I thought it might be fun to keep a photo journey of our house buying experience that not only lets us share the homes we're visiting, but also help us keep a record of the pros and cons of each place that we've seen. One of these homes may be in fact the one we buy! See if you can guess :)
Monday: Home #1
This home was more of a Mediterranean style, with a boxy exterior an open walkway up to the front door. It has a beautiful front courtyard area.
Inside was very much a blank slate - all white walls! There was an interesting southwestern style fireplace and a very unique layout. Two "masters" were downstairs, both with a walk in closet and attached bath.
The selling feature of this house was definitely the huge outdoor space. Because it's a corner lot, the yard is expansive, with plenty of room to put your own spin on it. The bougainvillea were beautiful and there was even a pond already in place (which was right up Ed's alley). And, of course, the beautiful pool.
The kitchen was a good size, with dual ovens and stone countertops.
Upstairs was a bit odd, with a hallway that had shutters which could be opened to the room below (with iron railings in place for safety), and two small rooms upstairs.
There was also an upstairs patio, which offered a great view.
Backyard is huge and feels a bit private
Two master backs
Double oven in kitchen
Separate dining/living area
Location!! (far north in Awatukee, which is ideal) and very cute location
Layout is a bit awkward
Bank owned, so it's sold as is
Needs a lot of work
Master downstairs/upstairs not as usable
High HOA fee (near golf course)
Monday: Home #2
This home had a very beautiful (in my opinion) exterior and was recently completely remodeled inside (a "flipped" home). It's currently unoccupied.
You come into a very open formal living/dining area, with everything freshly painted.
On one hand, the backyard is gorgeous, with a huge blooming tree, a big space, and a very nice pool. On the very downside, the back wall is lower, and just beyond is a very busy street (Ray) with a shopping complex, including Target, just on the other side.
The view from the bathtub of the pretty pool and tree, but also lots of cars.
Would need very little work done - everything's remodeled
Very big indoor space that seems used in the right way.
Big backyard space.
Fireplace in the family room.
Nice sized master bedroom/bathroom
Close to lots of stores
Location! Very busy street in back, with lots of street noise and lack of privacy
A "flipped" home, so some of the workmanship might not be as nice as if it had been done by a family living there.
Already remodeled, so you are paying for that in the price, and it's not exactly how we would have done it.
Monday: House #3
This home is on the smaller size, compared to some of the others, and is 3 houses down from the edge of the subdivision (and a busier street) but the neighborhood itself is lovely. No HOA, so we'd have freedom of painting the outside.
A huge selling feature of this home is that big, beautiful tree. It blocks the busier street both from the yard and from the upstairs and is just heavenly to look at.
There's a nice outdoor patio for meals outside that we'd take full advantage of.
An interesting wet bar - not sure we'd keep this forever, but it does add storage.
The fireplace we love. It's style is very us, and having it in the living room is a huge perk. The lighting in this room is great, and we also really like the windows off the dining room.
Upstairs is a very reasonably spaced master bedroom, with the vaulted ceiling.
There's a great deck off the master, with a nice view of the very pretty tree.
Updated countertops in kitchen (kitchen in general very pretty)
Beautiful fireplace in living room
Right number of rooms
Backyard space very pretty
Brand new dual AC units
Near a busy street (less privacy and some street noise)
On the smaller size
Smaller rooms downstairs (kitchen, family room, dining room, living room are all a bit smaller than others we've seen)
Another street of homes starts perpendicular to the house (so headlights might sometimes shine in front windows)
Monday: House #4
I liked the added sign to the realtor post :).
The outside was nice and on a very quiet street.
The banister and overall layout of the home was very nice, though carpets looked a bit worn and needed to be replaced.
The family room, in contrast, was gorgeous. Beautiful new floors and a great size.
No fireplace, but it's always pretty warm in Arizona anyways.
Outside was a nice pool, but not much else. The back of the house backed up onto a very busy street. Upstairs the master had a deck but the view of the busy street made it seem pretty unusable. You could also see the very big loud dogs in the home next door - not a plus.
Great layout and overall space
New countertop in kitchen and new hardwood flooring in family room
Right number of rooms
On a nice street in the front
Located on a busy street, making lots of street noise and visually unappealing
Loud dogs next door
Needs new carpet throughout most of the house
Would eventually need some updates
So, that's it! Day one of our house hunt. One house we tried to visit had apparently been sold while we were on our way there, and another home that we really liked has an owner who's having second thoughts about selling, so we couldn't see it (we still might be able to tomorrow). So, would you make an offer on any of these? Do you think we made an offer? What do you look for in a house?