I realized that I haven't really shared a lot of details about our home!
Just the stats:
- Built in 1894
- Just over 800 sq feet
- 1 bedroom
- 1 bathroom
The home is everything we wanted: around 1,00 sq feet, large yard, lots of character, big yard, room for improvement.
We love the location, in an older neighborhood, close to lots of parks and amenities.
The moment we saw the house, we LOVED it. I actually told Austin I didn't even want to put an offer in because I was afraid we wouldn't get it and I'd be crushed.
Obviously, we did put an offer in. By the time we looked at the house it had been on the market for 24 hours and already had a full price offer. We offered a little over full price since it was under our budget to begin with. We were devastated when the seller went with the lower offer because it was a friend of a friend.
We tried to get the little house out of our minds and move on, but I felt so strongly about the house that I just couldn't. I compared every house that came on the market to that one and nothing measured up.
A few days later, I checked my phone and saw a notification that the house was relisted! Immediately, we called and found out that the previous offer fell through because of what the inspection revealed. We weren't bothered my the main issues that they disclosed to us and put in a new offer (this time at only full price). They accepted and we danced and cheered and cried!
The seller agreed to pay closing costs to help us out as we repair damage that the inspection revealed and we feel that we got a good deal on a solid little house!
The house was sold to us as 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, but in reality, it can easily be converted to a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom house. One of the original bedrooms had been used as the entryway to the house, but we're planning to move the front door to a different location and then it'll be a bedroom again. There are two half baths. One bathroom (off the "master bedroom") has only a toilet and sink and the other has a shower and toilet. We're planning on doing a little remodeling down the road to turn them each into full bathrooms.
One of the best features of the house is the gorgeous yard! Years and years ago, someone did some lovely landscaping and it has beautiful rose bushes, huge hydrangeas, peonies, weeping birches and all kinds of other mature plants. We're excited to dedicate some time to the gardens next spring! There are also two outbuildings, each with power and lots of space for projects and storage!
The house does need a fair bit of work. It's old and hasn't been cared for properly for many years. Most of the work we can do ourselves, but there are a few projects that we'll hire out. So far, we've been prepared for all of the surprises we've found and are still feeling hopeful and excited! We've said time after time that we're so glad the house is only 800 sq feet - any larger than that would be completely overwhelming!