The house hunting is making me feel a bit weather beaten. My head understands why it is good to keep looking, but my heart is ready to move into Gregory Cove!
First we saw 303 W Brier Ln. Luckily, it is already under contract, so Josh isn’t pushing it as a potential fixer-up for us! The living room is an addition and it is the nicest part of the house by far. The kitchen is compact and dine-in. The tile counter tops were too much for me! Grout where I’m preparing food… no thanks!!! The majority of the house need new floors and walls at the very least.
Next we saw 703 N Hill St. This house is cozy and cute, but it is small. The dine-in kitchen, is more of a kitchenette. Josh knew well enough to tell the realtor, “This one is nice, but there is no way that kitchen will work for Brandy.”
After that, we went to see 504 N River Oaks Dr. This one is about 15 minutes out of town and into the country. It is on just under a half acre of flat lawn with some mature trees. Josh thinks it looks like a church from the outside:) The living space has great natural light and a wide arch off the main hall. The kitchen is separate, but it is big enough to add shelves and still be dine-in.
The room beside the kitchen and living area is long. It leads to the laundry closet and has french doors to the back yard. I envision this space as a home office, sewing space, or a future play/homeschool room.
The back two bed rooms and kitchen have new double pane windows. There is new lament flooring through most of the house. This house has enough square footage for us to grow into even though it is lacking the idea open living space.
For some reason the bathrooms are not shown in the listing photos… The main bath is modest and has a tub/shower. The master bath, pictured below has a shower.
This house holds third place in my mind.
The next property 232 W Chamberlain St is just under 2 and 1/4 acres. It is in Kingsland, so we would be able to keep livestock if we want to. The place has recently been a rental property… so was it ever dirty!!! The carpets need replaced. The living space is open:) The kitchen is a good size and leads to the laundry room. The cabinets have been so dirty for so long, they need to be refinished, but otherwise seem to be in good shape. All three bedrooms are as expected. Both bathrooms have a double vanity, which makes sharing easier! This house has just the level of fixing-up that might not break me and send me running for the hills.
The yard had so much junk in it, it was hard to appreciate the acreage. Plus the property is only a block off a busy road which is visible and audible from the front door.
I joked that this property came with a “part-time job.” …and the realtor said, “Good, then you know what you’re getting into.”
The listing pictures of the bedrooms have clutter in them, so here are new images that are easier to imagine with our finishes.
Both extra bedrooms are small with a single window and a repeatable closet.
The Master bedroom is a bit bigger with its own bath and walk-in closet
The listing show the living space as three separate rooms, but to my delight it is open!
Dark isn’t it! That is one of the many issues that need addressing.
If Josh insists on a fixer-up, this is about as far as I care to walk that line!
Our journey continued to 1820 Ridgeview. This is a full fledged fixer-up. It needs a new kitchen, new toilets, and new floors ASAP! I get grumpy when I think about it. Josh is more eager than I expected or like!!! The icing my metaphorical cake is the location. It is right off a main road. There is no nice view no matter which way you turn!!! Ugly house, ugly property, ugly part of town… not what I want to sign up for.
The realtor suggested it as a good property to fix and rent, so that we could afford a property we find more pleasing.
The last property we saw, 202 Timberidge had so much curb appeal I was in love before we went inside. This cute brick ranch has a yard with multiple mature trees in all the right places. …simple landscaping on a flat lot.
This house has a large living space, with a tiny kitchen with awesome finishes. Sadly, the listing photos don’t give it justice and mine aren’t much better. I was too busy looking around to remember to take many photos.
The realtor did point out that a kitchen expansion has a lot of potential.
The wall between the kitchen and dining space could come down. The kitchen can extend across the back wall of the dining space and an island can be added, with or without a seating bar. Then the living space would be 100% open and the kitchen wouldn’t be so tiny.
Then we could put the dining space in the other corner, where the current residents have the office/music corner.
Ta-da perfect great room layout! To bad things aren’t as easily done as they are said.
An oddity in this home… the walk-in closet is a pass through to the master bath? A tidy closet it will have to be… to keep me happy:)
The listing photos only show the back patio, but the back yard is so much more than that! What a perfect country house! This one has stollen second place in my mind.
There is a lot of drainage around this house, that leads to a ditch in the side yard that leads away from the house. This concerns Josh! He feels it may have flood potential?
The Search for Our New Home