Fake houses for fake buyers.

Could our market get any more surreal?

As if marketers pretending to be buyers wasn’t weird enough now there’s a pretend house as well.

Last week there was the story about the 2nd most expensive property ever listed in Canada

(spoiler alert: it’s a teardown in West Van).

It turns out those pictures of a weird gaudy Barbie palace that looked like it was built out of frosting and gold plastic were not of the actual home.

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The Sun has since learned that the photos on the listing realtor’s website are artist’s renderings and not photos of the actual home on the property. The home on the property is a rancher/bungalow built in 1964. Realtor Laura McLaren says the images on her website depicting a mansion “are renderings of what could be built on this property.”

Yep, they’re ‘artist renderings’ of the sort of thing that could be built on that property.

Design is subjective, but if you had $38 million and enough left over to build a dream home would this be your ideal style?

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VanRant
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VanRant

Shocking tasteless kitsch.

Many Franks
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Many Franks

(Forgive me for tipping the hat to myself)

Amanda Lee
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Amanda Lee

Just left a message for that awesome realtor to get back to me and my sister.

Chris Lee
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Chris Lee

Amanda: Don’t tell Cameron about this.

phiscal.
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phiscal.

That does look like something you’d want to tear down, not something you’d want to build intentionally. It looks really cheap, like somebody used gold spraypaint and plastic molding in a 60s apartment building with parquet floors.

UBC in crisis mode
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UBC in crisis mode

Wow, I like this palace, and it will make President Assad feel at home!

Carioca Canuck
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Carioca Canuck

It looks like something Tony Soprano would live in.

Great Taste
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Great Taste

It looks like Donald Trump barfed on the Vatican.

Guy Smiley
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Guy Smiley

Nothing screams wealth like a bricked over fireplace. Why didn’t they use gold bricks though?

Democrass
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Democrass

“Shocking tasteless kitsch”

The interior looks a lot like the Palace of Versailles.

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=versailles+interior&qpvt=versailles+interior&FORM=IGRE

Democrass
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Democrass
What’s this??? A west side SFH for under a million: $948,000 GORGEOUS RENOVATED VANCOUVER SPECIAL TO IT’S HIGHEST STANDARD. Features 5 bedrooms & den, 4.5 baths, extensive used hardwood floor & crown mouldings thru-out, entertaining sized living w large sundeck good for BBQ & parties, new kitchen, new appliances, new baths. 2 of one bedroom suite in lower level as mortgage helper. Big carport with back lane access, rolling steel gate at the back yard for privacy & security. Close to school, shopping, transity, RICHMOND, MUST SEE! http://www.ecorealtyinc.ca/listing?id=260085873 It must be a mistake. The place is assessed at $1,880,000. Here is the BC assessment data for this address: 3468 37TH AVE W VANCOUVER V6N 2V6 $1,880,000 2 STY house – standard 09-200-003739042220000 Maybe the realtor forgot to put a “1” at the beginning of the listng price. Prices are falling… Read more »
Guy Smiley
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Guy Smiley

Wait…. probably those are gold bricks that have been painted white! Holy crap that would be Über-tasteful. Leaving them gold would just be ostentaious and clearly the designer of this room does not want to be guilty of that.

Guy Smiley
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Guy Smiley

Wait…. probably those are gold bricks that have been painted white! Holy crap that would be Über-tasteful. Leaving them gold would just be ostentatious and clearly the designer of this room does not want to be guilty of that.

Best place on meth
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Best place on meth

I’ve seen ancient crypts that look more homey and inviting.

Guy Smiley
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Guy Smiley

Oops! Sorry.

victoria
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victoria

Th fireplace is where they hid the body.

Jason
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Jason

Going coocoo for Rococo.

Beuller
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Beuller

When I look at that picture I’m expecting Al Pacino to kick open a door holding a machine gun and shout “say hello to my little friend!”

DaMann
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Democrass

You know times are a changing when a westside home has to advertise a location perk as “close to Richmond”

Many Franks
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Many Franks

For bonus LOLs, have a look at picture #17 at the realtor’s listing page; it contains art by UK fantasy artist Josephine Wall. Josephine Wall’s website (not linking here for fear of ending up in moderation hell) states clearly that this kind of commercial use is a violation of her terms of use.

So in summary, we have a fake house marketed to a nonexistent buyer at an unbelievable price using fantasy art. The only thing real about it is the theft of said art.

Well done, Laura McLaren.

Wut? Wut?
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Wut? Wut?

Just sold my investment house on the westside. I had to cut the price aggressively vs other properties to get the sale.

But despite the price cuts my sales price was 3 TIMES what I paid for it in 2002.

It’s official, I’m a ca$h millionaire. Hundred dolla bills, ya’ll!

What have the rest of you been up to? 🙂

Groundhog
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Groundhog

@Wut? Wut?

Well done

Anonymous
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…..Just sold my investment house on the westside…..blah, blah, blah….

Holy smokes, the glass on my bullshit detector just exploded.

Wut? Wut?
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Wut? Wut?

Hi babies. Wut chu doing? 😀

Harry Wang
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Harry Wang
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