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Will this be our first home?

12:00 PMDollie DeVille


We have been on the market for a home off and on for the last 2 and a half years. In 2008 we were looking at condos. We could live with that for a few years, but we really wanted a single family home so we could have a yard for gardening and could get a dog. But there were no single family homes in our area in our price range at the time. Luckily for us, the condo we were looking at fell through, so we stayed in our apartment. This year we noticed that the prices in our area had dropped even more, making 1980’s modular homes available in our price range. Better, but still not great. They were really squished and looked cheaply built. We toured one of these houses (a foreclosure) a few weeks ago. We could tell the roof was leaking because there was a nasty blue tarp on the roof. One of the closets smelled like mold. One of the rooms had holes punched in the walls, doors, and a broken window (that must have been one angry kid in that room). Then while walking down the hallway my foot fell into a hole. We lifted up the carpet and there was a hole in the floor. Ick. Needless to say, we were about to give up hope.



Then this little gem of a house came on the market. It’s a 1954 cottage home on a nice plot of land. This caught me by surprise because our area is so new, this is actually the oldest house I have seen listed. It is individual; there is not another one exactly like it. Its in a more rural area outside of town, but still only 8 mins via city streets from our work. It’s a small house, at 2 bedrooms and 1 bath, but it’s enough for us, and they used the space well back then. It’s a very charming house. I can totally see roses and a picket fence in the front yard. The inside is clean, bright and smells nice. It has new paint, new pergo floors in the living room and hallway, new carpet in the bedroom, and new tile in the kitchen, and bathroom. It has AC and heat, new 7 pane wood doors throughout, and double pane windows.




It has a huge backyard with patio, grass, shady trees, garden area and a storage shed.




My favorite part of the house is the original Youngstown sink with steel cabinet base.


If you don’t know about them, here is a quote from retro renovation: “Immediately after WWII, a lot of homemakers would just buy this unit, a sink base with integral drainboard sink. The idea was that you could add the additional pieces later. The porcelain double drainboard sink is very desirable today — you have to find them vintage, currently there are no reproductions that I know of.” Yes, this is a very desirable feature for me!

This vintage advertisement sums it up for me.

We know we would appreciate and conserve the original integrity of the home like no one else would. Although it is move-in ready, and their upgrades like new tile are nice, we want to restore it to its original 1954 glory. This is a dream house for us. We still cant believe it is so close to work, in our price range, and a 50s house in perfect condition. So, we went for it! We negotiated on it for about a week, accepted their final offer, and just entered escrow. The home inspection is next weekend, and then we have to get the home appraised, and finish the loan approval. It’s a stressful time, and we are using every penny we have for closing costs, but it is totally worth it if we can get this house. We HAVE to get this house. Our furniture will look perfect in it and we already have the paint colors picked out. Mint shake cabinets anyone? :)

“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true”-Leon J. Suenes

XOXO
Dollie

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