And then it happened.
We ACTUALLY ENTERED ESCROW ON THE DREAM HOUSE. The short sale (oh, the irony of that term) has come through.
Now, as any good superstitious nutjob will tell you (and I am one), it’s still not TECHNICALLY over. But since we already know this house ain’t no cherry (although it may fool in pictures), we’re ready to share some photos with you. The likelihood of us learning anything worse in the inspections than we already learned from the seller’s disclosures is — KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK ON WOOD — probably not likely. So here goes…
We’ve been house hunting for about nine months now, and we’ve seen a lot of houses… Several AFTER the seller approved our offer on this one, actually. Several that we offered on, even after we knew this short sale was in the works. But none of them came through, and we were always relieved. We didn’t actually try that hard, because we knew this house would be ours eventually. We wanted it to be, with its bad foundation, outdated sewer lateral, aging roof, and depressing pest report. We asked for ridiculous concessions to help pay to fix all that. We had to wait through approval from the seller’s TWO mortgage holders, making the process doubly ridiculous. But we knew they were going to give it to us.
This was not like the eleventy jillion other East Bay houses we saw. Almost a hundred years old, perched there on a cracked foundation on the sunniest hillside in Oakland, on 6,000 square feet of terraced yard for Sammypants, with a converted open floorplan on the main floor and a view overlooking the entire Bay Area — this was a house for the Temples. The daughter of an engineer/granddaughter of a residential contractor + the son of a real estate agent/stepson of a commercial contractor. Two artists, two do-ers, two project people, one dog who needs a doggy door.
Welcome to Casa Temple — the two-story edition.
From the front, you can only see one story, of course. That’s because the house is on a hillside. There’s a rad porch with swing-out glass windows that covers about half the front width of the house — we’re looking forward to lazing on it. Sammy, too.
Of course, all the foundation under what you can see in this photo pretty much needs to be replaced. Ahh. So no lazing for a while yet.
Now you’re in our open living/dining room. And thankfully, you can now see that once INSIDE the house, things are in pretty good shape. So while we’re up on stilts making sure the house doesn’t slide down the hill, we’ll have only minor things to do right off the bat to make it livable. Nice floors, eh?
That’s something that Trent learned about me during our house hunt. I hate hate hate hate HATE carpet. All kinds, in any quantity. Yes, I know, you can rip it out — but I can’t even stand the sight of it. The second we would walk into a house with wall-to-wall carpet, I was ready to walk out.
So needless to say, this house got bonus points for the excellently maintained floors. A+.
There’s an awesome office space on the main floor, that leads out onto the deck (those are stairs in this photo leading down to the lower level, where the bedrooms are). And I like what the owners have done with their desk. Clever. I may do something similar.
Trent is looking forward to moving his instruments between the computer and the sunshine with ease…
Now, this is what I’m REALLY in love with…
While the appliances could use some updating, I can hardly complain about a 180-degree view of the entire Bay Area (that’s a little bay window, to the left).
Those glass doors from the office lead out to a deck, where we’ll eat all the meals we cook in this kitchen because we’ll no longer live in crappy foggy weather…
Downstairs, there are two bedrooms. This is the master. It has French doors leading out into the yard, and a walk-in closet so big the current owners are using it for a nursery. Heh.
There are also two bathrooms in the house — one up, one down. This is the jack-and-jill bathroom downstairs…
Also downstairs is a laundry/storage room and access to the basement. And the door out to the unbelievably fabulous yard, which is what really won us over on this house. We plan to farm about half of it… Why not? It has three terraces, with a built-in firepit already in place in the middle terrace for partying…
Now, that was fun! And temporarily quelled my heart attack over the foundation, roof, and sewer lateral. Hope you all enjoyed the show! Bring your hard hats because come May 4th, we’ll be shoring this baby up and getting her ready for the next century.
The new chapter has officially begun.