COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- It's full of vulgar graffiti spray-painted on nearly every surface; windows are broken and left strewn inside and out; the back deck is so damaged it's not even properly attached to the house; oh, and did we mention the non-functioning freezer full of year-old rotting meat?
It could all be yours in a Colorado Springs "dream" home that just went on the market this week -- for $590,000.
There's a story behind the
dream nightmare home, and the humorous posting by local realtor Mimi Foster Feith is attracting internet notoriety and genuine interest.
Foster says she's had the house in her possession for a year and a half but just recently listed it as she was previously trying to have her insurance cover the damage.
Foster said she woke up to a call from the Washington Post Wednesday, and that's when she realized her tongue-in-cheek listing had gone viral.
According to Mimi Foster Feith, the home in the southwest side Broadmoor Bluffs neighborhood was "once the seller's pride and joy," but it was left in disarray by an "angry departing tenant who didn't want to pay rent." The damage happened in 2020, but the house was listed for sale in its current condition this week.
The pictures are worth 1,000 words, but they'll probably leave you speechless. See the gallery below. (Warning some of the images contain explicit imagery.)
Foster Feith says that the former tenants trashed the place, but they also left a freezer in the basement full of meat and it hasn't had electricity over the past year.
"So be sure to wear your mask," the listing says. "Not for anyone else's protection, but your own. You may not be able to endure the smell if you don't."
Despite the obvious flaws, and partially due to the humorous listing, the property is attracting potential buyers.
"I thought it was hilarious, and I'm in the market to do fix and flips and stuff like that so I had to absolutely come see it," said potential buyer Aaron Lawless. "It's a wreck, but it's gonna make some money for someone."
Woven in between the gag-worthy, cringe-inducing notes about the destruction, Foster Feith highlights the potential of the home in one of the hottest housing markets in the country:
- "As you enter, there are soaring ceilings and an open floor plan with a second-floor overlook."
- "The floorplan is wonderful and open. The main floor has a living room, dining room, kitchen with dining area, family room with fireplace, laundry, and main floor bedroom and bath."
- "The upstairs has a catwalk, large master with soaking tub and dual sinks, plus two additional bedrooms and bath"
Just don't go out on the back deck since it's "not necessarily attached to the house in the manner you might hope." If you do survey the area, the listing does give the heads up that the property is in a risky area for geological landslides.
But even despite the daunting cleanup job in store for whoever ends up buying the house, booking times to view the home were snagged on Redfin throughout the day, indicating there may be genuine interest in buying the house as-is.
"You have to laugh," Foster Feith says, "Otherwise it's kind of sad."
The house is on Churchill Court. You can see the listing for yourself at this link.