Sunday, March 6, 2016

House Hunters ~ Southern Plantation Vibes

I've probably mentioned this before, but I am a sucker for traditional home design. Growing up in the late 70's and 80's makes me preferential to specific carved out spaces in a home. I love a formal dining room, living room and will always have a soft spot for the good old center hall colonial. When I went to see one that sits on a solid acre in our target location my hopes were high. I knew from the MLS pictures that this one needs updating, but that actually excites me.
We walked through the front door and the first adjective that came to mind was grand. This is a grand home. A family home. Warm, inviting ~ I could see the house filled with family and goodness knows at 3500 square feet it is big enough to fit everyone in ours.

The floors and moldings in this home are everything. There are pocket doors, swinging doors...for a home built in the 80's it feels more like you are in a historic Southern plantation that was last updated in the 80's. I was completely smitten.
That dining room would give me the opportunity to buy a fabulous wallpaper I am dying to use and just go right over the existing one. I can see it now.

The kitchen is tough and has one of the first microwaves that was ever manufactured mounted right into the wall. The space however, is great and the cabinets are top quality. Refinish the cabinets, replace the countertop, backsplash, appliances and flooring and this kitchen could be amazing. Remove the soffit and upper cabinets and you could add windows and open shelving. There are tons of possibilities.

Everything is mostly cosmetic work: painting, wallpaper removal, carpets out. Except the bathrooms. They need to be gutted but are livable in the meanwhile. I asked our agent what the ceiling would be for price in this location and let me just say that updating this house could be a very wise investment.

You're probably waiting for me to say that we put an offer in on this one or that we are planning to. But there is one problem with this house. It sits on an acre of land but that acre is all in the front yard. As in, there really is no backyard. Look:

Where do we put our gardens?
Chickens are out of the question in a neighborhood like this.
While the character of the house and the potential investment opportunity make my heart skip a beat my husband would be miserable with this lot.
Location on a scale of 1-10 = 10
House when updated = 10
Lot = 0
And for that reason we move on.
Although I would be more than willing to help whoever buys this house plan the remodel. My head is still reeling with ideas.
Oh, the possibilities!


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