Day 2: Country Life

House number two!  I got a message from an old friend that I would be welcome to go look at her home in Easton.  It’s been on the market since May and she wanted feedback from another Realtor.  Cool!  As it turns out, I have been to this house in the past for a social visit and I vaguely remember what it looks like, so I was excited to look at it with a different perspective.

“Suburban LIVING at its FINEST on 1+acres situated among beautiful vineyards. Recently updated 3BD/2BA (2189 sf) main house + 2BD/1 BA (930 sf) guest house w/ kitchenette w/ electric range & refrigerator + laundry hook-up. Decorator touches in main house include NEW CT. HT. & AIR. Newer 18” tile floors in entry, family room, kitchen & baths + newer carpeting in the 3 bedrooms. Hearthed BRICK fireplace w/ wood burning fireplace insert. GOURMET KITCHEN w/ granite counters, center island w/ sink & bar area for stools, stainless steel newer Electric range, microwave, & dishwasher. Party perfect yard w/ free-form pool w/ NEWER pool sweep & motor, wood decking, & play area. Corral w/ metal fencing & rain bird sprinklers. SUPERSIZE (approx 1,500 sf) RV garage, shop, or barn for tractor & farm equipment, Jewel’’ in Easton!!!”

First impression – Well, first of all, it’s super important to plug the address into gps WITHOUT transposing digits :/  After I got my head on straight and found the house, I opened the lockbox (first time!!), managed to swing the gate open, and approached the house.  The property needs a little exterior TLC, no doubt about it, but it’s super cute! I definitely won’t see features like this in town.  This is a ranch house, through and through. Wood shake roof, redwood walls, red brick on the inside.  It has a huge backyard with a pool and a really large guest house in the back!  There is also a nice sized loft with a balcony above the kitchen.

Speaking of the kitchen…THE KITCHEN!  Gorgeous.  Super cute red accent lighting above the island.  I am a sucker for granite countertops and I love the light marbling in the slab chosen for this house.  It really contrasts well with the red brick of the island base, fireplace, and arch.  It easily combines a modern flare with the rustic-ness of the house style.

If I were in the market for a country home South of Fresno, I would seriously consider this one.  If you’re looking for country living, on a spacious lot, I know just the house for you!!

Cheers,

Erica

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Day 1: Here we go…

“Northwest Fresno living at an affordable price! With over 2,300 sqft of living space on a nearly 10,000 sqft lot this 3br 2ba home is a must see!”

I saw it.  It has potential.

I texted the listing agent to make sure I could go in. I was all geared up to use my eKey for the first time. When I got there, the owner was there!  Dang.

I chatted with him for a bit.  He asked my opinion on whether or not he should have the carpets cleaned. (YES!)  Then I wandered around on my own while he watered the back yard.

Style?  Brady Bunch. A bit outdated, but in an impressive, gaudy, Laugh-In kind of way.  I especially enjoyed the rust tone striped carpet in the add-on bonus room. (Perfect for a boomerang young adult or older teen).  The kitchen appliances are probably originals from 1976 (seriously).  Overall, it was very clean for the age and the landscape is well-maintained.

Would I show it to a buyer?  Sure, but probably not as a hot pick.  It faces a busy street, so definitely not suitable for a family with small kids.  At $239,000, it’s a perfect investment property.  I can see someone updating it and turning it into a rental or flipping it, easy peasy.

I left my card (forgot to take a picture of it…darn!) and left.  Virtually painless.  I think I can handle one a day 🙂

Houses and condos and land, OH MY!

I want to see 365 houses in the next year.

Crazy?  Probably.

I like to know things.  Everything, to be exact.

I’ve started a new career and I refuse to be the newbie who doesn’t know as much as the pros, so I’m hitting the pavement to learn all there is to learn about Fresno County real estate.  To accomplish that goal, I’m going to view one house on the market every.single.day…for one year.  That’s 620,500 square feet of real estate in 365 days.  I’ll take pictures, maybe record a video here and there, and write a bit about my experiences.  I’m putting it all here to keep myself accountable.

Feel free to follow me on the journey and call me out if it seems like I’m going to miss a day.  Seriously, tell me to get my bootie in gear.

Here we go!

Cheers,

Erica