Thursday, July 15, 2010

2772 Border Ave

This townhouse was one of the very first we saw when we were thinking about buying instead of renting. It is detached, has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, living room, formal dining area. It has a total of 1948 square feet. Located on 2772 Border Ave, Torrance, CA 90501, this townhouse was listed at $559,000 when we visited it back in May 2010. On 6/30/2010, it was sold for $518,000. Do I regret about not making an offer? No. We never wanted to make an offer at the listed $559K price, and we never was interested in even submitting a low ball offer to bargain it down. There is just no price that is low enough to entice us to live in this townhouse. So we passed it on.

During our drive along Sepulveda Blvd towards the south east of Torrance, I just began to develop a bad feeling about the property we were going to see because the sights outside the car window began to look shady. They aren't ghetto at all, just they aren't like those clean residential parts of Torrance we passed by earlier. The scene just started to change when we were approaching the property. When we arrived at the complex, the first thing we saw was a long train of cars loaded with chemicals passing by with a loud roaring noise. We couldn't believe how long the train was and how long it took to completely go away. When we saw that train right outside, we just wanted to get back in our car and forget about the townhouse. Unfortunately, the broker was already there waiting for us. So to be polite, we went ahead to see the inside of the townhouse.

The living room is very bright and spacious. The entire townhouse has very nice hardwood floor.
Big size private patio with a nice wood deck. Unfortunately, it's also very close to the train path.... My husband felt that having a train track so close to the townhouse was a life threatening hazard if the train loads of chemical ever blows up due to accidents or acts of terror. Besides, we absolutely don't want to live in a place that is constantly subjected to the noise of train traffic.

Dining area by the kitchen.

The kitchen.
Formal step-up dining room that was used as office.
Master bedroom, which is pretty small. All bedrooms are kind of compact.

The bathroom inside the master bedroom. It's okay in size. A lot smaller than the other ones we saw in other townhouses. I have no problem with it, just the vanity cabinet and counter top is plain to my taste. I personally hate white tile counter tops because they take too much work to scrub and clean to maintain a clean look.

We would have made an offer on this townhouse if it weren't sitting right next to the railroad track. Because of the railroad track, we don't want to live there even if it's rent free, and no way we want to pay over half a million dollars to live in a place next to a hazard like this. All it takes is one stupid accident, or one suicidal attempt from one idiot to decide to park his/her car in the middle of the track .... This had happened not long ago on a track of a commuter train in Los Angeles, the guy later changed his mind and walked out of this car, just a whole bunch of other innocent people died during the train crash as a result of this detoured suicide attempt.... Can one imagine the consequence if the same happens to the cargo train on this track behind this townhouse, which is specialized in transporting industrialized chemicals?

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