Our first house today was the cute-as-a-button Cape. Built in 1987, it was practically new construction, given most of what we’ve been looking at.

How to describe it? …  Sensible. Comfy. Familiar. Predicable. Formal. Clean. The floorplan was nice, albeit formal (dining room, living room, etc.), and everything was certainly stuck in the 80’s – which felt so much like houses growing up… the mauve, the blue… it was like I was timewarped back to my friends’ houses in grade school…

Every wall– even the outlet covers — were wallpapered. Nary a vertical surface was left untouched. EVERYthing was covered in a myriad of blue, mauve, mint, peach, pink… And the floors – carpeted in plush hunter green, taupe, dusty mauve… The place would need several weeks at least, spent stripping wallpaper and re-flooring…

Other drawbacks? The 2 ‘guest/kid’ bedrooms were tiny, fitting just a twin wedged on the wall. The Master was relatively spacious with a nice skylight, but all three bedrooms shared a common bath. And the house was nearly 30 years old, which means that many of the original systems were due for replacing — furnace, roof, etc. So that was a cost to consider.

And then there’s the little matter of our homesteading dreams. With the HUGE inground pool (which our Realtor dubbed a $10,000 problem), the backyard was spacious, but sloped down into a creek/pond and left little space elsewhere for gardens, a barn, pasture, etc…

So – it’s not a ‘no,’ but it wasn’t a huge, overwhelming YES! either — which I think is what we’re looking for. We’re still comparing everything against the Yellow/White House on the Hill, which we may visit again shortly with a more critical eye.

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