While looking for properties with separate guest houses, I came across a listing in a desirable Clovis neighborhood that appeared to fit the bill. Since the listing photographs didn’t clearly depict the location and size of the guest house, I decided to preview the house before taking my client to see it.
“Traditional Sale in award winning Clovis Schools! Beautiful DeYoung 4/3 with guest house with its own separate entrance perfect for guest/in-laws/rent. Tile and hardwood floors, tile roof, ceiling fans in all rooms, dual pane windows, built in cabinets in laundry, dual fireplace in formal and family room, enclosed back porch, hallway built-in cabinets for extra storage, concrete in back and sides, new front lawn, 2 car garage with auto opener. Open kitchen with island, pantry, microwave, electric stove, dishwasher and tile counters. Storage shed in the back. Large master bath with separate tub and shower, walk-in closet, double sinks, tile counters. Hall bath has tub/shower combo and tile counters.”
Looks good, right? And the list price seems great for a two house property, as well.
My first impression upon entering is that it’s a clean, well-maintained house and so very blanc. Blank slate, ready to be decorated by its next occupants…excellent! I wander into the kitchen (seriously…I’m obsessed with kitchens!) and take note of the cabinets, pantry, sink, appliances, and island. All in good condition!
Moving along through the master bedroom, I notice lots of natural light illuminating the lovely wood floors. Cozy in size, yet nice. I then tour the two secondary bedrooms, hall bathroom, laundry room, and garage. And that’s it.
Wait…what? That’s it? This place is supposed to have a guest house. WHERE IS THE GUEST HOUSE? Seriously, there is no way there’s a guest house here. I look in every room again for secret passageways to a hidden guest house. Maybe it only appears when you truly need it…a room of requirement, if you will. Maybe it’s only visible on a Maurader’s Map for truly worthy occupants. Maybe…maybe…could it have been mismarketed?? No way, that’s a pretty significant oversight. Why can’t I find the guest house?
By this time I’m completely second guessing my competence as a human being, let alone as a Realtor. What well-adjusted adult can’t see a friggin’ guest house??? Riddikulus!
As I throw in the proverbial towel and go out the front door to leave…all the while pondering the mystery of the invisible guest house, I casually glance to my right at a door that I had assumed was the garage. But why would there be a garage door right there… Could it be the missing guest house in disguise? I’m skeptical, but I unlock the door anyway. Helloooo guest house! Well, guest room is more like it, since there’s no kitchen, but still. I found it. Yayyyyyy!
Mischief managed 😉