Tuesday, August 31, 2010

News from another neighborhood

Remember how I mentioned that my neighborhood has a sketchy side last week? Well, perhaps I should count my blessings that I don't live in one of the private communities on the outskirts of town. One in particular has homes like this:





Yesterday, a woman was shot on her property in that community while she was gardening! This is the same community that was in the news a while back when their community association was missing over $600,000 and their treasurer was missing for a month.

Do any of you live in a gated community? Is life there as dramatic as life at our Glenmore seems to be?


By the way, while snagging those pictures from MLS, I saw one example after another of my biggest pet peeve in real estate listings: bad photoshopping. Looking at an image that has obviously been tweaked is so distracting! I also get suspicious of the seller and agent. If you're going to turn a photo into a cartoon looking thing, are you also willing to lie about bigger items that require a lot more work?


You'd think they would have photoshopped some of the crappy furniture out. Do you think they paid a stager for the furniture placement? I really lurve the ottoman that was moved to be with the zebra chair.


All photos from MLS or Glenmore.com

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11 comments:

  1. Yikes! Those homes look gorgeous but I can't imagine that kind of drama (and crime!). And yeah, the photoshopping is a bit much. And if you're gonna do it, at least do something better than crummy valences and a chandelier!

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  2. egads. reasons #789 and #790 i would never choose to live in glenmore.

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  3. The retouching looks ridiculous. The proportion is all off on the last photo. Look at the table compared to the black chairs.

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  4. I live in midtown Manhattan and our apartment has a patio. Many times when we first moved in we forgot to lock (or sometimes even close) that back patio door. My step-daughter who lives in Tuscany would not visit us when their children were little because they were afraid the children would be kidnapped from their arms. She lives in a nice part of her city and has been robbed several times. So who is safer?

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  5. Weird...I babysat for the family who built the first house pictured (they moved a couple of years later). The interior looks very different now; I prefer how it used to be, even though their style was much more traditional.

    I wouldn't want to live in Glenmore or a neighborhood like it even if I could afford to. With that kind of money, you could buy a beautiful old house downtown (and not have to deal with a homeowners association)!

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  6. Oh WOW...it took me a while to see what was "shopped". Then I looked out the windows. HA! That is just poor planning on the Realtors part. Seriously?!

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  7. Eew. So super Stepford Wife.
    I would never live in a gated community even if you gave me a house there.
    I don't even like visiting these kind of places.
    xo xo

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  8. She got shot?! Is she OK?! We're adjacent to a small exclusive neighborhood I like to call Wisteria Lane. I can only guess what goes on over there. Mr. FC thinks there's some major swinging going on--heh!

    Hell to the no on the photoshopping fugliness. I feel guilty even touching up the sharpness of my own photos!

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  9. Wow! Agreed the photoshoped photos don't look good at all!

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  10. Wow, we had a guy get shot while gardening in my hood, a few blocks away here in Atlanta. Not gated, an urban (intown) hood that is gentrifying, so you get that stuff on both sides of the track. I would never be able to deal with a Home Owners Association, ewwww! I was a lifegard as a young person for years and years, and I always worked in high end hoods, and had to deal with those people, Never.Again.Ew.Ew.Ew.

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