This home is located in northwest Decatur in an established neighborhood. Most of the houses in this area are partially or all brick, and split levels and ranches are popular.
I should share something that I haven't mentioned before re: house hunting. I'm comfortable in these kinds of houses. I grew up in ranches and split levels. From Michigan to Georgia to Alabama and back, my family somehow always ended up in one of these modest, traditional homes. That being said, I am not narrowly focused on these types of homes; I would love to live in an even older craftsman — and I wouldn't turn down a brand new cape cod if we found one in an area I liked.
What kinds of houses did you guys grow up in? If you're not a homeowner yet, what kind of house do you visualize yourself in? One like your parents'? Or something totally different?
On to the pictures, pros and cons of this past weekend's "house 2." It's a 4/2 split level with partial siding, partial brick. Seems like it has good bones.
One of two main floor living areas. The left wall separates the living room
from the kitchen and the other living area. Wouldn't it be better if it were one,
big open layout?
View of backyard and two-car carport.
- Great family neighborhood
- Four bedrooms
- Two-car carport at back of house
- Priced where we could make some improvements
- Nice sized, flat yard
- Needs a totally renovated kitchen to be made modern
- We would probably want to knock down a load-bearing wall to make a nice, big living area (versus two, small awkward ones)
- Needs some big, some small cosmetic updates (e.g., wood paneling rooms that need painting, etc.) and some landscaping
- Landscaping in front yard required
- Bedrooms are small-to-moderately sized