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Saturday, August 6, 2016

New Home Search

Well since we have been thinking about a move lately, of course our preferred area is back to our old stomping grounds.  It is totally central to everything and so easy to hop on the main freeways and get anywhere you want to go.  The #1 reason is it is closer to our children and grands.  Only one problem, price and home availability.

We currently live in an area of all newer homes.  Nothing over about 10 to 12 years old.  Shops and facilities are all new too.  The area we are thinking about moving back to has no new homes.  All of the homes are between 25 and 50 or more years old.  The shopping areas are older also.  It is a very nice area and the prices have sky-rocketed, but it is different to look at homes that need a lot of work, or you pay dearly for one that has been updated.

The home that we sold 12 years ago now sells for around $200,000 more than we sold it for and that home is now 22 years old and I am sure ready for a few updates.  That is just a reflection of what we are finding.

Here are a few that might work.  However I really don't want to downsize more and this home would be another downsize.

#1 This one has a great two story living room and I do like the area it is in, however - --


This kitchen is really small and needs a total makeover.  The next drawback is no pool and for me that is a must have.  Price wise this is at the top of our budget which wouldn't allow for us to add a pool.


#2 This home has a pool and the floor plan would also work.  It is a little more north of where I want to be, but it would work.  As you can see in the pics, it would also need paint, a kitchen makeover and lots of landscaping.  This one is priced within our budget, but doesn't leave any room for updates and it is about 100sf smaller than our current home, so another downsize.

Living Room

Family Room / Kitchen

 Kitchen


Backyard/Pool


#3 This home is in the exact area I want to be in.  Love the neighborhood and the floor plan is fabulous and has 2111 sf.  Not as big as what we sold but larger than what we have now.  As you will see, it needs a lot of updating with paint and a complete kitchen makeover and the biggest draw back is no pool and about $10,000 over our budget.  This one is 22 years old, so have to worry about the roof too.

Living/Dining

 Family/Kitchen


#4 This home is in our price range and has 2230 sf and a great overall floor plan.  Needs a lot of paint, flooring and a complete kitchen redo.  It does have a great pool and is in a very nice area.  Biggest downside is it is about 10 miles west of our desired area.

Living/Dining


Kitchen


Family Room


Backyard/Pool


#5 This home is below budget and would give us plenty of money to do some updates.  It is about 5 miles west of our desired area,but would work.  It is only 1853 sf, so same size as we have now and a really small yard.  It needs paint, flooring and a complete kitchen makeover also.

Living/Dining


Family Room/Breakfast area


Kitchen

Backyard/Pool

#6 This home is 1856 sf, so the same size as we have now.  It is totally updated and has a pool, so both are pluses.  The minuses are $10,000 over budget and north of my desired area, plus this neighborhood is a little iffy.  They have way overdone this home for the area.

Living/Dining


Den/Home Office


Family Room


Kitchen/Family Room -  I really like this kitcen and the updated cabinets, counters and appliances.

Backyard/Pool


Nothing so far that makes me want to put in an offer, so we will continue to look.

Did you see one that you would like?

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28 comments:

  1. Wow, you're going to have a tough search - but you will know the home that's right for you when you walk into it! How exciting - I loved buying and moving into my home, but I don't want to move again for many, many years!

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  2. Marty, these are mansions.. you are very lucky to have a home of your own. I was homeless 5 years ago and have been able to rent a small 80 year old house now and I think these are mansions.; Lucky you

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  3. Since you have done so much to your own home, it will be a challenge to find something worth moving for. It's fun to see what is available.

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  4. You have your work cut out for you...both decision wise and elbow grease! Whatever you choose, it will be fabulous when you are finished. You will know when you walk thru the house...it will tell you "this is it"...

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  5. These are some nice looking places. I wouldn't sacrifice the pool if you want one. That's way too big of an expense and time consuming update. I like #6 the best because it's one floor and the overall looks strike me as inviting. I don't know where you live but my sister bought a place in Gilbert, AZ. It's a nice home in a compact neighborhood with like houses. I have no idea what it cost but it's newer and didn't require any TLC. All I know is that there is no way I'd want a 2 story home to maintain as I age. This is a great time of the year to sell.

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  6. I have been reading your blog and want to comment on this one. As our agent told us, the 3 rules in choosing property is: location, location, location.
    I love choose #1, because you said that it is on great location, and the kitchen has enough counter space for me that cook almost daily (I can always add cute antique shelf/curio for additional storage). No pool is not a dealbreaker for me as well.

