Saturday, March 23, 2013

Great House ... Great New Price

Apologies to those who come here for real estate info without the accompanying flogging of specific homes.  I am about to flog a specific home.

We are just pulling out all the stops to get this property sold.  The bottom line issue is that this is a GREAT house that we can't seem to get anyone to come and look at.

One possible reason is that we (innocently) had the price too high.  Fixed that.

So here's the story.
[Or just ignore the pitch and head for the website with its virtual tour, feature sheet etc: ]

The owners moved to this house when their active boys made the previous house a little small.  Not only did they raise a couple of fine young men in this house, they renovated, improved, updated and maintained the thing to the ultimate degree with top-of-the-line everything.

It's a 3 bedroom home with a lovely upper level family room, a fully finished basement.  The features are endless, but I must point out the stunning chef's kitchen and the excellent landscaping that will re-appear with Springtime.

The location is south of Kingston Road at St.Clair.  The Bluffs and other parkland are steps away.  A bus comes to the corner.  A few minutes puts you on the highway to anywhere. Good schools are a walk away.

We underestimated two (or three) things.

First, over 2/3 of the usual buyers in this area and price range are looking for 4 bedrooms.  With the modest addition of a bathroom in the basement (lots of room in the laundry area) the finished lower level can be a "suite" with its own walkout -- that is one heck of a fourth bedroom!  And you still have a large formal living room and a family room wired for everything you think of in a rec room.

Second, the house is of the 1990's garage-out-front vintage.  Though practical, not everyone loves this look. The owners have made it work (in our opinion) with landscaping, etc.  More importantly, we think people ASSUME that the insides of all homes of this style are similar.  NOT TRUE!

Third, maybe, is the second-floor family room.  The current preference is for the main level family room open to the kitchen.  We get the advantages: keep an eye on the kids when they are small; maybe a better "social" experience when cooking dinner for company.  But think of the other arguments:  the openness creates some issues of its own; you now have two living rooms on the same floor and that means you're likely never going to use one of them;  the second floor room creates separate areas for separate activities.

So, this great house has just been reduced to $769,900 ... from $829,900!  It's worth more.  We need people to come and see for themselves. You.  Someone you know.  Someone who knows you (post this toyour social network)  Somebody is going to buy this home and be happy.  Any help you can provide is most appreciated.

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