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zonereyrie
zonereyrie
Today was a very good day
First of all, it was fantastic out - about 70F, sunny, breezy - just perfect.

And I went looking at houses - as I mentioned I was going to yesterday. I looked at four places. Dover street had too many issues that worried me - the porch roof needs to be redone, the side door on the garage is totally rotted out and needs to be replaced, the back door of the house is *so* insecure - needs replacing, the roof looks curled and cracked in spots... Just not the right place. The house at 23 County is *HUGE*, and very quirky. And I was right about it being extended a few times - turns out it started out life as a mobile home and they built a huge house around it. It was way more house than I needed, and some of the quirks were rather annoying, so that's out. Sherburne was mostly OK. But it had a few issues that I wasn't happy with.

But Fairhaven... I think I may have already found my new home. I walked in and the place was just perfect. I didn't see *anything* wrong with the house or yard that wasn't trivial - there's one window that's been patched but I'd want it replaced, a missing gutter downspout, and a couple of other small items. Most of the stuff I can do myself. But the house - great layout, great rooms, *fantastic* main room with vaulted ceiling, finished basement, good location... I went back later on my own and took a bunch of photos and some video with my phone. (You can use QuickTime to view .3gp files.) I dropped by HOUSE and usagijer and delenn1122 went back over with me and we all looked the place over - and they both thought it was perfect for me too.

I'm going to keep looking, just in case, but I think this is probably going to be the place. This is a listing for the house and this is another one.

I am: excited excited
Current Media: TiVo: South Park

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jumblies From: jumblies Date: April 7th, 2005 10:27 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

I love looking at houses and apartments! That looks good. Hope it all works out.

chiieddy From: chiieddy Date: April 7th, 2005 10:36 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Very cool. There's nothing like the feeling of knowing you found the right place. If your bid's accepted, I hope the inspection goes well.

I foresee painting reciprocation in my future. :)
richspk From: richspk Date: April 7th, 2005 10:49 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
That's a couple blocks from QCC; I think it's a better neighborhood than Sherburne. The house doesn't look big enough from the front to contain that room with the vaulted ceiling! That detached deck in the back yard seems kind of wierd to me. I don't think I've seen a detached deck before. Good luck!
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: April 7th, 2005 06:20 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
QCC?

The detached deck is a little odd - but it is a nice deck. Just needs a good powerwashing and new paint.

I was thinking I could build another deck coming off the sliding glass doors and running all down the side of the house, out to the existing deck.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: April 7th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Quinsigamond Community College, I believe.

My mom's house has a detached deck - it's next to an aboveground pool...
pfloyd From: pfloyd Date: April 7th, 2005 01:05 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Heh... still somewhat in our neck of the woods. Not bad, thought, not bad...
thekimmer From: thekimmer Date: April 7th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
The staircase and vaulted ceiling are fabulous! You can tell the past owners spent time keeping up the place.

Looking through the photos I didn't see the garage. Is it detached?
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: April 7th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
There isn't a garage - which doesn't bother me much, I've never had one. Even when I lived with my folks, they got the garage, I parked outside. There are two driveways - one on each side of the house. One runs into the backyard and there is a shed back there too. Looking it over, and at other houses in the area, I could probably build a garage in that corner of the yard - replacing the shed and part of the driveway - if I want one.
lizzielizzie From: lizzielizzie Date: April 7th, 2005 01:16 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
yay! good luck!
cyber_pagan From: cyber_pagan Date: April 7th, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
watching the videos, did I see that there are apartments on both sides? That would scare me, usually means noise, and transient peoples. But that also depends on the neighborhood, and I don't know that area (or state!). I can only go by past experiance in Fl, Al, Ga, De, Tx, Nv... I've been forced to live in an apartment in all of those states, if only temporarily in most cases, and all were horrible experiances. This time I'm building a house on 10 acres, on a dead end street. I still have neighbors, but only one that is close enough to hear. I guess working nights for most of my life has warped me a bit.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: April 7th, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
The standard Worcester tri-deckers on either side, so three apartments. I met some of the people while I was there. There are a couple of boys in their early teens who belong to someone on the right. The guy from the ground floor is 60-ish and I think he might own it, he seemed OK. One of the couples on the left is middle-aged, and I saw a young couple going in.

Someone there has a *HOT* sister - she was leaving and we said hello and that I was thinking of buying, and she said she didn't live there, her sister did, and she lived a few blocks away. ;-)
solipsistnation From: solipsistnation Date: April 8th, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
okay, so that garage door thing is rotting out? I thought it had just been broken into or something... heh.

man, not a 280k house by any stretch of the imagination. maaaaybe 180k, but that's only because of the location...
From: tristons_moon Date: April 8th, 2005 08:49 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I love the stair case! I've been in so many houses in my lifetime, i would much rather an older house like that! New homes just freak me out!
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: April 8th, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I'd like to design my own home someday. But that's not going to happen now.

Today I decided to make an offer on this place. I'm meeting with my realtor tomorrow to do the paper work.
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