- Has sort of a bland, modern interior; it'd feel oddly like moving to another condo, I think. Also, lots of light wood, which I do not love.
- Stucco exterior, also not a favorite. But dark wood interior in kitchen, etc. Possible.
- Another bland one, and I'd prefer multiple floors. But the fact that it's a ranch, in Oak Park, makes it notably cheaper than it would be otherwise, for the square footage. (Oak Park definitely does not tend towards ranch houses.) So a bargain, maybe?
- This is more the kind of thing I'd been thinking of -- a Victorian with lovely wood and art glass. But the fireplace is decorative only, which is tragic.
My main concern with the particular house right now is whether it has enough outdoor yard in back -- we'd ideally like a fenced in (or fence-able) backyard with room for a) a playset, b) some grass for child and dog, c) a sunny vegetable garden. I can do flower gardening in the front only, if need be, but if the backyard doesn't have room (or sufficient sun) for a, b, and c, it's a problem.
Plus, the price has come down $100K since they listed it last fall, which makes me sad for them, but happy for us...
Also, is it crazy that we're thinking of just using Redfin for our house-buying, rather than going through an actual realtor?