We just heard back from our realtor. There were THIRTY OTHER BIDS on the house we wanted, and ours was the only one that the seller is currently considering.
We've got a lot of scrambling around to do, but I feel confident enough in this that I'm going to share photos of this adorable little 1925 house.
This is the view, upon entering the house. Look left, and you see the living room. The floors are white oak, with walnut trim, the other woodwork is gumwood, which amazingly, nobody decided to paint. We plan to leave the rooms pretty much as is. We'll patch some plaster, and then re-paint to match the existing colors. The living room is a robin's egg blue. The fireplace and chimney will need some work, but we hope to have wood fires. The chimney inspector could not believe how cute the fireplace was.
The dining room is green. There are pocket-doors connecting the two rooms. How about all those built-in cabinets?
I think most people would hate this kitchen, because it doesn't have granite and stainless steel.
We adore the charming period cabinets, and the vintage stove. Those two burners on the left are from the coal-burning part of the stove. We'll be cooking with the gas-burning side.
A pink claw-foot tub!!!!! How insanely adorable is that? We'll have to install a shower, but that's not a big deal.
The house has push-button light switches (some with mother-of-pearl) and many original lighting fixtures. Notice the ceiling details. Nobody ever got the bright idea to apply a "popcorn" ceiling or go nuts with drywall. I'm so happy that this house is in such pristine condition.
There are mature fruit trees in the back yard. This is a plum, and there's also a lime and a mulberry (which I think is about to topple over, and probably needs to come out.)
There's also a persimmon tree. The back yard is pretty much of a mess, but that's actually exciting. I love reviving neglected gardens.
There's a separate garage, and a huge driveway.
And because the house was built in 1925, the house needs a lot of work. We've had almost every kind of inspector over to look at the place, and we believe that we can afford to give this house the love it deserves. (There's a lot to do, but we'll talk about all that at another time.)
So, join us in jumping up and down with excitement. We never, ever, ever thought we could do this, and it looks like me may actually be buying a little historic cottage of our very own!