So, we have our house.
It is – close to 100 years old. The MLS said build in 1900, but judging from the preponderance of listings for that year (and none for, say 1902) I’m translating that to ‘long time back’ as opposed to a specific year.
The seller’s daughter said that ‘grandpa moved there when he was 14’. I think this would be the father of the previous occupants. I’m assuming he was still living with his parents then, but don’t know. We plan to look up details on this sometime, but for now there are other priorities.
We do know it was the farm house for several surrounding acres which were subdivided into medium sized country residential lots sometime in the 70’s perhaps.
It is cute as a button with victorian gingerbread trim, though the inside woodwork is very plain, wide, dark wood. I don’t know if there’s a name for that style any more descriptive than ‘old farmhouse’ but we’ve had several people state that it looks similar to old relatives houses.
And, it needs a lot of work. It’s been kept up, and has a lot of the essentials like (mostly) modern heat and electric. But we’d like to pull off ~100 years of layered wallpaper and flooring to really make it nice again. It’s a lot more space than we need until we have kids, so the plan is to fix the downstairs, move in, then fix the upstairs.
Hopefully I’ll be able to keep a decent journal of the progress (and exciting vintage flooring patterns) here.