Looks like we’re staying in Oregon for quite a while!

Here’s a quickie for y’all…

I just got off the phone with our Realtor. We had made an offer on a place over the weekend, and he was calling with the counter offer. We have accepted the counter terms and should be opening escrow tomorrow.

Thus far, the details I can provide are as follows:
Built in 1947 in the Dutch Colonial Revival style.
2471 sqft.
3 bed plus a loft and “study”
3 full baths
Remodeled in 1994. full kitchen remodel along with addition of loft area and updated plumbing and electrical. All permitted and done to code.
Original beveled glass in upstairs windows.

Jean’s Flickr account has a few pictures of the place with some brief descriptions: http://flickr.com/photos/jean-genie/

The MLS listing shows as follows:
(Please note that the asking price and ultimate agreed upon purchase price ARE different.)

There are some small issues with the upstairs floors which need to be shimmed and leveled, so some construction will be done when we take possession. Of course the list will probably grow a bit once the full Home Inspection Report is in, so we will see.

More to come as it unfolds…

32 thoughts on “Looks like we’re staying in Oregon for quite a while!

    1. Thanks! We have some fun plans for it… hopefully we can do exactly what we want without breaking our bank accounts πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks! Things have been sooo busy recently, I feel bad that we haven’t made any effort to meet up finally… for that I apologize. BUT, the new place has ample room for entertaining, so you can expect an invite at some point after the move in πŸ™‚
      Of course, we really do still need to meet up before then as well… do you enjoy Sushi?

        1. awesome πŸ™‚ Of course, I just realized that I have no clue where any decent sushi places are around you. I know of one decent joint in Lake Oswego, and that’s about it. (I think I keep forgetting that I have no idea where stuff is around here and tend to act like I did in SoCal when I knew where everything was!!!)
          Hell, we don’t even have to meet up for sushi… pizza would be just as good πŸ™‚
          Are you and yours free on Friday or Saturday to grab some dinner? If so, shoot me a message at acdntlpoet @ gmail . com and we’ll work out the details….

          1. Well that’s how you find things! We’re in NoPo but certainly not limited to this quadrant…as much as I adore the peninsula, there isn’t a whole lot as far as restaurants (though there are a few gems).

            I shot you an email regarding schedule, etc…

    1. Looks to be a 30 day escrow. Of course, after that is when we can begin the repairs on the floors and other odds and ends, so an actual move-in date probably wont be until early to mid January if all goes well.
      Better news is that we will have 2 spare bedrooms for guests, so if you irritate Margaret enough, you’ll still have a place to sleep when you visit πŸ˜‰

      1. I just figured what with it featuring so prominently in the MLS listing… πŸ˜›

        Congrats on the purchase! Can’t wait to see photos once it has been J&J-ized. πŸ™‚

    1. So you can tell Giles to settle down… we WILL be “restoring” a house to a point. πŸ˜‰
      I CAN tell you that one of my plans is to replace the living room ceiling (acoustic tiles right now) with a nice tin ceiling. I figure that should make you two happy!

      1. Yeah!

        I’m actually kinda surprised about a Dutch Revival style house being built in 1947. It is technically out of style a bit by that point, in favor of the new “tract” houses oh so popular after WWII.

        Lucky for you guys, though! You get an “old” house without being all that horribly old.

        1. We were surprised too. Typical Dutch Colonial Revivals seemed to go out of style in the late 30’s. We’ll end up having the “odd man out” on this one πŸ™‚

          and we were very happy to have landed a “vintage” place that doesn’t require nearly the same level of work that some others we know of may. The plumbing and electrical were updated in 1994 when the addition was put on. So no 1940’s double unshielded/ungrounded wires for us!

          If you have the opportunity at some point, we’d LOVE it if you could point us in the direction of some good resources for this type of thing. Obviously you two (or maybe its just Paul) have done the research and know what resources are better than the others…

          1. Well, much will really depend on what you need and what you are looking for. There are a LOT of sources (such as Restoration Hardware) that have vintage reproduction stuff. But much depends on the style, etc. Are you trying to MAKE it vintage to the year of building, or vintage to the style (which is earlier)? Take our house, for instance. It is an American Foursquare Edwardian (kinda the most boring of the Edwardian, where Colonial Revival furniture was all the boring rage). Yet, we have done it up mostly Victorian, with Renaissance Revival and Eastlake rooms. The only room that the house MIGHT have gone through is the 1920’s Arts n’ Crafts room, which is the most distinct from the style of the building. For you, you could do it up all 1930’s, even though it predates the building, or do it up all 1940’s JUST post war, or even go all Atomic-Age 1950’s (which I personally detest, but some people go nuts).

            1. I am NOT going to do Atomic 50’s thank-you-very-much. Not my style. I think staying with barely-post-war 40’s would probably work best for this house, though Jean may well prefer to do 1930’s.

              In any case we’d like to retain the vintage feel of the place without adhering to 100% historical accuracy. That is to say, we’d like to know when and how far we are straying, etc., so knowing what is correct is still a good thing πŸ™‚

              And yes, I do foresee ourselves with a large number of ‘antiquing’ days ahead of us….

    1. Danke much! We are quite happy to have found this place. It is bigger than what we really wanted, but I think it will do well for us πŸ™‚

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