I think I finally found a house that I want.
It's in Leesburg, which is not ideal, but the house itself is pretty perfect. It's a 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath end unit town house in a nice (though, remote) neighborhood. It has a basement (kind of) which we really wanted.
When you walk in it's like...
Yeah... Very blue. The current tenant is very patriotic. We saw a lot of flags, the whole house is pretty much painted in red, white, and blue, lots of patriotic memorabilia, and the dude looks like McCain.
But yeah, if you look at the picture of the foyer to the left you have the kitchen and that door immediately to the right is the half bath. An odd location for a half bath if you ask me but you know, I like it. I don't know why half baths are always placed so close to the dining room. As a guest, I do not want to go to the bathroom within ear shot of anyone, especially those that might be eating. And, even if you run the faucet or whatever, it's like everyone knows what you're doing there and... I don't know.
I really liked the bathroom floor. I"m sure it's not real parquet but I think it's really cool.
I also like the kitchen.
It's a good size, gets a lot of light, and the cabinets aren't fug. And yes, that is indeed a gas stove!
I love gas stoves.
The kitchen floor is pretty rank but it's just vinyl so it should be easy to replace.
The all the flooring throughout the house is very um... lived in...
But, unlike the crack house (which, is now off the market, btw) with a good bit of steam cleaning, I can probably live with it for a bit.
The main living area/dining room area has a bay window!
I've always wanted to convert a bay window to a window seat. Despite what this picture shows, the house has lots of windows and it gets a lot of light. I don't know why but every house we've been to that has someone currently living there, the person always keeps the place very dim- blinds down, curtains drawn. Maybe they're embarrassed of the mess?
Both the storm doors to the front and back doors are jacked up and needs to be replaced.
Maybe we can just take them down. Storm doors aren't a must.
The deck is pretty freaking huge for a town house.
It is, however, literally right next to the neighbor's deck. Right next to it, as in I could easily, with no danger of falling, hop the fence to the neighbor's deck. They have these lattice walls you can install for some privacy, something I might want to look into maybe.
The place also has a huge backyard!
Yup, this what passes for a huge backyard for a Northern Virginian town house. Seriously, that's pretty fucking huge. That's like enough space for a slip and slide, practically unheard of for a town house up here. Oh, and since it's an end unit, it also has a side yard!
That's enough space for TWO slip and slides!
Just to give you an idea, the side yard is about as big as most town house's back yard. This is huge amount of yard space for a town house.
The basement has one full bath, one bedroom (with a walk in) and a den area that leads to a patio under the deck. Even the basement gets a lot of light.
The upstairs is pretty ho-hum. Two decent sized master suits, one with a walk in closet, one without.
All 3.5 bathrooms have really tiny sinks, which I don't really like.
I'm also not a big fan of the bath fitter thing they have going here. However, the mast bathroom has a window. I've always wanted a bathroom with a window!
So, a non-condo townhouse with a gas stove and a window in the bathroom, what's not to love? The location, for one, and the price. For whatever reason the tax on this property is almost twice as high as other properties we've seen. The total monthly payment isn't out of the question but I'm going to have to do some serious number crunching to see if it's worth it. The closing cost, however, is like... yikes. We can't afford to pay the full closing cost and put down a 10% down payment... Which probably means we can't afford this house.
I'm going to have to do some research on closing costs because, seriously? There's no way it's that expensive to buy a house.