Last Friday morning we went and looked at 3 more houses. I even remembered my camera this time so I can show you some of the interesting things we saw.
The first house was by far the most interesting. It was recently renovated and looked like a well-done flip. It was probably the nicest thing we had seen yet in our price range, though it did have some interesting parts. Like this closet.
It is about a foot deep before the shelves. Obviously it was meant more for hiding structure than for storage. Most of the house was painted in neutrals and light pastels. Then there was this upstairs bathroom.
Wow, color! It is actually kind of fun and cheerful. Hopefully, it even wakes you up enough that you don’t walk into the ceiling (yes this is taken looking straight into the doorway).
We did consider putting in an offer on this house. It is really nice. It would work fine, but, in the long run, we really weren’t excited about it. So, onto the next.
We entered the second house though the garage and were greeted by this:
That is a dog enclosure with a permanent opening to the dog run outside. It was even still full of straw and waiting for the dog we don’t have.
As we entered it was instantly obvious that the dog was not entirely confined to this area, as the dog smell inside was extremely strong-strike one. We were also greeted with the kitchen with the stove in the middle of it.
There was also an in-wall oven that seemed to be from the 60s or 70s and was not well-taken care of-strike 2.
Then there was the lavender bathroom.
I didn’t even know they made counters in this color. The tub had matching tile and even a matching built-in soap dish. Between this and the odd floor plan, we had strike three.
The third house was built in 1900. We looked around the grounds first. The large shed was totally rotted and being held up by one beam. The bottom foot of the garage was rotten all the way around, as that is where all the runoff for the property runs through.
Then we thought we would check out the yard as it was described so nicely-
“Private waterfront Home, on almost an acre…sits on Plaster Creek with a small pond. It has a view that is hard to find anywhere. There is a patio for entertaining that overlooks the beautiful backyard and giant maple tree. With a long sloping private hill, that you can roll down in the summer, and slide down in the winter.”
So this means that there is a small back yard with a mostly useless steep sloping part going down to a stagnant pond. We never saw the creek. We also didn’t notice a maple, but there was a big walnut dropping stuff on the small usable space. There was also a great scenic view of the business right next door.
Fine. Unlikely, but we thought we would give the house a try. After all, it has “hardwood floors throughout”. We walked in and were greeted by this:
The whole house was sloping in various directions, it has a lot of rough edges, the rooms are small, and lighting seems to be optional.
We are still looking, but as of this morning there was nothing new on the market. We need to renew our lease by the end of this week if we don’t find anything. It seems like time is against us. It is looking like our best option is to hope to get a short lease, wait a little bit, and then start over.