    Your agent might have great advice in choosing property. Have s/he mention anything?

    -Sasha

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    1. I am pretty picky about location. Main problem is the location I really want to be in is way out of my price range, but these are all locations that would work.

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    2. Sounds like you got everything that you need to choose it. Hopefully your dream house appears soon!

      -Sasha

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  7. What an exciting process, Marty! Love your choices and can't wait to see you make it your own! Happy weekend ~

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  8. Oh Marty, what a choice to make. After all the work you and hubby have done to your home now, it will be hard to find one like yours, but you will.

    I like #2 and #6. The only thing that concerns me are the stairs. As we get older it become very hard to go and down stairs. But in Arizona I would definately want a pool.

    Good luck with your search. My son wants me to move up to Northern CA and it's so expensive there I could not even afford a room. So i am got leaving.

    Have a great weekend.

    Mary

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  9. Hi Marty! Oh, decisions! I so remember looking for another house when we moved. I would go to bed dreaming! :) I pray you'll find just what you're looking for.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  10. You probably already know this, but don't settle on location, floor plan, and outside space. Those are the things you can't really fix. I know fixing up another home doesn't sound very fun, but if you stick to it you will be happier in the end.

    Nancy

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  11. They are all nice. I am looking for houses online just to get an idea of prices and what is out there. We have 5 more years here though. Our home is 1500 sq feet, but I want just alittle smaller home. Good luck on your search and looking forward to seeing what you get and how you decorate it.

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  12. Wow! You have a hard decision ahead of you. I think you will know the one when you see it.
    Do you still live in Phoenix? Have you been to French Bee yet? They have a big sale going on.

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  13. Marty,
    I don't think any of them even hold a candle to your current home. Don't just settle on something.

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  14. Oh my gosh! If you are looking in the area we have talked about you will be in close by! This is so exciting!
    ~Liz

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  15. Hi Marty. Maybe if you wait a wee bit longer the kids will move your way.
    When we moved an hour north of the city to the country some 25 years ago I never imagined that my family eventually would move closer. What happens if you move back and then they up and move?

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  16. Well, with asthma, my must have is no carpet. So I would choose one that had no carpet. I wish you luck in your search!
    Brenda

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  17. I would say be careful about a two story house with stairs. We are in our 60's and have a ranch style home. I am so grateful since I now have a chronic disease and knee problems since we built our home. Something to think about.

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  18. Good luck with your search Marty! I think it's fun to look at houses, but if I was you I would tell your agent you will only look at houses that have a pool, in a 10-20 mile radius of the area you want, and I would not want a home with stairs! You obviously enjoy decorating your home so you could have lots of fun re-doing another house. I hope you find 'the one' soon!

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  19. With your talent for fixing up/decorating, I think anything would do; LOL. But I appreciate the pool issue, but really think the 2-stories could be an issue, also. Even with a downstairs master, it could be a potential drawback.

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  20. Wow Marty you have lots of choices for sure. I know what you mean about desired areas and prices. It is crazy what some homes go for and are still in need of lots of work. That is one thing I made sure when we moved this last time to not have a bench of rehab to do. I like just the decorating part. I know you will come across a home that will just feel right. Patience is the name of the game. Good luck with your search. I agree the pool should be a must where you live.
    Kris

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  21. As a new reader of your blog, I must say I love your current home! Regarding your house search, I loved the pools in the last three houses, but you would defintely have to do a lot of remodeling, which would take both time and money. I would advise staying with a one level home. It will be much easier in the long run, which I can attest to. After a recent back surgery, I am so thankful we purchased a ranch style home last year!

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  22. Marty,
    Relocating is truly a process, d ear friend!
    "Mr.Ed" and I have no immediate plans to move,
    but I'm sure it won't be an easy decision when we do.
    I would want everything on one level. . .no more Family Room on the lower level.
    Is there a possibility of having a custom built home?
    Don't give up, I'm sure the "right" home is out there!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  23. I love those arch windows in number 1, the pool in 4, and number 6 is gorgeous!

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  24. Hi Marty, I actually like Home #5. Even though it needs new flooring, it has such potential. That pool would be amazing don't you think? Now that I've had a taste for it with my little stock tank pool, I'd love to upgrade to an inground pool. Good luck with your search.

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  25. Hi Marty, I actually like Home #5. Even though it needs new flooring, it has such potential. That pool would be amazing don't you think? Now that I've had a taste for it with my little stock tank pool, I'd love to upgrade to an inground pool. Good luck with your search.

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  26. Anything you get your hands on will look wonderful in short order. sheila

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