Comments: 3Q with Tanya Lee Stone (she’s back!) and then More on AVARICE

True love is rarely rational. That is a great house.

Posted by Leandra at July 17, 2007 10:28 AM

No, no! You still could have the Dyson, its "Bare Floors" setting is GREAT!
*Ducking* ;)

Posted by Amy-Go at July 17, 2007 10:55 AM

Okay, I've officially been corrupted by Southern California real estate, because $350K with another $350K in work for a house that lovely? Seems cheap.


Posted by Aimee at July 17, 2007 11:02 AM

The house just screams "A WRITER MUST LIVE HERE." That writer should be you. Seriously. And instead of a Dyson, you could teach the kids to SWIFFER.

Posted by Shelley at July 17, 2007 11:18 AM

It's beautiful! I want it too! It is definitely your perfect house.

As for the price, check this out to see what that kind of $ will buy you around here...

This one is almost the same price.

Tell Scott to dig around the archives, THEN show him the mansion in Windmere. It will look like a STEAL!

Posted by Martha at July 17, 2007 11:19 AM

That house is flirting OUTRAGEOUSLY with you. "Buy me. Pay no attention to those cracks at the foundation. Look, look at the pretty lions and the porch. Ah...the porch"

And sorry, you would still need a Dyson with hardwood floors. The hair from our 80 lb lab collects in large blizzard type drifts in every corner of the house.

Drifts that can not swept away with a mere broom or sucked up by anything LESS than a Dyson. Believe me we've gone through 5 other models. All of which together cost more than the Dyson.

So really consider it a cost saver to cut to the chase and buy the Dyson.

Posted by Lisa at July 17, 2007 12:06 PM

Oh I looouvvvve that house. Love it. Ducky commutes over an hour each way, it makes him a very tired, worn out man. Keep Mr. Husband's life expectancy in mind. Okay?

I know I'm a bummer, dudette.

Posted by Cele at July 17, 2007 12:25 PM

I was with you on all of your purchases, even the eliptical until you got to the house. Its pretty and charming but pretty and charming houses are like pretty and charming men. DON'T FALL FOR IT! They will break your heart every time. It will treat you bad and make you feel like you asked for it. All of the neighbors will be jealous of what you have but they won't know your heartache. Take it from me - someone who fell in love with an old house. In New England. Where 105 years old, in house terms, is practically a baby. Buy a Dyson. Buy a prius. Buy an Ipod. Leave the pretty, charming, old houses that are falling to pieces to ladies that don't really love themselves (or their money).

Posted by Em at July 17, 2007 12:43 PM

Dear Mr. Husband,
I said not one word about the Dyson. I don't even know what a Dyson is (there, I admit it). Just wanted to point that out.

Posted by amy at July 17, 2007 1:32 PM

Dude, Winder is practically next door to here. Come on over. I will even help paint! *ducking*

Posted by Mir at July 17, 2007 1:52 PM

OMG, I hugely pink-puffy-heart that house. And the lions. The LIONS! As soon as I saw that photo, even before I read the next paragraph, I thought "library lions!! the house has library lions!"

Screw the other a lotto ticket (a winning one, natch!) so you can afford to buy and rehab the house with enough left over so Mr. Husband doesn't need to commute anywhere.

Posted by DebR at July 17, 2007 3:34 PM

Oh. My. Great. Heavenly. Days. You are bad, bad, bad for me because now I WANT THAT HOUSE TOO. Of course I live way over here in Texas, so my chances are next to none, but it screams that a southern author with all sorts of Bagels and Demon Composer cats should live there.

Of course, we like your husband though we know him only through you, because he can ululate like a Yeti and fix things that go boom during thunderstorms AND buy groceries. I can see how half a million dollars and an hour commute might dampen the longings. . .but one can dream.

(By the way. . .I'd use a creamy yellow paint on the outside--add some dark green shutters, a couple of porch swings and some wicker furniture. . .just sayin'.)

Posted by Roxanne at July 17, 2007 4:22 PM

LOOK, at the wonderfully, beautiful, wood that's on the PORCH! I can only imagine what the floors look like inside!
Tell your hubby, that mine drives from villa rica to conyers everyday, that should make him grateful. (as you know villa rica was SUPPOSED to stay a sleepy little nothing town, oh I luvvv living in the great state of Atlanta)
I would beg for that house, sell a kid or something & Winder is gorgeous.

Posted by Desi at July 17, 2007 5:04 PM

You don't need the house. Just buy yourself some lions. MUCH cheaper.

Posted by Laura at July 17, 2007 7:17 PM

I am going to tell you to go visit the house, if you haven't. I can't tell you the number of these older places I have looked at online and just been ready to sign the papers, only to visit them and just be absolutely disgusted and/or horrified! Usually it is the house across the street that has the old sofa on the porch, starving dog tied to the decayed washing machine in the yard, rusting 1967 Plymouth Valient on blocks taking up the rest of the yard. Or the house is in way worse shape than they say on the realtor's site. Notice if you will how the photo is not exactly centered-that is a notorious realtor's trick to make the house look bigger and avoid the trashy neighbor's house. There are groups that offer photography classes especially for realtors. I am confident that it won't look that good in person.

Posted by Heather at July 17, 2007 9:11 PM

It's a great house, but, dude, Winder, Georgia? Isn't that just a speed trap on the way to Athens?

Posted by Edgy Mama at July 17, 2007 10:00 PM

The most appealing part of your blog is the idea that it is in a small town. Walking distance to everything downtown? Oh how heavenly. I agree with Heather on the condition of the house or neighborhood. Being in the plumbing contracting business, I bet every bit of the plumbing would have to be ripped out and replaced. $$$$ Not to mention, heating, electrical, walls, floors, etc etc. The $350K would prolly just be a start. As Laura said, buy the lions. I remember seeing you at the Biltmore last March in front of those lions, too!

Posted by Rhonda at July 17, 2007 10:23 PM

You should totally buy that house. Why? Because it is a YOU house. And besides for $350K up here in Calgary you MIGHT be able to buy a two bedroom condo or apartment... so if you don't buy it, I will have to.

Posted by Heather Cook at July 17, 2007 11:14 PM

I DID see the house. I took those pics with my cell phone. I was nothouse shopping on the internet as I have NO intention of moving, but I went to Winder to a library thing and DROVE past it and saw it and it was for SALE! and my heart stopped and then my car stopped and I ran out and licked the house and kissed the rigth hand lion. ON THE MOUTH. I's RIGHT downtown and totally darling all around.

We are not moving.

Posted by joshilyn at July 17, 2007 11:21 PM

Think of the movie "The Money Pit." That is all.

Posted by Therese at July 18, 2007 8:54 AM