Day 4 was quite a whirlwind! We met up with our realtor Sara in the early morning on Friday, before I had to go to work, and managed to see six houses in 90 minutes. A new record.
Richard and I decided we can afford to expand our budget a little if it means we find the right house for us. We gave Sara a new maximum purchase price of $200 000 and was very pleased what she was able to find in that range.
House #1 814 Gott St
What is with me & yellow houses? You could paint the nastiest house yellow and I’d probably think it’s oh-so darling. I really liked this house on Gott, but unfortunately the stairwell to the upstairs master bedroom posed some major problems. 1) The steps were maybe 4 inches wide which means my size 10 feet (You don’t get to be 5″8 without having large plates) barely fit on the things & 2) The ceiling was very low so both Richard and I had duck so we wouldn’t whack our heads. That’s a dealbreaker, friends.
House #2 1102 Arborview
This little charmer would have been my pick of the day, except it had no yard. Literally. There was no fence, nothing. Just a house & a garage with a walkway in between. Considering the main reason Richard and I want a house over a condo was because of the ability to have a big backyard, this house didn’t make much sense for us (No fault to our Realtor as I emailed her this listing myself). Despite the lack of backyard, I did really liked the layout and thought the kitchen and breakfast area was charming.
House #3 505 W Hoover
Finally, a contender! I really like this house and I think Richard does too. This cape cod was built in the 1940’s, has a ridiculously spacious upstairs which houses the master bedroom and is in Ann Arbor’s “Old West Side.” Sara has told us this area of town is very close knit – they even have their own newsletter! This house could work for us so we will be having a second viewing of it this weekend. I didn’t get many pictures of this one since we were running short on time, check out the listing link above :)
House #4 1500 Westminster
Location, location, location. Isn’t that what they say in real estate? This house is ANOTHER contender – see what increasing your budget can do? Located only a mile from the University of Michigan’s central campus, this home is in one of the most desirable locations to live in Ann Arbor. Plus, it’s adorable! Check out our realtor Sara enjoying the porch swing…
There is a lot of potential in this house as well. The kitchen & bathroom could do with a remodel but the location alone would make this an easy re-sale when we decide to move on.
House #5 1820 Oneida Place
This home may not look like much from the front, but it’s got a great layout that makes it very spacious & inviting. The backyard is fully fenced (bonus!) and there is an awesome sun room that I could easily see myself hanging out in. There are two bedrooms on the first floor and a not-so-cute bedroom in the basement. The homeowner’s really appreciate the brighter colours in life, as demonstrated on this garage.
House #6 1448 Harpst
I was so excited to view this house after reading about it online. I love the outside, it’s very different from all of the other homes we’ve been viewing – cape cods & ranches. I was disappointed, naturally, with the inside. All of the bedrooms were located upstairs & the rooms were way too small. The “newly remodeled” bathroom the listing boasts was a huge joke, it’s no wonder they didn’t put a picture of it online. But let’s be positive and look on the bright side! There was a cute, old pup waiting to greet us while we viewed the property.
I’m going to go ahead and suggest that all of you FUTURE home sellers do yourselves a favor and watch some “Born to Sell” type shows on HGTV. You would think that staging a home for sale would be common practice nowadays, since buyers have become so savvy, but apparently that is not the case in Ann Arbor. The Harpst living room was so overcrowded with furniture it was hard to get a feel for the space.
All in all this was a very successful home tour. Sure I was thirty minutes late for work, but who cares! Our #1 favourite of the day was Westminster, for it’s great location and potential, then Oneida for the awesome layout and backyard and rounding it out with Hoover which has some space constraints in the kitchen but is in another desirable Ann Arbor location.
Til next time, friends.