Bob’s theory is that we need to buy a house. Me, not so much. Still, I am the designated house shopper. We have specs:
Price of course. We want to base affordability on 1 salary. Lot: needs to be more than 1/4 acre for elbow room, less than 2 acres. Kind of levelish. 1-story is preferred. I want to walk straight in with bags of groceries. Neighborhood needs to be a patchwork quilt of people, tolerant of shop noise.
Needs to have wood shop space, either basement, or garage. No more than 45 minutes drive to work in Upperville, VA.
Paved street, easy to shovel walks and drive, flat spot for vegetable garden, decent soil PH & depth, location semi convenient to grocery store/airport/jobs, and small enough to clean on a Saturday morning.
Okay, so yesterday I met with a realtor I’ve been in touch with and we started looking at houses. I drove to the first house to meet her, which was a little over an hour away.
House #1: Bifrost Way, Linden VA
I like the newer age of the house and lot. I arrived and my agent informed me the owner had recieved an offer the night before, therefore we couldn’t look at it. This house is at about 1300 feet and my ears popped on the way up to the street, then on the way down. Also, there were deer, everywhere!
House #2: Cashmere Drive
My agent asked to show me this house instead of the first one. It was listed by the same as the first house, so it was to compensate. She said it’s just right down the way. We took 3 wrong turns finding it. This picture is taken from about half way up the mud and gravel drive. Didn’t even go inside to look. This house was near the top of Steps to Heaven, about 1300 ft altitude. I actually got scared looking up the steep incline, and down.
House #3: Pyletown Road
The snow improves this house. It’s wee. The lot is large but in the backyard sits a former pig stye and the historical aroma was evident. It also sits next to land that apparently folks like to go plinking. Broken glass bottles are everywhere. The basement looked like it may housed a still. Also, there’s the name…
House #4: Buffalo Trail