The House Next Door

The house next door is going to go on the market, and the seller is allowing us to talk it up with our friends and family before they list it.  It is on 5 acres.  It has just been appraised at $292,000 and this is what they say they hope to get for it.  It remains completely furnished, and the seller has assured us they would rather not have to empty it if possible.

The house is 2200 square feet, 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, plus a study (which could be another bedroom) plus an additional 700 square feet if you count the three-car attached and enclosed garage.  It was built from the ground up in 2002, so this year it is 20 years old.

Serenity Abounds

Move-in-ready, this lovely brick home sits within the serene Osage Nation woods just 10 minutes northwest of charming Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Open the front door of this beautiful and light-friendly home, and on your left is a cheerful dining room big enough to accommodate your whole family. Directly in front of you is a well-appointed living room with a gas log fireplace, spacious built-in shelves for books and other items you wish to display, and plenty of room for gatherings of friends and family.

Walking through the living room, to your left is the cozy kitchen nook for sipping that first fresh cup of coffee, with plenty of windows to enjoy what nature has to offer on any particular morning. Past the breakfast nook is the well-appointed kitchen, the envy of daughters-in-law everywhere (and you know your daughter-in-law has a very nice kitchen). Granite countertops. Polished wood cabinets. A double oven range, and roomy stainless steel refrigerator-freezer. Plenty of cabinet space to hold everything you could possibly want in your kitchen. To complete this perfection is a roomy pantry.

Beyond the kitchen is a hallway leading to the two guest bedrooms and guest bathroom. Continuing down the hall you come to the utility room with built-in cabinets for all your laundry needs conveniently located just before the garage.

An attached covered patio behind the house is perfect for early summer cook-fests, enjoying the lovely Oklahoma autumn, or growing vegetables to feed the local deer population. And rabbits. And birds. And raccoons.  And of course opossums.

Going back to the entrance of the house and turning right, you will find yourself in the delightful and airy study overlooking bird feeders and one of several flower beds, all maintained by your son who lives next door. From the study, you enter the well-appointed master bathroom with a jacuzzi tub, a walk-in shower, a large walk-through closet, and dual lavatories.

Beyond that, the spacious master bedroom is … spacious … not dwarfed by any bed of any size.

Designed and built only 20 years ago by an elderly couple who lived out their lives in it, the home is equipped for legacy persons desiring to remain independent in their own home. It is thoughtfully equipped with bars and handles in all the right places, with doorways specially designed to accommodate walkers or even a wheelchair. The floors, originally carpeted, have been subsequently upgraded throughout by beautiful Portuguese tile after she found herself beginning to trip on the carpet.

Your exceptional granddaughter has already expressed delight at the prospect of preparing your coffee every morning, taking you around wherever you wish to go, and sharing the occasional glass of wine.  We are aching to devote the next years of our lives to doing all we can to give you a comfortable and easy lifestyle.  It can be whatever you want to make it, and we really want to be a part of it.

Mom, this is a beautiful property.  It is also an extremely rare opportunity.  This property next door, combined with ours, can shelter all your sons as a 15 acre family homestead with plenty of room to spread out when it becomes impossible to own a home in California.