House Hunters Brittny, and her son, Anthony, are looking for a new home in Stockton, Ca. They need a place big enough to accommodate a family of six (Brittny has five children, and Anthony is the oldest at 19). Brittny is a license nurse who recently got a job offer in Stockton, Ca. This will be her first home.
Anthony and Brittny are really close (he even called her his best friend), so she wants his input on the new home. He is acting as ambassador for his siblings and himself. Right now, Anthony is also in junior college to become a forensic scientist, so he needs his own space. Brittny has a budget of $260,000.
Brittny and Anthony agree that they want a home with hardwood flooring, a large grass backyard, and at least three bedrooms. They also want a home with original details, plenty of space for storage, and an additional space that could be converted into a bedroom.
His: Anthony wants a modern home that has two-stories and is move-in ready.
Hers: Brittny wants a craftsman style home that she can add her own touches to—so a fixer upper.
House #1 $227,000
This is a craftsman style home near their target area (the Stockton waterfront). It was built in 1920, has 1342 sq ft, three bedrooms, and one and a half bathroom. The moment Anthony and Brittny walk into it, they notice the hardwood flooring and colorful rooms—this home has an assortment of paint choices. The living area is very spacious, and the long kitchen gives them a lot of room, but it needs updating. The kitchen is also missing a fridge, so it needs some appliances.
There is an additional garage in this home that could be converted to Anthony’s room. One of the most appealing parts of this home is the very nice, green grassy backyard. The home also has plenty of storage space.
House #2 $265,000
This is a modern 2-story home that was built in the 1990s. It has four bedrooms, and two and a half bathrooms. The place has high ceilings, but carpet everywhere. The kitchen is dated but unique. It also has a dining area next to it.
All the rooms in this home are a decent size, but the master bedroom comes with a nice semi-walk-in closet and an en suite.
House #3, $249,900
This home was built in 1938. It’s a ranch style home with 1600 sq ft three bedrooms, and one and a half bathrooms. It’s move-in ready. The home has hardwood flooring, an updated modern look, and a semi-open concept. It also has new appliances in the kitchen, a laundry room area, and a 2-car garage.
The half bathroom is so small that Anthony can’t fit into it. This home also has a country yard and patio, but no backyard with grass.
Decision Time: House #3 was the most modern and looked the most ready to live in, but the lack of backyard seemed to kill this choice for them. House #2 seemed like the best fit for the family, with all the extra rooms, but it was a little too out of Brittny’s budget. House #1 seemed to be Brittny’s dream home, but it needed so much work.
Brittny picked…House #1
She ended up buying it for $220,000 instead of $227,000, and Anthony and her have already begun renovating it.