Brooklynites Bamboozled By Bogus Blurb
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Brooklynites Bamboozled By Bogus Blurb

2008_04_08babyhouse.jpgEver since Torontoist wrote about the little house at St. Clair and Dufferin—known affectionately as “Toronto’s Little House” (OK, why don’t you think of a more creative name, smarty-pants?)—it’s received an enormous amount of local and international attention. So much attention, in fact, that it was famously associated with a potential purchase by comic/dancing machine/talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, although tiny houses are presumably much easier to give away than tiny dogs, so what was the problem, Ellen?
The house has not received so much press, however, that a number of people in Brooklyn weren’t able to be taken in by a gag real estate posting listing the property for sale on Avenue T in Gravesend, Brooklyn (that’s pronounced GRAVES end, not grave SEND).
The New York Daily News reports that the listing attracted dozens of people to Avenue T, clearly desperate for affordable digs in the pricey Brooklyn real estate market, despite its less-than-generous proportions. The Daily News story notes that the house was advertised as “Brooklyn’s smallest,” in the listing, which was sent via email to unsuspecting home buyers.
As we noted in our previous post, the house was listed at $179,000 after it sold for only $139,000 in the spring of 2007. Even though its original listing on mls.ca has been removed, the house reportedly remains unsold. Does anyone think it would have that same problem in Brooklyn? So what are you waiting for? That house ain’t gonna buy itself, people.
Photo for Torontoist by Alexandra Samur.

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