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San Diego House Hunt Day 2

Day 2 of house hunting has been rough. We had over 12 homes lined up, all in our preferred neighborhoods.

All I can say is its amazing how deceiving online pictures are. For example, there was one home we were really excited about. It had an incredible kitchen and was the right size, but when we walked in, it was disgusting. The entire house was a mess and the owner had cages of chinchillas in the dining room. Not really ideal if you’re trying to sell a home.

I’m pretty sure I took over 60 pictures yesterday. Here are some of the homes we viewed.

This house was actually really cute. It was move in ready, had cute paint colors, a nice kitchen, and was in a decent neighborhood. But after viewing the entire house, it felt more like a town home. It was a little too small of us.

This is another house that looked great in pictures. The kitchen looked nice, but other than that, the house was a wreck. Pieces of tile were chipped off the floor and the plaster on the walls looked uneven.

Then we walked outside and saw the pool, complete with an outdoor shower. If you look closely, you’ll notice that behind the fence is a baseball field. So basically, you can play in your pool and take an outdoor shower, all while cheering on your favorite little league team.

We passed on this one…

This house was actually decent. Its in a neighborhood with award winning schools, was large, and had huge potential. The main problem was how Β outdated it was. It was like walking into grandma & grandma’s house. It was nice, but all country’d up…. and I’m not talking modern cool country either.

I’m pretty sure I smelled like potpourri for hours after leaving that house.

In all honesty, this was a great house. It had all the space we needed, was in a great neighborhood, had an incredible front & backyard equipped with a fenced in pool, and lemon, lime, orange, peach, & plum trees. The hardest thing was to see past all the country clutter…

This last house had huge potential. Its a true family house. Its large, and in a great area. I don’t know how this house fell in our price range because its surrounded by multi-million dollar homes. Driving up to the home was like driving up the Hollywood hills. When you got to the house there were panoramic views of the entire city.

The house is a flip house owned by a group of investors. The basically did the minimum amount of work needed, and put it on the market.

The only problem is how secluded the house is. It’s way out in the boonies. We liked the house, but not sure if liked the idea of being away from civilization. I like neighborhoods…

At this point, we have three offers in on three different homes. We’ve been going back and forth with the sellers all day.

I’ll keep you posted on the results πŸ™‚

Hopefully we can settle on a house and have some time to actually enjoy the 85 degree weather in San Diego πŸ™‚

10 Responses

  1. Barbara said on April 16, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Good luck!

  2. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on April 17, 2011 at 12:06 am

    I am soooo happy for you! I just caught up on your hunt #1 post…and so happy you guys are in SD for this great weather we’re having.

    I know it’s a total whirlwind trip for you but we HAVE to meet up, soon. Whenever is convenient for you…even if that’s AFTER you relocate out here. If you need help with anything, LMK!!!!!! Seriously! πŸ™‚

    And I’d love to know where you’re looking! I have a few guesses and obvi wont write them for safety reasons.

  3. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said on April 17, 2011 at 12:52 am

    House hunting can be so exciting and suspenseful at the same time. I really like the last one that’s out in the boonies. I wouldn’t mind being a little out there if stores were still relatively close.

    Good luck!!

  4. Lauren at Keep It Sweet said on April 17, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Wow, that does not sound easy! It seems like you have a few good options, though, and I can’t wait to see which house you end up with!

  5. Merri Ann said on April 17, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Good luck with your offers. Having just done the exact same thing at the end of last year, I don’t evny you right now. The house hunting was exactly like you described. We did all our research on the listings we were sent by our agent and we were shocked over and over by how different the house was from the online photos. But we eventually found something in a great school district that suited our needs.

    I just wanted to let you know that we are having our challenges with our school though. Our daughter is due to enter Kindergarten in the fall and we have recently found out the California has relaxed the 20 student per class rule. We discovered that she will be in a class of 33 other 5 year olds and will only be required to be in school 3 hours and 20 minutes a day.

    We deliberately did our home search in a school district rated at the top of the districts in California and we are now looking in to private school options and even considering home schooling.

    I don’t want to be discouraging … I just wanted to give you a heads up about the challenges that you may face with the California school systems.

  6. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) said on April 17, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I hate clutter! My parents’ house has tons of it. Good luck with the offers. Hopefully something will come through.

  7. Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique said on April 17, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Good luck! Can’t wait to see which house you decide on! πŸ™‚

  8. Pilar said on April 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Chinchilla cages?!? What’s with that? I’m enjoying following your house hunt. It’s all very exciting on this end. I’m sure you will find a lovely home with everything you need and want.

  9. Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said on April 17, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    It looks like you have some solid options! I hope the you get the one you really want! πŸ™‚

  10. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on April 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Good luck with the hunt. I’m tired just reading about all of the houses you’ve looked at.