Again, stock photo of the house (though I tried to find something approximating the style of the actual house), and some obscured details, but here we go!
The basics: 3 bed, 1.5 bath, 1908 farmhouse with quite a few renovations but not 100% done, 1850 square feet with 6 acres, garage, two outbuildings/farm buildings (not clear from pictures whether they’re barns or storage buildings). Water unknown, oil + baseboard heat, wood stove. Zoned appropriately for agriculture, not in a flood zone.
The budget (1 being bottom, 5 being top): Let’s say 3. Decent price, and it’s been on the market long enough that we can get it for an even better price.
The pros: 6 acres should be plenty of land, assuming it’s all usable, and it backs up to hundreds of acres of land that might be rideable. I like that it has outbuildings. The interior is nice but not so nice that I’d feel guilty about doing anything – plenty of room for personal touches. It’s across the street from a large pond that freezes in the winter and is big enough for canoeing in the summer, though we’d have to go through a neighbor’s yard for it.
School district, taxes, relative location (just off a paved road) all check out and are good though not spectacular. Rooms are decent sized and it has those three bedrooms – a definite must.
It has a garage and large 3 season porch, new roof, new siding, and has some measure of curb appeal and charm.
The cons: It’s a little far from the highway for the fiance’s commute. Land might not be level/entirely usable. Outbuildings would require some work to be usable for anything but storage. I like but don’t love the house, and the kitchen in particular gives me pain – so very, very 80s/early 90s, and not a ton of space.
The maybes: Might be too close to neighbors for my comfort. It’s also been on the market long enough that I wonder if something is lurking in inspection.
We’re going to look at it this afternoon, cross your fingers!