There's almost nothing that could compare to this favorite find: a 1948 home in historic Downtown Mesa. We finally got the keys last week and are so, so excited! What we love: original wood floors in almost every room, the huge lot with enormous trees, tons and tons of original windows and natural light, that Arizona room with exposed brick and wall-to-wall windows, designed built-in closets, crazy tiled bathrooms, and more. It's a pretty large house, so there's also room to grow.
Don't get me wrong, there are a few downsides including a somewhat sketchy neighborhood directly to the south (not to mention how sad we are to leave the great friends we've made in our current neighborhood!). But old homes like this are hard to come by here, and in the end all of the positives outweighed the questions. We know that it's the right decision. It's perfect for us and we plan on being there for quite awhile.
We'll be moving in a month or two, once we've had the chance to fix a few things up (like refinishing the wood floors, some electrical work, etc.). And then we're in for years and years of work, taking care of this place and making it our own. So many possibilities and so much potential.
Happy, happy weekend!