Many of you know that Hubby and I have been looking for a home in the Paso Robles, CA area for a while now – a long while now… Hubby has a great job down there and for the past two years, we have commuted the 5 hours (one way) to see each other on the weekends.
We don’t want to sell our ranch here in Grass Valley because we love it and as Hubby climbs the ladder, we’d end up back here anyway.
So, purchasing a new place with at least 10 acres in the Paso Robles area – that we could afford (wine country) – has been a tall order.
But, we finally found a house that will work for us!
So, to be honest, it isn’t our dream house.
But we cannot afford our dream house so I guess it is our harbinger house. It is close to what we want but not quite. Maybe a messenger of houses to come?… Or, maybe we can make it into our dream house.
We had a list of criteria… and to be honest, we gave up a lot of our criteria the more we looked. Basically, we both had to feel good in the setting. We both had to be able to see ourselves living there. We both had to smile about it.
We have surmised that we were able to afford this home because it had been on the market for so long that the owners gave up and took it off of the market. I just happened to see an old sign when I was previewing the straw house (this house is 2 doors away from the straw house). I asked our real estate agent to call on it… and their real estate agent decided to push them a bit to consider selling it again.
It wasn’t even for sale.
In short, the house had some of our criteria: At least 3 bedroom/2 bath and in decent condition. It has 10 acres with some fencing. It is in a decent neighborhood. It has room for the horses and my office. Hubby has a garage and a nice patio with a view.
What it doesn’t have is: Trees. There are absolutely no trees nor shade on any of the 10 acres. This makes me sad but … I can plant trees.
The reason the house was on the market for so long without selling is obvious. It is horribly disjointed – presently. I can totally feel why people didn’t purchase it… You see, it started as a regular, older 3 bedroom 2 bath house. Dated kitchen and living room. Then, they decided to add on a master suite, making the old garage into a large office and adding on a 3 car garage.
The problem was that the new part of the house is not integrated to the old part. It is like Frankenhouse. It is if the whole house is scabbed together to make a new house. Weird.
But, for us, we like the new part… a lot. So, we’ll figure out how to integrate the old part and update it – slowly but surely. And, bonus, there are plenty of rooms for our friends to come visit.
THE WORKABLE PROS/CONS
The back 3.5 acres are sloping and have no trees. But, I do have a friend who is excellent at moving dirt, so I was hoping to create something like a Paddock Paradise. It will take time and planning, but it could be very fun.
On the side of the house, there are 3 mostly flat acres that would work well for a barn, paddock and arena. I need to spend more time there to figure out how the wind blows and where the rain falls. It is also the highest place on the ridge so we’d like to find the very best view and put a sitting spot.
The front 2 acres are very picturesque and I was thinking of white fencing instead of the black I have here. I like black but Hubby prefers white. Hubby wants to tree-line the driveway.
There is a road that circles the house – great for the horse trailer.
Our street is a dead end – and I saw three horse ranches back there. So it is a horse friendly street and probably horse feeders nearby. There might be riding back there… not sure.
The street is paved!
We have nice views.
Unfortunately, the house is an odd color for an exterior that neither of us like much at all. Another reason it didn’t sell previously. In time, we can paint it. No worries.
There are fence posts but no horse fencing… no shelters. I will have to do all of that – on a budget at first.
And did I mention that there are no trees? In a way, I feel badly for the horses. I think they will miss the topography of this nice horse country where we live now. We have hills, trees, rocks, dirt, sand, slopes, flats… we have it all. But, as someone said, a horse’s home is where you are – so just take them with you and do your best. I’m not sure if that is true but I’m going with it for now. And, I plan to do everything I can to make them happy.
So, that’s what I’m going to do!
ALL THE INSPECTIONS AND REPORTS… AND ESCROW
We still have a lot of inspections and reports to pass. We have to make it through escrow.
In the meantime, we’ll spiff-up our place here and get it ready for renting. Ah, so much to do!
Hubby and I are very, very excited! A new, fresh blank slate! How fun! Oh, and this new house is only 11 minutes away from the Work Ranch that I described earlier this week! Yay! Miles and miles of riding!