We’re home. Two offers in. No responses yet.

We had a great week in the California desert!  Not only did we do A LOT of searching for real estate, we reconnected with some old friends!  We went out to dinner one evening (to the California Pizza Kitchen – where none of us had pizza!) with our former neighbor Vi and another former neighbor Cathy.  It was fantastic to get to see them and catch up with what’s going on in their worlds.  We also hooked up with a former nurse colleague of mine who is again working with babies in the desert.  Cheryl met us at the Yard House – a huge pub whose claim-to-fame is that they have over 100 different beers on tap.   We met up with her last Friday evening, and wouldn’t you know it, it was the opening day/evening of the new Batman movie.  The place was packed to the gills, mostly with young adults.  Myth #1:  Everybody in Palm Springs is old.   Myth #2:  Palm Springs is dead in the summer.   Ok, so I thought it was going to be like a ghost town!  I was wrong.  I can admit it 🙂  Anyway, after dinner at the Yard House, the three of us headed back to the home we rented and hung out in the pool till about 11pm.  Lots of time to chat and sip a beverage or two. 


I  hate to admit it, but I was really sad to be leaving the desert on Saturday.  I remember now why we loved it there, even though the temperature was up to 114 the day before we left!  However, I must say it was also great to get home to our lovely 74 degree sunshine – the kind you can actually sit out in and not DIE!    It was so good to get home to Jinx the cat as well.  I grabbed our little old digital camera this afternoon and took this (not great quality but cute) video of Jinx in his favorite past time, chasing mice — or birds — or squirrels.  I love this crazy cat!!!



So, we did make two offers on homes.  No, we have never made two offers at the same time before!  One was a foreclosure – bank owned.  It’s a bit of a ‘fixer upper’ but that didn’t scare DH or I.  He is truly “Mr Home Handyman” and we really see the potential in this place.  Partly because of it’s location, partly because we can envision it “all done up” real cute and mod.  Here are a couple pics:




3 BR 2 Bath circa 1977

3 BR 2 Bath circa 1977

 




Dead hedge in front of house

Dead hedge in front of house

 




It's got a pool, but sure needs landscaping front and back

It’s got a pool, but sure needs landscaping front and back

 




Master bath needs a bit of updating!

Master bath needs a bit of updating!

The other house we made an offer on is in a “country club – golf course community”.  It’s about the same size but 2 Bed 2 Bath.  Newer and needs a bit less in the way of updating… still needs paint and a thorough cleaning.  This house has a pool also, and needs a bunch of landscaping, especially in the back.  The picture of the pool area is on my previous post under “pool area of house I really like”.  This house is in pre-foreclosure or “short sale”.  Short sales are NOT “short”!!  They normally take much longer than those that are in foreclosure.  So we may not hear back about this house for a couple of weeks.  Here’s a front view and one of the kitchen:




Front yard, needs a bit of plant trimming

Front yard, needs a bit of plant trimming



This house is 8 yrs old.  No fridge. Great tile that needs some major grout cleanup

This house is 8 yrs old. No fridge. Great tile that needs some major grout cleanup

We may not get either of these places – and that’s ok.  If it doesn’t work out that we purchase either one, then that’s the way it’s supposed to be.  I firmly believe that.  I’ll write more when we know more!!


 

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