Sip Champagne in a Hip Pocket in the Heart of Lakewood

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hip pocketDo you follow CandysDirt on Instagram? It’s another great way to get in touch with us, to see what we’re featuring on the site, and to show us what you’re up to — which is exactly what Kate Walters with Allie Beth Allman & Associates did last week when she pitched us this gorgeous Lakewood hip pocket.

What’s a hip pocket listing? It’s a home that’s for sale, but isn’t listed in the MLS, nor will you find it online on the likes of Zillow, Redfin, etc. Sellers sometimes go this route to protect their privacy, or to test the waters of the market, or even just in the hopes of generating more interest in the home in a market that might be getting a bit saturated.

But Walters is planning on someone falling in love with this home — so she’s even arranged for a champagne sip-and-see on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

But just in case drinking champagne on a Tuesday afternoon isn’t in the cards for you, we got Walters to share a bit about her hip pocket, including photos and a video. Want to see? Let’s jump.

Located at 6922 Westlake Ave., this completely remodeled and expanded Tudor has managed to combine the character and charm Lakewood buyers typically want with tons of updates.

And, bonus, it also has guest quarters that could be a great nanny space, guest space, or even Airbnb moneymaker.

The main home features four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, 3,676 square feet, oversized study, upstairs playroom with built-ins, open kitchen-den, great master suite, and light and bright finish out,” Walters said. “There is also a fabulous guest quarters with 578 square feet, kitchen, full bath, separate bedroom, and living area.”

The home is priced at $1,299,000.

Want to pitch us your own hip pocket listing? Follow and tag us on Instagram, or pitch us at our Facebook group, Getting the Dirt.

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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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  1. Bob Stoller says

    Will someone please explain to me why a “hip pocket listing” is in the best interests of either the seller or the buyer? From the seller’s viewpoint, I would think that the more exposure that the listing has, the more likely the seller will receive the best offer from the free marketplace of the MLS and the Internet, because more potential purchasers have access to the listing. From the buyer’s viewpoint, I would think that the more homes the buyer is exposed to, the more likely it is that the buyer will find a home closest to what is desired by the buyer, at a fair price. What are the benefits to the seller or to the buyer by restricting the exposure and availability of homes offered in the open marketplace of the MLS and the Internet?

    • FestinaLente says

      I’ve often wondered the same from the seller’s standpoint: why not open it up and see what the best offer is going to be? Feels like potentially leaving money on the table. Unless of course time is absolutely of the essence for the seller and s/he wants it sold to move on.

      From a buyer’s PoV, I can fully understand the benefit of a hip pocket. As a buyer, if I’ve looked all over town for that ONE house I can feel good about calling “home”, and my agent brings me THE house without any competition, I’m going to be thrilled, both about my chances and about what a fantastically networked agent I chose! Usually hip pockets will be presented to specific buyers the agent has in mind before they undergo what this agent is doing with this one. I got my house as a hip pocket listing, and in a hot market I was grateful for the absence of other bidders.

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