bonesAs children, we’re all told at least once, that if we can’t say anything nice, we shouldn’t say anything at all. But if I do that today, this column would be woefully short. So here goes: Our Wednesday WTF has really nice bones.

I will even go so far as to say that this home has gorgeous views from many rooms, but they aren’t interior views. They are views out the windows.  (more…)

contemporaryOur Wednesday WTF this week is something I like to call an “Oh Dear” house, as in, “This house is charming, I see nothing wrong with it, OH DEAR, what is that?” In this case, it’s a contemporary built in 2010, but for all the world looks like a home built in the 1980s.

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Meet this grand estate in Wappingers Falls, New York. It clocks in at 9,437 square feet of living space with four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, and is priced at just shy of $2.8 million.  (more…)

cocaine

Gather round, children, as Miss Real Estate Manners provides you, gratis, some knowledge that evidently is not readily obvious to some: Cocaine has no place in a real estate listing photo. (more…)

night

The Wednesday WTF has long been known to bring on the most questionable of homes, but have you ever had a listing where things go bump in the night — even to the point of calling in “spiritual advisers?”

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basementAfter an eventful weather day like Sunday’s, sometimes I wish my home had a basement, something that’s a rarity in Dallas homes.

But then I read about poor Nick Lestina and realized, that no, I do not wish to have a basement anymore. I’ll take my chances with the linen closet.

How did Mr. Lestina’s Iowa basement rid me of my desire for a subterranean lair of my own?  (more…)

charming

Look, it’s got stained glass and everything. What could possibly go wrong?

So, about 20 awesome readers of the Wednesday WTF sent me this listing for this uh, charming abode in Australia. So obviously, it’s this week’s column, right?

I mean, I’ll be honest, at first this rock house seems like a real historic charmer. It has a clawfoot tub, for chrissakes, which everyone knows means it’s both historic and fancy.

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weirdWhen you’ve spent almost two years writing about the weird (and sometimes wonderful) things in the world, you get a bit of a reputation. And then because of that reputation, people send you emails with suggestions of things to write about.

And suddenly, you’ve become a hoarder of WTF. Your virtual mailbox becomes this thing with a life of its own, and you find yourself faced with a real dilemma — start throwing things away, or come up with a solution.

So this week, we’re going to clear out the old mailbag of weird so I can get to WTF inbox zero for exactly 15 minutes. Ready to read? Let’s go. (more…)

really

The need for power washing aside, this Santa Ana, California, home seems fairly normal from the outside.

This week’s Wednesday WTF is a reader submission who says she really has questions about two things in this listing, which almost doesn’t qualify it for WTF status because typically, we are used to having so many questions.

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So many. (more…)