September 27, 2012Sara’s Horrendously Long ‘Retro’ House Hunt Continues……..With Some Crazy Results!
By Sara In AZ
Yep, that’s right………Mike and I are still looking for our dream time capsule house!
I tell you what, it’s hard here in Phoenix…..where apparently the lovers of time capsule homes are few and far between. It is also hard because we are searching for a home with at least 2000 sq feet (which we REALLY need here because there are virtually no basements) and a garage – and then take into account that we want a vintage 1950s time capsule……in our price range. Well, it’s like searching for a needle in a haystack.
We also don’t want to move just for the sake of moving. We want it to be a really special house that we can live in and enjoy for years to come.
My real estate agent sends me new listings each and every day for houses built between 1945 and 1965. I scour them carefully, but am usually disappointed in what I see………….which more often than not is a vintage house that has been gutted.
I thought it would be fun for y’all to see some of the more, shall we say, “interesting” listings that I have seen lately. Oh, and if you are a lover of vintage you’d better cover your eyes now!
First up, I was kind of excited when I saw this listing come through from HomeSmart. It was built in 1958 and looks like a super cute ranch doesn’t it! Then I realized there is not even a car port to park under, which you desperately need here in the HOT AZ summers.
And here is the inside of the above ranch. ugh. Bland as bland can be. Acres upon acres of huge ceramic tile…………and seriously if I had a dollar for every 50s house I’ve seen “updated” with granite counters and cherry cabinets JUST like this house – well, I’d probably be a millionaire by now! Is there some law out there that states every vintage house MUST be updated and have a kitchen like this??? Lord have mercy, it sure does seem like it doesn’t it. eek!
I see a lot of homes like this one offered from Realty One Group. Flippers get a house but are lazy about what they re-model. So here you have a new toilet and vanity…..and there is that pesky large ceramic tile again….along with the vintage tub and tile.
This home, offered from American Realty Brokers, was a vintage house that had been totally gutted. But I actually just wanted to show y’all a picture of the bathroom, because seriously……wouldn’t you want to pick up just a little bit more when you know the real estate agent is coming over to take pictures?!? geez!
I thought this sweet little 1945 home, offered by HomeSmart, had real possibilities……until I saw the kitchen.
Is this kitchen not the craziest mish-mash of stuff you have ever seen in your entire life??? The listing states the kitchen was “custom designed” for this house. Wow, really ??? Ok, then. I’m not completely sure what exact look the flippers were going for with the more high-end stainless appliances mixed with the Victorian trim along the ceiling and the crazy half mosaic-ish pillars encasing the stove??? Victorian Modern…is that a look now???
I had to show y’all this bathroom offered by Arizona Buyers Realty, well because I just have no idea what is going on up in here. I feel like I just walked into a Fun House Mirror Maze and I’m having trouble getting out!!!! help!
And last but not least, in this home offered by West USA Realty, probably the saddest thing I have ever seen done by a flipper to a vintage bathroom.
They gutted out everything………..
but the turquoise bathtub.
Just take a look a that little forlorn turquoise tub…..I feel SO bad for it! I’m sure the tub is wondering what happened to all of it’s turquoise friends, like the toilet and the tile.
Seriously though, I cannot even imagine in a million years who they are going to market this house to with a half-baked bathroom like this. Anyone like me, who wants an all vintage bathroom, will pass because of the updates……….and anyone who wants an updated bathroom will pass because they will hate that turquoise tub to death. So anyone buying this house will probably rip everything out and re-do it on account of that tub not matching anything at all now, when the flippers probably should have just left the entire bathroom alone in the first place and let someone else decide. Grrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!
uggghhhhhhh. House Flippers……………the bane of my existence.
If it’s possible house flippers, just leave one house behind for me! Please!!!