Fire Sale

11411 Brown Trl., Tomball, TX 77377

Flipping through the photos on this listing might give you the impression that you’ll be buying a spacious, if somewhat tacky (check out all the pool flamingos), home. Then you get to the last photo, and you read this in the listing description:


Wow. Can’t say I’ve ever seen a listing that includes a photo of the actual fire that burned down the home that used to stand in this place.

The first photo might give us a clue as to the cause of the fire…

11411 Brown Trl., Tomball, TX 77377

Finally, what the heck is this?!?

11411 Brown Trl., Tomball, TX 77377

A painted sink, wrapped in bubble wrap? Is it included in the sale, or was it burned in the aforementioned fire?

I’m so confused.

Found by: Lbo

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8 Comments on "Fire Sale"

  1. Because the memories are priceless?

  2. The holiday lights could always be the culprit in the fire, but my secret wish is that the owner finally saw the light on how hideous curly-q fake-o Spanish colonial wrought iron really is.

    Also… they call *that* a pool house? More like a glorified storage shed or playhouse…

    Still gotta feel sorry for the homeowners. Although they still may get over $100,000 for just the slab. God Bless America!

  3. “This house could be yours! You need only to rebuild it.”

  4. I am actually kind of loving those sinks. I don’t know why, they really aren’t my style at all, but they are bright and happy. I think the northwest could learn a few things with regard to color.

  5. @Samme: The sinks are from a style usually referred to as “Majolica” or “Majolica ware” …at least in English. The style originated in Renaissance era Italy with the Italian name Maiolica. The Wikipedia page on it has some excellent photos: There’s also a page on Victorian era English ceramics makers re-popularizing the style here: The ingredients of the glazes and the processes for applying them vary between the two, but both result in very brightly colored patterns, often with raised and/or sculpted areas.

    I only know this because I did some searches. I’ve always loved the style whenever it comes up on Antiques Road Show and similar programs, so it was fun to look up. Here are a couple of online stores that feature Majolica: …and…

  6. @Frodo: Apparently they aren’t familiar with the quote, “Build it and they will come.”

  7. Thanks for the links. I will still say it is pretty, and I would enjoy looking at it in someone else’s house. It just doesn’t fit my style though. I have been working lately on figuring out what exactly I do like because we are just starting to plan our new house. Much like whoever buys this place. ;)

  8. @Samme: Congrats on building your own place! It’s no small task trying to figure out what it is you want to surround yourself with on a daily basis. One thing (of many) that can help, is remembering your favorite places over the years. Not necessarily the ones you liked just for looking cool, but the ones that made *you* feel good – ones where you felt comfortable, secure, and engaged with yourself and loved ones. Were there any places that made you feel good just by being in them? What was it about them that made you feel that way? Connected spaces? Well-defined separate areas? A strong connection with the outdoors or a more insular atmosphere? You shouldn’t have to fight the space you’re in just to feel relaxed and happy.


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