Some people read for entertainment, others play video games. When I get bored, I start looking at real estate. Actually I don’t even have to be bored, I just like creepin’ around zillow.com to see what new homes have hit the market in my area. If you’ve been following for awhile, you may know that over three years ago, we sold our larger family home to downsize to something appropriate for the empty nesters that we are. We purchased a home built in 1957 from it’s original owners, and did a top to bottom renovation, complete with new roof, windows, and outdoor living spaces. As much as I adore this lovely home we have created, I’ve been craving a new project, so I look at real estate.
One day on my search, a new listing popped up in our current neighborhood that intrigued me. I promptly texted my real estate agent to set up a showing a few days out just to “take a look”. When searching, I require at least 2 out of 3 of my current MUST HAVES to even bother, which are: single story, lots of square footage for me to create amazing storage spaces, and an adjacent bedroom to the master that can become an obscenely large master closet. This house had two of those (it’s not a single story). Oh, and duh, it needs to be a good deal. I am not just looking for a nice house, I have one of those. What I’m looking for is the ugly duckling crying out to me for a makeover, or a nice family home that has seen better days and needs to be brought back to it’s glory. This house is the latter.
A few days later, I cruised through this house and could immediately see the potential. Actually what I mainly saw was the chance to have a REALLY HUGE closet again, so I convinced the hubby to check it out too. A few minutes of pointing out the benefits of doing this again and we were making an offer! YAY! We headed up north for the weekend, where I promised myself that I wouldn’t obsess the whole time (ha!), and the waiting began. The house was owned by the estate, as the owner had passed away, so we were dealing with the trust attorney. This is what transpired:
Our agent said that the house had been on the market about 24 hours, when it had received two above price offers! WHAT???? Insert my disappointment here, but wait. Within a few days, the first buyers could not get their financing, and the second buyers had already found another house. As luck would have it, we came along at just the right time, and soon it was ours! Yippee!
Currently we are knee deep in the renovation, thankfully not living there while it happens (learned that lesson the hard way). As soon as we get close enough to being done, we will sell our current LOVELY home (any buyers out there?). Our new project has great bones, and we are making a few changes that will produce a big difference. So here for your entertainment, are the before pictures. These are the ones that accompanied the listing.
I will show you the upstairs in a different blog post, and share with you the ins and outs of making good choices for today’s family living. I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments, so feel free to leave notes and ask questions. After all, I’m assuming you’re just like me and are intrigued by the life that has lived here (and will again soon), so let the house snooping begin!