When we began our search for the "perfect" house I thought I knew what I wanted. The house had to have a basement, I did not want anything new or newer construction or "cookie cutter". Ideally I wanted a house with some 60s or 70s decor still lingering.
After looking at about 20 houses we began to realize that we did like updated appliances, walk in closets and a general openness. We were not getting all of that (maybe one or 2 things) with older homes.
Now there was older home we looked at that I absolutely fell in love with. It had great built ins, vintage wallpaper in excellent shape, nooks and crannies, some 70s or 60s carpet, a blue bedroom with 2 closets, and an amazing backyard. The front porch had columns!! The only thing it was lacking was a dishwasher, but I could get a portable one. Unfortunately, TJ did not like the house :(
The same day we looked at another house we both really liked. It was only 6 years old, "cookie cutter", no basement, but it had a 3 car garage, an open floor plan, updated aplliances in a beautiful kitchen, a good size pantry, walk in closet and a big bathroom. This quickly became our first choice.
However, we were told of a house coming on the market close to where I work. We decided we would look at it, but did not expect much. It turned out to be EXACTLY what I wanted. An older home, nice basement, huge kitchen with vintage countertops (gold formica), but updated appliances(including a dishwasher) hich was open to the added family room, a blue master bedroom with a walk in closet and a garage. The only "problem" was 2 small bathrooms. I was ready to go for that house, but TJ still wanted the one with the 3 car garage. I loved that one as well.
Yesterday we put in an offer on the newer 3 car garage home. We are waiting to see if it is accepted or if they counter offer (more likely). It did not turn out to be what I was envisioning from the beginning, but it is beautiful. The selling point for me was the open floor plan. And walk in closet. I think for TJ it was the 3 car garage lol. He also did not want a house where we would have to be doing any work other than maybe painting.
I am really nervous about this step we are taking, but also very excited.