Best of 2020: The $828K House For People With Money to Burn

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Editor’s Note: This year has been a decade, right? So many things happened, lots of things were postponed, and houses continued to sell despite it all. While the team takes a hot minute this holiday season to recharge the ol’ Energizers, we’re serving up our very favorite stories from 2020. Enjoy!

Adlene: Thanks to the pandemic, there was really no shortage of Wednesday WTF fodder this year, which was great if you wanted to be entertained, but horrible if you’re say, a writer trying to decide which one is the best one of the year. I ultimately landed on this scary house from July with the kitchen that defied all explanation and generated a lot of discussion. But I am really interested in what our readers thought was the best Wednesday WTF of 2020, too, so let us know in the comments.

Have you ever had $800,000 to burn and wish that instead of putting it in a barrel and burning it, you could buy a house that needed burning and burn the house down instead?

Well then, we have the house for you.

Let’s take a trip to Fresh Meadows, New York, and visit a home that is definitely not fresh. At all. In fact, it puts the “burn me down” in fixer, the “holy Mother of God,” in flip, the “Get a Tetanus Shot” in “needs TLC.”

I defy you to find a Realtor-speak euphemism for this murder house.


It even has a murder backyard.


But honestly, the inside is a tour de force of nope. I just saw pictures alone, and immediately took a 45-minute Silkwood shower.

I mean, I can go a few weeks having never cooked anything, but I don’t think I’ve ever had vines growing in my kitchen.


“Home Is Not In Livable Condition,” the listing says. “Minutes to the L.I.E.” I don’t know what the last part of this sentence in the listing means, but I appreciate that there is absolutely no lie in this exercise in brutal honesty at all.

What I don’t understand is how this home’s list price is not too far off homes of a comparable size in better condition (although that’s a low bar).

And, what’s the upside in showing all of these photos (other than getting some writer in Texas to share it as the Wednesday WTF?).

We’ll say it again for the people in the back: If it’s being billed as a builder’s special, why not just show the exterior, explain that it is not habitable and is in rough shape, and say that there are additional photos upon request?

Want to see more of this hot mess? Click here. Want to read more Wednesday WTF? Here you go, honey.

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Adlene Neely Dealey

Adlene has been a real estate writer for the better half of a decade, but only recently came to to write our Wednesday WTF column. Have a doozy of a listing not fit for public consumption? She wants to see it.

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  1. Steve Van Gorp says

    For those of you who never get out of Texas or are not from back east:

    L.I.E. is the Long Island Expressway, the primary vehicular highway link between Long Island, NY with New York City and the Eastern Coast via Interstate 95.

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