Is it the lost city of gold?
Or a land yacht?
Nope. It's a tired old ranch house. Dubbed the El Dorado due to it's mammoth proportions. Built in 1957, its almost 10% larger than its peers with a two car garage and an unheard of two full baths.
Yet another of the 30,000 homes built by the brothers Campanelli between 1947 and 1960.
Our offer was accepted and come early January the fun will begin.
It was just three short days ago when our realtor called to tell us that a house would be on the market the following day and "it would go fast." She wasn't kidding. The place was crawling with contractors and ours was one of ten bids.
While I was not on hand for the viewing, apparently the Mr. encountered our down the street neighbor who also happens to be in the business of fixing up houses. I am told the following conversation ensued.
Mr: What are you doing here?
Neighbor: What are YOU doing here?
Mr: Get out of here.
Neighbor: YOU get out of here.
Mr: No YOU!
Neighbor: Yo Momma!
Or some such. All in good sport, though, right? He's a nice enough chap.
The house had one owner who passed away in August. It's a tired old thing, but it "only" needs windows, doors, boiler, kitchen, baths, floor coverings, wall painting, trim, siding, garage doors, and other this and that. What it doesn't need is a new roof, electrical, major landscaping, or any walls moved about.
Even still, it is bigger than previous houses the Mr. has worked on and oh so worn out.
Here's the living room.
And the kitchen.
The photos are from the real estate listing. I'll be in to do a full "before" pass after we hand over a shockingly large back of cash in return for keys.
Who knows? With real estate prices going the way they are maybe this one will be our El Dorado.