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House Hunters - Habgood Style

May 26th, 2011 (03:33 pm)

There are two main neighborhoods we're looking at: Carrollwood, a 1950s, 1960s suburban Leave It To Beaver place with two decent elementary schools. Oh, and it's closer to both of our jobs, near a synagogue, a private Jewish school that I would consider for middle and high school, and not much else.

And South Tampa, a hodge-podgery of a Post World War II area with lots of gross McMansion infill and a number of decent schools that is trendier and nearer to lots of shops, restuarants and other amenities. It's also closer to St Pete.

Our dilemma is partly that there isn't that cute, walkable, first-tier suburb that we'd love to live in. If we were still in Knoxville, we'd aim for Fourth and Gill or Bearden. In Orlando, College Park or Winter Park would work. In St Pete, it'd be Old Northeast or Crescent Heights. In Tampa.... It's just not here.

So that's where compromises, damn compromises, come in. What do you think??


I really kind of like this one.

I hate that the front yard is overtaken by the driveway, but the interior looks nice, and I am smitten with the idea of a fourth bedroom. Here.

It's fine, it's nice. We don't want a pool. It doesn't really speak to me in any way.

Oh! Step back! Look at this one! Too much tile, but lovely kitchen and trimwork and hello, turquoise toilet! I think I kind of like this one!

One more. I like the unpretentiousness of the facade and that it's from the '50s.

South Tampa:

There is a lot less to choose from in South Tampa, so we've got this one. Eh.

And this. Ick.

This one is cuter, if you can look past all the crap inside. I love the back porch and yard.

If we wanted to spend more, cute is available. But, ouch, that's too much.

Hmmm. This one is cute even though it only has two bedrooms. But with so much square footage - that's weird!

So, yeah, it's pretty obvious the Carrollwood area has better housing stock, huh?


Posted by: Melanie S (okp)
Posted at: May 26th, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)

I think my favorite was the one on Linthicum. I loved the windows and the yard. The kitchen needs work, though.

I wonder if that one on Lake Ridge would look better in person. The picture may just be at an awkward angle as far as the driveway/garage is concerned. And that set up may be nice for kids playing.

Posted by: Katie Bug (k_t_bug)
Posted at: May 26th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)

We're hoping to drive around Carrollwood, maybe on Sunday afternoon, to get a better idea. We'd checked out South Tampa a few weeks/months ago.

I might try to lasso a realtor before then too.

Yay! Thank you for looking!!

Posted by: sandienotsandy (sandienotsandy)
Posted at: May 26th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)

OMG, Dave's grandma lives in Carrollwood!

Posted by: Katie Bug (k_t_bug)
Posted at: May 26th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)

Ha ha! Of course she does!

What do you think of it?

Posted by: Molly (alkalinesky)
Posted at: May 26th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)

I love the closet on Obispo!! That's Sex and the City type closet, right there.

Other than that, I like the ones in Carrollwood much more.

Posted by: Katie Bug (k_t_bug)
Posted at: May 26th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)

Yeah, that closet is crazy, right? I'd make it a craft room!!

Posted by: laymon (laymon)
Posted at: May 26th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)

You just reminded me of one of the reason we wanted to move to Canada. The house prices over your way (and by your way, I mean Canada/US) are so much cheaper than here.

Our house (and it's a pretty crappy house) is worth about £125,000 which is about $205,000...I can't believe what gorgeous houses you can get for that amount of money...maybe we should move to the US...although I think your immigration system is tougher than Canada's now. Urgh! Britain sucks!

Posted by: Teacup9 (teacup9)
Posted at: May 26th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)

I love looking at people's house hunting posts. However the numbers make my jaw clench, because while I am sure salaries are somewhat adjusted where we live a person can barely buy a two bedroom, one bath, 1400 sq foot place for twice those prices.

I wanted to say something about the burglary and how invasive that must have felt especially with you being so far away. I've been a bit behind on LJ for a while, but don't want you to think I've not listening here and on FB.

Posted by: neerggirl (neerggirl)
Posted at: May 27th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)

I hear you! I am in the home buying process and spending more and getting way less... I can't afford a SFH, only a townhouse or condo in my price range... Crazy how varied prices are!

Posted by: Жили-были (jmfunnyface)
Posted at: May 27th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)

I actually think I like the South Tampa ones better (with the exception of the 2nd one).

I think the Roland Street one has a lot of potential.

Posted by: tervin (tervin)
Posted at: May 27th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)

I like the Carrollwood houses better for sure. I think I like the Lake Ellen one best!

Posted by: voxwoman (voxwoman)
Posted at: May 27th, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC)

I like the linthicum place the best of these, personally. Mostly because it seems to be the largest of all of them with a good size yard, and it's styled like the house I grew up in :)

Posted by: SO ridic (soridic)
Posted at: May 27th, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)

Love the Obispo house, holy crap. It looks like a lot of the square footage was used in the living area(s?) and master bedroom. Maybe bedroom 2 is big, too, so the girls can share without feeling cramped?

It is really, really difficult to get a feel for houses without seeing them in person. Good luck! I love vicariously house-hunting.

Posted by: neerggirl (neerggirl)
Posted at: May 27th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)

I like Lithnicum and Obispo...

Posted by: neerggirl (neerggirl)
Posted at: May 27th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)

And the Obispo listing says it has a bonus room - probably not a bedroom because it lacks a closet?

Posted by: Feather Armor (feather_armor)
Posted at: June 2nd, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)

Another vote for the blue toilet!

Posted by: Feather Armor (feather_armor)
Posted at: June 2nd, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC)

Ooh...I like the Roland one, too. The porch is fantastic.