Posted: 28 Feb 2013 04:00 AM PST
This week, I visited 22 Glenn, an older (1980) home in Northwood. It is located on a quiet cul-de-sac with a park at the end of the street and it backs to a greenbelt that divides it from the newer Northwood II neighborhood.
There are no HOA dues or Mello Roos taxes.
The house is being sold “as is,” with obvious needs to paint and replace the carpet. The sellers will give a credit back for both, giving the new buyers an opportunity to choose their own colors and styles. The entryway, front hall, and kitchen have white tiles that, along with the dark grout, create an outdated look. The house does have newer windows throughout.
The living room is just inside the entryway and one step down. It has vaulted ceilings that make the large room feel even bigger. Just past it, and on the same level as the hall, is the dining room. It is an average size for the area and has a large window looking out to the yard. Both rooms are currently carpeted and have older vertical blinds.
The kitchen and family room are at the back of the house. The family room is a step down from the kitchen. It has newer laminate flooring with a brick fireplace at one end and a wet bar in the back corner. One wall still has wallpaper but the rest are painted. The ceilings haven’t been scraped. Several windows and a door look out to the backyard.
The kitchen has been updated with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. There is ample counter and cabinet space, plus several pantry cupboards. There is plenty of room for a casual dining table and many windows to make the room bright. There is still an older style panel light, which has a rather strange floral design on it.
Off the family room, a small alcove leads to a half bath with a door to the outside. This is a nice feature since there is a pool in the backyard. Also in this alcove are a closet and the washer and dryer hookups, separated by a pocket-style door. Garage access is off the laundry area.
The home is located on an inside corner, so the yard is bigger than average and wraps around the house. A pool and spa sit in the corner. On one side, there is a rock bed and, on the other side, a large patio.
Upstairs, there are four bedrooms. The master sits by itself on one side and is a step up from the hallway. It is a big room with vaulted ceilings and a huge retreat. The retreat is one step down and separated by a railing. Like the family room, it has a brick fireplace at the end and a wet bar in one corner. Sliding doors from the retreat lead out to a balcony overlooking the yard.
The master bath has a large soaking tub and a big, separate shower. These have both been remodeled with attractive tiles and sit next to large, frosted windows that give the room nicely filtered light. In contrast, the vanity area – two sinks with a long counter in between – still boasts its original 1980s look from top to bottom. Finally, there is a large, L-shaped walk-in closet.
The other three bedrooms are pretty standard. They are all average-sized. Two have sliding door closets and one has a walk-in. Each room is carpeted and has one window with older-looking window treatments. The bathroom they share has two sinks and a shower/tub combo. The original fixtures and gold-trimmed shower doors, along with gray tile, definitely give the room a tired look.
Overall, you’re getting 2900 square feet of living space, with large rooms downstairs and a huge master bedroom for under $300 per square foot. Plus, you get a backyard that is bigger than most others in the neighborhood. Yes, the house needs some work, but the sellers will make up for some of it with a paint and carpet credit. The bathrooms are old but in decent condition, so a remodel isn’t critical if it’s not in the budget right away. I couldn’t find any other single family homes in Northwood for under $300/ft, so I think 22 Glenn is definitely worth checking out.
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