IT WAS A DISASTER.
And the disaster of it all was that it made me realize how nice our current home is. We may not have granite, but at least it's a level counter top that no-one has put their cigarette out on. Anyway friends, this led me to understand that while I have no problem moving into a house that needs a bit of a facelift... I would really prefer not to start from absolute scratch. It would be great if we moved into a house that didn't need ALL of the flooring replaced IMMEDIATELY. Anyway, the thing is, my Sporting Mister got all obsessed with the pond place. He did not go with me to look at the house, do he didn't believe me when I told him how bad it was. Again, obsessed with the pond that he thinks he would have played hockey on all winter long.
Anyway, we had a big "discussion" about the pond place and how much we can afford and blah blah blah. Cut to the fact that he had no clue mortgage rates were around 3.25%.
We are now refinancing our current mortgage and I have convinced him we can afford not only the home below, but also some renovations on said home. So, yeah... I'm obsessing over it.
Aw. What a cute little cape... it's so small and cute and "charming" and small....
It's got 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2.5 acres, fireplaces, basements, and, check out that 3 season porch. Did I ever tell you how badly I wanted a screened in porch? I can't really understand why a screened in porch is not as basic to a house as a bathroom is. Anyway....
Here's what I really like (aside from the porch):
1. It's at the end of a cul-de-sac on a quiet street... no lines on the road.... local traffic only.
2. There is a neighborhood, so if we have kids someday, we don't have to drive them 5 miles to the nearest house. However, it's got 2.5 acres of private loveliness, so we don't have to listen when someone gives the neighborhood children whistles.
3. As far as I can tell, the kitchen and dining room are one humongous room. I really like that because it's not as wasteful as having a fully separate dining room.
4. It has a finished basement. I actually have mixed feelings about a finished basement. On one hand, it's a space for my craft room that is separate from any bedrooms. Its also a nice separate space from the main level where football fans can get rowdy without alarming the sleeping babies, or perhaps more accurately, dogs. However... finished basements are lost storage spaces.
5. The price. At $282,000 it's far less than other comparable houses.
Let's take a stroll through the inside.
If you walk in the front door, you can go left into the fancy pants living room.
If you continue away from the front door you'll turn right into the massive kitchen/dining room area.
I kinda love this layout. Not sure why there is a TV in the dining room.... but we have one in our kitchen, so maybe I shouldn't criticize. There are a lot of options here, especially with the nice fireplace amping up the cozy factor.
Don't worry, I'm pretty sure I would never paint a brick fireplace....
If you noticed, the screen porch is right off of the kitchen/dining room.
Ok, calming down... back in the house, you can also visit the 4th bedroom/living/office on the first floor.
Upstairs are the master and two other bedrooms.
Back down the stairs we go... down, down to the basement, which seems to be divided into two areas.
But the basement space lends itself well to a cozy family room, and it even has a little natural light from the regular sized windows. Can't hate that! Plus, if it gets too hot with the fire going, you could always walk outside and sit a spell on the patio area.
Ok, so if you want to admit that you are obsessed too, that's ok with me. I think this place has great potential and I'm looking forward to checking it out, hopefully soon. Keep your fingers crossed for me, ok?