As some of you know I have been looking for a home to buy for a year. That is if you don't count the time I looked at 100 houses and didnt buy back in the early 90's. This last year I have seen over 50 and of course "viewed" many more via the internet.
The above house I looked at twice when down on the Cape. It has been for sale for months. The price was just lowered $10,000. Still, it costs about $240,000. Pluses: near the beach, in the village where I lived for 30 years where many of my friends live, completely renovated with new everything including septic. To me a big plus.
Negatives: on a busy road, small lot, tiny house(less than 800 sq feet), not many cabinets as it was renovated by a contractor rather than a homeowner, basement is dark and damp and not a great place for a studio. Otherwise no studio space. Also a sort of public on view yard with little privacy. High taxes for Cape Cod re: near the beach. I must by a fridge and washer and dryer. I could make an offer on it without going down to the Cape.
At the end of December I made an offer on this house on the lower cape. It is a bank owned property and so far the bank has not responded yes or no. There are 3 offers on this house. Mine is the prefered offer supposedly. Much paperwork must be done by the realtor before the bank responds. Also, the septic needs work, the furnace must be replaced and possibly the roof. The current price is $187,000 which is what I offered however you have to add in all the repairs some of which must be done before moving in such as the septic. I must buy a washer and dryer.
I lived in this house for a few months as a renter. It too is tiny(800 square feet), however it has a fireplace, a laundry room and the garage was turned into a studio by a previous owner who made stained glass. No basement. It is on a quiet, though humble road. I can walk to Harwich center, the library, and to the bike path. The beach is about 2 miles away. I have many friends in this area of the cape though not as many as on the upper cape. Also a friend, a painter and fix-it wizard lives across the street. The back yard is fenced in and very private.
The third house I saw just a few days ago and have no photo of. It is up in New Hampshire in Walpole, a very cool village where Ken Burns now lives and Carolyn Myss once lived. Mr. Burdock of Burdock's chocolates also is here and many artists, craftpersons and writers.
This house is also 800 square feet, with no garage (a negative up here with 10 foot snow drifts). It is adorable. Many windows have a westerly view out over the Connecticut River basin to the Vermont Hills and also down to the Walpole Village. It has two fireplaces. Much renovation work has been done on the bathroom and in the basement is a fireplaced family room with walk out door and windows with that view. This room could be a studio. Two cedar closets. All appliances are included. Nice laundry room and enclosed porch. Small lot. Walk to the village.
Same price as the first house above. Big negative is-- very high yearly property taxes. Everywhere up here the property taxes are very high. NH has no state tax or income tax so they get their tax money via property. By high I mean over $3000 per year for many properties. I would have to offer quickly on this one. I cant imagine it will last long.