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Dolls’ House: The US property listing is full of full-size mannequins.
Where Kiwi agents use professional stagers and photographers to get the best shots of the home, their American counterparts often have a more Wild West attitude to the process.
This Californian listing, however, pushes the “unique” factor all the way up to 20 – which, incidentally, is about the number of evening gown-dressed mannequins decorating this otherwise ordinary three-bed Lake Tahoe home.
While it’s not mentioned – or even acknowledged – in the listing, the upstairs rooms of this duplex (the US term for a pair of connected townhouses or flats) are full of well-dressed shop mannequins.
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Most of the figures are female, although there’s a lone, suited male in one of the bedrooms, surrounded by ladies ready for a night on the town.
While the rest of the home’s decoration is a little ornate for the house, which is a very simple, 70s built, stucco home, it’s otherwise normal and gives no hint as to why the manikins are there.
The downstairs duplex is more ordinary looking, although it hasn’t been cleaned or styled for sale.
“With a little love, this duplex has great income property potential,” the listing, with Jesse Yohnka of D Howard and Co, says.
In the popular resort town, the property is “centrally located and close to casinos, beaches, shopping, skiing and the only cinema in town” and comprised of two flats, a three-bedroom/two-bathroom unit upstairs and a two-bedroom/one-bathroom unit with a garage downstairs.
The property is “to be sold as-is”, which might mean it comes with two tenants, or it comes with the slightly unnerving mannequins.
The property, which is only a few blocks from the shore of Lake Tahoe, is on the market for US$650,000 (NZ$890,000) for both apartments.
In July 2019, a US listing for an otherwise ordinary bungalow in Kentucky, made international news when the listing agent gave the listing some personality by including people dressed as a unicorn and a Dinosaur in the photos.
The creative listing aimed to show the home had family-home potential, and it paid off, with thousands of enquiries about the home flooding the agent’s in box.
In October 2020, a Halloween-themed listing from Silver Spring in Washington State, included giant and human-sized skeletons in various poses around the house, including “nude” in the shower.