24 May 2006

Buy My House

Posted by AC

I’ve made a page for it, rather than a regular blog entry because I don’t want it to fade from view (until it’s sold). We listed our house on Monday with the Real Estate Agent who helped us buy it. It’s such a treasure — we don’t want to leave it behind, but as good as the Linden Lab relocation budget is — I don’t think it would actually cover picking up the house and moving it to San Francisco. So, we’ve got to sell it.

Here’s my pitch: http://www.choicywhiteboy.com/buy-my-house/
Here’s the Realtor.com page: http://www.realtor.com/Prop/1060482072

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  1. Welcome to the fast-paced booming world of Central PA real estate. Our house was on the market from the beginning of February and finally sold last week for well under the original asking price. From the sounds of things, you are getting to experience the 2 extreme ends of the spectrum. Good luck, though. Hopefully you will do better than I did.

     

    shanafme

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24 May 2006

Buy My House! (sold)

Posted by AC

Sold!

Our gorgeous house has sold. We’re thrilled not to have the mortgage monkey on our back, and not to be responsible for property on the other side of the continent. But we miss being homeowners, and certainly miss the wonderfully usable space.

South-East corner of house

Front of House

As I’ve mentioned, my family and I are picking up and moving to California. As a result, we have to sell our AMAZING house. We love it here, the space is so usable, the flow so nice. Let me tell you a little bit about it.

View From Street

View From Street


The home was built in 1965. It was purchased in 1973 by the people we bought it from and they were meticulous about their maintenance and record keeping. We’ve owned it for just over a year, and made a couple of improvements ourselves, but more on that later.

The house (512 28th Ave. — feel free to drive by) is in a great neighborhood. It’s in “Fairview Terrace Extended” — squeezed in between “Beverly Hills” and “Fairview Terrace”. It’s on the block of 28th Ave that is cut short by a steep hill, so the house is one of seven on the cul-de-sac. For the most part, we’ve got great neighbors — a 7 year-old girl across the street, a one year old next door, and a nice, (mostly) retired couple on the other side with a pool. Yes, they’re nice enough to have invited us to go swimming. There’s a short driveway up to the integral one-car garage (an Altoona necessity). Attached to the garage is some great workshop (or storage) space. Moving in from the garage, you can either go upstairs to the main floor, or stay in the finished portion of the basement complete with a small half-bath. We’ve been using the basement as office space, the former owners used it as a rec room. Further on in the basement, there’s another mini-kitchen (sink, cabinets, and a full-size refrigerator). Finally, the furnace room (and now also machine room) is on the far end of the basement. Near it is the breaker box for the 200 Amp electrical service.

Master Bath

Master Bath

Kitchen

Kitchen

The stairs up lead to the main floor. It has a huge master bedroom (12′ x 20′) with three closets, one of which is double-sized. There’s also the master bath (Jack & Jill, with a cherry vanity and gold fixtures throughout) which connects through to the rear hallway. The rear hall separates the master bath and the laundry room (recent washer and gas dryer, tub, cabinets) and leads from the family room out onto the beautiful screened-in back porch. The family room has a gas fireplace in it and connects with the kitchen and entry hallway. The kitchen is full of modern conveniences. In addition to an open breakfast bar separating the kitchen from the family room, it has an electric range with a flat cook-top. The over-range hood vents to the outside. There’s a dish washer and garbage disposal. There’s Culligan filtered water at the sink. There’s a full-size (top/bottom) refrigerator/freezer with ice maker. There’s an under-counter microwave. There’s even a hide-away can-opener, and a “food center” with attachments for blending, mixing, (knife) sharpening, and (meat) grinding. All of the lower cabinets have custom-built pull-out drawers for easy access to their contents.

The other exit from the kitchen leads into dining room which connects through to the living room. The dining room is painted with a calming “cider toddy” while the living room is alive with “midnight bonfire”.

Dining Room

Dining Room

The living room also features a bow window with views of Altoona and neighboring Brush mountain. The living room connects back to the entry hallway which has a wonderfully space-creating mirror as well as a full coat closet.

Living Room

Living Room

On the second floor are two (large — 12′ x 15′) bedrooms with great closet space, and a crawl/storage/attic space behind them that runs the width of the house. Also upstairs is another full bath, and a small linen closet.

The house features four separate heat zones (basement, 2 on the main floor, and second floor) for the gas hot water (baseboard) heat. It’s both comfortable and economical especially as many of the windows are thermopane, and the insulation was recently upgraded. As mentioned before, it’s 200 Amp electrical service with well distributed power — multiple circuits for the shop, and a separate one just for the “data center.” The house is wired with category 6 data wiring in the den, living room, entry hallway (for wireless), both upstairs bedrooms and two separate locations in the basement/office space. If the buyer is interested, I’d even consider conveying the fancy modular data switch with the home. When I was having the computer wiring done, I also ran phone (cat 5) cable and TV cable to many of those locations for maximum flexibility. The house also has a central vac which reaches all through the house — even out into the shop/garage!

Back Porch

Back Porch

The back yard is fenced in by a row of evergreens — some are doing better than others, and has a huge tree up-slope — perfect for a tree house or swing. It’s a comfortable size for having friends over to grill something — there’s even an outdoor hookup to the gas line so you can use your house gas for grilling! Yet it’s not so big as to be a major pain to mow.

The roof is still in great shape. It’s got 25-year shingles in the front, and a rubber roof for the flat portion in the rear.

In summary:
* 3 (huge) BR
* 2.5 BA
* 2 story with finished basement
* brick siding
* integral 1-car garage
* 1st floor MBR and laundry!
* 4 heat zones

Back Yard

Back Yard

* central vac
* 200 amp electric
* Approximately 2700 total sq feet of finished space (incl. 800 in the basement)
* Lovingly cared for
* Cul-de-sac
* Easy access to PSU Altoona

All of this, all of this, for only $164,900. So, call our agent, Wilma Stroh at 814-934-0766 and get this baby before someone else snaps up this wonderful Altoona home!


Family Room with gas fireplace

Family Room
with gas fireplace


South Bedroom

South Bedroom
Second Floor


North Bedroom

North Bedroom
Second Floor


Shop

Shop + Garage


Basement Kitchen

Basement Kitchen


Machines

“Machine Room”


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  1. […] Here’s my pitch: http://www.choicywhiteboy.com/buy-my-house/ Here’s the Realtor.com page: http://www.realtor.com/Prop/1060482072 […]

     
  2. What elementary school district is it in….. Juniata Gap?

     

    MyraD

  3. I was almost positive that it was Juniata Gap, my Real Estate agent was almost positive it was Juniata Gap, but I called the attendance office and they said it was Wright Elementary School
    http://wright.aasdcat.com/

    (See also the public school review page)
    http://www.publicschoolreview.com/school_ov/school_id/68431

    We’d love to see you guys in our house!

     

    AC

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