Sunday, August 20, 2006

About the House

The previous owner, Dorothy, had lived in the house for 60, count ‘em, SIXTY years. Luckily for us, she did a marvelous job with maintenance (new roof, new windows) and somehow managed to keep 40 year old kitchen cabinets practically like new:

She left much of the Original Charm intact, such as the Original Charming 100 amp fuse box:

The Original (well, circa 1963) Charming Furnace:

Accompanied by, of course, The Original Charming Mercury Thermostat:

And last, but certainly not least, the Original Charming Clothesline, because the house has no dryer!

The house has 3 floors, the basement (If you look closely, you can see the backup clothesline in the basement to support our not-conducive-to-drying-anything-outside Seattle weather.):

Main floor,with the kitchen above, two bedrooms,and the one and only bathroom:

Can’t wait to shower with that plastic tile in the tub – hold me back - but it least it has hex tile on the floor

And the attic, featuring the timeless appeal of summer camp:

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Here we go again.....

I’d just about finished with the Ballard classic house ( and was starting to think about Life After Construction when Martin spotted this charming 1930’s frame tudor a short mile away. Well, to be fair, what he actually spotted was this OTHER house right across the street…..3000 sq feet on a 9000 sq ft lot, and his Inner Commercial Real Estate Appraiser couldn’t resist the value on a per-square-foot basis. Never mind the fact that it was already sold, to a developer planning on tearing it down. Just goes to show the quality of home that we look at - we're apparently willing to live in a house when anyone in their right mind would level it and start over.

Well, in the process of dragging me (kicking AND screaming) over to see this mid-century disaster house, we saw this somewhat smaller and somewhat more intact yellow Tudor across the street. It's about 600 sq ft larger than the Ballardia Classic house, with a better floor plan, and lofty 8.5' ceilings, so we put an offer on it. We knew there were a couple of other offers, so I figured it was safe, we wouldn’t get it…..HAH.