Today Annie and I were driving around the Northeast portion of the Atlanta area. Naturally we got lost. We looked at several new housing developments as well as some of the older houses. I found I really liked the Northeast area much better than the area we were in yesterday. The people in the Northeast seem more friendly and less okie. I like the area because it's close to Atlanta, yet it's county like. Lots of trees and streams and the people are laid-back.
On today's journey Annie and I stumbled across Woodstock, Ga. We drove through this darling town that they are renovating to be like old Savannah. We kept driving and found a couple of developments, but the houses were too big. We turned down a street and found ourselves in a housing development that was a couple of years old. The houses were very pretty, but big. We kept driving up the hill and I found it! There it was...I told Annie...OMG that is the house! It was for sale.
I jumped out of the car to get the flyer. The flyer said the house was $269,000 and it was reduced $249,900, I later found out that they had original asking price had been $285,000. $249,900 was still more than I wanted to pay, but the house was sooooo adorable from the outside. The people who live there are the nicest people you could ever meet. He has a new job, they bought a new home and it's closing the end of the month so they needed to sell right away.
They invited us in and I fell head over heals in love with the house. It's 2600 sq ft, keep in mind my old house was 1097 sq ft. It's cape cod ranch style. They put $50,000 worth of improvements into the house. It has zoned heating and cooling, in ground sprinkler system, new paint inside and out, upgraded the appliances in the kitchen, the stove is one of those fancy things...I don't know if I'll know how to use it! They added an island in the center with drawers and all the counter tops are corian with a tile back splash. There are 3 bathrooms, a mud/laundry room, a formal dinning room and an office/den.
The floor plan is a split floor plan, the Master bedroom is huge with trey ceilings and a ceiling fan. There are two walk in closets. The Master bath is about 10 x 10, it has a garden tub with separate shower and two vanities. There is also a ceiling fan in the bathroom...egads! I could live in the bathroom!
I fell in love with the front porch, Kathy is going to leave the swing and the rocking chairs. She says it's always shady out there. The backyard has a gas BBQ that is hooked up to the gas line, so you don't have to worry about propane. The backyard is small, but it's plenty big for me. I'll need to put in a fence and a doggy door for Annie.
I had pretty much decided I wanted the house, but it was awfully big. I told them that I loved the house, but it was more than I had planned on, both in square footage and price. Kathy said they really needed to sell it soon and so I asked her to tell me what her bottom price would be. She said she couldn't go lower than $238,00 and that was only because I didn't have an agent. So I thought about it.
This was so much more of a house than the one in Sweetwater, Tn., It's only 40 minutes from the Atlanta airport. I also know that it's worth much more than the $238,000... so I need to look at it as an investment as well as a home.
I told her we had a deal. My brother would be proud of me...I got them to throw in the refrigerator, all the blinds and draperies and a queen size bed in the guest room. The deal should complete by February 1st. They do things different here, there is no escrow everything goes through a lawyer so we will see how that goes.
So far I don't have any buyers remorse. It is a great house and I think it was meant to be! My friend Kenneth who lives in Kennesaw can't wait to see it. We are going to go look at it on Monday. It will be nice to get a second opinion :)