As promised here is the video walk-through of our potential Ninja abode. Like an idiot, I shot the video vertically which makes it a little squished. Next time I’ll be sure to film in landscape mode. Go ahead and watch the video below, then scroll down for my comments…
So will we be putting in an offer?
After walking through a second time we left being sad about our sadness. Haha, does that make sense? We really wanted to love the house. It for sure has a ton of potential and is cuter than a puppy licking a baby. That said, there were some serious concerns.
First and foremost, the busy road.
- We were in the house from about 4:30-5:15, right when people were commuting home. Since the house sits on the corner of a relatively popular street, the road noise was pretty evident from inside the house, especially considering the living room sits on the side of the house nearest the road (could you hear it in the video?). What’s more, the backyard/porch is definitely the biggest bonus to the property. We imagined ourselves sitting on the back patio, sipping some lemonade, and reading a book. Peaceful right? Not so much when there is the sound of a huge truck driving by every 10 seconds.
The bedrooms all have issues.
- The downstairs bedroom is pretty large, but it’s also in an odd location (off the living room and dining room). The “master bedroom” doesn’t have a door and can’t be closed off to the stairway. The closet in the master is also the smallest closet I’ve ever seen. The third bedroom isn’t really a bedroom. It would work for a nursery, but I’m doubting a twin sized mattress could fit comfortably. It’s also only about 10 feet away from the master bedroom, which is a huge concern considering there is no door on the master. Mommy and Daddy Ninja’s room will be a child-free zone 😉
We also had to think about resale.
- If the house was in Seattle, we would buy it in a second. Edmonds, however, is more suburban. Not too many Edmonds buyers are looking for a two bedroom (since the 3rd bedroom is technically not legal) one bath house, on busy roads, with no garage or driveway. Makes the house a tough sell when someone can buy a 4 bedroom 2 bath house for the same price two doors down.
I think Girl Ninja took it the hardest. She loves the house, but after walking through it again, realizes is is a superficial, and not a deep seeded this-is-the-best-house-for-us, love. There is no denying its charm, the size of the lot, or it’s relatively good condition. I’m sure it will sell, we just wont be the ones making an offer. Goodbye first prospective Ninja pad. Hello new opportunities.
What did you think of the place?