Saturday, October 13, 2012

Four more farms today

Was a very long day today. We left the house at around 8:15am and got home around 12 hours later. I put over 400 miles on the truck today going from one farm to another.

Farm one was in Louisa, VA. The house wasn't a traditional farm house but it was very pretty with a huge master suite that has a fireplace, and giant soaking tub in the bathroom. There was a beautiful front porch and an even NICER deck on the back of the house with access from the master bedroom.There were fenced pastures and a two-car garage, but only a chicken coop and a bunch of dog kennels. The people breed hounds - they were howling at us when we were walking around.

Second farm was a short sale and the house, while charming, was just too run down to even consider purchasing. There's a reason that there aren't many pictures available. I worry when I see 4 inches of standing water in a bathtub, rotten railings on the front porch, and it stank. I can't do stinky.

Third farm was my absolute favorite. The main part of the house was built in 1781. Yes, it's 231 years old. The property was just beautiful, rolling hills, giant old trees. There was a huge old walnut tree as well as some persimmon trees along the creek. Luckily, we ran into the caretaker who was in the middle of mowing the yard and he's been living in the area his whole life and as a child, he played on the property and in the woods. The woods are great hunting land with deer, wild turkey, and bear! Yes, a bear! He said there was one on the property just a few weeks ago that was about 350 pounds!

We're going to need a bigger gun.

I couldn't stop smiling the entire time we were checking out the house. There's a front stair and a back stair! There are beautiful floors, wood moldings, NEW windows (yeah). There was a brand new barn, large fenced pasture and the property, while being on a main road, had a very long driveway. There was also a former slave quarters! Really neat to have as far as interest. You can see it in the picture there off to the left of the big tree.

Last house was weirdly situated, down a dirt "road" behind a mechanic's place with a bunch of broken down cars lying around, and it's owned by the bank. It was originally listed at $395K but they've pushed UP the price to $425K which means that they probably owe that much and worse yet? While it was the biggest house at 4,222 square feet, it was in a state of disarray. Too much work needed to be done to even live in it and at the top of our price point, it's just not worth it. It was full of construction trash. The main house was connected to a garage that had an apartment above it however, you couldn't get to the basement of the house from WITHEN the house - you had to go outside, and go into a sliding door (that wouldn't shut properly).

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