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25 September 2008 @ 06:22 pm
So, put an offer on a house a few days ago, and after a little negotiating, got the house under contract. Today, did the inspection, which went quite well (you always take things with a grain of salt, but the inspector said this house was in about as good of condition as he'd ever seen. It is in excellent shape -- it's a seven-year-old house, but in most respects might as well be new -- only issue of any consequence was a dirty furnace, which the seller already agreed to get cleaned).

It's hard to complain about the house I liked best in that neighborhood also being the cheapest (not counting a foreclosure in pretty bad shape) -- but in the current depressed market, a lot of people have unreasonably high asking prices, especially since this is about the time (a few years in) that a lot of people realize they bought more house than they could afford when the housing development was new (it was priced right -- the seller is an appraiser with a broker's license, and knows what they're doing). The timing for me turned out to be quite good, and while the location isn't completely perfect, I'm fairly happy with it (ten minutes off the light-rail terminus, connected to my favorite bike trail in Denver).

And, after looking at twenty or thirty houses, I knew I'd found what I was looking for when I found it.

That said... Well, I need to look at the HOA rules. It isn't an expensive one (in fact, it costs about the same as trash pickup, which it includes), but... Rules, man. Rules. I'd be stuck watering a lawn (a cursory glance seems to indicate that xeriscaping is right out), which I'm philosophically opposed to in Colorado. :-/

So, pictures (one inside, one outside, both link to the set):

Dave and Dusty, I suspect you'll have particular interest in seeing these; also, we can go look at it when you have some time if you like, I'll set it up.
In the mood: busy
Allison Steinastein142 on September 26th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
Douglas Triggs: atomsdoubt72 on September 26th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
Is nice.

Other than the not being able to xeriscape, the HOA seems to be fine. Of course, I can always hope that state law will obviate that clause at some point.
Allison Steinastein142 on September 26th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
So I guess faking them out with green gravel or astroturf is out of the question.....
Douglas Triggs: aspendoubt72 on September 26th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
There's a specific prohibition on astroturf on porches and things in the HOA agreement, even.
tiassa on September 26th, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
Aw, it's cute.

Very beige on the inside, though.
Douglas Triggs: paintbrush2doubt72 on September 26th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
Well, not sure the color balance to my camera is 100% accurate (it's old and crappy), the walls were more tan than beige to my eyes when I was there (you can see how it changes tone from picture to picture).

Which, honestly, is the color I would have painted it, being a fan of the earth tones. I would have made the cabinets more of a red wood than the oak that's there now, maybe, to compliment it better, and something besides the white trim, but a tan color scheme is one of my favorites for such things (with either red or brown or the right green, depending -- and one of the few things I like about my current apartment complex, it's actually a quite tasteful southwestern palette).

The wood still works pretty well, though, I think.

That said, I find the external color pretty bland. Tan/white? Eh.

Of course, that doesn't mean we couldn't paint Mr. Dave's room a nice purple with pink trim before he moves in, should he still choose to do so.

I suppose I could still paint the trim for fun and tweak it a bit. White's a rough color for showing wear, anyway.
arwensouth: House2arwensouth on September 26th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
Looks very nice. Congratulations!
Douglas Triggs: akan-kodoubt72 on September 26th, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC)
Kyaa the Catlordkyaathecatlord on September 26th, 2008 08:27 am (UTC)
I certainly hope its bigger than it appears.
Douglas Triggs: astronomydoubt72 on September 26th, 2008 12:59 pm (UTC)
It's 1456 square feet (not including the basemant). About half upstairs, and half downstairs. Upstairs is the three bedrooms, downstairs in basically a single large room that covers essentially the entire first floor.

The basement is another 600-odd square feet.

It's a very efficient use of the space, I think, since the big room is a lot more useful than breaking the first floor up into two or three rooms like most of the slighly bigger ~1800-2000 floorplans did. But you can see it for yourself if you have some time sometime during the day this weekend or something.
Kyaa the Catlordkyaathecatlord on September 26th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
I'm just concerned that there is no way I'll be able to fit into that with you and Dusty's stuff as well. I've got 850 sq. ft at my apartment and I'm pretty much using every inch of blank wall space I've got....

(And yes, I'm stressing way too much about this and should not be. It will work. I'm just... stressing.)

Edited at 2008-09-26 01:47 pm (UTC)
Douglas Triggs: art headdoubt72 on September 26th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
Well, a few things to ease your stress:

(1) Remember you'll be living with me and Dusty, and both of us have a pretty small footprint (especially Dusty, all he really needs is a bedroom). We're both living in about the same square footage as you already (possibly even less), and that doesn't really take into account common space savings.

(2) There's lots of room in the basement for longer-range storage, and a significant amount of the space I actually AM using will end up down there.

(3) If you ultimately feel this won't work for you, and want to do something else, don't feel pressured. I'd be nice to have you, but we'll survive fine either way.

Either way, I still think it'd be a good idea to come look at it this weekend and think about it.
Kyaa the Catlordkyaathecatlord on September 26th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
I'm just having jitters really. I was a bit freaked out. I... like staying put and changing freaks me out sometimes.

A lot of the time. :)
hamanosilencehamanosilence on September 26th, 2008 11:19 am (UTC)
Does make a good first impression :)
I hope it keeps that way :)
Douglas Triggs: snowbird root beerdoubt72 on September 26th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
Kyaa the Catlordkyaathecatlord on September 26th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
geniusofevilgeniusofevil on September 29th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
wow, congratulations that's a nice looking house.

You know, if they don't allow xeroscaping, I wonder if the covenents have a requirement for how much grass you must have. Like, if you were to say, just expand the borders (rock, mulch, whatever) of the yard to 5 feet wide? That should do it.
Douglas Triggs: domo-kun is a viking!doubt72 on September 30th, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC)

They actually cover that in the rules -- it has to be "two thirds."