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Monday
Jun292009

House Hunters

The Watsons 4 are on the hunt...for a place to live.  For the past several months we've been looking on web at different houses, different neighborhoods, different prices.  And, we think we might be getting close.  Not sure if we've found the 'perfect' house, but we've got a few that we like well enough to toss out to the blogosphere and see what you all think.  

Now, we're not going to go into all the details of what we're looking for in a house.  If you know us and follow our family, you know our values and know a little at what we're looking for in a house - older homes, older neighborhoods, close to (or in) disadvantaged neighborhoods, in Midtown Memphis.  It's got to be big enough for a family of 4 with room for hospitality.  We average a guest per month staying with us, so need some room for friends and strangers that come to see us.  

With all that said, here's the top three.  

Overton Park House (click HERE to see the online listing)

This is a great house, old, beautiful inside.  Hardwood floors, big old fantastic crown molding.  Stained glass in a few places in the house.  2 fireplaces.  One is in the master bedroom.  Big house for a small price.  In midtown.  In a tucked away, tough neighborhood.

Near Binghampton (click HERE)

We've been thinking about moving into the Binghampton neighborhood for a while - a community that has lots of families that have moved in for ministry purposes.  This neighborhood is similar to the neighborhood we lived in in Fresno.  The neat thing about this house is it has a 2 story in-law unit in the back.  Still needs some work, but a good start.  Downside - the most expensive house of the three.

Montgomery (Street, not Georgia)  click HERE

This house, from my (matthew's) perspective isn't much to look at on the outside, but is an absolute gem on the inside.  The pics on the website do it no justice.  3 stories, over 3000 sq.ft.  huge lot.  In a middle class midtown neighborhood, but surrounded by some rougher areas.  Closer to downtown than we live now.  Upside is size (the largest of the three) and the price (the cheapest of the three).  Downside, a little farther west than we're used which is farther away from some of the friendships we've made.

So, let us know what you think.  It's not gonna dictate where we buy (or even if we buy), but we'd like to know your opinion.

Reader Comments (14)

I liked the Overton Park option cause it's the awesomest.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJR Rozko

Hands down I love the Overton Park house. What a gem of a house. You keep posting houses like this and Zach and I will have our house on the market moving right around the corner.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

They are all great Matthew! What bargains you are finding! I really like Overton Park too, the deck, the charm, the kitchen (and price!!)! But I also like the in-law unit of the Binghampton one. It is also very charming and has great landscaping. Montgomery looks nice too. All great options! I pray He leads you to the right neighborhood and hospitality house!

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMandy Grisham

I'm partial to the idea of you being near Binghamton. I also like the house.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Favaloro

The woodwork in Overton Park is to die for while the curb appeal and in-law suite at Williford are perfect. I'm thinking about all the folks that could use that in-law suite and guess I throw my hat in for Williford place. I'm going to visit you guys wherever you live so it really doesn't matter much to me!

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnita Sisk

I love the Overton Park House. Great floors, love the character.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShanna

Currently, I'm thinking the Montgomery house. I really like the neighborhood and think it is a great "strip" of homes. I like that Williford is close to Binghampton, but I am concerned about the amount of work it needs. Of course, the Overton Park home is beautiful, but I'm not crazy about the "position" of the home -- less neighborhoody. (I can say that if JR can say awesomest). Can't wait to see where God leads you guys.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Matthew and Lisa,

Scott and I love older homes too. We were not able to buy an older home when we moved to Arkansas and really miss it. Older homes always have a special charm that you can not find in new houses. When we sold our house in Montgomery, AL a year ago we were able to make a nice amount of money on it despite the market because we bought it for cheap and fixed it up. It was in a coveted neighborhood and sold because of location. I would say that they all look like they have great potential but the one on Montgomery St. looks like it might have the most options. Good Luck and enjoy your "old" new house!!!

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

NOT Montgomery, it's depressing. The other two are both fine, good feelings about them. The Binghampton house is wonderful, but I understand you wanting the lower price. Wherever you land, God will be there and you will have a wonderful home.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDelaine Zody

I like the Overton house best of all because of the old feel of the house. Having said that, I can see the boys on tricycles or playing basketball in the back area of the Binghampton place. It will be interesting to see if any of them work out. Thanks for opening it up to others to check out and give their opinions.

July 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnelies

Man, I sure wish you guys would consider Collierville. Our house has been up for sale since March. I really need to sell that thing and get my wife here in Dallas with me. If you know of anyone looking for a home in Collierville, please let me know.

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