After another week of research, we decided to increase of price range a bit and look at five more houses. We strongly considered two homes, but one was not an open floor plan and was in need of a new roof. There were five different floors on the first floor (wood, carpet, laminate, 2 types of ceramic) and the entire upstairs was carpeted in a royal blue and there was carpet in the master bathroom…yuck! This house was also at the top of our price range, so we would not have had as much extra money to invest in fixing up the house. The other home was in a great neighborhood on a golf course. It was advertised at a 3 bedroom house, but essentially it was a master bedroom, a room with French doors and a closet (i.e. an office in my opinion) and a loft with two closets. Only half of the upstairs loft area was finished, so we would have had to finish it, at a window and a bathroom to make this house safe for a family. The floor plan was exactly what I was looking for, but the limited amount of bedrooms, amount of work and danger of golf balls flying into our house and at future kiddos worked against the house. The workmanship was also a bit shoddy, crown molding falling off, loose wood flooring, etc.
On our drive home Ryan and I decided to look into townhomes because the yards we were getting were about the size of a townhome and had a ton of work. We found a few townhomes and on Tuesday, 03/30/10, we drove down to Virginia Beach again and looked at a few townhomes. We liked a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, open floor plan, 2 car garage townhome that was in a good neighborhood, great school district, near a great college and park, easy access to work and PA, so we decided to make an offer! Wish us luck!
Here is the floor plan of the house we decided to make an offer on.
Let me know what you think!