Friday, June 15, 2012

House Hunting

The other day we went through this house in down town Oakville. Oakville is a quaint suburb of Toronto with pretty homes and a lovely main street. Unfortunately it is also super expensive. A typical home in the Old Oakville area is way over a million dollars, many are many millions of dollars. We have looked at quite a few lately that are crazy expensive and still need major work. I just can't imagine spending so much and then having to renovate. Also a lot of homes are way too big, verging on tacky with strange details like main floor climate controlled wine cellars with cigar storage or front gates with buzzers. All of this is just not my thing. I could never ask the pizza delivery guy or friends and family to buzz at a security gate.

This particular house had amazing trim detail, high ceilings and was staged beautifully (sparse, clean and no personal photos). There were a few things I would change in the kitchen, like the back splash and maybe the range hood and I did not like the fixtures in the powder room, but other than that it was really nicely done.
The backyard was perfect; nice and flat and screaming for a pool.

It's on a great street, walking distance to the main street. (That now has an Anthro!) I would have so put an offer in on it....if it had one more bedroom, an office, a living room and a double car garage and was a heck of a lot cheaper!!! Too bad. Am I asking too much?!

PS: The listing photos don't do it justice, it was way prettier in person.

 For $1,995,000.00 I think the garage should be centered on the peak!!

 Family room.

 Family room built-ins were gorgeous.

 Second floor laundry room.

 Dining room with butler's pantry.

 Rear garden.

 Master bedroom.

 Master ensuite. (Nicer in person)

 Butler's pantry. (Bigger than my first kitchen)

 I know 'hate' is a harsh word, but...powder room could easily be fixed.

 Kid's bath.

 Upper hall.

 Front foyer.

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