While we are waiting to see what happens with the 1925 hip roof colonial, we decided to continue looking at other houses. You know, don't put all your eggs in one basket, and all that. So the next house we looked at was a 1942 cape. The location seemed good, but the houses in the neighborhood were packed in pretty close together. As for the house, well, it followed the same pattern.
At the side door (which would probably be the most commonly used door since it was facing the driveway), there was a small enclosed area, kind of like a mini-mudroom...it was configured something like this:
I'm not exactly sure what the point of this area would be other than to cause traffic jams with all those doors in such a small space (we have such areas in our current home). This was also the only way to get to the backyard (which, by the way, was fenced but very small)...you would have to practically go out the front door of the mini-mudroom just to get to the back door!
Moving on....the side door opened into the kitchen, which needed some major updates (the appliances looked as though they'd been there since peg-rolled jeans and jelly bracelets were in style!). The kitchen was also not quite big enough to fit a table. There was a dining room, but you had to go through a small narrow hallway to get to it (I can only imagine the number of times I would have to go back and forth in this hallway to fetch more of this or that for the kids during meals...no thanks!).
The living room was nice enough, and there were hardwood floors throughout, which I do love, so that's one plus. Upstairs, there was a nice bathroom and three small bedrooms with a variety of wall coverings. The highlight of this house was probably the flocked red damask wallpaper in one of the bedrooms (sweeeet). Sadly, I didn't get a picture of it, but it looked something like this.
All in all, the house felt small and cramped, and the layout was awkward. Definitely not the house for us!