Post # 1
So we’re house hunting and have found two different houses that we really like. We limited our market because we prefer two story homes and the vast majority of houses in our area are ranches. These are the two we’re torn between:
- 4 bed / 2.5 bath (love the extra space but almost wonder if it is too much house for us right now)
- Sellers relocating so HIGHLY motivated to sell. They keep dropping the price and it is already a great deal
- Newer construction (seven years old), we prefer older homes
- Large master bathroom with dual sinks, tub and separate shower
- House totally updated. Only need to paint
- In a development, which I was set against
- House abuts to a walking trail/park so we’ll never have neighbors there
- Not ideal location but they’re building a lot over there so in 8-10 years if we wanted to sell it will probably be more desirable
- Yard is very small. If we took out landscaping around patio would make it better but it would never be big
- DH’s commute would be about 5 minutes. Mine about 15-20 depending on traffic
- 3 bed/2.5 bath
- Listed for $5,000 more than house 1. Not sure how motivated seller is
- Kitchen, which is smaller than house 1, needs to be updated but usable for a while
- House is 23 years old
- Love all over living spaces
- Bedrooms a bit smaller
- Has bonus room but it is off the master bedroom so it is kind of an awkward space
- While it is room for now, we wonder if it will get cramped after 1-2 children
- Yard is HUGE and fully fenced.
- Not in a development and like the neighborhood a bit more than house 1, but still not dream neighborhood
- DH’s commute would be about 20 minutes, mine about 15-20, depending on traffic
Post # 3
Seems to have more pros than cons
Post # 5
House 1. It seems like house 2 may end up costing you some money for renovations and/or add ons later in the future, plus it is older and smaller at more of a cost.
Post # 6
house #1 sounds more desirable and will be a better resale for you with 4 bedrooms.
the only thing house #2 has over the 1st one is the yard. a huge yard is nice only if you are going to use it 12 months of the year. are you? also, the bigger the yard, the more time it takes for yard work.
good luck and pls keep us updated.
Post # 7
Thats really tough; like you, i like older homes and a new home would be a deal breaker for me…
Post # 8
I think it depends on which one FEELS like home to you. Does either speak to you more than the other? Can you see your furnishings in either? Can you visualize having family and friends over in one over the other? Both sound great!
I’m like you, I prefer older homes as well. I think generally (at least in my area) they are built more solidly and have more character. Plus, they aren’t cookie cutter. 🙂
Post # 9
When you said you liked older homes, I was thinking something from the 20’s to 50’s. House 2 was built in the 90’s… I’m not sure how that translate to the “older home” vibe. I personally hate developments, so I’d probably still go with House 2. From what I’ve seen, development houses are harder to sell because they’re all alike, so you’re literally competing with the same house in the same neighborhood when you want to sell. Plus the new homes built by the developers.
Post # 10
ETA: Oh good you put a poll!
Post # 12
Pictures of the houses for comparison. House 1 looks a lot bigger but is only 100 square feet bigger.
Post # 13
They look very similar, but I think I like the look of house 2 better.
Post # 14
I like house 2.
House 1 is not ideal for you or a future family (if you decide) House 2 is for families. Yard, etc…
Post # 15
I’ve always loved Cape Cod styled homes, but the dormers upstairs can present challenges. I’d go for the larger home that is also newer.
Post # 16
House one! Better bathroom, less work, no neighbours (major bonus for me) on one side and a smaller yard is easier to landscape to look really good! Big yard just equals lots of grass. Boring, and too much mowing.