Every for-sale-by-owner hopes that a magical buyer will come along who appreciates the uniqueness of their special home – and be ready, willing, and able to pay for it.  Not sure why the U-T considers this news, and not advertising:

The family of the late Nobel Prize winner Francis Crick is offering a $10,000 finder’s fee to the person who helps them locate the ideal buyer for the scientist’s home near the Muirlands West section of La Jolla.

The four-bedroom, four-bath house at 1792 Colgate Circle has been put on the market for $1.95 million. Crick lived in the ranch-style house from 1978 until his death in 2004.

“We would like to sell the house to someone who appreciates its historic value so we are trying a dual approach,” Crick’s son, Michael Crick, said by email. “First we are offering a $10,000 finder’s fee (through Feb. 28) aimed at people, such as Rosalia (Mariz, a long-time family friend), who knew my parents and also knew scientists all over the world.

“If we don’t get a good offer in that time, we will try the conventional approach through local Realtor Greg Noonan — who will focus on the local market.”

Francis Crick achieved worldwide fame in 1962 when he shared the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine with James Watkins and Maurice Wilkins. Watson and Crick discovered the fundamental structure of DNA, a discovery that would revolutionize genetics and molecular biology, eventually leading to the Human Genome Project and widespread advances in pharmacology.

Crick’s most groundbreaking work occurred at Cambridge University. But he later transferred to the Salk Institute of Biological Studies, where he played a key role in the growth of the La Jolla research center. He died of colon cancer in La Jolla in July 2004.  http://francis.crick.com/lajolla.html



From Dataquick – they show that San Diego sales were higher last month, Y-O-Y:

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