(I decided to put a positive spin on this whole house hunting process by chronicling my favorite place each week.)
14 Pleasant Street, Sharon MA
This lovely antique colonial (circa 1785) was rebuilt from the studs out in 2007 (by a "notable Vermont architect," as I overheard the realtor saying.) The house sits on a great street, but is definitely the smallest by square footage and lot size, a short walk from the commuter rail and downtown. Sharon is a town south of Boston known for its MassAudubon/conservation lands, lake, and excellent schools. There's a Starbucks, too!
- all cosmetic and "big tag items" done (updated roof, electrical, furnace, kitchen/bath, etc)
- great division of space within the house, lots of little nooks for storage
- great light, house just felt good to be in, I could see us there
- cute little yard with raised beds for planting, double garage to store the cars during those winter storms
- obviously a great street with nice neighbors (many of whom were at the open house)
- only one bathroom, which had just a shower (no bathtub)
- small master bedroom (would likely be crowded with a king-sized bed, which we have)
- two very small bedrooms upstairs, with angled ceilings due to roof pitch
- not on the low side of our budget and yard would need to be fenced for The Boys=additional cost
Overall, The Prof and I both really liked this house, but are a little scared of no expansion possibilities. That being said, I do wonder if we're falling prey to a certain amount of Americanism in respect to ignoring quantity for quality.
Enough analysis, you know that you just want to see the photos!