HDR: High-Definition Rathole

4030 Meridian Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103

Nothing says “welcome home” quite like HDR mold, rot, and CAUTION tape.

4030 Meridian Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103

I love how they cranked up the HDR so high that the dead brown grass looks like it’s glowing a bright yellow color.

4030 Meridian Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103

The ridiculously overdone HDR amplifies every little defect, even in the least-terrible-looking room in the house.

4030 Meridian Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103

Seriously, this place looks like some kind of Siberian prison.

4030 Meridian Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103

List price on this 1,840 square foot rathole: Six hundred thousand dollars.

And it went pending after only nine days on the market.

Welcome to Seattle!

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Marty E.
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6 Comments on "HDR: High-Definition Rathole"

  1. Emerald63 | July 29, 2015 at 2:01 PM |

    As they say, “Location, location, location.” From what I see of the surrounding neighborhood, the homes are mostly from this same period and most are extremely better kept than this… this… pile of yuck. That gives some tiny measure of rationale to an inflated price. But that inflated?

    So tell us, Marty, just when did the entire city of Seattle try to divide by zero… all at once??

  2. This reminds me of the stunning photography of urban explorers. Granted, I’d like to go see that deserted mall or haunted-looking 100 yo dilapidated mansion, but I wouldn’t want to actually buy them.

  3. @Frodo: “…I wouldn’t want to actually buy them.” LOL!!!

    Rather like the can’t-look-away car wreck, eh? Can’t stop watching but sure wouldn’t want to be involved.

  4. I’d like to know the history of how it got to look that way if I was a buyer. If the answer was “elderly hoarder died, we dug it out and this is what was left” there could be hidden mold and other biological issues.

  5. MsWildhack | August 7, 2015 at 8:43 PM |

    As blackened as some of the walls are, I wonder if it’s smoke damage. Look at photo #7 in the full listing — the black streaks going up the wall from the air vent, the way the paint on the wall and ceiling there is flaked and falling & the floor in front of the vent — the stain is gone & it’s blackened.

  6. Greetings, GFW! Good to see you! I’d want to know, too, just what the hell happened to this place. Besides a hoarder or possible smoke damage, I’d worry about whether it had been a meth lab. I remember learning much after the fact that the house across the street from ours had had a lab in the basement and that no one bothered to tell the succeeding renters, who had small children. Anyone can be affected by toxic meth cooking residue, but it’s especially bad news for growing kids. We hadn’t known about it because we were away for a couple of weeks when it was busted and we aren’t particularly close with our neighbors. (Hint as to why: at least some of them apparently run meth labs.) Whatever the main scenario, toxic mold could be an additional burden.

    Ms. Wildhack, I did see Pic 7. Both my husband and I said simultaneously, “That’s not good.” It looks like there was a furnace fire/explosion, but looking at the basement photos I don’t see any commensurate damage. Perhaps the air was overly hot and something highly flammable was shoved up against the vent? Smoke damage might also be why the ceilings seem so dark in some rooms.

    All in all, it seems the best thing to do would be to bulldoze the whole place. Or maybe nuke it from orbit… It’s the only way to be sure.


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