St. Paul Haus Hunters: SOLD! We Have a NEW HAUS!


October 1, 2013 by stpaulhaus

We picked Haus #4 The Duplex!

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We are the proud owners of this beautiful 98-year-old craftsman style home!

Who is surprised?

It looks like the majority of you know us pretty well as The Duplex received the most votes (31%) ahead of Haus #2 Renovated with a Workshop.

Funny story,  we did actually put in an offer on Haus#2 when we first saw it (I was blinded by that huge garage/workshop and the location). We got into a multiple offer situation, and we didn’t come out on top…at first.  A week or so later, to our surprise, the other offer fell through and ours was then accepted. We got about 1/2 way through the housing inspection when we told the inspector to stop because we were not going to buy the house.  Luckily the inspector was a nice guy and agreed to take a big chunk off the fee because he didn’t have to write up the inspection report.  The house was a death trap of asbestos, mold, water damage, poor construction, etc.

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A complete no-go. Truth be told, it really wasn’t my style from the beginning. Was missing all the charm of a pre-war home.

The Duplex went up on the market shortly after we retracted our offer on Haus #2.  Adrian’s mom saw it while taking her dog for a walk.  It wasn’t originally on our radar being a duplex, but luckily we decided to check it out anyway. Offer was put in a day later.  That was over 2 months ago.  The house was rented at the time of the sale, so we had to give 60 days notice to the renters, which pushed the closing 2 months out.

Then our lender made a series of unfortunate errors that lead to the closing being pushed back at the last minute (sound familiar?).  It is a good thing that I will not be seeing this guy in person, because I would probably go Heisenberg on his ass. At any rate, we are homeowners again, wahooooooo.

I know what you are thinking…here are more photos:

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While it didn’t have everything on our list (no garage), it was damn near close.

We decided that we are NOT going to have a renter, and that we are just going to dive into the process of turning this place back into a single family home.

Wish us luck.


6 thoughts on “St. Paul Haus Hunters: SOLD! We Have a NEW HAUS!

  1. Reuben says:

    I am so happy to read this. I wish you luck. I can’t wait to see what you’re gonna do with the main level kitchen. So, what’s the first project?

    • stpaulhaus says:

      Thank you! The list of projects is very very long. The first project isn’t a glamorous one. We are going to have a portion of the roof replaced. I’m already thinking about that kitchen though 😉

  2. Erin says:

    Exciting!! What a beautiful house – I can’t wait to see what you do with it! What neighborhood is this one in?

  3. BAH! I’m so happy you got that one! I agree with Reuben: what’s the first project?????

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