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Found a Possible House Today

August 26th, 2012 at 09:39 pm

I mean, we're not ready to buy and we're not going to buy right now, but that doesn't stop us from looking and this one would fit our needs in more ways than I expected.

First off it's nearly 3000 square feet with a separate living area MIL apartment set up. And it's on .62 acres, and partially fenced. So it would be perfect for raising and butchering rabbits or chickens in the city without freaking out the neighbors and still have space for a large garden and maybe a hoophouse. It has a creek bordering the property, but nowhere near the house, so no fear of flooding, and we could fish in season.

It has the right number of bathrooms. It has a small wood lot for the fire. It has the right number of bedrooms. It has a huge kitchen. It has space enough to not feel closed in and a place for me to write. It has a good garage. It is in the right school districts. It has a hot tub! (Not a necessity, but nice). And best yet is the asking price of $225,000.

So what's wrong with it? It's ugly. I mean...UGLY. It was built in 1951 and looks every inch of it. Heavy dark wood panelling in a couple of rooms. Heavy brickwork in a couple of places. And an aluminum roof. Yet the potential is huge. Most of it is cosmetic. There is almost always sheetrock under panelling. And bricks can be painted. And we could have a little farm in the city. It's a big enough lot we could raise miniture goats for milk if we wanted to (we don't, but we could!).

It is ugly enough that it may set there for a good long while. Maybe even until we are ready. But even if not, this house shows it is possible to find what we are looking for. I want to drive by it in person just to see if it is really as ugly as it looks. They don't show a full outside shot in the photos.

4 Responses to “Found a Possible House Today”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Ugliness can be surprisingly easy to change. My niece bought an ugly house -- 50's era -- and made it charming in nothing flat. And she didn't spend a lot of money, but I do admit her husband and his family are very handy.

  2. Homebody Says:

    My mother is on half an acre and it is plenty of room for a goat or two and she has a lovely garden, apple trees and raspberries. Ugly can be fixed. How is the guts of the place??

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    It's a very solid-looking house, well-built, just needs fresh paint and some updating. As DH says, it's ugly, but not hideous. We could definitely make it to our liking without too much expense. Especially at that asking price.

  4. snafu Says:

    Location is very important but ugly, dark, 50's style can be changed with DIY projects and a relatively small amount of $$$. How long has it been listed? Was it listed by another agent earlier in the year? How long is the average listing take to sell in your region?

    If you view the listing I suggest asking about the age of roofing material, furnace, electrical system and plumbing. Have they been they meet code? You don't want any nasty surprises expecting to make a cosmetic change only to uncover a nasty mess of unsafe electrical work that must be re-done by qualified [expensive] electricians/plumbers/gas fitters for example.

    The last place you described was across the highway & near something negative. Is it still on the market?

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