The househunt is officially ON. So exciting!

Today we met with our Realtor and headed out to check out some properties. We saw five houses today, which I hope to profile across the next few days — (but might just cut out early and highlight the last one of the day, which I’m still drooling over, even now…)

But alas, let’s do a review… starting from the beginning…

Ah, the big plum house. It looks nice and taupe-gray here, but it’s pretty darn purple in real life. The house was in a very affluent area, surrounded by mansions/estates on sprawling land, just a stone’s throw from our Great Bay = prime location ( = highest taxes.) This would be the house to buy, sink a solid amount of cash into and reap a pretty profit in five years.

Let’s see inside…

It was … interesting. Certainly good bones, nice room sizes – extremely large, square workable spaces, nice wood floors, excellent wordwork. But some odd things too. The Beowulf-esque ‘Great Room’ came complete with wood walls, tavern barn, stone fireplace and wagon-wheel chandeliers. There was also a very drafty four-season room, staircase to a strange bunk(?) room upstairs with three twin beds and a large bathroom. (Perfect for a roadside tavern, I thought… drink downstairs, crash upstairs?). And let’s not forget the Purple Bathroom…

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But all in all, just too much work for us. There were good things — nearly updated electrical, a new roof within the last two years, really excellent original woodwork, an inground pool (which also may be a negative in our book)… but in the end, it was too high in our range for all the work involved, and just plain too big. You might notice the first picture is sunny and grassy – that’s because it’s been on the market for nearly 6 months. Pretty typical in this market – but even so, they’ve come down in price by $25,000 so far. Who knows how much more they’ll drop…

Excellent for someone, maybe. Just not us.

Keep tuned … tomorrow we go WAY back in time. A generation before this, in fact – to the Oldest House in Durham, built in 1680!

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