Even though I’m totally in love with our townhouse condo, I still fantasize about my dream house. Normally this is just some vague image of a grand old house in a nice part of Portland. I decided to get more specific, however, and find out if my dream house even exists.
Here are the details I decided on:
- Old… at least 1950, or earlier.
- But completely updated and modernized, including new fixtures, electrical, and plumbing.
- A really awesome, large kitchen with new appliances.
- Lots of bedrooms… at least four. But the more the better.
- At least two and a half bathrooms. Hopefully more!
- A basement.
- A two car garage for our one car, and my husband’s bikes.
- A big front porch. Or at least an awesome patio or deck out back. Or both!
- An attic or out building for me to use as a painting studio.
- A backyard with mature trees and gardens. And a gardener since I obviously don’t know much about plants.
- And a fabulous location in inner Portland close to lots of awesome places.
So, I began a very picky internet search. Lo and behold, I immediately found this beauty:
Um, YES! I’d like that please. Unfortunately I don’t have room in the budget for $825,000. This gem has five bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, 4,600 square feet, and was built in 1907. Check out the gorgeous interior:
Photos are all courtesy of the Meadows Group, Inc.
I’m not sure about the backyard space, or whether there is a great studio or not. It does say there is an attached studio apartment that might make a great painting studio, or guest suite. Of course, I’d need a big family, constant stream of out-of-town guests, or visiting exchange students to fill this house. It wouldn’t make sense for just the two of us.
Next up, for a mere $1,595,000, I found this gorgeous 6 bedroom 5 bathroom renovated beauty queen. She was built in 1912 and features a complete renovation in a coveted part of Portland. The master suite includes vaulted ceilings, a spa bathroom, and a private balcony.
All photos courtesy of Keller-Williams.
Just for “fun,” I also calculated the mortgage on this one-and-a-half-million-dollar home. Assuming one had $319,000 as a 20% down payment a 30 year mortgage at 4.8% would set you back $6,752 a month. Gulp…
So, what about you? What would your dream house look like? Be as unreasonable and picky as you want!