Monday, April 14, 2003
posted by Mary |
4/14/2003 10:44:00 AM
The highlight of the weekend was meeting up with a real estate agent to go look at houses on Sunday afternoon. Andrew & I aren't exactly sure when we'll be buying, maybe the end of the year, maybe sooner, but we wanted to start looking. For months we've been driving around on the weekends, looking at the different neighborhoods and picking up flyers. The area that we're looking in, East Point and College Park, is about 10 minutes from the city but also has a little downtown with restaurants, shops, etc. Houses are still affordable and the talk is this area is the next big thing, as far as a renaissance. The streets have tons of old trees and cute bungalows, built in the 20s, 30s, and 40s. We know this is where we want to live.
Yesterday was our first experience going inside these cute little houses. We had a lot of fun. But I am amazed by the things people have done to them. Original wood floors covered with green shag carpeting, the most hideous bath tiles you could imagine, kitchens without one foot of counter space, "crawl-in" closets, the list goes on and on. One house, dubbed "the Crazy House" was a large white Victorian that looked charming on the outside but the inside was just....well, crazy. My favorite feature was the small space that separated the living room and the formal dining room. It was the smallest bathroom I’ve every seen, just a toilet and a sink, with about a foot in between them so you could walk through. You could sit on the toilet and wash your hands at the same time. How convenient! And all visible/audible from the living room and the dining room! How entertaining! An instant conversation starter....
We went in the one of the houses that was our "favorite" from the outside and the inside had some real possibilities. But there would be so much work to do. At one point the house had been turned into a duplex and even though the dividing wall had been torn down it still had two kitchens. Neither of which were a decent size. The bathrooms were pretty bad too. Still, we are foolishly optimistic that we could take a house like that and make it great. I get excited thinking about it.
I think we need to rent “The Money Pit” sometime in the near future, just to keep us in check.