We know we’re never going to find the perfect house! Today we looked at one that’s probably as close to perfect as we’ve seen . . in some ways, and as far from perfect as we’ve seen in other ways.
The less than perfect issues are all issues we can live with but if we ever have to sell it and that day may come, we believe it would be a real hard house to sell. First, the bedrooms are tiny. The master is about 12′ x 12′ and the other two are about 9′ x 10′. We sleep in the bedrooms . . we stay up til time to go to sleep, we go to bed, and get up. We don’t need huge bedrooms and in some of the houses with huge bedrooms, we’ve commented on what a waste of square feet that is.
The second issue is that with the bedrooms being so small, the closets are small and there are no other closets in the house. No coat closet, no closet for the vacuum cleaner or the Christmas decorations.
The third issue is there’s no bath tub in the house. There are two bathrooms and both have nice, big showers. We don’t care about a tub but selling a house without a tub might be difficult.
I loved the kitchen!
This area has a place for the computer and a printer and some cookbooks. The large pantry — the top opens up like cabinets but the bottom 2/3rds, when you open those doors, there are large, deep drawers in there.
The microwave would have to be moved but to the right of the oven is an area where a microwave could sit and be out of the way. The stove top could easily be replaced with a gas cooktop. There’s natural gas in the area or I could get propane and it would be easy to add the line into the house and to where the stove sits.
This is absolutely the most hideous looking huge rock wall with the tiniest little wood burning insert in there. Not only are the stones big and massive looking, there are brown wall plugs, black switch plates and white vents and half of them are installed crooked . . the boxes they fit into are crooked so it would be impossible to straighten them out. I like the family room and the windows but we talked about completely tearing out the rock wall and putting in built in book cases and an entertainment center there and forgetting about the fireplace.
There’s almost 6 acres and there’s a pond, though it’s dry now. Everyone else in the area has a well and they pump water from their well into their ponds but the well for this house has collapsed so a new well would have to be drilled. They don’t have any problems in this area hitting water and the yards and gardens are green and lush and no one so far has had any problems with running out of water.
Vince had already looked at this house and this is what he really likes!
A 40′ x 60′ insulated building with three large roll up doors. We talked about closing off part of the building and making a quilting room for me so I could store a lot of the canned goods and canning supplies, as well as the longarm out there. I don’t use it every day and it takes up so much room but if I had an air conditioned nice building inside this building, I wouldn’t mind that at all.
Another thing I like is that there are other very nice houses around. None are right on top of you . . most everyone has 5 – 8 acres, so I wouldn’t feel like I was completely isolated but I’d have my own space. There’s a very nice covered porch in the back and from there, I think you can see only one other house, a creek (also dry now) and some woods. The location is ideal!
Will we buy it? I don’t know . . we need to talk about it some more. There’s enough about it that concerns me (bedroom/closet sizes, no tubs, no hall or coat closet) that I feel like we should maybe not get it but there’s enough I like about it (gorgeous view, could have chickens, seems to be well built, everything is brand new, and we couldn’t build it for the asking price) that I kinda hate to let it get away. It’s in an area where houses don’t come up for sale often so . . we’ll just have to think about it. It seems like forever that we’ve bought houses based on whether they’d be easy to sell and we said we weren’t going to do that again but now we are. We thought our house in MO would be so easy to sell because we loved it so much. It’s been on the market over 4 months, price dropped considerably and as far as I know, no offers yet. So . . we sit and stew and try to decide what we should do!