Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Crab Feast To Sell Condos in Silver Spring

Mica Condos has a new promotion in an attempt to sell their overpriced condos. :-)

Thank you for registering for MICA's all-you-can-eat hard-shell crabs. Live music poolside. Just come in through the lobby and check out MICA's beautiful models and amenities. Then, join the crab feast-plus, you'll have a chance to win a cool weekend getaway and other great prizes. Hot fun in the summertime!

Here are some previous posts regarding the Mica Condo development:

Last time I checked crabs live in the water with lots of bubbles. Oh the irony!

22 comments:

  1. And they feed on the dead.

    A Redskins fan

    ReplyDelete
  2. I mean the crabs, not the condo company.

    I think.

    A Redskins fan

    ReplyDelete
  3. Mmm, all you can eat crab cakes bubbles....

    /homer

    ReplyDelete
  4. i have said many times that fed funds are heading for 6%..David like a novice uttered what he heard from so called experts.
    Folks, by year end we will have 6%.

    Gold speculators, your ass on fire. Run.
    Home speculators are drowning anyhow.
    5%fixed instrument is the best bet.

    Prospective home buyer: Wait at least till Oct 2007. You will thank me for outrageous deals.
    EOM

    ReplyDelete
  5. Sounds like fun! Crabs aren't cheap--but, then, neither are these condos.

    ReplyDelete
  6. "5%fixed instrument is the best bet."

    What if inflation runs above 5%?

    ReplyDelete
  7. I'm sure they'll put you through a timeshare brainwashing session before you get your crab..

    grim

    ReplyDelete
  8. I remember looking at their ad in March when they said prices from the 300s, now the website says prices from the 200s. I would imagine that the builder is very crabby right about now. I would rather eat at red lobster. Eventhough the crabs are free at Mica, I would have to put up with the desparate salespeople and go on tours knowing that I would never buy anything here. I'm sure the crabs are better at red lobster anyway.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Not worth the gas to drive to Silver Spring for free crabs.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Just found this one on homedatabase.com:

    MLS#: MC6077654
    Price: $664,900
    Bedrooms: 4
    Bathrooms: 2 full 1 half
    City: POTOMAC

    This first sentence of the ad: $5000.00 closing cost help and 5 day/4 night cruise for 2 certificate to buyer!

    Someone should suggest MICA to give out free cruise trips too.

    ReplyDelete
  11. At the prices for those Mica condos, they should be offering free crabs for life!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I drove by that place the other day. It looks so empty from the outside. Condo conversions should be priced well below market value of newly-built condo developments in my opinion.

    The owners of MICA will have to drop their prices much further to get any action.

    ReplyDelete
  13. DC Condo WatcherJune 06, 2006 5:11 PM

    Someone here said the other day that all of us should stop being so negative giving an example of McDonald's 99 cent hamburger promotion.

    Well - if McDonald's started advertising $10 hamburgers with free 2L coke, 10 dozen cookies, and 5 pounds of sugar then I'll be negative about their advertising too.

    ReplyDelete
  14. hmmmm....crabs....tempting....But I've given up seafood now, so I guess I won't be showing up! Hahahaha....

    About "closing costs paid by seller"...yeah...they are starting to be popular now. This RE agent at my office just sold a house offering that incentive....No cruise trips though! hahahaha

    ReplyDelete
  15. "Well - if McDonald's started advertising $10 hamburgers with free 2L coke, 10 dozen cookies, and 5 pounds of sugar then I'll be negative about their advertising too."

    LOL. Great metaphor. Except that the deal you proposed has a price closer to value than these condos.

    A Redskins fan

    ReplyDelete
  16. Former ResidentJune 07, 2006 11:13 AM

    I used to live there and want to show up for the free crabs, just to see the look on the salespeoples faces (they know who I am, alright).

    Now give me my free crabs!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Here's some real scoop from people who haven't been there yet:

    From their site:
    # Generous floor plans (not as big as they seem - once you put furniture in there, they get small FAST)
    # Eat-in kitchen or dining room (kitchens are too small to eat in)
    # Granite countertops (not worth the money)
    # Stainless steel appliances (again, who cares?)
    # Walk-in closets (the size of a port-a-pot)
    # Washer and dryer (admittedly, this is convenient, but not worth the cost their charging)
    # Sunny wall-to-wall windows (the new windows do look good - much better than the ones that previously existed)
    # Private balcony* (tiny as HELL, unless you get the 3-BDR; can't even comfortably put a small table and chairs out there)
    # Spectacular views (of the condemned building across the street)
    # Swimming pool with sundeck (it's decent)
    # Club room with billiards (not sure where they're putting this - not a whole lot of space to go around in the lobby)
    # Media center with theater-like capabilities (Do you have a 40-odd inch big-screen TV? Apparently they do too)
    # State-of-the-art fitness center (about the size of your living room, with 4 machines and a Nautilus)
    # Controlled access entry system (which can be easily averted)
    # Ample parking with garage spaces available (now this... this is just LAUGHABLE. The parking situation before was horrendous, with many people having to park in the Giant parking lot across the street. Unless they dug down to add levels to the parking garage, someone's going to be forced to park blocks away)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Full Disclosure : I have signed a contract on a unit at Mica.

