As you may know, I’ve switched over to Big Stone Bounty for blogging purposes. But I still have a house in Vermillion, and I’m still hoping to sell it. The list price is $77,500, and you can contact Barb Iacino at Dakota Realty for a tour.
Last weekend, my friend and neighbor (have I mentioned there are AWESOME neighbors?) grabbed his camera and took some outside and inside images of my historic district Forest Avenue home that is within short walking distance of downtown and campus.
Here are some of those images:
It’s a cozy cottage with stone facing chimney and window box. The yard isn’t huge, but it is very functional, and you can even grow some gardens (as I did)–there’s good light. There are a couple of heirloom apple trees out front, and nice perennial and herb plantings. There’s a paved off-street parking pad. Because it’s not a wide lot, mowing and snow removal and pretty lightweight. Paint job is new in summer 2009.
The living room is huge and has a working fireplace. Hardwood floors continue in the hall and master bedroom as well. Lots of light! We used part of the living room as a home office space. I like the curved detail of the doorways going to front entryway and hall (not shown). The programmable thermostat for the new 95% efficient furnace is also located in the living room.
The master bedroom is also huge and light. The nook toward the front is good for a little dressing area or a desk. Good-sized closet as well. Hardwood floors add a nice glow to the space.
The bathroom makes a nice use of the space. It’s not completely finished, but it is perfectly usable as-is, and new fixtures and a new tub surround have just been installed. The bath is porcelain enamel-over-steel–not flimsy fiberglass. The molding for the bathroom is in the house, but needs to be painted and attached. The floor is tile with an inset mosaic of an orca (killer whale). The storage closet has doors if you’d want to put them on–I liked them off.
This is the second (back bedroom). It is completely paneled in knotty pine–even down to the inside ceiling of the closet! It has a nice view of the backyard as well. It makes a great kid’s room or more private office or project space.
View from the second bedroom down the hall to the master bedroom. There is a pantry closet on the left (shown) with lots of wood shelving–there’s a second storage closet to the right (not shown) which has a shelf and hanging rod for coats, etc. That closet also has cut-out in back for access to tub plumbing if needed. You can also see the attic access (near the master bedroom) in this image. There’s a couple feet of insulation up there.
The kitchen has fairly new Fiber Floor (two years old), and the stove is brand new late this summer. It is apartment-sized, but I have never found that a barrier to canning massive quantities of food. The fridge is large and was purchased about five or six years ago when I bought the house–it looks brand new and is pretty darn energy efficient, too. I have the paperwork and manuals for every appliance in the house.
The kitchen has decent cupboard space, and again, the upper doors (and their hardware) are in the house–I just preferred them without doors. Access to the side door and basement staircase is from the kitchen. This is an eat-in space–there is plenty of room for a small-to-medium-sized table.
The basement is huge and is partially finished. It also stays dry during rains–unusual in this area of Vermillion. It has a laundry room and second toilet (shown) as well as a “bunker room” that is cinder-blocked in (not shown). There was a stall shower down there, so there is plumbing to do a mop sink (which is on-site). Did I mention that I had a 95% efficient furnace installed last fall? The 68-gallon very well-insulated water heater means you won’t likely run out of hot water, and it won’t cost you a lot, either.
The backyard is very large–it goes all the way down the hill to Dakota Street. There is some terracing and landscaping back there as well, and some nice trees. I get to keep my wheelbarrow–sorry! As you can see from the first image, the house does have central air, though it’s not often necessary to use, as the house is nice and tight and stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Overall, this is a great low-maintenance home that is an inexpensive and very nice and “green” place to live with the efficient appliances and close proximity to campus and downtown. It’s a quiet neighborhood with wonderful neighbors.