So I went and viewed some houses yesterday. There may actually be a possibility in the ones I looked at. Let's sum them up shall we?

The Smallish Nice One
The first property was nice, but at 1434 sq ft, it's a little under our goal of 1500 sq ft. It had a pool, a fireplace, a bonus room off of the dining room, but only three bedrooms. Also, the kitchen was in dire need of a make-over. The cabinetry might have been original, which wouldn't be bad if it was a newer house, but it was built in the 60's. > . <  On the plus side, it was on a cul de sac and it was also the closest to the bart station. Close enough to ride a bicycle, which would be convenient for Mr. Man.

The Stinky One
The second property is also a possibility, although it was a tough one to look at, due to the overwhelming odor emanating from it. > . < The current owners have like a bazillion cats and dogs, and the entire house just stinks to high heaven. I walked in the door and had to suppress the urge to gag right there. The kitchen needs less work than the previous one, and at 1700 sq ft, is much more spacious. However, after having so many maminals there, all the flooring would likely need to be replaced. It had 4 bedrooms and two full baths. The layout of the master bedroom was a little awkward, but not too terribly bad. I didn't get to see the yard due to the very large, wet dog outside (it was raining yesterday). The agent was a big poopie head however, trying to push me in to signing a buyer's agent agreement with him.

The One with the Attached Lean-To
The third property was an OMFG NO WAY. It was a four bedroom with 1300 or so sq ft, and the layout was okay, however they had put on what is obviously an un-permitted addition off the back door, and had two beds out there. The first bedroom had what appeared to be a family of three living in it, and getting past the odor coming off of it took some work as well. I wasn't able to see one of the bedrooms because it was locked and the resident not at home. Interesting fact: overall, I counted atleast 10 people living in this house. The kitchen was nice, and wouldn't require too much work, and the rest of the house wasn't too terribly bad, aside from the people, wood paneling and general disrepair. The biggest thing that makes this place a no is the 'addition'. I'm pretty sure it wouldn't pass an inspection, although it was by far the cheapest place I looked at yesterday.

The Top Contender
Top contender was 4. It had 1536 sq ft, and was on a cul de sac. It had a huge two car garage (yay for parking AND hobby space), and lots of storage space within the house as well. The yard was oddly shaped, but there were no rear neighbors, as it backed up to a run-off area. The kitchen was okay, and would eventually need to be updated, but it wasn't a particularly bad kitchen, and could be livable for a few years. The bathrooms upstairs would probably require the most immediate attention, as neither of them were in very good repair. The one thing I'm worried about is that it's a two story, and the head space going up the stairs may be a problem for Mr. Man and his 6'6" height.

The One with the Power (lines)
And last but not least was also a big fat no, and had the Sr. Poopie head who inspired the first installment of 'Real Estate Agents are Lazy (And I hate them)'. The interior wasn't really bad, albeit dirty and not well kept, (the cigarette butts littering the front yard was a nice touch), but the biggest reason it was a no was the fact that it was backed up to an apartment complex and had a power line post in the back yard, with a great big fat ugly black cable line hanging directly across the yard. Interior things I can work with, but location is kinda set in stone.

So two strong possibilities and one that could probably work, although it was a little smallish, although odd fact, upon returning home and showing the pictures and such to Mr. Man, the odorific house with Mr. Poopie Head the Second appears to have been taken off the market. So it may just be top contender. Nice thing about Top Contender is, it's well within our price range, too. So we shall see. It's been on the market for a while though, so I feel comfortable with looking around a little bit more before stealing one of Mr. Man's weekend days away from him and dragging him out to see it.

Stay tuned for more installments of Real Estate Agents are Lazy (and I hate them).
So I went and viewed some houses yesterday. There may actually be a possibility in the ones I looked at. Let's sum them up shall we?

The Smallish Nice One
The first property was nice, but at 1434 sq ft, it's a little under our goal of 1500 sq ft. It had a pool, a fireplace, a bonus room off of the dining room, but only three bedrooms. Also, the kitchen was in dire need of a make-over. The cabinetry might have been original, which wouldn't be bad if it was a newer house, but it was built in the 60's. > . <  On the plus side, it was on a cul de sac and it was also the closest to the bart station. Close enough to ride a bicycle, which would be convenient for Mr. Man.