    In response to the previous tirade(seems like some people here have a major axe to grind with Mica) here's what I know - MY COMMENTS IN BOLD:

    From their site:
    # Generous floor plans (not as big as they seem - once you put furniture in there, they get small FAST) - DESPITE THE PAINFULLY OBVIOUS OBSERVATION THAT FURNITURE FILLS UP A SPACE, LOOK AT THE MODEL UNITS AND THE FLOOR PLANS AND DECIDE FOR YOURSELF - THEY ARE WAY BIGGER THAN ANYTHING ELSE AROUND, IMHO
    # Eat-in kitchen or dining room (kitchens are too small to eat in) - THE KITCHEN HAS A GRANITE BREAKFAST BAR EXTENDING INTO THE DINING SPACE
    # Granite countertops (not worth the money) - ...IN HIS OPINION
    # Stainless steel appliances (again, who cares?) - OBVIOUSLY NOT HIM
    # Walk-in closets (the size of a port-a-pot) - ABOUT AVERAGE SIZE, NEITHER BIG NOR SMALL, DEFINITELY ADEQUATE
    # Washer and dryer (admittedly, this is convenient, but not worth the cost their charging)
    # Sunny wall-to-wall windows (the new windows do look good - much better than the ones that previously existed)
    # Private balcony* (tiny as HELL, unless you get the 3-BDR; can't even comfortably put a small table and chairs out there) - ADMITTEDLY NOT HUGE, BUT CERTAINLY A REASONABLE SIZE, AS OBVIOUS FROM THE OUTSIDE
    # Spectacular views (of the condemned building across the street) - AGAIN, GO LOOK AT THE VIEWS FROM THE DEMO UNITS - YOU CAN SEE THE MONUMENTS, THE CATHEDRAL, AND ROCK CREEK PARK, PERHAPS NOT AS GREAT ON LOWER FLOORS
    # Swimming pool with sundeck (it's decent)
    # Club room with billiards (not sure where they're putting this - not a whole lot of space to go around in the lobby) - WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE A BETTER IDEA, PRESUMABLY THE CURRENT SALES-OFFICE WHICH IS LARGE
    # Media center with theater-like capabilities (Do you have a 40-odd inch big-screen TV? Apparently they do too) - AGAIN, WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE A BETTER IDEA OF WHAT THEY PLAN TO OFFER
    # State-of-the-art fitness center (about the size of your living room, with 4 machines and a Nautilus) - THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO UPGRADE THIS TO BE TRUE
    # Controlled access entry system (which can be easily averted) - HOW DOES HE KNOW ?
    # Ample parking with garage spaces available (now this... this is just LAUGHABLE. The parking situation before was horrendous, with many people having to park in the Giant parking lot across the street. Unless they dug down to add levels to the parking garage, someone's going to be forced to park blocks away) - NOT TRUE, BETWEEN THE UNDERGROUND GARAGES AND THE ABOVE GROUND PARKING IN THE FRONT AND BACK OF THE BUILDING, THERE CERTAINLY ARE ENOUGH SPACES FOR ALL THE UNITS. PERHAPS THE EARLIER PARKING SITUATION WAS BECAUSE TENANTS CHOSE NOT TO PAY FOR GARAGE PARKING.

    ReplyDelete
  19. "YOU CAN SEE THE MONUMENTS"

    The only monument you can possibly see is the Washington Monument. You can in no way see the Jefferson or Lincoln.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I stand corrected - I could see the Washington Monument and the US Capitol, which is what I meant by 'Monuments'.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I've started a new listserv for people that have purchased units at
    Mica Condominiums in downtown Silver Spring. The link is :
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mica_condo_owners

    The objective is for us to get to know each other and share pertinent
    information about the development, construction progress, delivery etc.
    Please sign up if you have purchased or signed a contract on a unit.
    Also, please pass along this link to anyone you may know that has done
    so.

    For starters, membership will be restricted to actual buyers only. We
    can collectively decide if we want to open it up later.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Did the previous poster even read the post or any of the other comments before he posted that?

    ReplyDelete