House hunting in Ann Arbor continued today with our realtor Sara Maddock . Richard and I have been on two previous trips with Sara, where we saw anywhere from 5-6 houses. Today was a bit more chill as Sara had picked out two houses to show us now that she’s more familiar with our tastes.
If you’re new to my blog, make sure you check out Day 1 and Day 2
Our two stops took us to two very different Ann Arbor locations and two very different homes and as usually we have a lot to think about.
House #1 – Barber Ave
Could this house BE any cuter? We’ve seen a lot of Cape Cod’s but we have yet to see one that has the curb appeal that this 1930’s home has. Sitting on just under half an acre, we would have a lot of space for gardening (Richard’s domain), landscaping (Richard’s domain) and playing with Dexter (My domain). Check out the yard…
How can you not love this yard? We’d have to put in a fence, but it’d be so worth it for this yard. From the outside, we’d be immediately putting in an offer but of course that’s not how house hunting works so let’s take a peek at the inside. The kitchen needs some improvements but it’s definitely in working order.
The majority of houses we’ve viewed so far have some sort of oddity in them, whether it be wooden sock things on the wall or LSD-inspired decorations, and this house was no exception. Deep in the bowels of the basement lies…an oven from the late 19th century! This oven is inexplicably hooked up, so I can only assume a family of goblins lives in the basement and cooks children in it.
Check out the link above for more pictures of the home. Richard and I both really love the character, location and potential this house offers….BUT it’s a short sale, doesn’t have central air/heating and the master bathroom is gross & needs to be completely re-done. Richard gives this a 1 out of 4 and I would rate it 2 out of 4.
House #2 LaSalle
Priced the same as Barber Ave, at $159 900, LaSalle is not in our favourite area of Ann Arbor, but WOW this house has upgrades. Completely renovated on the interior, it would need absolutely no work from us which is great for our bank account.
It doesn’t have the same curb appeal as Barber, but the yard size is still great as is the size of the bedrooms. It looks really tiny from the outside, but the owner’s added an addition to the back.
I can totally imagine myself cooking in this delightful and open kitchen. White cabinets are my fave.
The cons to LaSalle are that it isn’t in our ideal neighbourhood and as it is 100% finished, there aren’t a lot of opportunities to do any work our(Richard’s)selves. The thought of renovating a home does give me anxiety because I have no knowledge of anything, but I also feel anxious about moving into a home that isn’t on the perfect street.
SO MANY DECISIONS.
Until next time…