Floored

One of the longer term (i.e. not this year) projects around the house is the basement. Currently, it’s comfortable place to hide from a storm, but not more time than that.

Yesterday we were at IKEA and noticed 2nds of their floating floor are 1/2 off.

After brunch this morning we picked up 25 boxes – 825lbs – of it. To my surprise the Cruiser pulled through. More than I can say for IKEA’s flat carts.

Feel free to start a long bet on how long after the new year it gets installed. πŸ™‚

Blog this House

Julio‘s Saturday column was about selling your house by blogging.

If you recall, I did a little of that earlier this year. While the blog had no impact on the direct sale of the house (contractor down the street bought it), it had much indirect impact in my thinking about my house and the home purchase process. What blogs do best.

It helped me understand a couple things:

  1. All houses should have blogs (or similar) – to pass down owner to owner.
  2. Realtors involvement in the sell or purchase of a home will continue to dramatically shrink.
  3. The real estate world will look dramatically different the next time I go through the process.

How ‘Bout Just the Lot?

As expected, the contractor that bought our old place is now selling the lot. If you were interested in the location, but not so much the house itself. It is now a blank canvas. Build as you wish.

Reminds me of scene from the Chevy Chase classic Fletch Lives (which, coincidentally, I saw at the now boarded-up theater in the Village):

Fletch: [flirting] Hey Betty, how about lunch at the In N’ Out Burger?

Betty Dilworth: [disgusted] No.

Fletch: Okay, forget the burger, how about just the In N’ Out?

[she sneers at him]

Fletch: Ok, how about just the In?

The Old House Has Been Demo’d

This morning we grabbed some coffee, put Cooper in his stroller, and took a walk up the block to watch the old house get knocked down.

Hopeful is the only word that comes to mind.

More photos here and here on Cooper’s site.

Friday is Demo Day

Just heard sometime on Friday our old house will be demolished.

Good thing too, we’re pretty sure the place has gone feral since we left.

2701 31st Ave NE Has Sold

Though it’s blown over and buried under six inches of fresh powder, a ‘SOLD’ sign was added to the ‘For Sale’ sign in front of the house this weekend.

Details to follow.

Open House Sat, Feb 25 – 2-4pm and Sun, Feb 26 – 1-3pm

Just got word there’ll be an Open House at 2701 31st Ave NE, St Anthony, MN from 2-4pm this Saturday, Feb 25th. This one’s open to everyone.

If you want to check the place out, mark your calendars. Especially if you’re looking for a great starter house for you and your dog.

No, we won’t be there.

If you can’t make Saturday, come by Sunday between 1-3pm.

Nine parties came by for the open houses total, with an additional showing on each day. Today (Monday) there’s another showing. There’s a good chance 2 parties are interested. Hope so.

The House is Getting Some Attention

3 showings on the house since we got the MLS number yesterday morning, and a drive by. Nice. The ‘For Sale’ sign comes early next week, I think it’d be cool if it was sold before then.

In Ericast #50, Eric Larsen says you can’t buy a house for under $200k. Well, you can – this one.

2701 31st Ave NE St Anthony Village has an MLS Number

The house is on the MLS now – #3152250. Woo hoo.

I see this house being perfect for 3 different people:

  1. Single people (even with kids)
    It’s a small place, easy to maintain, with lots of storage. Easy access to downtown and the highways with a huge lot for gardening and landscaping.
  2. DINKs or DIPs
    Just the two of you and a couple of dogs that need to run? Comfortable, cozy spaces for pets and their stuff and yes, outdoor space for games of fetch. We didn’t have pets when we bought it, the lower maintenance and expense of a small house was perfect for us.
  3. Developers
    Wanna build a half-million dollar home in St. Anthony Village? Seems like a decent price for a big lot like this. For a while we were talking about adding a big, modern addition in the side yard. Living in this place during all the construction.

More info in my earlier post and over at Sam’s Urban Realty website as well.