Thursday, April 5, 2012

Some Architecture styles just won't work

Of all the architecture styles of homes, the two types of houses I really won't consider are bungalows and ranch houses.  Although I'd probably warm up to a bungalow if I knew I wasn't stuck in it forever.  Several weeks ago, we did look at a bungalow in Portage Park that had this pool table and bar.

How could you not want that as a man cave?  Sure the wood paneling would have to eventually go.  This bungalow is actually in decent shape with an updated kitchen but overpriced for the neighborhood, which is probably why it is lingering on the market.  According to Redfin, this bungalow has been on and off the market for over a year.  The agent called me a few times to tell me of other open houses he was hosting and of course offered to set me up with emails with new listings as they come on the market. 

On Sunday we looked at a house that demonstrated just how far apart Nightingale and I might be on our Forever House criteria.  The house was is in (or adjacent to) Schorsch Village.  Unfortunately, it was a ranch which I cannot imagine warming up to under any circumstances. Not only do they not do it for me in terms of curb appeal, but I also feel like a Hobbit living primarily below ground.
Nightingale said the house winked at her. Upon closer inspection, it was more that the house would solve a lot of our current "problems". It's large enough that her family could come visit and stay with us for an extended period of time without everyone being on top of each other. The downstairs actually has an extra kitchen so it could be an in-law arrangement for my toxic mom who will eventually have to come live with us once she loses her crapshack. It also has a rare attached garage and an amazing yard.

It did need some updates to drag it kicking and screaming out of the 80s.  The carpet needed to be replaced and the cabinets would have to be painted or color shifted.  It also is a bit more West than even I was considering.  Other than being close to Prague Cafe and the Brickyard Mall, the walkability factor just isn't there. 

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