February 07, 2006
This Old Monster House
So Nora and I have been thinking about moving from our 1950s ranch home for some time now. We thought we wanted something more craftsman from the 1930s on a few acres where I could revive my love of animals (it has been waning) and we could have some room to spread out. I went on a “fact finding mission” with a realtor friend of ours and he showed me about 6 houses. I told him exactly what we were looking for and he nodded and grinned the way a good salesman will when he’s about to do the old bait and switch. Anyway, he took me to this very modern, 1970’s house on a hill in Pleasanton. It was very boxy and pretty non descript outside. Needless to say I was not impressed. We went inside and I was pretty blown away. It was really stunning architecturally and has the kind of interest and flow that is hard to find in houses built today. The lot is pretty big, but on a steep hill, so not all that usable. So I was stoked and wanted Nora to look at it. She refused.
The realtor called and suggested she just “take a look to get an idea of what's out there” (this guy is really good). She goes to look at it and loves it. Then she goes back to look at it and hates it. Then goes back and loves it. You get the picture. When the final petal was pulled from the daisy, she loved it and we put a bid on the house. They accepted an we will be moving in about a month. Once again I am stoked. Now I just have to figure out how to pay for it :-/
If there’s a moral to the story, I suppose it’s this. You should always keep an open mind because no matter how sure you are about what you want, you never really know what you want until you see it.
House Details: 4 bedrooms 2.5 baths 3400 sf