Monday, March 31, 2008

House, houses, and more houses...

So, the fam and I spent the day yesterday driving around looking at houses. My parents are hellbent on moving out of Kennett Borough, and Kennett is $$, so why stay. So around 11am my mom and I went to look at houses in Wilmington...

First we looked at this one. Not bad, cute red house, decent size. Needs some work, and there's NO parking around. I don't know about you, but lugging three kids and groceries a block or so does not sound like much fun to me.

So we went around the corner to this one. It was cute. That's about all it had going for it. The price was a giveaway lol. This house is one block away from a not so desirable neighborhood. My mother said that Ed and I were welcome to move there but she'd be damned if I was taking her grandkids. I'm guessing that's a veto.

So we went to look at this cute one. I'm NOT a fan of rowhomes/twins (remind me to tell you the story of the neighbors from hell, Gail and Jose), but it was so CUTE! Isn't it?!? Yeah. They can do WONDERS with digital photography in this day and age, I'm telling you.

So we gave up on Wilmington. Came home, mom went home, and Ed and the fam and I piled in the car to go look up towards Coatesville. First we went up the back roads to this house. We're driving up there and Ed's saying he can live in that area, away from everything... overlooking the Brandywine... then we turned the corner. Cute house, I'll give it that. Overlooking the Brandywine, definitely. Overlooking as in open a window and look down - there's the Brandywine. Overlooking as in you sure as hell better have GOOD flood insurance, because you're going to need it. And if we could overlook (ha ha) the close proximity of the Brandywine, I definitely was not overlooking the close proximity of the fire station. That first picture on the listing? I think the photographer had his back up against the fire truck when he took it. Having lived across the street from a fire siren in Kennett for a few years, I had to decline living across the street from the whole station.

So we went into the town (city?) of Coatesville. Saw a few that were not going to happen whatsoever. Then we saw this one. I like it. Needs a little work, but nothing too big (that we could see from the street, of course. Who knows though, there could be a swimming pool in the basement, and not the good kind of pool.) So that one went on the "haven't totally ruled it out" list.

Then we went over a couple of blocks to a really cute neighborhood and found this one. Definite fixer-upper. It's missing a window or two. But, I'm married to a guy who used to do windows for a living, so that's not a HUGE problem, just a on the larger side of medium problem. But it's in a nice area. Location, location, location. Who needs windows when you have location?? I think Ed said we do.

So we kept looking. Found some other houses, like the one on the busy road next door to Kingdom Hall, and then on our way home we drove by this one. I think I've stopped laughing. It was ok, we drove by, then turned around. HA! IT WAS MISSING HALF THE HOUSE! That was a big old hell no. Even Keith said "mom, that house is missing its wall!" Oh, and it was next door to the steel mill. Price - you can tell by the price (but I think 104,000 is too high for a house missing its right side).

So that was our weekend excitement. I think we're going to check out Lancaster next lol.

1 comment:

The Good Stepwitch said...

What? So you're moving to Coatesville, after I move back to Kennett from Coatesville? ;-)