By Daniela Sardo, April 9, 2019
By Daniela Sardo, April 9, 2019
I asked Brandon what he wanted to find in a home. He wanted a home on the river and land, with space away from neighbors. A place to rest after a long haul on the road for work. He wanted a home to share with his mother and her husband. Someplace with their own privacy but also something that ensured security for his mother should something happen to him. Brandon needed a home that would accommodate his entire family, a large family that gathered together for all the holidays. Brandon wanted a chef’s kitchen, as he likes to cook. He hoped he would find a home that needed some updating in the kitchen. Giving him the opportunity to update and renovate as he wanted. Brandon also wanted space to rent out a room to someone to bring in additional income.
This list was a tall order since mom’s needs were considerably different. Brandon could be gone for long periods of time. If their home was isolated then it would be difficult for her to get into town. He kept sending me homes tucked away in remote areas. All along the Washougal River or deep in the snowy rural areas of Yacolt and Amboy, Washington. We trekked in the snow to many beautiful homes surrounded by natural beauty, but most of them required way too much renovation.
On a whim, I sent Brandon a listing of a home that had been on the market for a while in the city. This home couldn’t have been more perfect for Brandon’s needs list as well as his mother’s. In the main home, the kitchen opened to the dining and living room with a lovely window seat. The dining area opened to the large outdoor patio, perfect for barbecuing. It was an incredible stroke of luck to find such a space that could fit the entire family and allowed them to move about comfortably in their own spaces. The home was an older home that had been partially remodeled – the kitchen was left untouched. But over the years, someone had built an addition connecting to the main home at the laundry room. This was an entirely separate living area, complete with entrance and kitchen!
The seller had thoughtfully remodeled the accessory dwelling unit (ADU) and it offered plenty of space for Brandon’s mom and her husband. The home was located close to Home Depot where Brandon could get all the supplies he needed to update the home as well as Costco where his mother was fond of shopping. The living quarters upstairs in the main home offered another great bonus. There was a master bedroom and bath and on the far opposite side were another two bedrooms with their own bath. Perfect for the roommate situation Brandon was envisioning. We walked around the home and noted that one entire side of the home was surrounded by a protected green space that could never be built upon. This area provided trees, privacy and a feeling of being away from it all.
Working with Brandon drove home the message, once again, that I need to keep thinking outside the box. Don’t be afraid to suggest that wild card, something different in some way to help my clients see from a different perspective. Brandon ultimately realized his want list was somewhat unrealistic for what he actually needed that would ultimately make him happy. The home he bought fit him so well in so many ways that it easily erased any thought that he was not getting something he wanted. He loved it and was so excited to dive into the future projects that were there for him to manage.
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