My husband and I are buying our second home we currently live in the burbs and are moving closer to the city we are near. We have 3 young children and 2 older dogs.
So here is our dilemma. The housing market where we are looking is very competitive and finding a good house in a good neighborhood is tough. We have been looking for a year to move to this town with no luck. Well now we have found 2 houses and just can't decide between them. Both houses are built in the 1950's Here they are
House 1: 2300 sq feet
3 bedrooms, two are a good size, the last is TINY! 9x11 and basically has a view of the roof.
2.5 bathrooms all need updating.
updated large kitchen
family room addition with foundation, which includes eating area.
Formal dining room (important to us)
2 car garage
Large 3 room basement
Flat yard in front and decent flat yard in back with trees.
House 2: 2600sq ft
4 bedrooms, 3 of which are good size 1 is fairly small at 10x11
Previous owner put on 4 additions
Has office ( ideal since my husband works from home)
Has small bonus room which i would use for my sewing area.
2 car car garage, but under the house and have to walk through entire basement to get upstairs to kitchen , ugh
No front yard - house is very close to the street and built on a retaining wall since the lot is on a hill
Back yard is a large hill that can partially be graded for a swingset
In an ok neighborhood, the street is very hilly and this house is in the valley of the the 2 hills.
Master suit addition is amazingly large with huge bathroom, closets and cathedral ceiling.
No formal dining room( but we could make the existing living room into a dining room - needs overhead lighting)
fairly small kitchen that needs to be upgraded (counters are blue)
Overall I like house 1 better because its on the lot we like which is flat and level. Its in a better neighborhood for walking dogs and riding bikes. No matter which way you leave house 2 you are going straight up a hill.But house 2 has been well cared for and the additions are beautiful. So here is the big problem. The owner on house 1 has severely neglected the property and our inspector found that the garage is structurally unsound and needs to be replaced. I don;t know yet if the current owner will do anything about this or just put it back on the market.
I do not mind having my boys share a room in house 1 but we are thinking of adding a master suit onto it so we can have more space.
Both houses are walk-able to good schools.
Would love to hear your opinion!!