Thank you Blues, Richard. (-:
This place really was a hell of a find. When we first dipped a toe into the market last fall, this place was one of the listings that caught our attention. It was the right size, the right location and the right price, but it had been very roughly used. Pictures on the internet of this place showed GOBS of clutter, two dining room tables piled high with stuff and so many refridgerator magnets you couldn't see the fridge itself. We did a drive-by and noted a healthy scattering of sporting equipment, bicycles and other assorted roughage in the back yard, and made the correct assumption that the place had been ravaged by a herd of kids. We tried half-heartedly to arrange a walk-through, which was challenging with the owners schedule, and it never happened. Then, around mid November last year, the house sold. We figured ca sara sara (SP) and kept looking.
Other places came and went, some incredible, some not quite so, and we even put in a offer on one place but got out-bid by another party. And here they told us the market was soft. Serendipidous, though, because then at the end of May this place suddenly showed up back on the market! The entity that bought it back in November turned out to be a "property management" group, read: house flippers. And they flipped the beejeezus outta this place. New carpet throughout, finished two of the three basement bedrooms, roughed in the plumbing for the basement bathroom, refinished all the kitchen cabinetry, two tone paint and brand new dishwasher, range and microwave. They did a fanstastic job on the flip, and when it showed up back on the market it only took one walk-through to sell us.
It hasn't been without work though, especially the grounds. All the flower beds were completely overgrown with five foot tall broadleaf weeds, and in some places there's more weed that grass in the lawn. The concrete curbing around the flower beds and that central island were almost totally grown over by sod, and a patch in the back that looked as though it had been inteded for a garden was more safari than suburb. I ALMOST bought a machete, but in the end just got some good gloves and heavy duty shears. We're going to let that patch sit and fallow all winter, then dump a couple tons of rock in it, build garden boxes and plant vegetables.
Other up-and-coming projects are finishing the other 70% or so of the basement, including a 3/4 bath, wet bar and home theatre. There's also one parking strip that is beyond rescue, so we're going to tear that all up and put in rock there as well. It'll match the opposing strip on the other corner, so, excellent. I also need to build a loft in the garage for storage, plumb for the industrial sink in my bird breeding room and either learn how to make crabapple beer or tear out the crabapple tree. (-: For the moment, the basement finish gets top priority though. I'll post some pictures as that project slowly ramps up through the winter.
Thanx for reading, and I look forward to keeping on this thing. 'Till then...