Another day of house hunting was upon us on Sunday! We met up with Sara (@SarainAnnArbor) from Prudential at 3:30pm and hit the road for a big tour of 3 houses and 3 condos. For new readers to my blog, make sure you check out House Hunting: Day 1.
Our tour began on somewhat of a bummer. A house we were really interested in was under contract so we wouldn’t be seeing it OR buying it. I was not attached to this house by any stretch of the imagination, but it would have been nice to see it in person. Congrats the buyer’s that snagged it…ya jerks! After a brief mourning period for the home we never got to see we hit up Pontiac Trail in North Ann Arbor.
House #1 – View Listing
This home had a lot of potential – it featured a fully finished walk-out basement, great location in North Ann Arbor, decent floor plan. What it lacked for me was a useable kitchen – it would have needed a complete overhaul. Pontiac Trail isn’t a very busy road in Ann Arbor, but it definitely doesn’t have the appeal of living on a cul de sac or more residential road. Richard and I both rated this house a 3/4 (not running away screaming, but still walking away).
House #2- View Listing
Ah, another cute little 1950’s Cape Cod. This beauty was on a quiet street, had a nice layout and an “upstairs” that wasn’t reminiscent of the Sybil house from my last post. I loved that this home had a garage, a deck (handicap-able with a ramp to the yard), a move-in ready kitchen and bathroom….but most importantly…
an old as hell TV that STILL works and could EASILY be built into the purchase contract. As Al Bundy would say, “Uhh, no Peg.” The sticker on the screen actually reads “Make An Offer!” Hilarious. While House #2 didn’t make me jump for joy, mainly due to the size of the kitchen, it was definitely my favourite of the day. We both rated this house 2 out of 4, which is excellent but not high enough to consider making an offer.
House #3- View Listing
At 159 999, this house was the cheapest of the three and easily had the best interior. Sara figured this was a flip and pointed out numerous upgrades as we went on our tour. There was a brand new kitchen with granite counter tops, high end cabinets, stainless steel appliances, a fully finished basement... It had everything a buyer would be looking for in their first or fifth home. Unfortunately, the location was nowhere near ideal. Located directly next to a towing company and directly behind a dentist’s office was a huge turnoff for me. As I’m viewing homes I’m also thinking of how easy the resale would be and I know this location would make a big challenge for us down the road. Richard rated this 2 out of 4, but I had to be a stickler and give it 3 out of 4. If it was in a more desirable location I would have been putting in an offer.
I’m not going to focus on the condos we viewed (listed between $100 – 120K) because we’ve decided not to go the condo route. When I think of condos, I think luxury high rise in a city center, so I was going to be disappointed no matter how amazing the condos were as none of them had club houses with screening rooms like the ones in Toronto. While they all had very functional layouts and all were built in the 2000’s, they didn’t have the “home” feel we are looking for. Richard kept saying “it’d be like owning an apartment” and in some ways he’s right. We’ve decided that having a house in a great location, a big yard and the ability to make ANY change we like is more important to us than the ease of owning a condo and the lower purchase price associated with them.
What do you think about our decision to focus on single family homes over buying a condo? How much would you offer the homeowner’s of Duncan Street for their old boob tube?