Our 90-year old home in Atlanta is a charmer. It offers tons of curb appeal, several old fireplaces, a huge center hallway (which makes it a “Grant Park style” home), high ceilings with generous crown molding, deep baseboards, wood floors, and only two closets (a fact that totally escaped me when I fell in love with the place!)
The rooms are not plentiful, but they are generously sized. That was a major draw when looking for a place to buy. Our furniture would fit in this house! However, there are 3 major drawbacks to this house. One is the number and location of bathrooms. There is a full bath in the master bedroom suite, and there is another full bath at the end of the long center hallway, at the opposite end of which is the guest bedroom. Unfortunately for our guests, that is a long trek for a potty break in the middle of the night; we don’t think they fully appreciate the art work that adorns the walls of the hallway as they stumble to and from bed at 2:00 am!
The second drawback is the kitchen. It has doorways directly opposite each other (one from the dining room, and the other to a den/office area), that slice it exactly in half. Therefore, while the square footage is adequate, the countertop space is minimal, and the cabinets are not plentiful. It is a pretty space, but a challenge to work in. Greg and I are avid cooks, so we’ve utilized every nook and cranny to make the kitchen more usable, including installing a pot rack on the ceiling, a built-in spice rack, and adding a rolling cart that doubles as extra counter space. Somehow, we always manage to feed the hungry masses, and they seem to like the food!
The other draw to the home in Atlanta is its theoretical “proximity” to daughter Jennifer, her husband Jason, and our grandson, Riley. They live about 20 minutes away, in an area known as “East Cobb”. That location is synonymous with the suburbs: families with kids, youth soccer, big homes with spacious yards, and plentiful parks and shopping. However, Atlanta traffic is infamous for its density. Just about any day of week, that twenty minute drive from our house to theirs can seem like an intergalactic voyage! (In other words, pack a lunch; you never know what you might “run into”…literally)!
When they come to visit us, Riley’s presence illuminates drawback number 3…Ours is not a kid-friendly house. Even reaching the backyard requires a trek down many stairs, from a deck that seems to hover at mid-treetop level. We love the view, but it is certainly not conducive to “going outside to play”.
But still, we only have 1 house payment….
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