House Hunting Tour :: 1920s Cottage Bungalow

We're still working on our home's staging to do list,
so we can right size our home which is 3300 sq. ft.
and we'd like to diminish it by half.
But in the meantime, we are still looking for the "One".
A downtown historical cottage we all can agree on. 

For Mark, the hubby: 
it has to have new wiring/roofing/plumbing and a good foundation,
3 Beds/2 Baths (or at least two toilets and two bathroom sinks),
near downtown with bike riding trails and lanes.
For me, the home maker: 
it has to have all the old charming details in an antique house:
wide molding, picture molding, 75 fire places, hardwoods, old doors with glass knobs,
creaking floors, a porch to sit and have coffee, tons of built-ins, and wonky details.
(Oh! And a kitchen big enough to fit all our friends!)
For our daughters, Miss S who is 22 and Miss A who is 18 and are still schooling:
a room to live until they leave the nest/come back to visit that isn't "creepy". 

What's important to all of us is a safe, quiet neighborhood.

Too much to ask?
Not here in Greenville, SC, actually.
We have found some quite charming and liveable homes,
it's just that all of our criteria hasn't fit into one house yet.
A few of them have been super-close!

We will keep looking!

This past rainy weekend, with the blessings of my Face Book friends,
we toured this lovely cottage.

Let me show you!
(I am sorry if some of the pictures are dark, it was a cloudy, cloudy day.
Also, the small pictures were taken with my iPhone, 
while Miss S took real pictures with the Canon.)

We liked the color yellow, we liked the black shutters, 
but the fact that they were vinyl was a turn-off.
But the mailbox is charming, and so are the concrete planters.

This wall thrills my organizer self!
The front door opening location does not thrill me, ha!
Yes, the floor leans to one side.

Each room still has its picture molding and the original hardwood floors.
The door on the left below leads to Bedroom #2, which we'll come back to
once we circle around inside the house clock-wise.

If you stand with your back to the fireplace, 
this is the other side of the room.
And this is me, arguing with the Realtor about the age of the house.
He says it was built in 1964.
He also says the records don't go back any further than 1964.
I disagree. The old documents are probably gone.

I have been in an antique home a time or a bunch and have researched them HERE.
And this home has the 4-over-1 windows, plaster walls, and floorplan
(no hallways) to prove my point.
Sure, some things were added later, probably in the 60s.
Like some of the doors, bathtub, and top green kitchen cabinets which you'll also see
once I stop talking long enough to take you in there.

This is the nook I was looking into in the arguing picture above.
This space would be perfect for a desk or music/sitting area.
The wide molding and floor outlets?

Turn around with your back to this nook above and this is what you'll see.
The gray living room, aqua dining room, and on through to the green kitchen/laundry closet.

Looking back toward the front of the house and nook.
That door to the left leads to the attic.

So turn back around and let's go to the back of the house and the kitchen.
The cabinetry is decent, I'm diggin' the marble counter tops, and all the appliances are new,
including a French-door refrigerator.

But I think my favorite things would have to be the window over the sink 
and the rolling butcher block island.
(I asked, and it does come with the house.)

These cabinets to each side of the sink
(which were likely hung in 1964 *wink) would have to go.
I'd replace them with open shelving like our basement cafe has.

The French door below leads to the deck.

And across from the fridge is the washer/dryer closet.
I could fold laundry on the rolling island!

A fun thing in this kitchen that I would leave
is the tiny spice closet below, directly behind my new rolling laundry table.

I'm thinking (based on observing dozens of other homes built in this era: 1920s),
that its original content was a fold-down ironing board.
The closet to the left is a perfect space for a pantry,
which didn't come with many antique homes.

If you walk to the closet/pantry and turn left, you enter this room,
Bedroom #1.
Aren't all the plantation shutters charming?
We'll probably add these to the home we finally decide on.

This wall closet was awesome!
Wish I'd thought to open the doors and show you inside.
It houses layers and layers of delicious shelving!

The next room is this cute, one and only bathroom.

Original 1920s medicine cabinet.
1964 bathtub.

It may be doable, but there isn't much storage at the moment, is there?
But the details are sweet.

Facing back toward bedroom #1, we have now entered Bedroom #2.

It features this glorious walk-in closet on the left
(which one of my FB ladies said would make an excellent crafting room, too).
The door in the middle leads to the living room once more, 
and the door on the right is a weird, tiny closet. 

What a light, bright space!

Cabinets and shelving and rods, oh my!


Is this a 1964 doorknob?
Methinks not, either.

As I mentioned, there was a door to the attic off the dining room.
And once you've opened the door, this is what you'll see.
I envisioned this upstairs space as a retreat/bedroom area for my girls.
It creeped them out.
I wonder if you'd agree?

After you've come up the stairs, turn round, and this is the wall you'll see.
I love the wainscoting and the door,
and somewhere under the layer of paint are hardwoods.

The other side of the room has this odd, er, um, table. Thing.
But if the table were removed, the room insulated,
and the floors either painted over in white or stenciled,
it would make a darling bedroom!
(I think.)

This fireplace was across from the table thing.
And I like it.

Old doors and doorknobs make my heart go pitter patter.
Okay, my heart also does so when someone else pays for dinner.

This corridor is to the right of the attic entrance door.
The ceiling is actually high enough that even a tall human could walk down it.
This other side of this attic could be another bedroom or sitting space.
This area, as I was informed by my offspring, held the maximum creep factor.

