Can it be that Tom and Debra have finally found the near-perfect house?
Ooooo, it's darling. Small--860 sq. feet, not counting the cleanest, driest basement you ever saw. And although built in 1930, it's like brand new inside, all redone beautifully (with the' burnished' fixtures I love).
But hey, it doesn't resemble at all that Anne of Windy Poplars house (as Judy F. called it) I showed you Tuesday. So please don't expect anything blow-you-over fancy, ok?
But it does look like our original vision and I think it's sweet and what a blank canvas!
There's a picture window, even, and a perfect-sized newish concrete front patio. See that 6 ' tall hedge on two sides? Cher and I think it's honeysuckle--made the whole neighborhood smell incredibly sweet!
And when you walk inside you see this sunny area--living room, dining room, kitchen. (Love that chandelier and all the other burnished-style lights and doorknobs, also). The dining room window has two which crank outward and one stationery one in the center.
As with the rest of the house, everything in the kitchen is brand new and there's a window over the sink! (I almost never get one of those.) The lovely top cupboards have spaces above them for decorative ceramic items, etc. (have always wanted that, too). On the opposite side there's another cabinet below and two above and space for the refrigerator. I would use my 100-year-old pie cabinet in the basement as winter pantry storage.
And this would be Tom's office at the base of the very cool-looking replacement pine stairs which lead upward to:
And well, add a first-floor bedroom, a bathroom (again, brand new), the basement, a one-car garage, a tall, tall flagpole--and all at under $55,000 and there you have it.
I want this house. It's exactly like our original plan--something small, simple, doesn't need much work so that we can put our financial affairs in order then go out and play until the time to move out-of-state arrives. Even Cher said it certainly fits that bill perfectly!
And oy! I've not even put a bid in yet (and Tom is just 95% sure about it), but I've already named it:
Do you love that? Walk around in that top room awhile and you'll agree it's the perfect house for Hobbits like us. heh. (We're already planning a short dormer on one side up there.)
And it's even just down the street from my favorite everything-shopping spot of the last 18 years. Really. A place I know like the proverbial back of my hand. (Though, no--it's not in our former Autumn Cottage town.) In fact, my oft-mentioned 1940's style movie theater is there, also!
So ok. It's not a 100% sure deal, but I did at least want to cheer-up this sad, sorry blog as of late!
Oh happy, happy day. Something pretty darn perfect does exist for us out there after all.
Finding it odd that I would prefer a house with an all-new interior? So am I! But after walking through many houses needing tons of paint and repairs, this one made me feel so very relaxed. Un-pressured. Took all my stress away and hey--you gotta love that.
The Hobbits, themselves....
P.S. There was a question regarding the stairs in my comment box so I'll reiterate--there is a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor for Tom. He will not be going upstairs to our guestroom/Debra's room.
For me, I love stairs and have greatly (greatly!) missed the exercise they used to give me before Naomi moved back home. (I can hardly wait to do stairs again--yay!)