Monday, February 4, 2008

Yardtacular

As the renovations proceed I am coming to the realization that regardless of how much work I put into the house, it will never have a yard. Sure there is a concrete patch behind my house, but that in no way constitutes a yard. I used to have a landscape design business during college, so I would love a beautiful piece of land to shape as I please. What I really want is this house...



Leigh and I went and looked at it, and while it needs a lot of work, it is absolutely incredible. It has a case of knotty pine infestation, but the 1.1 acre lot with a stream wrapping around it is a bit more important to us. The two story stone fireplace and secret passageway to the basement through a bookshelf also add to the charm.

Finances are being checked to see if it is even in the realm of the possible. Most likely not, but I need to know a definitive answer before I give up on it.

11 comments:

Dadolescent said...

This is momnipotent's dance partner. At least I get to lead in something! Although she has been trying to lead in that too.
With your landscaping skills you could certainly make your backyard look really good. The best in the neighborhood. The cottage looks cool. What's the location?

Valerie said...

It's the cutest little house ever! I, too, would give anything for a yard. At this point I don't even have my own room, so it's rather a desperate dream.

LOL @ dadolescent!

Leely16 said...

Dadolescent and Momnipotent make a great duo. Love it!!

Corey, when are you going to post a picture of our weekend painting festivities?

Corey said...

dadolescent - It's in West Towson, right by the University and a mile from the mall. Convenient to freeway and stores, but the property looks like it belongs way out in the country.

leely - I'll take pictures when you are finished painting it. :)

Jennifer said...

That is a great yard! I can see why you are tempted. Can't wait to see what turns out.

Dadolescent said...

One way to get a value for real estate (although they tend to be high) is zillow.com. It's a great location near the Beltway, easy to get everywhere.
We're doing our own rehabbing in Ft. Myers today, painting and removing a wallpaper border. We found two layers of wallpaper border.
We'll be back in the cold North next Thursday, save some work for us.

Corey said...

The Zillow value is 19% higher than the current price. The problem with that site is that they rely on statistics of square footage, beds, baths & land for a given zip code. For a house with such an odd layout and so much land there really isn't much comparable.

Glad to see you are practicing your renovations. I'll leave plenty of work at my place.

Valerie said...

I keep coming back here to adore the house. It's so sweet, almost Kinkade-esque.

I miss you Corey!

megan said...

i have noticed Zillow seems a bit high... another good link is to go through yahoo, select the 'real estate' section and then click on 'home values'. it gives you 3 different values based on 3 different sites (zillow is one).

modernemama said...

It's a beautiful house that fits into its landscape perfectly. I hope you get it.

Corey said...

modernemama: Me too! I'm a huge fan of houses that fit into their landscape seamlessly. Maybe it comes from reading 'The Fountainhead' and idolizing Roark.

While I'm getting to get the current house fixed up, if that house is still on the market and the price drops I'll make a move on it.