Thursday, December 03, 2009

The joys of home ownership

As I mentioned in passing in an earlier post, I've been involved in trying to purchase a house. Well, I have succeeded! The closing was on Monday. Tuesday, I took the day off work to do some initial preparation for moving - mainly, changing the locks (the house had been used as a rental property for a while), and painting. It's small, but being single, it's all I really need.

The area under the awning is an enclosed porch. Here it is from the inside.

The solid door in the upper picture is the door leading into the actual house. It comes out in the living room.

The living room. The front door is to the left, just out of the picture. The door straight ahead is looking into the bedroom, and the archway to the right leads to the hallway, with the door on the right leading to the second bedroom (which will be the study).

Looking into the living room from the bedroom. Guess what I've been doing!

The bedroom. The door in the picture leads to the bathroom, which is shared between the bedroom and the study.

The study, looking into the hallway from the bathroom door.

The bathroom, from the bedroom. The door in the picture leads to the study.

And the bathroom from the study.

Here's the little "hallway." The kitchen is to the right, the study to the left. You can just see the back door through the kitchen door.

Looking into the kitchen.

And out from the kitchen.

Looking off the back deck. That old carport on the right has power and light, and you can see the brick grill in the right wall. There's a grape vine growing along the left "wall" too, and when I was first looking at the house, it did have grapes. I may have to learn to make wine!

Here's a closeup of the fence. It looks very picturesque, but it's also starting to come apart in places, so I'm going to have to replace it soon - probably in sections. That little rock wall runs all the way from the street to the carport along the property line, and there are some wild strawberry plants growing in places along the top!

Looking back at the house from the carport.

It's a nice little house. There are hardwood floors throughout. The attic is large enough to be finished if I need a little more space, the yard is big enough to enjoy, but not too big to maintain easily. It has a few little problems, too, but nothing I can't fix myself given enough time.

Now I just have to finish painting so I can move in.


HankH said...

Congrats! Looks like a nice place, great backyard.

Anonymous said...

Not bad, looks like a 1940's house (no closets, double-hung windows, tile bathroom) or maybe a bit earlier, that's been updated, in and out. Very nice yard, spacious with enough slope to drain well.

Best of luck with it.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...


It is a '40s house. There are (small) closets in the bedrooms, they're just not in the pictures I took. The tile in the bathroom is actually fake, but recent (a Re-Bath job done just a couple of weeks before I bought it).

There are a lot of little things I need to do with it, and a couple of 'big' things that I can do a little at a time, but it'll all be just making it my own. All in all, a good purchase, I think (and much better than the $125 a month more I was paying for rent).