Someone Buy This House!

I never stop looking at real estate. It’s like a sick, addicting fetish except you don’t get in trouble at work for looking at Trulia. I often find insanely cool places, exceptional deals, or houses with tons of potential. Since I can’t buy houses as easily as I can buy shoes (luckily), I decided to at least write about these places on here.

Someone needs to buy this house! From the looks of it, it’s really amazing and so cheap! 2400+ sq feet, water access, mature landscaping, hot tub, almost 5 acres, sounds too good to be true (and maybe it is)

It’s cute from the outside, built in 1965, it’s got a little bit of a late mid-century vibe that you could play up. There’s great mature landscaping. Looks like there’s a path down to the river. The property looks quite private, which is great if it’s just off of Route 32. Plus there’s a chicken coop and a hot tub!

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The inside isn’t bad at all. The main living space looks nice and open, nice fire place, great floors. It just needs some of the overly plush furniture swapped out for clean modern lines.20151129-residential-1x0fnta-oThis bedroom looks huge! Exposed rafters and skylights give the space some architectural interest, which I’m sure is wasted on the children that get to live here. 20151129-residential-10hpiie-o-2These doors are pretty awesome. Not a big fan of the black and white floor, but you could live with it. The arched window is pretty great too, lots of interesting little details. 20151129-residential-nk3434-oHere’s another ginormous bedroom! This is is the master bedroom (based on the other pics) You could really have a nice master suite here, just have to get rid of all the baby stuff. PS- Kids ruin everything
20151129-residential-1id4v7n-oThe kitchen is definitely lacking, but really isn’t bad. The counter tops look nice, the cabinets and back splash are neutral, the appliances look upgraded, the layout and size are nice. Something just isn’t clicking though. Maybe you could paint the lower cabinets, swap out some light fixtures and make it all work for minimal effort. 20151129-residential-1xdavb-oBest for last! Check out this sun room. In my book, this is drool worthy. That hex floor tile is amazing, the view of the woods and the yard. It’s such a great space, it needs a cow hide rug and a day bed with lots of pillows and I’d live there forever. 20151129-residential-c7uisi-o


For only $200k, this house is either an insane steal and someone needs to buy it immediately, or it’s under a highway and always smells like farts. Someone needs to go check it out!

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Let the Landscaping Begin!

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As we wait for spring to fully reveal exactly what’s growing around The Hill House, we’ve also begun filling in some of blanks around the yard. After countless trips to Lowe’s, I think we are finally getting somewhere!

Tackling “Low Light Landscaping”

One challenge is that much of the property is shrouded by trees and we’ve had to look into low light and shade friendly plants and shrubs. Hostas, Elephant Ears and ferns seem to do best and also get along well together.

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Eroding those Erosion Issues

After removing an ugly green wire fence that separated the yard from a rather steep hill leading to the woods, we had to come up with something that both provided a separation barrier as well a root network that would keep the hill, well, together. Creeping Jenny and English Ivy is what’s we went with. Let’s hope they stick. Literally.

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Oh Deer!

So we live in the woods – which means anything we plant basically will become a salad for deer and bunnies. After much research we discovered that nothing is truly deer “proof” but certain plants are resistant to a point. If they are hungry, they will eat anything.

We nixed cedar – which deer love and went with evergreen and spruces for the front of the house. Weeping spruces and dwarf mugi pines added some height and much needed texture to the front porch, and also sit in one of the only full-sun spots on the property.

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Azalea bushes provide a pop of color – and who knew they were actually evergreens? Euonymus and Blue Rug Juniper will also provide some year-round eye candy that will hopefully stay off of Bambi’s menu.

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When it came to an herb garden (below) we chose strong smelling and tasting herbs because they apparently aren’t favorites of deer and rabbits. Thyme, cilantro, rosemary, sage, mint, lavender and catnip are what we went with. We will have to see what survives the deer taste test and what doesn’t however.

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Stay tuned for updates. What worked, and what didn’t. As well as what the heck has yet to be identified – or even revealed – around the property.