The Brothel was one fixer-upper. Saw another in same town, also good location: ranch house with good bones, in process of being rehabbed. What looked from pictures like solar panels on roof proved to be tarp. Windows had broken seals, rotted wood in frames. New appliances in kitchen and new kitchen floor. Other floors wood but still in need of refinishing. Odd loft room over garage leading to laundry room. Never could find how to turn off light in living room.
Another was same basic model as the Gambling Den, minus added family room and basement rec room, bedrooms to the back rather than the side. Darker, as walls added between kitchen, dining room, and living room. Bedrooms and basement all carpeted. Dislike carpeted basements: you never know what’s under there. Shabby grungy bathtub still in place. Uncaulked hole in laundry room to admit mice. No washer or dryer. Sump pump in what is marketed as bedroom.
A small ranch house looked lovely in pictures; rehab nearly complete. New roof going on the day we saw it. Still enter straight into living room, no foyer. Enclosed breezeway between house and garage, probably supposed to be “three-season room,” which in this climate means too hot in summer, too cold in winter, endurable for a month or so in spring and fall. Original 1950s kitchen cabinets preserved and beautifully refinished, likewise shelving in living room. Third bedroom below grade: deal-breaker.
Completely adorable house built in the International Geophysical Year and looking very much of its time, with many original features and excellent mid-century vibe. Signs of structural problems in roof, as well as damaged seal and surrounds on front bay window. We could live with detached garage if it were only the window, but cannot face possible structural damage to roof.
And with closing date on current house set when it is, do not have time for house that needs work.