October 1, 2013 by stpaulhaus
We picked Haus #4 The Duplex!
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.
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:
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.