Friday, September 16, 2011

15144 W Calavar Rd

The good:

Nice floor plan, lots of square footage (3,373 sqft). Formal dining room separate from the family room. Extra room by front door could be a nice cozy reading room. Cabinetry is upgraded and in good shape. Stainless stove/oven, microwave and dishwasher are still in. Counter tops are granite tiles instead of slab but they are in good condition and look nice. Surround sound is wired in the downstairs family room and on the patio, speakers are still currently intact.

All bedrooms are upstairs along with a very large extra room. Could be a game room, den or extra family room. Master bedroom is large and has a sitting room. Bathroom is very large with separate sinks and two walk in closets. Light and bright throughout.

The house is sitting on a slightly larger than average lot (8,231 sqft) The front is nicely landscaped and it looks like most plants are surviving. The back has a grassy area and gardens running around the perimeter. The pool is large even though it's not a diving pool. You could definitely float around in it without bumping into the walls continuously.

Miraculously the peep-hole in the front door has escaped thievery, guess the owners didn't realize how much those are worth ;)

The bad:

As is typical in these homes, it needs paint throughout. The carpets look salvageable with a good cleaning but if that didn't work would need replacement. Lots of nail holes, although nothing major. Looks like a small container of drywall compound and a putty knife and it could be solved in an afternoon. A long, tedious, boring afternoon filled with exclamations of "Really? You really needed this many pictures on your walls?" Otherwise the drywall appeared to be in good shape.

I couldn't get into the third stall of the garage. The main, two car one looked fine so I'm sure the other one is as well, but for whatever reason the door wouldn't budge on the single car. I tried unlocking, half locking and relocking both knobs in various combinations but it was like someone was holding it from the other side. Pretty sure there wasn't anyone there but that's what it seemed like. Having typed that, now I'm paranoid. Let's just pretend the owner stopped back long enough to take a dip in the green pool and was getting changed when I walked in. Lacking clothing, they were forced to hide out in the garage until I left. There, now I feel better.

Speaking of swimming...(I know, my segues are amazing!) the pool is mostly empty, leaving it to the elements. I didn't notice any cracks or chips, so it probably hasn't been empty long. What water remains is thick and green. Pool water should not be thick (or green) but luckily, green water is an easy fix. It needs to be drained and cleaned and refilled and should be usable very quickly. However, I did not see an in-floor system and since there also wasn't a vacuum, I assume the previous owners took that.

Unfortunately most of the plants are dead in the backyard. That's what happens when you try to save money but shutting off the water in Arizona in the summer. There is a drip system in place.

On to the pics:

Standing in the doorway looking in.

Room off the front entry. Reading room? A place for high tea?

Formal dining room

Main floor 1/2 bath

Laundry room & door to the single car garage.

Other side of the laundry room


Pantry (needs scrubbing)

Eating area

Family Room

Nice staircase (oooohh, wrought iron with swirlies :))

The catwalk

Front door into an entryway (to the left is the two car garage, to the right is the extra reading room, then down a hall to a 1/2 bath, laundry room & single car garage.)

Master Bedroom

Sitting room

Main part of master bedroom

Master Bath

Bonus Room

Bonus room

Standing in bonus room looking towards other bedrooms. Master is to the right at the end of the hall.

Standing in Master bedroom door looking toward other bedrooms

Bedroom two, walk in closet

Bedroom two

Upstairs full bath, surf's up!

Third bedroom

Third bedroom closet

Linen closet next to third bedroom

Pool systems, pretty weedy and couldn't get a decent pic but it looks intact.

Is that not the most refreshing thing you've seen all day? No? Oh. Moving on.

Standing in NW part of yard looking towards the huge pool.

The view from the bonus room upstairs. I'm pretty sure it could look a whole lot nicer than this.

Standing in NE corner of yard looking toward house.


Patio area beyond firepit. Not sure what the stubs are coming up out of the ground.

A/C - pretty sure the power was out so I didn't hear it running.

The two car garage

Thursday, September 1, 2011

12135 N 143RD AVE

The good:

Great backyard, it's large and the sprinklers are in. There are three large trees (I think they are ash trees but don't quote me on that) and the curbing is in surround a large area of grass.

Nice size heated, pebble-tec pool with triple water falls. I didn't look to see if it had an in-floor system but there wasn't a vacuum in the pool.

The house has a great front patio that could be made really awesome with some potted plants, seating and a water feature of some sort.

Rooms are all good sized and it's a split plan so the master is very private. Master bedroom has a sitting area with views to the yard and pool. Master bath has separate vanities and two walk in closets as well as a large, jetted tub.

Kitchen has granite, cabinets are standard but plentiful. There's a walk in pantry and a gas cook-top (it's only 4 burner but that could be changed eventually).

Large bonus room at the far end of the hallway could be a media room, den or man cave with pool table and darts.

Second bathroom is large with the vanity separate from the shower. There's an extra large, walk-in closet near the bathroom. It would make great storage or as an extra pantry.

All the doors are curved, it's a great detail that really makes this house stand out from the typical ones we've seen.

The bad:

The house smelled. Cat? Dog? Ferret? I got nothing, but the carpet needs to be replaced and liberal use of bleach would be an improvement.

Drywall is in good repair with a few minor patches needed for overzealous hanging of items on walls. Needs paint throughout. It's not bad, it's just not great.

Neutral tile that probably won't be your favorite although it isn't offensive.

On to the pictures:

Gated community (this is on the way out, I didn't get one on the way in due to the dork behind me not being willing to wait for me to get my camera out ;))

Front patio.

Coat closet, security system.

Standing in entryway, family room ahead.

Dining room (to the left of the front door.)


Gas cook-top with vent.


Granite counters.

Looks like a piece of the kick plate is missing.

Wall over/microwave.

Laundry room across from the master bedroom.

Master bedroom, sitting room.

Master bedroom, standing in the sitting room. Door to the patio is to my right.

Master bedroom (from sitting room).

Master Bath

Jetted tub.

Master Closet #1 (Hers)

Master Closet #2 (Not his)

Vanity (there's another one to my left)

Hallway to secondary bedrooms, bonus room & main bath.

Bedroom 2

Bedroom 3

Main bathroom, near the secondary bedrooms.

Bonus room/den.

Bonus room/den.

Large storage closet (extra pantry?) in hallway where secondary bedrooms are.

Same closet, looking further in.

Missing peep-hole in the front door. WTH?

Minor drywall damage, looks like anchors were used to hold up something heavy.

Speakers and fans on the patio.

North side yard.

Backyard from patio.

Water feature in pool.

The "brains" of the pool system.

Pool filter

Pool heater

Looking back toward the house from behind the pool.

Two intact a/c units (south side). The temp in the house was set to 95 so they weren't running while I was there.

Sprinkler box

The one head that was readily seen without mowing the thatch.

This tubing is for a drip system and should be buried to prevent it from getting brittle in the sun. It looks like they were getting ready to put in landscaping and just didn't finish.

RV gate on the south side.