most recently, a spell as a B&B. The current price is $1.2M, down quite a bit from 2008’s ask of $1.85M, and up from February’s price of $950K.

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Selling Million-Dollar Homes in Cupertino

It’s not easy selling a million-dollar home, even in Cupertino, where the averaging listing price earlier this month was $1.19 million and the media sales price was $950,000. Just ask Kim Connor.

Connor, a Realtor with Century 21 M&M and Associates in Cupertino, knows it takes attention to detail, “staging” a home and even a splash of fresh paint. The proof is the number of seven-figure homes she’s sold and acclaim she has received.

“I’m having a good year,” she said. “Last year I was Double Centurion*, and I think I’ll be there again this year.”

Kim Connor, Century 21 M&M Real Estate, (408) 807-1541 email- kconnor@c21mm.com

Kim Connor, (408) 807-1541 email- kconnor@c21mm.com

In August, she sold a six-bedroom, 3-1/2-bath home for $1.575 million and earlier this spring she closed on a $1.468 million property. Connor said in Cupertino, prices are determined by the home’s location within a top-ranked school.

Schools are rated and ranked by the Academic Performance Index established by the California Department of Education. Schools scoring in the 900 range are the most desirable. Connor said the home she sold for $1.575 million would have been worth $2.5 million if it were located just two miles closer to a top school.

“People are willing to pay up to $1 million for a 1,200-square-foot home in the right school district,” she said.

Homebuyers today do their initial shopping on the internet, said Connor. It’s essential for her listings to jump out to potential buyers.

“They’re looking at a lot of homes,” said Connor. “I believe it takes 11 seconds for them to decide if they’re going to look at your listing.”

To maximize her 11-second window of opportunity, she hires her own photographer and makes sure everything is as perfect as possible in the still photos and 360-degree virtual tour.

“I’m unique that I do all the staging myself,” said Connor. “The attention I put into detail is greater than anyone else I know.”

She shared two of her special tricks in staging, or preparing a home for sale.

“I actually add accent colors to the walls,” said Connor. “I have my own painter come in and accent the walls that I think are important for the photographs. I like to show contrast.”

A Connor staging also features something to appeal to children.

“I always do a kids’ room. Something for a young boy or girl that captures the imagination of children coming to the open house with parents,” said Connor.

One child’s room she prepared had a ballet theme, with ballet artwork, hanging toe shoes, tutu and matching bedding. “One little girl told her parents she didn’t care about the rest of the home, she wanted them to buy that room for her,” recalled Connor.

Connors said the Cupertino real estate market is strong but cautious.

“I think it’s cautious, because people aren’t going crazy about over spending,” she said. “But there’s an energy about wanting to be here.”

Mei Ling, Century 21 M&M Realtor (408) 829-3994 email-mei@c21mm.com

Mei Ling, (408) 829-3994 email-mei@c21mm.com

Mei Ling, a fellow Realtor at Century 21 M&M in Cupertino, concurred the local market is solid.

“The market is doing well,” she said. “Better than last year, but a little bit slower right now for the last couple of months. But there’s still people buying.”

Ling, a six-year industry veteran, said she typically sells homes ranging from $600,000 to $1.8 million. “The $600,000 to $800,000 homes are selling faster certainly than the higher range homes,” said Ling. “A $600,000 home only takes one week to sell.”

Santa Clara home sales graph, for more inforation go to - http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/Santa_Clara-California

Most of her sales are from nearby Santa Clara, which has an average listing price of $564,845 and a median sales price of $498,558.

“I don’t sell much in Cupertino, even though my office is there,” said Ling. “I live in Santa Clara and that’s where I specialize.”

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*Double CENTURION® – an agent must close 120 – 179 units or earn $380,000 – $569,999 in Adjusted Gross commission during the calendar year.

Dardanelle’s Resort in Northern California, $1,700,000

Jan Brennan, Realtor for Century 21 M & M in Northern California is offering this really special investment property. Take a look, the scenery is spectacular!

Jan Brennan, Century 21 M & M Real Estate-VP of Relocation

Jan Brennan, Oakdale Office, (209)844-1707 email-jbrennan @c21mm.com, DRE#00854055

Dardanelles Resort founded in 1918 is located on 12 acres with a restaurant, general store, rustic cabins and camping. Current owners owned and operated the Resort from 2003 until August of 2007 at which time the Resort was sold. They then once again resumed ownership of the Resort in the Fall of 2009

Resort sits on Approx 12 acres of forested area (approx 5,000 ft level) along the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River within the Brightman Recreation Area on permitted Stanislaus forest Service Land and is operated under a special use permit. Seller owns all the buildings which include the main resort building, 8 cabins, 4 plex motel, 35 RV sites, store, gas Station, Restaurant and Bar.
In the past, the Resort has been open from Memorial Day to Labor day. This year the resort opened January and will close March. Then reopen again Memorial Day to Labor day.

