August 17, 2013 by Sarah
Here is yet another property that we are considering to be the next St. Paul Haus. To see the other houses that we have already presented or an overview of what this Haus Hunters stuff entails feel free to check out the links below:
Haus #6 Blue House with a Bad Garage
- 1770 sq feet
- Listed 15k over our budget
- 2 story with an enclosed front porch
- Year Built: 1907, 106 years old.
- 3 bedrooms + a den/nursery upstairs
- 2 bathrooms
- Has a separate living room and family room
- Decent sized yard
- 2 car garage
- Roof is in great shape, but the paint is not in the greatest shape and the house needs painting.
- Awesome neighborhood with good resale value
Here is how Haus #6 looks on paper:
On budget?: Over budget by 15k (but this neighborhood comes at a premium)
2 story single family home: Check!
3 or more bedrooms: Check! 3 bedrooms with the master having an attached nursery/den
Main level bedroom: No bedroom on the main floor.
2 bathrooms: Check!
Large yard: Check! Decent sized yard.
2 car garage: Check! However, it is nearly unusable for cars. The door is on the side of the garage, not the back facing the alley. The neighboring garage is too close to actually be able to drive right in. I do not understand this at all. If you notice in the photo of the garage above there is a car parking in the space between in the 2 garages—the photographer conveniently left the neighboring garage out of the photo.
Charm and character with natural wood work, molding, hardwood floors, fireplace, etc: Check! Some of the original woodwork is still there, but some of it is long gone. The hardwood floors are in good shape.
Target neighborhood: Check! Close to Adrian’s work in a very desirable neighborhood of STP. The street is rather busy though.
The kitchen has been remodeled, but sadly it is not my taste. I hate the cabinets and the backsplash. I don’t like the fact that I would have to rip out a perfectly good kitchen. I would sell it or donate it so it wouldn’t go to waste–but still, especially when the house is 15k over our budget. And then there is the garage. What the hell? I don’t even know how to remedy that situation, but an awkward garage is better than no garage. Also I don’t understand that strange window thing they cut in the wall of the kitchen. It looks like a poor attempt at an open floor plan. Its very odd, the trim doesn’t match, and I just don’t like it. However, it is in an awesome neighborhood that has very good property and resale values. With a little fixing it would be a very nice house.
Is the Blue House with a Bad Garage the one? Give me your thoughts.