Out the alley behind our apartment building and across Monroe is what the Wilcox clan calls “Kuma’s house”. When our Maine Coon was still with us, and the 1,300-square-foot Craftsman, built in 1917, was a foreclosure, he would go there to play and hunt in the side yard’s overgrown foliage. Our neighbor’s kitty Lou Lou died there in April 2013, after succumbing to a hit-and-run. The property sold for $579,000 the following month.

This afternoon, there was an open-house, with selling price that surprised me: $800,000. Whoa! Expecting a second child, the owners are moving into a larger property in Normal Heights. Apparently, they’re already in escrow. When my wife and I walked through—and not for the first time—around 4 p.m. PDT, the real estate agent told us that in three hours more than 40 people had come by. Looking to spend $800,000? I can’t imagine, no matter how much this neighborhood or the Craftsman appeals to me. That’s helluva appreciation in selling price, even if the owners spent several tens of thousands of dollars in renovations.

I used the Fujifilm X100F to shoot the home. The Acros film simulation is fabulous for black-and-white photography. Thank you, Fuji! Vitals, aperture manually set: f/5.6, ISO 200, 1/500 sec, 23mm; 5:16 p.m. PDT.

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