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The One That Got Away

I'm not sure why I did this, but for some reason (mostly curiosity) I went on to Realtor.com the other day and browsed through home listings.  It started off as a whim where I searched in different locations like Michigan, Virginia, Maine, New Hampshire, Colorado, and even Idaho.  You see, I've never lived anywhere else but Arizona, so I thought it would be fun to see what housing looks like in other places.

But then I made a mistake...

I started browsing through the Phoenix listings and nearby areas, and I stumbled across a home that I fell in love with.  Well, at least based on the photos and the description.  Four bedrooms, four baths, 2,766 square feet, all listed for $152,000 (short sale).

Now, I've confessed before that it wasn't love at first sight when Mark and I bought our first home. In fact, we placed offers on several houses that we liked better than the house we're in now, but it was a buyers market, so the bidding wars were a brutal game.  

Don't get me wrong, I love my house...except for a few small things.  First, the location is not ideal.  It's quite a drive for both Mark and I to get to work.  Second, all of the houses in the neighborhood can see into our backyard since they're all two-story.  And third (this was a recent development), the neighbor's dog barks non-stop and often leads an all-out neighborhood dog choir where every dog in the hood chimes in.  

But, Mark and I are making no plans to sell or to move anytime soon.  So, since I can't buy the house that I just fell in love with, I figured I'd post about the dreams I've already had of projects for the one that got away.

Here she is:

Not much to look at...but let me clarify a bit further...this house is the DIY blogger's dream.  What makes it so, you might ask?  Well, it has great bones, and tons of potential for greatness...all through a little DIY action.

So look at this image again, but imagine the following things:

  • Large tree that's blocking the house removed.
  • Updated landscaping, include some grass and flowering plants.
  • Freshly painted eaves and paneling.
  • Shutters??  Perhaps.
  • Brightly painted front door, I'm thinking red, or maybe a deep navy.
  • A wreath of some sort hanging on that bright door.  Something inspired by Pinterest.

Now do you see where I'm coming from?  The curb appeal is just the beginning!  Let's take a look at the hidden potential of the inside...

Okay, so did anyone else immediately think of stenciling the coffered ceiling?  What about painting the cabinets, replacing the appliances, adding modern countertops and a pretty tile backsplash??  Maybe even some open shelving where the range is...

This would make a great dining room / family room, plus that wall at the end of the room would be perfect to put a piano...or even a writing desk.

This is the same room, but from the other side.  Who knows, it would probably be pretty cool to open up the wall on the left so it opens up to the kitchen...and yes, I know it's pathetic, but I've studied these images enough that I think I know the layout of the house.  haha!

I imagine this room with built-in shelving on each side of the fireplace...and painted ceilings so that the beams become an architectural feature.  If this were my house, I would probably turn this room into a library of some sort...a place to relax and read...and this is definitely where I picture the Christmas tree going up each year.

Hello, game room!  This would be Mark's hang-out spot because I'd jazz it up with a ping-pong table and a cool place to play (and display) his guitars.  Check out the wet bar!  I love it!

I believe this is the master bedroom, but I'm just guessing.

...and I believe this is the master bath.  The description said 3/4 bath in master, so that's what gives me the hunch.  I love the window in this bathroom, and though it doesn't have a tub, I still think it has a lot of potential.

...an good sized bedroom with endless possibilities...

...and another...

...and yet another.  I'd have one room as a guest room, another as my studio, and I'd have a lot of fun deciding what to do with the third bedroom (at least until any kiddos came into the picture).

...and here are some of the bathrooms...

There's a lot that could be done to make these bathrooms more homey, but I'd certainly paint the vanities as one of the first things on the list.

I am absolutely in love with all of the storage space in this laundry room, plus the open wall space that's perfect for floating shelves, and artwork.  Sigh...

Okay, here's where I'm stumped...I'm not really sure what this room is, or what I'd use it for.  I guess it's one of those rooms that you just have to see in person to get a feel for.

Oh the possibilities for this back yard.  It would be amazing with a covered patio, some grass, and maybe even a little garden along the fence.  Sigh again...

Well, now I've dreamed the dream.  I hope that the lucky new owner of this property treats her well, and brings out the hidden potential that's just beyond the surface.  Sigh again, and again, and again...

Maybe I'll feel better if I just tell myself that it probaly has a leaky roof, and cracked foundation...oh, and termites.

PS...If you fell in love like I did, you can find the listing here.


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Reader Comments (4)

I am so glad some one else has the same sickness as I. I can't tell you how many houses I have reworked off of real estate pictures. I so understand you!!!

December 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRonda

Maybe it runs in the family! Glad I'm not alone!

December 30, 2011 | Registered CommenterAHPCH


Do you have the MLS number for this? I couldn't find it.


December 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

Hey Maureen, It looks like the mls is 4592542. Isn't she dreamy?

Xo, Kelli

December 31, 2011 | Registered CommenterAHPCH

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