EOS Goes House Hunting
Yesterday, in upstate Connecticut, I went to look at three very different houses for sale. Three different towns. Three different architectural styles. Three different lifestyles. Each with items on our wish list.
For a while we have thought we should bail on tax crazy New York and first set our sights to Greenwich, until we realized our pocketbook did not match those lofty sights. Houses there, while gorgeous, are very expensive, but the property tax bill is probably half what it is here in Westchester County, New York.
Since neither of us commutes to an office in the city, and our children are grown and gone, we could base our home search on the house, and not how close it is to transportation or schools. Of course, that might mean that down the road if we sell, others will discard our home for the very reasons we didn’t need to consider!
First and foremost, we found a buyer’s real estate agent, critical today. The listing agent’s sole job is to represent the seller, get the most money for that seller. A buyer’s agent is there to negotiate and be there for you. Pretty important.
- Close to town, walkable even
- Close to shopping
- Close to I-95
- Private, no neighbors visible
- Big formal rooms downstairs
- Guest house
- Brand new roof
- Four season sunroom
- Beautiful large pool and pool house
- Bedrooms upstairs small and close together
- Upstairs needed a rehab – wallpaper, carpeting, some bathroom work
- Kitchen, while just completely gutted and redone, not at all to our taste – neither cabinets, nor counter-tops
- You see the back of the house as you enter the driveway, since, logically, the front faces the river
A 1756 Farmhouse, with recent additions, all renovated. Two barns and a line of ten ancient sycamore trees!
- Move-in ready. Spotless. To our taste.
- Top of the line everything, from kitchen to state-of-the art electronic smart house system
- Pumpkin pine paneling in original living room
- Wide board wood floors
- Fabulous sunroom
- Neat third floor suite for visiting children/grandchildren
- Two bedroom apartment in barn
- Long vista over fields
- Conservation land behind, never to be built on
- House set far back from road
- Very far away from town, stores, highway
- No usable back yard, hill above back of house might mean water in basement on rainy days
- Old vinyl-lined swimming pool and older clay tennis court, both needing update
- Sycamore trees need annual maintenance as next steward of them. Costly.
- Barns, while gorgeous and drool worthy, would mean hiring a caretaker. Lots of maintenance
- This may sound silly, but mailbox on other side of street, a fairly busy street and a very long driveway. Would really need to teach Dawg to retrieve paper
- Original access road to barns now driveway to property owned by a neighbor so no real way to drive to barns without getting permission from neighbor.
Once a 1960s ranch home, rebuilt in the 1980s, added on to as well. Also on a river, with private dock and pool.
- Walk to town
- Unobstructed views
- Gorgeous pool with huge pool house, complete with bath and kitchen
- From the real estate adage Location Location Location, this one rates the highest
- House not constructed with highest quality materials
- Homeowner skimped on regular maintenance so many things looked old and needing repair
- Sunroom had no heat so had to be closed off during the winter
- Shared driveway and some shared utilities with home below and to the right of this
- Garages a full story below kitchen, meaning taking groceries up a steep staircase or coming in the front
- Adjacent land slated for seven new homes
As I said, each house came with foibles. Care to opine on your favorite?