House #1 | The Wallace House: House #1

Saturday, October 13, 2012

House #1

Welcome to house-hunting.
Today we saw house #1
[hooray!]
We are keeping an open mind about all properties
but I think this one is probably a "no."

City: Orangevale
Listing Price: $160,000
3 Bed/2 Bath
1255 sq feet

Pictures

Front of house.
Bushes need to be trimmed or preferably removed.
Needs new grass or treatment of grass.
Removal of rocks and some random brick walkway to the side of the house.


Front room.
Formal living space.
Love the fireplace.
Not in love with the laminate floors
but they are much better than carpet.


Kitchen.
Needs refrigerator and range.
Cabinets are new and nice
[and white! - my favorite]
Tile counters are nice, backsplash is nice.
No pantry. Boo.
Lots of cupboard space.
I forgot to check if the sink faucet pulls out.
That's important to me.



Family room.
Informal living space.
Good paint color.
Good light from sliding doors.
Good enough space.


Bedroom #1.
Itsy bitsy.


Bedroom #2.
Also teeny tiny.
Carpet needs to be ripped out.


Gross, right?


Guest bathroom.
Not a fan of the floors or black shower tile
but it's not a deal-breaker.
Love the white cabinets.
Not in love with the countertop but it is WAY better than tile
so I'd take it.
Lots of storage space.
Good condition.


Master bath.
Yes, this is the whole thing.
Tiny, right!?
Zero storage space.
Neither of us could gain a pound or else we wouldn't be able to fit in there together.
Dislike the black.


Master Shower.
Looks decent in this picture.
But it's not really...


Gross!
This is not just a cleaning problem
it needs to be replaced.


Backyard.
It's big which we love.
But needs to be landscaped
which means more money.



Back of house.


Corner lot.
Busy street but a 4-way stop.

I think this could be a cute house with a little TLC.
I just don't know that we are interested in putting in the time or money.

PROS of house

Kitchen Cabinet Space
No carpet in main living area
Nice kitchen counter tops
Fireplace
Bathroom storage in guest bath
Built-in shelving in garage
Newer roof
Dual-paned windows
No HOA
Big yard
[front and back]

CONS

Need to buy refrigerator/range
No kitchen island
Small kitchen
No pantry in kitchen
Small master bath
All carpet needs replacing
Small bedroom closets
Electric range.
[but the realtor said the water heater is gas which means gas is running through the house.
he also said it would be easy to run the gas line to the kitchen.]
Tiny bedrooms.
On the small side. 1200 sq ft is our minimum and this is 1255.
Kitchen isn't open to living area.
[that is a huge problem for me]
Busy road
Needs lots of updates.

Later this afternoon we head to house numbers 2 & 3.
Excited!

Update: This house sold for $170,000.

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