“Finding Home” is a collection of interviews with our team, friends and clients about adventures in buying their first home, remodeling lessons, and other discoveries of owning a home.
Jasmine, PGR’s Transaction Coordinator, shares why compromising on a house’s size in a preferred neighborhood made perfect sense to her thanks to a fantastic layout and yard.
1) How did you know you wanted to buy your home?
We bought in 2012 when inventory was very low. This was the nicest house we could afford in the neighborhood we wanted to be in. I knew it was the one because it had a wide open yard for gardening and ADU. Plus the house has a fantastic layout for an 825sq/ft house and a big kitchen to tie everything together.
2) Was there a trade-off you felt was necessary to make to purchasing your home?
It is smaller than we would like, but the location makes it worth it.
3) Any surprises you discovered *after* moving in?
No unfortunate surprises in our situation. We did put in radon mitigation a few months after purchasing, but not a huge surprise for St Johns. Radon Risk Map 2014
4) Anything else you’d like to share about your home?
The house was a flip by Portland Development Group so there wasn’t much to fix. Originally built in 1908, the house was brought down to the studs and everything redone, so that was part of the appeal. We added an ADU not long after buying it and we hired a contractor for that. It was a great experience!
Thank you, Jasmine for sharing your home adventures with us!
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