Sunday, July 18, 2010

So we looked at the house.

It's gorgeous, actually. But too small; the kitchen is cramped and would be hard to expand, and the upstairs bedrooms are all tiny and put together in such a way that it would be difficult to make any of them bigger. But that's okay. We're still kind of toying with this whole property-buying idea, anyway.

And then today we went to an open house at a good-sized place quite close to campus. The pictures online suggested that it was not exactly decorated in our style, but you know, we like the idea of painting and whatnot...so we swung by.

And GOOD LORD. This house is officially The Ugliest House in the World. Each room worse than the last! Heavy, awful curtains over every window; thick pink carpeting and pink walls; drop ceilings in places where they have no reason existing; shiny white linoleum; heavy awful curtains AROUND THE BATHTUBS; wall-length slat-doored closets; insane "Western"-themed fake-stenciled wallpaper bordering the kitchen ceiling; shiny silvery patterned wall covers (what is that stuff?); CARPETED WALLS in the stairwell--I could go on. The mind boggled. And it wasn't just the ugliness; additions had been tacked on willy-nilly so that, for example, the master bedroom was only accessible through the kitchen and the dining room was nowhere near the kitchen. To make it worse, the realtor was a relative of the owner's, so we had to hold in all of our incredulity until we were back in the car.

Oddly enough, it turned out that the owner also recently married the (elderly) father of a co-worker and friend with whom we were getting together immediately after our viewing. She confirmed the unbelievable ugliness.

So we're still thinking about what exactly we're doing here, and until we figure it out, we have a nice place with a month-to-month lease.

9 comments:

squadratomagico said...

Carpeted walls? That's a new one!

I enjoy cosmetic do-overs, if the structure is a good fit. But it sounds like this one was awful on both the cosmetic and the structural levels.

And: I agree with the commenter on the previous thread who said that you should buy when you sincerely want to own a home. The benefits are many, but only if you are excited to own. The downsides? Every.single.thing is your responsibility. It's a lot easier to call a landlord for a repair, than to take three bids and hire someone yourself. While I love home-ownership, it certainly takes up more time than renting!

What Now? said...

When D and I were house-hunting, we saw a house with a built-in hot tub in the basement, surrounded by walls with a beach mural and mirrors, the latter extending to the ceiling. This became a standing joke for us with ever new house we saw; "Yes, but where's the hot tub?" I'm sure our realtor got tired of it, but we found it hilarious.

Ink said...

Carpeted walls? I cannot fathom why someone would do that! So weird!

~profgrrrrl~ said...

Carpeted walls? Seriously, carpeted walls? Umm. Yeah.

undine said...

Carpeted walls = I guarantee you that you'd find either mold or holes punched in the drywall underneath them.

At least they weren't pink carpeted walls.

Good Enough Woman said...

Whoa. Dude. That's bizarre.

the rebel lettriste said...

Hmmm. Wall length slat doored closets.

Good Enough Woman said...

For some reason I was thinking about this post again this morning, and then I realized how cool it is that you got to see it without having to pay admission!

Leslie M-B said...

Priceless. How exactly does one vacuum carpeted walls?