Crush on house not on market.

trilobiteMarch 16, 2013

I'm being ridiculous.

There is a wonderful little contemporary the next town over I've fallen in love with. It's just prettily situated, looks very attractive and has the right number of baths and bedrooms and a nice chunk of attached land. (Yes, I looked at the property info online,)

Mind you, we're not actively looking and I'm pretty sure we couldn't afford it if we were. And, probably the baths need updating and who knows what else. But it is exactly one of the types of houses we both love and I have no interior pictures to spoil the fantasy.

Does anyone else mildly lose their mind like this over "what it" houses?

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Almost every day I drive past my most favorite house ever- that is, as far as the exterior goes. It is simply an extremely charming older type farmhouse but clearly in excellent condition.
It was listed FSBO a couple of weeks back and it was all I could do to resist calling and asking to see the interior.
I'm glad I curbed myself but if they have an open house I will be there with bells on :)

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 3:32PM
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DH and I fell in love with a large Tudor in the northshore Chicago suburbs 40 years ago. We drooled over it every time we drove past it enroute to the obgyn as we were preparing for our baby and then later when we went house hunting. It was large and old with gorgeous wood working and leaded glass windows. The property had been large decades earlier, but clearly the land had been sold off and smaller houses built in the immediate area.

Flash forward a few years. We see it is for sale. DH says we can afford it, so we went to see it with buyers' eyes for the first time.

The kitchen was very large and old, built when the help cooked, and not the lady of the house. The cupboards soared 8 feet above the soap stone counters. The houses surrounding it in the immediate neighborhood were no where close to the value of this one house, which is not good for future property values. We loved it nevertheless. But it would require modernizing, which we were not wanting to take on. In the end, we decided it was a bad investment and passed on it.

This was an interesting lesson for us. We loved that house and envied the owners.Only when we had the opportunity to buy it, did we see all the reasons that we should not.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2013 at 4:25PM
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