Sunday, December 07, 2008

House Hunt

I am so disappointed (and appalled, actually) that the house we made an offer on earlier this year in Lakeside Highlands is now owned by a family who could so totally trash a home and yard!! We finally got to see the house they have put on the market. It was so bad, our Realtor said, "I won't let you buy this house!" It was disgusting and had so much junk still in it and it was in horrible shape on the inside as well as the backyard.

One of the four we were scheduled to look at yesterday had to cancel. We will reschedule because it looks really nice (even the kitchen). Here's a photo of that kitchen taken from the MLS listing.

So, we looked at three yesterday. The one is Lakeside is definitely off the list! There was one in our 2nd neighborhood choice, but it also didn't make the cut. The remaining one made the cut, even though it is on the small side. The house has been beautifully redone, with awesome moldings and a pretty (but small) kitchen. I snapped some photos of it.These are all the cabinets in the kitchen. Not much. However, there is space out of view in this shot (on the right) to add some more cabinets. We probably would have them add some pantry-type cabinets rather than the upper/lower/counter top type.

Here's a close-up of the detail in the kitchen.
You may have to click on the photo to see the detail in the edging molding that is above the beige rectangular backsplash.

Here is a shot of the dining area. Our table would fit with the leaf in it but it would be a little on the tight side. Of course, we wouldn't need the leaf in it very often. Even when Kim and Dewayne come over, we can fit around the table when it's small.

Here's the living room. I love the windows across the front (all the windows are new, btw).

Here's a look from the living room into the dining room.
I love the "columns" with the fluting at the bottom. Again, the molding detail is just so beautiful. It is carried out throughout the entire house. Here's a close-up of one of the door frames.
I didn't take a picture of it, but the master bedroom has dentil molding around the ceiling. It's the only room that has it. It would be nice if they added it to the other rooms, too.

Positives: beautiful details in the trim work; kitchen is sparkling new; separate nice-sized laundry room; three bedrooms; 2 baths; beautiful hardwoods everywhere except the kitchen/dining and baths; very central location; the exterior is brick and new siding so maintenance would be easy; good indoor storage with three hall closets (although one of those may have to be downsized/removed to add the pantry to the kitchen); covered parking (although it's only a one-car carport); fenced backyard.

Negatives on this house: no outbuilding for a workshop (it does have a storage room located off the back patio with shelves and space to add more, but we would still have to add a workshop); the neighbors are really close (but they do have a nice backyard with lots of bird feeders ;-); small square footage (that could actually be a plus when it comes to cleaning and caring for it); small kitchen; bathrooms are in good shape but partially dated (older tubs and tile, although they are in good shape; newer toilets and sinks); the closets are just empty boxes (that could be a plus as we could tailor them to our needs); the master is small (but we could let Laikyn have that bedroom and en suite bath and we could take the larger front bedroom and use the hall bathroom); priced a little high per square foot; no refrigerator.

So even most of the "negatives" could be viewed as positives or worked around. So many things to weigh out.

I'm sooo disappointed about the house in Lakeside. What a shame! Our Realtor told us she would knock on doors if we found one we liked in Lakeside. There is a bungalow that we have always loved on a corner lot. We'll see....

1 comment:

Niki :-) said...

Hey Shelley! How's the new job going? And that cute baby of yours? ;) I'm so glad I could spread some quilty cheer to the babe. Also, what about that house hunt. frustrating huh? ugh! happy Wednesday sweetie. hugs from arizona. niki