Eleven thousand and counting
Since I started my home inspection company on October 15, 2001, my employees (nine at the height of the real estate boom in 2006) and I have done over 11,000 home inspections.
They have ranged from the cute little 360-square-feet studio in Point Loma (popular with flight attendants and pilots who just need a place to sleep over) to the 16,000-square-feet mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, one of the nation’s most prestigious zip codes (if prestige means really really really expensive homes). My Clients have included movie stars, sports stars, recording stars, business executives, and even regular people like you and me!
Today I thought I’d show you some of my favorite homes that I’ve inspected over these past twelve years.
Possibly my favorite is this mountain home in the old gold-mining community of Julian. It was built in 1937, was being sold by the man who built the home (he was 93 at the time), and still had its original octopus oil-fired furnace, which had been serviced the day before I was there. It is called an octopus furnace because the air ducts come out of a central body and spread throughout the house like an octopus.
A few of my other favorite homes that I’ve inspected:
If I were not a home inspector, I would never have had the opportunity to visit such magnificent homes. I did live in a magnificent home of 4,000 square feet from June 25, 1999, to June 25, 2001. I might still be living there except that in June 2000 my San Diego Gas & Electric bill was $4,700. Yes, I had, and used, a 10,000 gallon spa and a 50,000-gallon heated swimming pool, as well as two acres of lighted and irrigated landscaping, but when I moved in the monthly utility bill was only $600.
A year later the Enron Corporation, out of Houston, Texas, was manipulating the energy markets west of the Mississippi. It wasn’t until six months after I sold the home — I couldn’t see myself paying $4,700 a month for gas and electric for the rest of my life — that Enron filed for bankruptcy on December 2, 2001, and their elaborate institutionalized, systematic, and creatively planned accounting fraud and energy markets manipulation became public.
In retrospect, I believe that houses can be too big to live in. There were two of us living in that huge 4,000-SF house. I think 1,000 square feet per adult, and 500 square feet per child, is quite adequate for all except the exceptionally egocentric, like some of these sports, movie, and recording stars.
Looking for real estate services in San Diego County?
I can highly recommend
James Frimmer, Realtor
Century 21 Award, DRE #01458572
If you’re looking for a home inspector,
I recommend Russel Ray — that’s me!