I'm turning this thread into a poll, because otherwise I may be flipping a coin.
Both of these hoses have the same asking price, and they're a block from each other. They're in the City of South Euclid, a mature, middle-income, stable racially integrated but primarily Jewish and Italian East Side suburb of Cleveland. (South Euclid is east of Cleveland Heights; it's not to be confused with the City of Euclid, of Ambler v Euclid fame.) A commute to work from either house would be about 35 minutes. Both houses have a new plysical plant; new furnaces, new central air, new roofs, new water heaters, Both have dry unfinished basements. Both houses also have open floor plans, and both have floorplans and room sizes that make them ideal for entertaining.
House #1 - 3 bedroom, 2 bath, living room, family/media room, kitchen with very large dining area added to the back. Two bedrooms and a bath are on the first floor, so it's functionally a ranch. It's about 1700 square feet, built in the 1950s. Looks are deceptive; there were extensive additions in recent years, and the interior was remodeled top to bottom. The house is definitely in move-in condition. The interior is GORGEOUS and entirely high-end, as if was one of the subjects of an extreme home makeover show; Corian countertops and high-end appliances in the new kitchen, new molding, new windows, new everything. The lot ... 50' wide, and about 500' deep. The backyard has a deck and concrete patio, with 50' or so of open space between the house and a scarp down to mature woods. The lot terminates at a wide flood-controlled creek with year-round flow. There are parts of the lot where you can look around, and literally not see any sign of civilization; something unexpected for an inner ring suburb.
* Unfenced yard; would cost a lot to fence off an area for the dogs.
* Tiny bathrooms.
* No master bathroom.
* Affordable, but one of the most expensive house on the street; there's inly one comparable for the block.
House #23 - 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, living room, family room, kitchen (not eat-in), formal dining room, den off the living room. Two bedrooms are on the second floor, and the third bedroom is on the THIRD floor. (How many three story houses do you come across anymore?) About 2,000 square feet; built in the 1920s. The den would make a great computer lab, so I don't feel isolated from any other activity in the house if I'm online. Like the last house, the bathrooms and kitchen were updated; not high-end, but still quite nice. The bathrooms are HUGE. The lot is about a quarter acre, and the backyard is fenced, with a deck and stone patio. There is a 2 car detached garage. Except for a kid's bedroom, the house is in move-in condition. Most houses on the street are about the same size and price range.
* Higher maintenance; painted exterior.
* Higher heating and cooling costs.
* Long driveway = snowblower.
* Small second bedroom, third bedroom with low cieling on third floor
I could be happy in either one. Which one would you choose?