September 23, 2011

The Jeremy Kotas Re-Designed 123 Laidley Is Listed Anew

123 Laidley: View

Listed for $1,700,000 in late 2008 before being withdrawn from the market and offered for rent at $5,550 per month in 2009, the Jeremy Kotas re-designed home at 123 Laidley has just returned to the market listed for $1,499,000 with possession at close of escrow.

123 Laidley: Living

The Glen Park property was purchased from Kotas for $1,042,500 in 2003.

∙ Listing: 123 Laidley (4/2.5) - $1,499,000 [MLS]
123 Laidley (To Which Jeremy Kotas Added A Bit Of Height And Flair) [SocketSite]
123 Laidley: Same Sales Flair Now Available For Rent (And Analysis) [SocketSite]

First Published: September 23, 2011 8:00 AM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

Hah, with the goofy blue-striped paintjob I always assumed this was the house of some eccentric 70s hippy, which maybe it was, but it had a distinct air of "gonna be here, like this, forever," like a Sausalito houseboat.

Posted by: EH at September 23, 2011 10:08 AM

Those crazy bookshelves with the library ladder look like this place is a set for the Makropolus Case. Cue the overture.

Posted by: Oceangoer at September 23, 2011 10:49 AM

Yes, it is quirky at best. The architect was quoted as being proud of having used the cheapest materials--and nothing has been done to upgrade it and they want to sell it at 1.5 in this market. What a joke!
I expect it will stay on the market for another 9 months (like it did a few years ago-and never sold). It needs ALOT of work!

Posted by: Bob at September 24, 2011 11:48 AM

Agreed, very eccentric. Hard to imagine who would want to and could afford to live here.
Saw it on open house - nice job staging & painting over warped plywood floors and exterior walls.

Odd space with no accoustical privacy between master bedroom & kitchen/living room. Getting up to the bedroom is hazardous on the spiral stairs & you could easily fall over the very low railing! (NOT good for old or young people)

Sauna is way too large & bedrooms are way too small and dark.

The yard is too hard to get to-and it's quite a jungle.

This place will take beaucoup $$$ to fix up the old, strange bathrooms (who wants to shower in full view of the street?) and update the kitchen.


Posted by: Priscilla at September 25, 2011 12:21 PM

I saw the house yesterday and I agree with Priscilla, those spiral stairs are scary. I can't have my mother over and be worried that she may trip and fall over that low railing. And who paints over plywood floors?
Definitely not worth $1.5M!

Posted by: Caleb at September 25, 2011 2:02 PM

If they're not showing you the bedrooms and the bathrooms, there's something wrong with them, as Priscilla said and is observable.

This house is definitely a weird one. The problem is that not everyone has the current owner's bizarre tastes, and this house is going to need a lot of work to get into shape for most other people. As Priscilla said, it's most touted feature (the curvilinear room design) is also a bug.

Posted by: sfrenegade at September 26, 2011 4:35 PM

Why is their a wooden bar barricading the inside if the french doors to the street?

Posted by: wifey at September 26, 2011 6:40 PM

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