Thursday, February 24, 2005

Our House.. In The Middle of the Street

My skills in deferred gratification have become a little lax lately when it comes to issues like buying a house. I'll pass by a house for sale and have to immediately look it up online. Then I drool over the online listing and obsessively drive by the house when out on errands. Matt and I are at a point right now where we may have the 10% down-payment needed on one particular 2-story, 5 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, corner lot house. The issue is that we've never seen the house from the inside. For all we know, the furnace is ancient (we suspect old-style radiator heat from pictures), the roof leaks, the water tank is full of sediment, the foundation is shaky, and the kitchen is leftover from the 1930s. I guess the trick is, suspect the worst and maybe we'll be pleasantly surprised.

3 comments:

Steve said...

Take it from me....Corner lots are EVIL! People driving by throw thier crap on your yard and you also pay more property taxes because you have extra frontage. They get ya coming and going...

Kevin H. said...

Yeah I can agree about corner lots. Living on the corner you find all kinds of stuff in the yard/sidewalk. Not to mention if there happens to be stop sign/street light at said corner you get the wonderful car stereos right outside your window. Yay!

Matt said...

Maybe that's the way they roll in Dunkirk, but here in Jimmytown, we don't assess based on street frontage. If it was on the corner of two unfinished roads and a majority of the neighbors want to have the roads fully constructed, then you get screwed. You would have to pay your share of the construction costs on both roads. The only other cost a corner lot owner has to worry about is sidewalk replacement if needed, due to the fact that you do have more sidewalk to maintain.

As for the other issues, the house actually faces a main street on which the cars don't stop. The driveway is in the rear of the house and off the cross street. The cross street is deep within a neighborhood and is actually very remote and not used by motorists other than the people who live on it.

Being that the average age of the people on the cross street, and I know several of them, is 60+, I'm more worried about grandpa rolling up blaring the crossover hit "Live Like You Were Dying" than I am about hearing some hip hop bass booming.

Thanks for the input, though, guys. You made me take a harder look at the place.

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