Day 4: Low Clearance

I spent today with my kids.  School starts in under a week and then I’ll have a 2nd grader and a kindergartener on my hands and I just wanted a day at home with them.  Buuuut…I did manage to drag them with me on my day 4 house tour!

“Location location location! Walking distance to the prestigious Fig Garden village shopping center. Beautiful home located in the established Browning Estates. Fresh paint, stainless steel appliances and brand new granite counters in the kitchen. 2 bonus rooms with plenty of space for entertaining. The backyard is spacious with mature landscape and an unique covered patio. Recently refinished hardwood floors with large bedrooms. A must see! A must have!”

Sticking with my Bullard High School area, I found this vacant home built in 1956.  I was curious to see what, if anything, the seller had done to update it for a sale.

See my sour face up above?  Take note of the ceiling and then know that I stand all of 5′2″ tall.  I hope that paints the picture for you… ‘nuf said! Why? Why is that ceiling so low?  There is also an abnormally low light fixture over where, I assume, one would put a dining table.  It would end up less a foot over the table, though.  My 5 year old boy could easily reach up and touch the glass dome…

The kitchen is nicely modernized with good stainless steel appliances. There is fresh paint, beautifully finished hardwood floors, and granite countertops throughout.  The backyard has a very nice patio and garden with built-in bench seating and a greenhouse.  I got the feeling that the house may have been a bachelor pad at one time.  Huge pool table, built-in bar, neon beer sign…

Bottom line: my boy-children loved it.  It wasn’t my favorite.



Day 3: Van Ness Extension

My motive for moving over to this area of town is two fold…1-it’s close to the office; and 2-these are established homes in a variety of styles.  I will be sticking to this general geographic area for a bit so I can start mastering neighborhoods.  Not necessarily the extension, but the Bullard HS area.

“Beautifully remodeled 4 bed 3 bath custom with 3354 s.f. and a huge corner lot located one block from Van Ness extension. Home features new paint inside and out, new carpet, tile and laminate flooring throughout, crown molding, inside utility room, new lights, fixtures and hardware and 2 separate fireplaces. All bedrooms boast large sizes & walk in closets. Bright & airy kitchen opens up to big formal dining room with separate living and family rooms. Kitchen has granite counters with tile back splash, canned lighting, and S.S. appliances. Guest bath has granite counter tops, dual sinks, separate tub and tiled shower with stone flooring. Large master suite features 2 walk in closets & leads into big master bath with dual sinks, vanity and a walk in tiled shower with stone floors. Isolated 4th bedroom with full bath could be perfect for mother in Law set-up. Huge backyard with mature landscape, fruit trees and a Gazebo with sink. This home is perfect for entertaining, a must see!”

The good

Large lot.  Gorgeous cosmetic upgrades.  New floors throughout, including the hugely popular wood grain tile.  Granite in the kitchen, laundry, and all three bathrooms.  New kitchen appliances.  Pleasant lighting fixtures.  You can easily tell that the owner wanted to spend a few pennies to get the look of this house out of the ‘70′s and into the 21st century.  Good call, dear owner.

The bad

I’m struggling with a few things on this one.  The kitchen is beautifully remodeled, but the range and oven are much narrower than one would expect to find in a modern kitchen.  I just can’t figure out why anyone would spend (clearly) so much energy and resources upgrading a home, but overlook the fact that all new kitchens have larger cooking appliances.  Makes me scratch my head.  Also, the garage needs some TLC…the overhead doors do not even have an automatic opener. (??) The backyard is sprawling and beautiful, but not lush in any sense of the term.

The ugly

Not much in this category, but… Some of the window screens are ripped. Not such a big deal, really.  I just wanted to channel my inner Clint Eastwood for a bit. 😉

Bottom line…I think it’s overpriced.  The updates are beautiful.  The location is lovely.  The use of space is good.  But nothing struck me as “oh, this is without a doubt a $600k property”.  Comps don’t really support the asking price either. I expected to be wowed for the price point and location and i just…wasn’t.

Day 2: Country Life

House number two!  I got a message from an old friend that I would be welcome to go look at her home in Easton.  It’s been on the market since May and she wanted feedback from another Realtor.  Cool!  As it turns out, I have been to this house in the past for a social visit and I vaguely remember what it looks like, so I was excited to look at it with a different perspective.