Dardanelles Resort for Sale in Northern CaliforniaThe main building is a 2 story unit that’s houses the store, restaurant, Bar and gift store. The top unit is 10’X105’ 3 brms 1.5 bath with living quarters and an office space. The bottom floor is 21’X105’ which included a 20’X20’ gift shop/Lobby, a 21’X43’ store, 37’X22’ kitchen/storage area, 21’X20’ Dinning area that seats 28 for inside dinning and a 30’X45’ bar and back deck that seats 80+ for outside dinning.

8 cabins rent for $129.00-189.00 per night completely furnished

4 Plex motel, rooms rent for $89.00 per night

35 RV site average $30.00 per night with 13 rented out from 6-1 to 9-1 @$550.00 & $450.00 per month. A total 85% is already booked for 2010

Dardanelles Store, Northern CaliforniaPost office receives $250.00 per month from June to September

Not included in price: Liquor License #20 is for the Store, Liquor License #41 Beer and Wine, owners are in the process of purchasing a #47 for a full bar.

Dardanelles Resort has the following amenities:
* Restaurant and Bar
* Country General Store – Groceries, firewood & ice
* Public pay showers
* Public pay phones
* Free public restrooms
Dardanelles Northern California* Playground equipment for the children
* Karaoke on Friday Nights
* Evening Campfires, Dancing & Family Recreation
* Gift Shop
* Rustic Cabins & Motel
o Cabins feature full kitchens including cooking utensils and dishes.
o Each cabin has it’s own bath. Bed sizes vary based on availability.
o Motel units include personal showers and bathrooms.
* Free Wireless Internet in the Restaurant and Lounge area.
* Tent & RV Camping

Dardanelles Resort in the winter, Northern CaliforniaDardanelles Bar & Restaurant, Northern California

Dardanelles Resort, Beautiful view, Northern California

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Wedgewood Inn; Jackson, CA – 7Bdrms/8Bths, 4500sq.ft.

Unique Property! 7-Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, 4500 sq. ft.  in Jackson, California. Listed at 1,200,000

Billie Cropper, Lodi Office (209)327-1315 email-bcropper @c21mm.com

Billie Cropper, Century 21 M & M Realtor in the Lodi office is offering the Wedgewood Inn, a unique property located five miles out of the City of Jackson in Northern California. Situated on 5+ acres of quiet and secluded land, this property has been known as one of the  “10 Best, Bed and Breakfast Inns in the Mother Lode”.

Wedgewood Inn, Jackson CA 7bdrms/8bthsThis home sits on a raised foundation, with shingle roofing, dual paned windows, central heat and air conditioning, as well as propane and wood stove heating units. There is a two car garage and two parking spaces under a covered carport.

There is a second structure on the property know as the Carriage House, which has it’s own LivingRoom and Bathroom with jetted tub.

Besides seven bedrooms (including a downstairs Master Suite) and eight bathrooms, there is a Livingroom, Familyroom, Sun room, inside Laundry room, Dining Area in Kitchen, Formal Dining Area,  and Formal Dining Room.

Wedgewood Inn Sun Room, Jackson, CAThe kitchen features a pantry, a gas built-in oven, a gas cook top, dishwasher, disposal, a free standing refrigerator and a kitchen island.

Most bedrooms have walk-in closets and jetted or sunken tubs and some include shower facilities. There are ceiling fans throughout.

For years the Wedgewood Inn was a thriving Bed & Breakfast business that had many visitors return again and again. The owners who designed and built this beautiful ‘look into historical past’ are moving on with the next chapter of their life.

The ‘turn of the century’ furnishings, lovingly collected and cared for can be negotiated into the sales price.

For more information contact Billie Cropper, Century 21 M & M and Associates, at (209) 327-1315

Wedgewood Inn Gardens, Jackson, CA


Wedgewood Inn Blue Room, Jackson, CA

Blue Room

Wedgewood Inn Rose Room, Jackson, CA

Rose Room

Wedgewood Inn Carriage House, Jackson, CA

Carriage House