It was a little more than five months ago that the "Flintstone House" — that iconic set of bubbles-you-can-live-in visible from 280 near Hillsborough — hit the market for $4.2 million. But while the structure has reportedly drawn "good interest," the interest wasn't good enough to actually close on a sale. That's why the price got a chop this week according to its listing agent.
As Caleb noted last fall, the home was built "in 1976 as an experiment in new building materials. Designed by architect William Nicholson, construction involved wire mesh and steel rebar on inflated balloons, then layered with shotcrete (concrete sprayed through a hose, basically)."
Remodeled in the '00s by Bay Area architect and designer Eugene Tsui, the three-bedroom, two-bath home has been occupied by its current owner for the last 19 years, Curbed SF reports. According to SocketSite, the home was priced at the initial $4.2 to attract "somebody who really wanted the quirky 2,730-square-foot home rather than a developer or individual looking for a nearly 2-acre lot upon which to build a much larger Hillsborough house."
According to Curbed SF, the home's listing agent says that it was cut by $420,000 Thursday, dropping the price to $3.78 million. Does the decrease suggest that the owner has given up the preservation ghost? Nope, says the agent.
"Everyone loves this house, it is like a piece of valuable modern art," she says. "I think the price reduction may entice those buyers who would love this house." And, obviously, the new price places it far more in reach for the average bronto crane operator at Slate Rock and Gravel Company.