“Suburban LIVING at its FINEST on 1+acres situated among beautiful vineyards. Recently updated 3BD/2BA (2189 sf) main house + 2BD/1 BA (930 sf) guest house w/ kitchenette w/ electric range & refrigerator + laundry hook-up. Decorator touches in main house include NEW CT. HT. & AIR. Newer 18” tile floors in entry, family room, kitchen & baths + newer carpeting in the 3 bedrooms. Hearthed BRICK fireplace w/ wood burning fireplace insert. GOURMET KITCHEN w/ granite counters, center island w/ sink & bar area for stools, stainless steel newer Electric range, microwave, & dishwasher. Party perfect yard w/ free-form pool w/ NEWER pool sweep & motor, wood decking, & play area. Corral w/ metal fencing & rain bird sprinklers. SUPERSIZE (approx 1,500 sf) RV garage, shop, or barn for tractor & farm equipment, Jewel’’ in Easton!!!”

First impression – Well, first of all, it’s super important to plug the address into gps WITHOUT transposing digits :/  After I got my head on straight and found the house, I opened the lockbox (first time!!), managed to swing the gate open, and approached the house.  The property needs a little exterior TLC, no doubt about it, but it’s super cute! I definitely won’t see features like this in town.  This is a ranch house, through and through. Wood shake roof, redwood walls, red brick on the inside.  It has a huge backyard with a pool and a really large guest house in the back!  There is also a nice sized loft with a balcony above the kitchen.

Speaking of the kitchen…THE KITCHEN!  Gorgeous.  Super cute red accent lighting above the island.  I am a sucker for granite countertops and I love the light marbling in the slab chosen for this house.  It really contrasts well with the red brick of the island base, fireplace, and arch.  It easily combines a modern flare with the rustic-ness of the house style.

If I were in the market for a country home South of Fresno, I would seriously consider this one.  If you’re looking for country living, on a spacious lot, I know just the house for you!!



Day 1: Here we go…

“Northwest Fresno living at an affordable price! With over 2,300 sqft of living space on a nearly 10,000 sqft lot this 3br 2ba home is a must see!”

I saw it.  It has potential.

I texted the listing agent to make sure I could go in. I was all geared up to use my eKey for the first time. When I got there, the owner was there!  Dang.

I chatted with him for a bit.  He asked my opinion on whether or not he should have the carpets cleaned. (YES!)  Then I wandered around on my own while he watered the back yard.

Style?  Brady Bunch. A bit outdated, but in an impressive, gaudy, Laugh-In kind of way.  I especially enjoyed the rust tone striped carpet in the add-on bonus room. (Perfect for a boomerang young adult or older teen).  The kitchen appliances are probably originals from 1976 (seriously).  Overall, it was very clean for the age and the landscape is well-maintained.

Would I show it to a buyer?  Sure, but probably not as a hot pick.  It faces a busy street, so definitely not suitable for a family with small kids.  At $239,000, it’s a perfect investment property.  I can see someone updating it and turning it into a rental or flipping it, easy peasy.

I left my card (forgot to take a picture of it…darn!) and left.  Virtually painless.  I think I can handle one a day 🙂

Houses and condos and land, OH MY!

I’m going to view one house on the market…for one year. That’s 620,500 square feet of real estate in 365 days. I’ll take pictures, maybe record a video here and there, and write a bit about my experiences. I’m putting it all here to keep myself accountable.

I want to see 365 houses in the next year.

Crazy?  Probably.

I like to know things.  Everything, to be exact.

I’ve started a new career and I refuse to be the newbie who doesn’t know as much as the pros, so I’m hitting the pavement to learn all there is to learn about Fresno County real estate.  To accomplish that goal, I’m going to view one house on the market…for one year.  That’s 620,500 square feet of real estate in 365 days.  I’ll take pictures, maybe record a video here and there, and write a bit about my experiences.  I’m putting it all here to keep myself accountable.

Feel free to follow me on the journey and call me out if it seems like I’m going to miss a day.  Seriously, tell me to get my bootie in gear.

Here we go!