AC Capehart/Home Shopping Begins

Created Sat, 12 Feb 2005 19:42:41 +0000 Modified Mon, 22 Mar 2021 01:42:32 +0000
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Although it feels a little early for it given our lease constraints, we started home shopping in Altoona today in a slightly more serious way. Today, we visted the first house that we actually went inside. We took several pictures [link since removed since we didn’t buy this house -ed] but even as many as we took, I still want to have taken more.

House summary: Built in 1983, it’s a 3 bedroom, 3 bath home with oversized 2 car garage on a 100’x120′ lot on the corner of Lloyd St and E. 22nd Ave. It has attic storage, city water/sewer, a wet bar, a hot tub and was re-shingled in the fall of 2004. There are 2 decks and a gazebo. There’s a privacy fence around the rear of the property. There is 200 amp electrical service. They are asking $149,500. I still don’t know the real estate market in this area well enough to know if that’s good or not. Since Albemarle county just re-appraised my townhouse for $193,000, it feels like a good deal. It’s hard to say, though.

Pros and cons as I think of them, in no particular order.

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  70&#8217;s aesthetic
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  Small bedrooms
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  dark bedrooms
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  <strong>huge</strong> wet bar
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  large windows mean harder to heat
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  High Taxes compared to more expensive but older homes
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  Wooded lot not part of property
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  Other Miscelaneous info:<br />2 heat zones: 1 upstairs, 1 downstairs; Central vacuum system; Gas hot water baseboard heat ; No central air; Wood or coal fireplace with heatalator; Funky mood lighting for the downstairs area;
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  All in all, I like it. There&#8217;s a lot I&#8217;d want to change about it, most of which I feel confident I could do. The primary disadvantages that I can see are that the bedrooms are small and kind of dark. I&#8217;m not a huge fan of the white brick, though I&#8217;m sure I could get accustomed to it. As much as I love the idea of having a wet bar in entertainment space, the bar itself is huge. It feels like it could be a proper pub. As I said, there&#8217;s a real 70s/early 80s aesthetic. I would want to replace the carpet (maybe put hardwood flooring in the kitchen/dining area), re do much of the kitchen and pretty much all of the bathrooms. So much of the house seems geared toward relaxation and entertaining, it&#8217;s a shame that the bedrooms aren&#8217;t more luxurious.
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  Still, we need to do a lot more shopping here. I wish we could somehow put a hold on the house until we&#8217;ve had a chance to look around and do some comparison. And I wish we could get it descreetly (and cheaply) appraised to get a better sense of it&#8217;s value in this market. I&#8217;m simply thankful that the market is soft enough, and that it&#8217;s a FSBO, as that should keep it from getting snapped up too quickly.
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