I love the light in here and the "window box".
No clue what's in the box. It had no lid.
Also creepy, I was told.

The backyard of this quiet neighborhood filled with other Craftsman and bungalow homes.
All we heard were birds chirping. It was divine.

This house had been reduced to $209,900.
However, our Realtor also told us that it had been under contract
the week before, until the inspector came and decided that it needed
$14,000 worth of electrical upgrades.
The buyer backed out and so the house came on the market again.
What I was trying to figure out is, why they are still showing it if it needs repair?

Any thoughts on that?

This concludes our tour of this lovely,
perfect-for-someone-other-than-us historical home.
What did you think of it?

My "Future Craftsman Bungalow" board is on Pinterest HERE.
Other cottages we've already seen are HERE.


P.S. I still love our Realtor.

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  1. We're looking to downsize as well, and I'd be happy to find something that looks that good at a decent price.

    My guess is that the owners just can't come up with the cost of repairs so they'd take a lowball offer.

    And yep, 1920s. Our last place had doors, windows and knobs like that and it was built in 1923.

  2. OhMyGoodness! I'll go on a tour with you ANYWHERE!! It seems that the electrical situation would leave you room for negotiation?? Is the $209,000 a good price if it were in good condition? It is positively adorable!

  3. Love it! I am with your hubby though, needs two bathrooms.

  4. I love it. It has so many fun details and features. All the build-ins are so great. It should have another bathroom though. Could you squeeze one in somewhere?

  5. I am with you on dating the house. They are still showing it in hopes of a "cash" buyer who won't care. By law they must disclose the electrical problems now that they are aware of them. That is my humble opinion. I am enjoying seeing these houses with you:)

  6. its' so charming! love your "arguing picture" lol, but you're right this is way before 1964! I think the upstairs could be charming and private and the hardwood floors, the setting is gorgeous...could you put another bathroom upstairs??

  7. Charming House!!!!!! maybe with the price it is an "AS IS" why it is still listed. Sometimes if it's the right house, that extra work don't matter. Wanted you to know I've been following your blog for a while and love it. Your Sold in 30 days has been so helpful to me. It's kept me from getting overwhelmed with a move on the horizon. Thanks Sue G

  8. Hi Leslie. It's still on the market because it's a bargain!! A house in this state, here in Australia and depending on area, would cost around AU$450! Maybe even upwards of this figure. They're highly desirable, and given all the features, very authentic. I'm thinking, why quibble over a lousy $14,000 to own a house like this? My guess is that it's cheap because in was a bank repossession, possibly due to the GFC. That 'weird' trestle table in the attic must've been used as a craft center, and the box probably held toys. So maybe it was used as a playroom too? I totally find the whole house charming. I'm surprised at your girls' reaction to the attic. Basements give me the creeps, but attics in this condition, have a charm all of their own - and besides there's plenty of light throughout. What's not to love about this wonderful piece of real estate? Go grab!! Hx

  9. Oh I think it has great potential..It has such character and charm.. You could do great things....The $14,000 should be a good bargaining tool on the price... The upstairs area is perfect for something creative and special for the girls...Happy shopping.. we have found our new old older farmhouse..needs lots of work but we will make it our own.. Blessings and prayers that you find the perfect house.

  10. It's quite adorable. So many wonderful details. It does need work, so the price should be negotiable. The hardwood floors are divine! I was thinking the upstairs room would make a nice craft room or office. Great space to write...

  11. Wow, that is such a cute house!

  12. It's a charming house. Make them the offer minus half of the repairs. Keeping in mind that once you start repairs like that, you may well find more problems.....beside the foundation issue (leaning in the living room). It's a wonderful home on what looks like a beautiful property. I love it.

  13. Our old home came with a much cheaper price tag and was "as is" so we had to do our own upgrade. So this should be a perfect negotiating point especially if you have an estimate from a company you want to use. I definitately would want my own choice for this work. Due to the age of the home, I would recommend someone who specializes in old homes. Plus our insurance did require the upgrade. Sometmes the offer may be to add an allowance which will be the cheapest possible cost to cover the added expense to the new owner.

  14. Oh what a fun place. I think the attic could be totally awesome. Can't wait to see more. I always shutter at the thought of downsizing. We had approx. 3200 sf, and downsized to 1859 and I still feel like I am squeezing the juice back into the grapefruit. I really miss the space, and I definitely wouldn't downsize again. Good Luck. Hugs, Marty

  15. It is a lovely home, Leslie. Lots of character too with the great mouldings and door knobs. Lovely hardwoods too. One bathroom doesn't fit your list, or wouldn't fit mine either. I know lots of people prefer older homes for their character but I prefer newer with some older 'faked' details. I wouldn't want to deal with older plumbing, wiring, or asbestos risk but then I'm a bit of a wimp that way.

  16. Wow this house is well designed and I love it a lot.

  17. I want to make sure that it is very important to see whether or not his is something that is going to improve in many way.

  18. 1964? 1964?!

    Wow. I know it's not exactly their job but you'd THINK a realtor would see enough houses to get a feel for age. There's absolutely no way that house was built past 1930 or so. Granted, I've got a 1920s bungalow so I'm probably more familiar with it, but one look at the outside and I would know it was a 1920s house. The vinyl exterior is too bad. :-/ But really, no option is perfect, you know? It's super cute.

    That attic and those creepy places are my favorite parts of old houses and I actually wish mine had more!

  19. That tub is from the 20's, I live in an 1925 bungalow and it has the same tub


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