As it turned out, we were not able to go and see the house in daylight yesterday. There were some scheduling conflicts, so we left about 7:15 pm – well into the evening last evening.
So – I’ll show you a few pictures…
Here’s the mud room/laundry room. I like it. I like that it’s big, it has two windows – so lots of natural light.
Here’s the kitchen – looking toward the breakfast nook. Isn’t it interesting that it has cedar ceilings? Of note, this house has been empty for three years – a business deal gone bad, from what we’ve learned. The kitchen – while not fancy – is nice enough, and brand spanking new – well, at least never used. The stove, dishwasher, and refrigerator – all never been used – are included.
Here’s the french doors (behind Jess) that would be the “front” doors – that is if the front doors were actually accessible to the real world. I’m sure that in 1890 it made way more sense. We think this is supposed to be the formal dining room – given the pretty fancy light fixture.
There are three large-ish sized rooms on the ground floor, with a tiny little room off of one of them. The picture below is the juncture between two of those large-ish sized rooms. I should probably make note of the fact that the carpet is pretty much trashed in this house.
Here’s a peek at the sink/mirror in the one and only bathroom. Interestingly enough there is a HUGE window right adjacent to the toilet. Said window is adjacent to the porch/entry via the mudroom – which would, in all reality, be the main entry into the house.
- The interior of the house is in much better shape than we imagined.
- The three bedrooms upstairs were much larger than we thought they’d be.
- There’s not a closet to be found in the place. We shouldn’t be surprised, I guess – given the era of the house, but one would have thought maybe since 1890 someone could have thrown a few in!
- There are TONS of bugs in this house.
- We suspect quite a lot of dry rot.
So… what to do…
It’s a bit spendier than what we feel comfortable with – even though the bank says we can afford it. (The bank, however, is not feeding, clothing, and keeping healthy and hale three kids!)
It’ lacks a single outbuilding… sigh. We want outbuildings. And given that it’s more expensive than we hope to spend – there would be no money left over to build outbuildings in the near future…
It’s completely lacking fencing… We want fencing… We realize we’ll need to put up some wherever we end up going eventually – but one can’t help but hope for some, can they?
And while the interior is in better shape than we imagined it would be – there are some concerning features… like the dry rot…. like – where are all of those bugs getting in?!… like all of the places where the finishing wasn’t completed on walls, corners, fixture installation, etc.
We aren’t expecting a Street of Dreams kinda place for what we can afford – but we also don’t wanna be stupid, you know?
So – our real estate agent is running some comps… We’re kind of thinking it may be a bit overpriced given the issues that we were able to ascertain with two brief encounters.
We’ll see what happens – you never know!