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House Update

Well... Here's the new scoop. The house I had my heart set on (just a little bit) is now off the market. As in sold. Phooey. We did end up looking at a few others though.

First up was 1739 Margaret Way. Shockingly pale turquoise blue (but not in a bad way) exterior. Coved ceilings. Large back yard, so setting up canvas after camping wouldn't be a problem. 1038sq ft. Three-ish bedrooms and one bath. One of the rooms used to be the garage and is now OMGWTF??? lime green. Seriously. Windows need replacing. Holes were cut through the walls for dog doors and AC units. Kitchen is total crap. Mysterious mold in one room. One car driveway. The neighborhood is dreamy-perfect though and despite everything, the house feels good...

Second was next to the freeway at 2079 Magnolia. The noise of the freeway would be tuned out eventually. The house STUNK of pet urine and closed spaces. Sweet 1920's bungalow style with the swooped roofline and all. High ceilings (living room has a barrel arch) in all the rooms with molding details. Good access to the yard, but that is currently dirt and cement. Laundry is off the master bedroom (odd). Roof is obviously new. Huge gaping hole next to the back door where you go down steps to get under the house... Would need to be closed off somehow. Small garage turned spare work room in the back. Only street parking out front. House feels okay.

Third? 3613 Evalee. Corner lot. No back yard to speak of. Black widows galore (*ugh*). All the windows would need to be replaced in time. Some immediately. Best kept interior so far, but doesn't balance out some of the ick factor of having the spiders present. Lukewarm feel at best.

3504 Timberly Lane. Tiny yard. Tiny bedrooms (10x10 and 10x12 but in a layout that makes my bed a tight fit). Best kept exterior. Two-car garage, but a cat has left his mark. Everywhere. Resident cat in back yard is orange. This is good. Nothing but orchard behind the house. End of street/pseudo court so it's quiet traffic-wise. Front bedroom window looks onto a park. Overall nice house (thumbs up for french doors and best bathrooms so far) but yard is waaaaaaay small. Waaaaay small. Like bug. Squish.

Last? 1922 Hackett. This is the house I saw posted and flipped thinking *my* little Hackett house had gone up in price. Nope. Different house. All windows are dual pane and in good shape. Old porch was integrated into the design to become a strange L-shaped room hidden behind the kitchen. Largest kitchen and dining area. French doors again. Coved ceilings. Decorative arch into the kitchen area (pretty). Carpet needs tearing out in bedrooms. Central heat and air... Living in the closet of one bedroom. *pout* Once again rooms are tiny. Closets are tiny too. The yard is not. OMG. Give me a hammock and a sweet tea. I would buy it just for the yard. Water heater is wonky wired and MUST be fixed correctly. I'd love it if the heating unit could come out of the closet and live elsewhere. Outlets are in the bedroom floor. Just cut into the floor. WTF? Bathroom needs love. Overall? House is not in the best state (liveable, I think, but not winning any prizes) but the yard feels insta-relaxed and makes me want to spend hours outside. Best of the bunch seen today. Oh. And there was a rosary around the light on the front porch.

Still looking, but Dad will see a couple of these tomorrow or Wednesday...


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 9th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
Holy crap. Deciding which it's to be is going to be super hard. Good luck!
Sep. 9th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
Considering we started with a list of over one hundred... We've already narrowed the search quite a bit. I'm really leaning in the direction of the big, restful yard...
Of course, that means I'd have to do yard work. I think I might like that.
Sep. 9th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
That's actually what I was thinking while reading it. I love big happy yards. It's one thing I really like about the place we're living. It would be improved with about 1/2 the dog population though :)
Sep. 9th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
Livable houses can be improved over time. Land however does not grow.
Sep. 9th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
Must be the Irish in us that makes us long for land of our own...
My fave so far is on .25 acres. Not too bad for in town and under $100,000.
Sep. 9th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
Sounds awesome. Truly, you probably don't want much more than a 1/4 acre. Beyond that, you enter too big for a shovel, too small for a tractor territory.
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