Read the seller's words (which DID NOT make it to my marketing copy) and you'll see why he jokingly dubbed his home, The Hitchcock House:
"Up the 39 STEPS to the top floor, with the view from the living room, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, which will hold you SPELLBOUND, beyond a SHADOW OF A DOUBT. (But not a house for someone with VERTIGO.) Out the REAR WINDOW is the deck and rose garden, full of THE BIRDS. And of course hanging from the pulley off the front porch is the ROPE. With four bedrooms and two and a half baths, an ideal FAMILY PLOT."
You get the picture; there were some challenges here to find a buyer who loved the drama and beauty of this gorgeous house and not mind the 39 stairs (yes, really -- I counted) to get up to the living area of the house. (The rope on the pulley was attached to a basket so they could haul their groceries up 3 flights.)
Our market was slower than it is today, and homes perceived less than perfect sat. It was important to find the hidden gem as well as the obvious fine features, and make sure potential buyers knew about them. Many features of the home were obvious--views to San Francisco, the space, privacy of the bedrooms, and the chef's kitchen!
But one of the hidden gems that received a lot of attention and I believe factored into the sale is the interconnected solar photovoltaic generator, which generated virtually all of the electricity the home used. Annual electric bill: $151.40. That was the annual cost.
I believe people buy a home on emotion (these buyers' little girl had already picked out her bedroom with the twinkly stars and would run to it on every visit) but often need a logical reason to back up their desire, to make it "sensible."
The photovoltaic generator, and annual electric bill of $151.40 did the trick - that was the hidden gem here.
When you are ready to sell your home, let me help you find the hidden gem in your house. I'm sure it's there, waiting to be uncovered and shared.