Sooooo, we put in an offer on a condo. The pictures don't do it justice, but here are the real estate website's photos:
Front of house:
This is a little office area off the main door. Basically the ground floor is this room, the garage, a closet, and the stairs to the main living level. This is a bigger room than it looks in the pictures. We are thinking a library in here, with a zero-clearance fireplace across from the windows. Yum.
Double doors. It's cute.
The kitchen! So much better than it looks. The pot rack is gorgeous, which we've asked to keep, and the appliances are choice. Plus the sink is hella deep with one of those crazy restaurant-style pull-down faucets.
That diagonal wall has a pretty large pantry. Plus when we redid, we could do taller cupboards. And there's room in the eating area to add more cabinets if we wanted. The island is bigger than it looks in the picture, too.
View from the head of the table. I'm sure you couldn't have guessed that on your own. The flooring is linoleum, but it totally had me fooled. PLUS it fooled E when he and A came to act as the hubbins' proxies, since he had to work on Sunday after working the prior six days. So this linoleum is pretty damn good-looking, is what I'm saying.
The living room!
I wonder if they'd leave the TV? :) The carpet could stand to be replaced, but we could live with it while Radar was alive. Unless they want to give us a discount to put in floors... ;)
The main floor's half bath. With a big closet in it too. Hmmmm, I wonder if that could be removed and more kitchen put in? Probably premature.
The master bathroom. The nice thing about this place is that the laundry is on the second floor. We will want to find out if it has a drain, though. The bedrooms are both a good size.
Walk in closet!!! Definitely needs some organization, though. Nothing that a good trip to IKEA wouldn't fix wink wink nudge nudge.
This bedroom has northern windows. African violets, I've missed you!! (I had a fantastic one in Colorado, but when I moved in with hubbins, his eastern exposure cooked it.)
Master bath. It's cute. Nothing special. But just having more than one toilet would be spectacular.
Guest room. This would house the long-suffering teakwood daybed. I will admit that I am glad I won't have to get rid of it. Which is what we were facing when we were talking about one-bedrooms downtown.
Other fullllll bath!!!!!
Balcony. Small and close to neighbors', but the local pizza place/bar and fitness center is literally like four houses away. Stumble home, indeed. (Hubbins wanted to live someplace where we could both enjoy a drink.)
So naturally I have been dreaming about what we would do with this. Don't worry, I'm not getting too crazy, but what fun is lying awake worrying about selling and buying without a little bit of daydreaming to lighten the burden?
Since the cabinets appear to be in good shape, we probably wouldn't replace them until necessary. So I did a search for pictures of kitchens with white cabinets. I thought brown with white just looked really rich, like so. I would not have this much brown this dark, but the countertops are nice especially.
Most kitchens I looked at with white cupboards had light, soft wall colors, which is what I was thinking too. This looks like a nice light creamy tan.
I LOVE the lighted cubbies above the cabinets. And that would be cheap and easy to add.
Of course, lighted glass cabinets above are always nice too...... This pic also has a table that looks sort of like our current dining table. I think the rest of our current set is too Gothic for this condo, and I doubt I could sell a china hutch, buffet, and six chairs without the actual table, but we will see what happens.
I don't think Hubs would go for this, but this is a breathtaking use of brown.
Walks the line between modern (hubs) and transitional (me) very well. Plus: brown.
I didn't even notice that refrigerator until just now, everything else was drawing my eye so much.
Brown tile backsplash?
If you don't understand what's wonderful about Carrara tiles of any style, then I just don't know how to help you.
Rich. Doubt I could talk hubbins into that tile floor, but it is fabulous.
This is like a rustic version of a Frank Lloyd Wright barrel chair. I know we already have lots of chairs that would be perfect for the library, but....
This is so unusual. I like it, I think, but I don't know that there's a spot for it in this place.
UNH. I mean honestly. How hot is THIS?!?!? Hellooooooo, master bath!
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