I'm glad we went. Even up til we went, I was dreaming about moving there. Making plans in my head. It was fun :) But, of course, reality has to kick in at some point, right?
It was pretty glaringly obvious to me as we looked at the house, that it was just too much. Too much renovating. Too much time. Too much money. Every room needs so much attention. I think it would be worth doing, for someone who doesn't have small children. But we obviously are at a different place in our lives.
Also, when we factor in how much money it would cost to get it fixed up, we were left with a pretty small offer on the house, and the realtor didn't think it was good enough. So, that was a pretty firm answer to our questions :)
In some ways I'm totally relieved, because I was thinking about all the effort to be put into that house, and the stress it would cause. And the fact that we would have been moving to a different school district and be 20 minutes away from the conveniences I'm used to.
Just for your viewing pleasure, here are some of the details on the house. Most of them need a lot of attention.
|Plaster falling off the wall in one of the bedrooms. The ceiling looked just as bad.|
|Chimney falling apart.|
|The brickwork around a lot of the windows is falling apart. But the window is gorgeous :)|
|Front of the house, in need of a lot of repair. There used to be a wrap around verandah here.|
|The windows are in disrepair as well.|
|The kitchen is one room that I could probably live with for a while, if I had to.|
|Bathroom needs a total gut. The ceiling was falling in too.|
|The front entrance was pretty awesome, other than the wall paper on the walls!|
|View from the living room through the dining room into the kitchen.|
|Floors in really rough shape. The white patch is actually a newspaper that is stuck to the floor.|