October 29, 2007

An Albert Farr Design Breaks Free (610 El Camino Del Mar)

610 El Camino del Mar (www.SocketSite.com)

So you missed out on the fifteen million dollar (asking) 120 Sea Cliff, and twenty-two million dollars for the Captain’s House is just a tad bit more than you were hoping to spend. Well, if you're dead set on living on the bluff that put the 'cliff' in Sea Cliff, there's good news. For the first time since being commissioned and built (circa 1929), 610 El Camino Del Mar is now on the open market and asking a mere $6,200,000.

And while we couldn’t find any interior photos online (other than of the pool), we will note that it does appear to be open this coming weekend. And we’ll also note that the architect was Albert Farr who designed numerous notable homes in San Francisco as well as Jack London’s ill fated 15,000 square foot Wolf House in Sonoma County (which burned to the ground prior to completion and was never rebuilt).

∙ Listing: 610 El Camino Del Mar (4/5) - $6,200,000 [MLS]
Big House, Big Views, Big Dreams, And Big News…It’s In Contract [SocketSite]
300 Sea Cliff: $3,900,000 Reduction (After An $8,000,000 Renovation) [SocketSite]
Jack London’s Wolf House [jacklondons.net]

First Published: October 29, 2007 3:15 AM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

Never a good sign (for the state of the interior) when there are no shots of the interior except for the pool and a dusty light fixture that looks suspciously like an urn.

Posted by: Nicole at October 29, 2007 8:47 AM

I hate to break from the tradition of cynicism which seems to have taken over Socketsite comments in the past few months, but I wish I had an extra $5 million lying around so I could give this place serious consideration. Wow, what a dreamy spot, and that pool....

Posted by: tharpo at October 29, 2007 12:26 PM

This house would make a good flip. You can pick it up rigth now at a great price. Drop a few million into it and you could double your money no problem. The house has some great bones and is on a perfect spot of land.

Posted by: Marco at October 29, 2007 12:36 PM

I'm with Nicole on this one. I'm always suspicious when there are no interior pics. Not to be a cynic or negative, but it just makes me wonder what they're hiding ...

Posted by: S&S at October 29, 2007 12:44 PM

I don't think there is anything sinister about the lack of pix. My guess is that the house hasn't been staged properly, or that the owner's furniture is still in the place. Still, the house is almost 80. It's not going to look THAT great inside if it has never been updated.

Posted by: Sleepiguy at October 29, 2007 1:43 PM

^then again, maybe it WAS updated, which could be even scary than finishes from Only Yesterday.

Posted by: Sleepiguy at October 29, 2007 1:46 PM

If this house needs "work" on the interior, I hope it is not not ANOTHER example of the same tired "staged" look that keeps going around. The granite, the spa bathroom, the flatscreens everywhere, the commercial kitchen equipment in modern laboratory aesthetic, it all gets so tiresome after a while. This home may have "good bones", the outside is very nice imho, and wouldn't it be nice if it was not completely ripped apart and updated? Why not place some value on what already exists and instead remodel in a discreet way? Why must every interior be rebuilt to sell-sell-sell? I hope whoever gets this will allow it to be a "home."

Posted by: anonarch at October 29, 2007 2:13 PM

I'm with anonarch.

Granite and marble countertops are the equivalent avocado green appliances of the 70s. They sell well now but...

Posted by: buyit? at October 29, 2007 3:08 PM

The $15M 120 Sea Cliff is directly on the ocean, 610 El Camino del Mar is not. At $6.2M at least you get decide how to spend a few million on renovations, but you also won't move in for at least two years.

Posted by: Rocco at October 31, 2007 12:08 AM

In this case the cynics are correct. The interior hasn't been touched in decades and is in need of a complete overhaul.

Posted by: nonanon at October 31, 2007 10:33 AM

I saw the interior of this home and it is an amazing piece of true Spanish Med, not the knock off stuff you see everywhere. Floor tiles imported from Cuba, Mission and conquistador hand painted tiles on the walls, chunky beams imported from Spain. The home is not "grand" with low ceilings and a 70's kitchen. The pool is probably the best indoor residential pool in the City. It is a "work of art" but you have to live and breathe Spanish Med to the tenth power in every room.

Posted by: barbco at November 2, 2007 5:54 PM

This house would show better not furnished because the furniture that is in here now looks like it came from a garage sale or grandma's house.. it really dates this house in a "not so good" way!! I would recommend using qualified stagers next time. It makes the house look like it needs a bigger overhall.

Posted by: Pamela Loring at October 20, 2008 12:56 PM

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