- Has a full, partially finished basement with lots of usable space (washer/dryer are there), interior and exterior access and a fireplace with a wood stove.
- The interior is in great condition with hardwood floors throughout and tile in kitchen and bathroom.
- The kitchen is recently updated, lovely and well-arranged.
- The bathroom is cute
- Seems like it would be a really awesome house to live in and I would not have to do any work (barring unforseen maintenance) right away.
- It's roughly a quarter-mile from I-85, and although there are trees, a couple of streets and houses in between, if you look hard enough between the leaves you can see the highway and hear its noise.
- It's the second house down from a traffic circle where cars maybe sometimes go a little too fast. Although it's not an incredibly busy street, it still gets enough traffic that backing out of the driveway might be fraught with a little anxiety.
- Has no garage or carport
- Doesn't have a front porch or a rear deck
- Is in the middle of a fairly quiet block.
- Is a half-mile from I-85, and the noise isn't a big deal.
- Has a garage of sorts ... really sort of like a shed at the end of the driveway that's just big enough to park a car in.
- has a front porch and a big rear deck.
- Is very close to a few taquerías
- Seems like it could become a cute place to live with a little work (and a bit of money ... see below)
- The kitchen, while usable, cries out for a total remodel. It's badly arranged and looks like it would be inconvenient to use even for someone who doesn't cook a lot, so it's the kind of thing that needs to be done sooner rather than later.
- The bathroom looks perfectly usable, but that's the best thing that can be said about it.
- There is a small basement, but it's not really usable space and has exterior access only.
So my dilemma is, I love house #1 and want to live in it, but from a real-estate-marketing perspective it's got location issues, and we all know that location, location, location is supposed to be all that matters. I like House 2 well enough and it's in a great location, but the prospect of saving up enough to make the kitchen and bathroom decent (and then spending however many months in a construction zone) doesn't thrill me at all.