Google+ House Revivals: H is for House Hunting...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

H is for House Hunting...



...and Half-Timbers.   Well, the closing on our old house went as scheduled, so we are house hunting again in our new city.  We've narrowed our neighborhood choices down to two that are within an easy commute to Hubby's job, which has made the search a bit easier.  So, here's what we looked at this week!
This house is a major fixer, being sold "as is".  It's not very clean, there is a suspicious amount of rat poison in the basement, and there are some pretty icky looking piles of debris in the garage.  As you can probably tell from the photos, the landscaping is really overgrown, and some trees need to be removed that are threatening the structure.


But look at this half-timbering detail!  (and try not to notice the peeling paint)

And check out this door knocker....


... and the leaded glass details found all over the house....
 I don't believe I have ever seen a spider web on a window before!  (Okay, not true, but those were real spider webs, not glass ones like this)

Unfortunately, the best veiws are from the potting shed.



But, with twelve foot ceilings, and this dramatic fireplace, well, it's still a pretty cool house!


The kitchen is the size of a postage stamp, with hardly any counter space, but the cabinets are pretty tall.
So, basically, there is room to put most of your kitchen "stuff", but hardly any prep space.

Like many Tudor Revivals, this one has a cool front door.
And how about that original 1927 light fixture?  Love it.


Lucky for us, the bathroom was fully remodeled  -- in 1973!


The house has lots of really nice built-ins.


But it's very small, with only two bedrooms on the main level, and the third bedroom being in the very dark and scary basement (so scary I didn't even take pictures-- it was just too icky)!
Of course, there's plenty of room on the lot to build an addition-- just not so sure there's room in the budget!

This post is being linked to Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday, and Colorado Lady's Vintage Thingie Thursday.

35 comments:

  1. Could be a fun house to remodel if you have lots of time and money! The windows are beautiful.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this house hunting experience. It's really fun. Looking for a new place is such a huge undertaking. This one seems like it has a lot of personality and character. Sorry about the small kitchen, though. With imagination and ingenuity... oh, the possibilities. :)

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  3. If you look past the dust and spider webs, you will see a beautiful old house. I would love to have a house like this. But I wouldn't want to live in it:)

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  4. Good Morning!

    I can see POTENTIAL in that place! It may take alot of TLC but the end result would be priceless!! I can't wait to see the other option!

    I wish you the best of luck on your decision. That is always a tough one to make!

    Thanks for sharing your "H"ouse "H"unt with us today.

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  5. I love built ins and leaded glass! But I have so much stuff, I need a lot of storage space. A lot!

    This house is a diamond in the rough!!

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  6. I grew up in an "arts and crafts" style home: leaded, beveled glass, beautiful crystal door knobs, finished exposed wooden beams, hardwood floors throughout, all brick with a green tile roof, etc... My father, in his 80's, has let the house run down. He won't listen to his daughters who have offered to help. It's sad, really. The house is located in a historic district of my home town.

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  7. This sure is an interesting house! It would be a major undertaking!

    Thanks for sharing

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  8. Wow... a house with a history and a basement. WOW.
    Happy Thursday!

    hugs

    shakira

    HOPE FOR GREAT LAKES NOW!

    THEME THURSDAY-HATS

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  9. Amanda - I can see you taking that place back to its original splendor AND beyond! :-) Looking forward to seeing the home you choose to be YOUR home and witness all the cool and groovy things you do with it.

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  10. I love the great details of this house, leaded glass, door knocker, hall light. Hopefully someone can polish it into a gem once again.

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  11. Lots of interesting details... windows, doors, fireplace... but it sounds like it may not be the house for you if the floor plan is not to your liking.

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  12. This house I would say would be close to my heart. Right now, I'm trying to sell my mother's house "as is". It is a wreck but I hope someone will buy it. Even though it needs a ton of work, I hope someone will put some love and care into fixing it up. It could be a great house again.

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  13. House hunting is so hard, such an important decision. Seems you always compromise on something, to get that other something you want. I know that the minute I walked in the door of my house it spoke to me and said, "You're home now". The wood floors said it actually :-)

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  14. I love the house, and the view from the potting shed is great! I wish I had a potting shed. Rats and Seattle are unfortunately an issue. We had a problem with them one place we lived in Wallingford - and I swear it wasn't because I didn't clean! It was just the house (a rental thank Goodness!)

    Build another island! I love the one you built here...that will solve the counter space issue.

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  15. If I have lots of extra money this house is for me. The house has the character, I saw the curved ceiling and the fireplace is nice and the archways it is just pretty. But since it is the time where there are a lot of houses that are ready to move on and no more fixing good bye to this one ^_^. Happy house hunting!

    H for Hairdo

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  16. That house has a lot of potential. You could turn it into something really special. I think I'd have an exterminatior go in first and take care of any rats that might have survived the rat poison.

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  17. wow, gorgeous details ... a whole lof of potential but a huge undertaking ... send in a home inspector and an exterminator to see what the real issues are.

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  18. I think that could be a very cozy house :) .
    Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Catherine:)

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  19. I love the house and the leaded glass, but not a small kitchen.It would be a major undertaking..but it would be beautiful when you finished. Happy VTT..have a wonderful weekend.

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  20. I'd be tempted..........but then, I'm the gal who's bought a house in less time than I've bought a pair of shoes. It's always been about the 'feel' of the place for me...not the most sensible way to buy a house, I know!

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  21. OH, that is a diamond in the rough...I can just imagine how fun this would be to bring it back to life! I love it!! Have a great VTT and a wonderful weekend...happy house hunting!

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  23. I love looking at houses. Thank you for sharing!

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  24. Loved the tour.I really felt like I was right there.I don't even know the other options, but I'm saying "TAKE THIS ONE!!!" Best of luck making the decision:)

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  25. Wow!! I LOVE that house, thanks so much for sharing it. What a great time to be able to be buying a house! Good luck!! Peace, Stephanie

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  26. Gosh, with all the things you have accomplished I can definitely see you bringing this jewel in the rough back to life. Some of the features are just extra-ordinary.

    Thanks for letting me dream vicariously for a bit about restoring an old home.

    A+

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  27. house hunting is fun, moving is not....I wish you the best of luck.......happy H day a day late! melinda

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  28. I say, go for it! It looks like a place you could make beautiful again. Love any type of timber detail....

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  29. Love your H post and the house is interesting..
    Thanks for commenting on my H post and I'm a follower now too. Love the houses and need to go check out some more...

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  30. That looks like a beautiful home, Amanda! I'm currently living in my house that has a tiny kitchen too. It makes cooking so much harder..

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  31. I'd be trying to move the family in just so I could have that spiderweb window!

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  32. What an awesome house. I really enjoyed looking over your shoulder.
    My mom's victorian home is going to the dogs too. Seems a theme among commenters.
    Kathy

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  33. It's got a lot of potential to be a dream home. Well, first and foremost, maintenance costs should be considered after the initial price. It's best to ask about the status of the house itself –everything about the place – and hope for a thorough answer. Calculate in advance to avoid hassles later, and keep you mind open to other alternatives.

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