The Stinky One
The second property is also a possibility, although it was a tough one to look at, due to the overwhelming odor emanating from it. > . < The current owners have like a bazillion cats and dogs, and the entire house just stinks to high heaven. I walked in the door and had to suppress the urge to gag right there. The kitchen needs less work than the previous one, and at 1700 sq ft, is much more spacious. However, after having so many maminals there, all the flooring would likely need to be replaced. It had 4 bedrooms and two full baths. The layout of the master bedroom was a little awkward, but not too terribly bad. I didn't get to see the yard due to the very large, wet dog outside (it was raining yesterday). The agent was a big poopie head however, trying to push me in to signing a buyer's agent agreement with him.

The One with the Attached Lean-To
The third property was an OMFG NO WAY. It was a four bedroom with 1300 or so sq ft, and the layout was okay, however they had put on what is obviously an un-permitted addition off the back door, and had two beds out there. The first bedroom had what appeared to be a family of three living in it, and getting past the odor coming off of it took some work as well. I wasn't able to see one of the bedrooms because it was locked and the resident not at home. Interesting fact: overall, I counted atleast 10 people living in this house. The kitchen was nice, and wouldn't require too much work, and the rest of the house wasn't too terribly bad, aside from the people, wood paneling and general disrepair. The biggest thing that makes this place a no is the 'addition'. I'm pretty sure it wouldn't pass an inspection, although it was by far the cheapest place I looked at yesterday.

The Top Contender
Top contender was 4. It had 1536 sq ft, and was on a cul de sac. It had a huge two car garage (yay for parking AND hobby space), and lots of storage space within the house as well. The yard was oddly shaped, but there were no rear neighbors, as it backed up to a run-off area. The kitchen was okay, and would eventually need to be updated, but it wasn't a particularly bad kitchen, and could be livable for a few years. The bathrooms upstairs would probably require the most immediate attention, as neither of them were in very good repair. The one thing I'm worried about is that it's a two story, and the head space going up the stairs may be a problem for Mr. Man and his 6'6" height.

The One with the Power (lines)
And last but not least was also a big fat no, and had the Sr. Poopie head who inspired the first installment of 'Real Estate Agents are Lazy (And I hate them)'. The interior wasn't really bad, albeit dirty and not well kept, (the cigarette butts littering the front yard was a nice touch), but the biggest reason it was a no was the fact that it was backed up to an apartment complex and had a power line post in the back yard, with a great big fat ugly black cable line hanging directly across the yard. Interior things I can work with, but location is kinda set in stone.

So two strong possibilities and one that could probably work, although it was a little smallish, although odd fact, upon returning home and showing the pictures and such to Mr. Man, the odorific house with Mr. Poopie Head the Second appears to have been taken off the market. So it may just be top contender. Nice thing about Top Contender is, it's well within our price range, too. So we shall see. It's been on the market for a while though, so I feel comfortable with looking around a little bit more before stealing one of Mr. Man's weekend days away from him and dragging him out to see it.

Stay tuned for more installments of Real Estate Agents are Lazy (and I hate them).
And I'm thinking of trying to get her a dress made like this:

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(I know, excuse the lame drawing... you get the idea...) I'm thinking a vintage-50's-swing style dress. Something suitable for a growing young lady (re: Modest!), but also fun enough that she'd feel hip and cool in it. I have to learn to sew one of these days. In the meantime, so begins my quest to find a seamstress... wish me luck!


And I'm thinking of trying to get her a dress made like this:

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(I know, excuse the lame drawing... you get the idea...) I'm thinking a vintage-50's-swing style dress. Something suitable for a growing young lady (re: Modest!), but also fun enough that she'd feel hip and cool in it. I have to learn to sew one of these days. In the meantime, so begins my quest to find a seamstress... wish me luck!


*giggle*

 I was over at Trader Joe’s the other day just before they opened, and got a little chuckle out of this. Thought I would share.

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