Finally got a chance to see that house I was interested in. It needs a lot of updates like bathrooms, kitchen, updates to 1960s paneling in the gamer room. The really big ticket items is that it is going to need a new roof and insulation. But overall the house is basically beautiful.
It has a very unique brick. The original owner built the house. He wanted brick but could not afford new brick. He found an old church that was being demolished, cleaning each brick by hand.
There is a 3 season room that looks out into the huge backyard. I can just see myself sitting out there, working from home, rather than sitting in my stuffy office.
The yard is wonderful because it is so huge. I have a ton of privacy. It is probably the largest yard in the township in that price range. It is 1.8 acres but there are trees, the driveway and house that take up some of that. But there is a road right of way, a grassy area that the old owner would maintain.
The yard is fairly flat when it comes to western PA yards. There are a couple of dips here and there but really no big deal.
I am coming from zero maintenance on yard work. I currently live in a townhouse where I do nothing outside. I have lived here for 30 years so I have no idea how hard it is to maintain any size yard.
So for those with big yards, how much of a hassle is it really?