Is the flipping of the calendar to a new year a catalyst to propel you towards one of the biggest changes of all, moving?
What exactly could tempt you to buy a new home? Do you need more room, desire a better view, a better school district, a shorter commute or perhaps a new adventure? Or, are you looking to down-size, simplify… or simply to start over?
While I don’t plan to move, I am always intrigued by what’s on the market in my area. I love to keep my finger on the pulse of current home prices, on what homes are available… and maybe to daydream a little, too. I am definitely a home lover, and I get equally excited about all sorts of home scenarios, from turnkey to gut and remodel.
I live on the Southern Oregon Coast in the Coos Bay/North Bend area, and I’m sure like most of you, I’ve got my list of “must-haves” when shopping for a new home.
Before you even begin looking I think it’s of the utmost importance to have a must-have list of at least the minimum amenities any future home would need to have. It’s smart to know what your expectations are ahead of time. Do you like to shop well under-budget so you can make substantial changes after the close of the sale, or do you need a turnkey home that will be completely move-in ready?
To inspire me to move, a house would need to be pretty special, and my budget pretty substantial. Our home must-haves would be a 3 bedroom/2 bath, with at least 2000 square feet, and a garage. I’m not going to include a shop because it makes the search too narrow. Hence, why we built our own here on our property.
But it’s fun to pretend, and when I started my house hunt I did so by popping our current zip code in the search bar. It shared all the new listings with me, I scrolled through those and then I hit “more homes” and started plugging in all my must-haves, which will keep your search really drilled down for you. This function can help you can stay on point as you scroll through the listings, and I can imagine that it would be most helpful for the budget portion of the search.
I, however, decided to completely forgo reality and search without a budget.
The first home I found to share with you is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath with a 2,100 square foot floor plan. It’s listed for $489, 000.
We’ll call this the Garfield House. It’s brand new and move-in ready. The Garfield House is a beautiful custom built home with an attached two car garage.
The Garfield Home
The kitchen features black hickory cabinets and white ice granite, an open layout and trayed ceilings. And while the kitchen is well appointed and beautifully laid out, I tend to prefer a different aesthetic. Though I can appreciate the beauty & quality of this one, as well as the window at the kitchen sink — that is always a nice feature to have.
The master bath has a glass & tile shower and a large soaker tub! This home meets my must-haves as far as bed and bath requirements, and I have to admit, it would be nice to have a one-story home. Whoever ends up calling this custom built house their home will be lucky!
The Glasgow House
Home number two boasts 5 bedrooms, 4 baths and 4,758 square feet. The listing price is $949,000.
The Glasgow House sits on over two acres and was constructed by one of the premier home builders in the area. There is currently a sale pending.
The setting of this home is quintessential Oregon Coast, with the heavily forested area and close water proximity. Being mindful of not having the trees too close in to the house is very wise, as they are very hard on a roof — and with our storms, it’s best not to test Mother Nature. The Glasgow House is a custom built Craftsman Lodge. The secluded location, within 5 minutes drive to town is definitely a nice-to-have feature.
And while the interior finishes aren’t quite to my taste. I could most definitely manage to make do. It has lovely features, like an iron-railed catwalk that lets the light spill into the home, a gourmet kitchen, a spa bath with jetted tub and a sumptuous walk-in shower that would be so nice to have, this one is seriously tempting. I’m sure a little creamy white paint could brighten it right up and make it feel like my kind of home.
It even has attached RV parking, a very coveted feature. The grounds are also wonderfully landscaped and the expansive decks provide the perfect place for a hot tub with a view!
The Isabelle House
Our third residence is a 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath waterfront home with 4,798 square feet. It is currently listed for $1,020,000.
The Isabelle House was built in 1924. I will admit I may have squealed a wee bit when I saw it was for sale, just for the opportunity to get to peek inside! I’ve driven by and gazed longingly at this house on many occasions.
From the street side, you are greeted by a charming, low-slung brick wall and an iron gate that spans across the single car, hedge-lined drive. She absolutely oozes grace and curb appeal.
Five years shy of turning 100, she is, without a doubt, my favorite home for sale in the entire city. This home doesn’t have a white kitchen, and wait until you see the pink bathroom… but as with any home hunt, sometimes they just speak to you and none of that matters. And this one whispers to you about how special she is.
From the waterfront side, you’ll see a brick path leading to the front of the home and the proper entry.
The formal entryway is light-filled, bright and welcoming. The front door looks to have the original hardware, and I’d bet the floors are original as well.
This fabulous home has both a formal living room and a more relaxed family room. Both take in the sweeping bay views, and each features stunning fireplaces.
The wood ceiling in the family room is incredible and adds a warmth to the space that I’m sure is extra cozy when watching storms roll in through those picture windows! And the brass ships lanterns flanking the fireplace mantel give a nod to the home’s coastal location and deep nautical roots. Not shown, delicately patterned leaded glass windows.
As you can see, the kitchen has a beautiful beamed ceiling feature, a wall of three large windows over the sink (always a great plus for the dishwasher in the family) and counter prep area, appliances to please the most discerning chef, as well as a dumbwaiter. Now wouldn’t that be a nice feature to have! I can just spy that gorgeous family room ceiling around the corner to the left, a perfect location so close to the kitchen. The home also has a lovely formal dining room just on the other side of the stove and oven wall.
There is much more to the home, including a huge den with a built-in media center and wet bar. The outdoor entertaining area and the breathtaking views aren’t bad either.
I wasn’t even thinking about moving before, and now I suddenly wish I had an extra million dollars lying around. Houses just get under my skin. Isabelle wants me to come take care of her, I just know it. And I promise I would even paint the kitchen white. But I would have to give that pink bathroom an update. You’ve got to take the virtual tour. It will give you a real sense of the property and all the grounds. If you do, at the very end you’ll see one of the other most-amazing-houses in North Bend Oregon. It’s a million dollar location, that’s for sure!
Did You Have a Favorite Home out of the Three?
What are your must-haves in a home? And when you run into something that makes you think, hmm… that would be nice to have, do you feel like it influences your final choice? I was thrilled with the photo-filled listings and the clean, easy to navigate site at homes.com. It sure made searching much more enjoyable and detail-filled. The video tours are definitely a bonus. If you were searching for a home in another state, they would be an extra amazing tool to help in the decision-making process.
Do you have a favorite home of the three? If so, cast your vote in the comments section for a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card! Best of luck!