I put childhood in quotes because I was 12 when we moved to this house. Before that, we moved 5 times. This is the only house I really associate anything with. My parents sold it in 2007 when they moved for "retirement."
When they sold it, much of it was very dated...remaining the same as it was in 1987 when we moved there (it was a new construction). I disagreed (no surprise) with their realtor about money they put into the house to make it more marketable. I thought giving a credit to the new owner made more sense for things like the 20 year old carpet. But no....mom and dad spent over $6,000 putting brand new wall to wall carpet in....which the new owner ripped out as soon as the papers were signed (she gave it to the flooring guy). Mom and dad also installed granite counters....on the dated and cheap builder grade cabinets, along with the dated back splash and almond colored appliances. Didn't make sense to me.
Well, my good friend decided to take a trip down memory lane yesterday and drove by my old house (and his, and most of our friends...). It is actually under contract, so the sale is pending. I looked it up on Zillow, because I was curious to see the inside.
Wow!!! It is the same floor plan...no structural changes. But that was about it. Everything was painted (we had wallpaper....lots and lots of dated and invasive wallpaper). Dark hardwoods. Kitchen was gutted and replaced with new everything, including an island and wet bar. She used the front living room as a living room (my parents used it as the dining room which was used maybe 1x a year), and our old sitting room (that had 2 mismatched chairs in it) as the dining room....as it was designed to be.
The master bath and powder room got updated, although the bathroom that my brother and I shared was mostly the same. My bedroom is a guest room. My brother's room is the exercise room. The guest bedroom (which is very small.....my parents had a twin size trundle bed in there) is a sitting room.
She updated alot of the landscaping. Pool is still there. She actually used (or at least staged) the gazebo in the backyard (we used it to store pool toys....although it really would have been a nice outdoor eating space).
My parents sold this house at the top of the housing market, just 6 months or so before it busted. They made a very nice profit...but of course they thought the house should have gone for more. She had it listed for only 24k more than she paid for it. Looking at all the updates, paid way more than 24k for those. No idea what she put down as a down payment back then.
It was kind of fun to peek at my old house, although it almost doesn't resemble it any more. Anyone else ever have the chance to go back to their childhood house?