By Daniel Hill
Today Show: $300,000 House Hunting
As it turns out, you don’t have to sell some organs online or harvest those of your close friends to scrape together the scratch to afford a gorgeous home. From Spanish colonials to homes that are centuries old, real estate maven Barbara Corcoran played tour guide across five homes that are easy on the eyes and the mortgage.
Today Show: Wausau, Wisconsin House From 1683
This four-bedroom beauty, on the market for $289,762, dates back to 1683. Sporting federal-style trim and gleaming hardwood floors, it is hard to believe that this house is actually 300 years old.
The living room, with its oversized windows (and beautiful…walls? Al was transfixed), is complemented by a beautiful dining room and a kitchen, whose stainless steel appliances stood helped offer a modern touch to the wood cabinetry. For those that like to host, a large island dominates the center.
To top it all off, the French doors in the family room opened up into the big back yard. Geez, maybe I should start writing advertisements for Remax.
Today Show: Oswego, Illinois Settlers House
One of the oldest homes in the state, this four-bedroom house asked for a cool $295,000 for price of admission. Dating back to 1678, it was built by one of the first settlers. How is this thing still standing?
Wood floors, beamed ceilings, and a living room that stays sunny thanks to the many windows that have been added over the years were just a few features that made this house so great. The dining room with a built-in hutch and fireplace made it even more appealing.
To match the well-lit living room, the kitchen is painted a “sunny yellow” and is adorned by an old-fashioned hearth. I feel like, if I went to this home, I would have to sing “Over the River and Through the Woods” on my way there, whether or not I actually went through any woods or over any rivers.
Today Show: Oswego, Illinois Four-Bedrooms
Apparently, Oswego is the place to go for cheap houses that look like something a millionaire would live in. The next house was yet another four-bedroom beauty that was selling for $295,000.
Given that it is in a suburb, it of course looks like it would fit right in with the neighborhood from Christmas With the Kranks (good Lord that was a bad movie), with its well-kept lawn and clean exterior.
Overall, the house was something of a fixer-upper, as nothing in it was all that well done. However, the basement was fully finished and featured a bar, which makes it an immediate sell for any married couple.
Today Show: Puyallup, Washington Mount Rainier View
Despite the fact that the house was brown (whose idea was that?), the $299,000 house was actually pretty neat.
The back yard offered a beautiful view of Mount Rainier, a large entrance foyer, is over 3,000 square feet, and has four bedrooms and three baths so that none of your family members ever have to interact, not even in the kitchen with its dark wood cabinets, granite countertops, and island.
Two other great hiding spots were the cozy den and the spacious second-floor loft that had enough space to turn into a game room…no, not a sewing room and a play room for the children – just no.
Today Show: Prescott, Arizona Spanish Colonial
This five-bedroom Spanish Colonial asked for $300,000 even, and only $1,500 a year in taxes!
Nestled in the old hills of Arizona, this house features traditional archways, stucco walls, a red tile roof, and plenty of attractive curvy Spanish architecture. The all white living room, featuring a fire place and mountain views, offers a warm cozy feeling, all while feeling open and airy.
The tile floors in the kitchen were a curious decision, but the “Arizona Room,” with its cathedral ceilings and a door leading to the rear patio overlooking the hills more than made up for that one misstep.