I'm a little behind on my reading and viewing, but I do enjoy a few of the "reality TV" shows and record them for later viewing. Back on April 22nd, the "Flip It to Win It" show on HGTV caught the eye of my eagle-eyed wife and me when a house came up for foreclosure auction in Sunnyvale. On the show, the bidders go by and visit, but are really buying blind since they cannot go into the houses they are bidding on at the courthouse steps. So this "Sunnyvale" house on Montana Way caught our attention because it was right on the Caltrain right of way and the video showed eucalyptus trees and oleander bushes as the train went by. Don't get me wrong: Sunnyvale is a lovely town, but not as lovely as this clip showed. Here is the house in Sunnyvale and the TV bidders.
The house supposedly sells on the courthouse steps for $810K. I repeat, Sunnyvale is a nice town, but.... By now the B'game antenna are up. Sure enough this lovely TV couple are shown walking into the house they won and we see a Michael Brownrigg for Council sign on the lawn behind them! Too funny. This little charmer is at 1038 Montana Morrell Ave. in Sunnyvale B'game!
But wait, the story gets better. The TV bidders say they budgeted $100K and 33 days to renovate this house and flip it. I nearly spit out my pinot noir at their cluelessness. Sure enough as the show progresses, they get caught for numerous lack-of-permit violations and the house gets tied up past the filming for the show so they cannot tout their profits and "lose" to another TV contestant. Here is the house at the end of the show
Our TV wizards are discussing how to cut their losses at the end of the show and are considering selling it without a kitchen as a second-round spec house. Well, that didn't happen since the listing is still active seven months later here, but the finished kitchen looks lovely! Seeing ain't believing these days.
If anyone goes by the open house this weekend, let us know what you think.