House Hunt — Part II: The House That Got Away


Hey, remember when I said I was going to finish telling you about our house hunt? At long last, here is part 2 (part 1 is here). This is about the house that got away, also known as the house we made an offer on and didn’t get.

Emerson Street: $550,000, 4 beds (plus study), 4 baths (according to listing site but I remember 3 baths and an unfinished potential bathroom in the basement), house: 3,348 sq. ft., lot: 4,162 sq. ft., San Rafael

Updated Historic San Rafael Denver Square. A wonderful opportunity to own this 4 bed + Study 4 Bath home. Many original features through out including pocket doors combine with new updates and stainless steel appliances to create a functional home with lots of victorian charm. Large master with walk in closets, formal dining room, tons of storage. Newer 2 car garage. new landscape and sprinkler system. Updated mechanical system. Fire place is Decorative only – Not Functional

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One of the big selling points of this house is that I would’ve been able to walk to work because the house is only 1/2 mile from my office. That would’ve been good for me and for the environment, and would’ve saved me money on parking.

The other big selling point of this house is that kitchen. That is one of the most beautiful kitchens I’ve ever seen and the kitchen/dining room layout was fantastic. The whole first floor is great — it has great flow without being too open. Do you know what I mean? I don’t like little compartmentalized rooms but I don’t like entirely open floor plans, either. For example, I don’t necessarily want a dining room table completely open to the living room (although we had this at our old house) and I don’t necessarily want to see everything going on in the kitchen from the dining room. I think that’s weird but I’m okay with it.

The bad things about this house were . . . I’ll be honest. I was so infatuated by the kitchen and the proximity to my office I didn’t see any at first. In retrospect, the house was too big and the yard was too small. The setup wasn’t exactly right for my mom (which of course turns out to not be an issue, but we didn’t know that at the time).

We saw this house on our first day of looking and made an offer that day. Our offer was for full list price, with an escalation clause that went to $580,000. We didn’t get it (it ended up selling for $585,000). I cried, freaked out about the crazy Denver real estate market, and then got over it.

Coming soon: Part 3: three houses we seriously considered, one of which we ended up buying!