Josie’s New Home – Redux

Suzy and I attended an auction and apparently won the house we bid on at So we now have a three bedroom, two bath fixer upper on Ames Lake with half an acre of land. Here are some pics for those who’ve asked. Note, we got the house, if the holding bank approves the deal, for significantly less than the sale price on the ad below.

image The school bus stops out front for Amber and Nick. There is a shed on the property and parking for two vehicles. We’ll be carpeting the place with new stuff and purchasing a 3 bedroom, whole house furniture package for around a grand.

The walkway in the front yard will be redone with fancy paving stones and gravel layed for the walkway to the house, and a little paint will be done on the skirting. We also have to fix the footings (jack up, straighten and replace cinderblock and shim to level).

More pics:

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This is the front deck which has a partial view of Ames Lake that looks like this. The half acre is mostly old-growth trees and bushes with no grass to mow. Josie and the kids say they like the place. We hope to close by mid-April.

Here are some demographics based on this location:





About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Seattle Solid GOLD Big Band (formerly the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra), and enjoy time with family and friends.
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9 Responses to Josie’s New Home – Redux

  1. john says:

    The great NW has a way of overgrowing yet that is the lushnesses of the area. Looks like some elbow grease and a little helpand you will have a dandy home. hope it works on the money end for ya.

  2. Deb says:

    Glad you found something.

  3. Maria says:

    Sounds and looks lovely Jim..I’m very impressed. Just a quick question, what is this 3 bedroom whole house package you mention? I don’t think we have anything like that over here, and for around $1000 sounds very reasonable.(though I have no idea about exchange rates) Good luck with your venture…Can I have a new house please…pretty please? ;o)

  4. JaAG says:

    There are furniture shops here that offer basic furniture for the living room, dining room, and 1 to 3 bedrooms. The going price is a little more than you would pay if you rented the same furniture for a year.

  5. Bertie says:

    It looks like a really nice place to live. I hope it all works out, and soon.

  6. JaAG says:

    The bank has approved the purchase and we are moving forward. Life is good; Josie and the kids are gloriously happy and optimistic.

  7. john says:

    congrats ole sax man with a reed fer a bookmark

  8. JaAG says:

    Okay we close next week, the block foundation repair guys, carpet layers, and others are scheduled. We will be sans kids in Casa du Glassa soon. Then we have to clean up for two sets of Uncles and Aunts who are visiting for Dad’s 80th birthday bash. I haven’t seen these people since the 60s and 70s!

  9. JaAG says:

    By the way and talking about good Karma, Suzy volunteered to be the concert band librarian (she is already the Jazz librarian) and while we were pickup up the four filing cabinets of music we noticed that the out-going librarian had a lot of furniture. So we got everything but beds for Josie’s house for the price of a truck rental and $400. Thanks Charlene!

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