Columbus Street extends from Kootenai Street to Canal Street in a pleasant residential area of the Bench. I was attracted to this house because the advertisement said it was newly remodeled, and I always enjoy seeing how a house has changed after a remodel.
This typical 1950s house is one story and covered in gray-green siding with dark brown shutters and a red front door. The black hip roof has just been re-roofed. Under the front picture window is some brick accent that includes a flower box.
As I walk inside the house, my attention is drawn to the shining, newly refinished hardwood floors. The walls are freshly painted, and there are wooden blinds on the picture window and the flanking double-hung windows. These windows are original, but the remaining windows in the house have been replaced with white vinyl double-paned windows. To the right is an eating area attached to the kitchen, both of which have stone tile floors. In the recent remodel, the original kitchen cabinets were restored. From the kitchen, a door leads to a long one-car garage with opener, and at the end the garage is a fruit room with a window.
A short hallway leads from the dining room to a small carpeted, windowless room with a closet that could be used as a computer room, exercise room, office, etc. Also off this hall is the first bathroom, featuring a sink with a large pine cabinet and a shower/tub combination.
A step down from the living room leads into a later addition to the original house: a large, family room with a vaulted ceiling and ceiling fan. There are several tall windows, carpet and an energy-efficient wood stove. On one side of the stove is a door conveniently leading to the wood shed, while on the other side of the stove a door leads to the garage.
The bedroom wing of the house consists of a hall bathroom, a bedroom and a master suite. The hardwood floors continue in both bedrooms and the hall. The bedroom to the back of the house is the master, and it has a beautiful attached white bathroom.
Carpeted stairs lead down to the finished basement. The brightest laundry room I've ever seen includes hookups, a folding table and a glass door to shut out the sound of the machines. The light comes in through a very large egress window. Down a carpeted hallway is the biggest of the three bedrooms, also with a large egress window. There are two storage rooms in the basement.
Sliding glass doors from the family room lead to a shaded patio. From there is the very nice, fully fenced side yard. The yard includes a lawn, several fruit trees, some bushes and a large silver maple. Three of the smaller trees grow in a bed along the front of the fence, softening it to the street. In the corner of the yard is a large insulated shop with 220-watt power. Next to the shop is an area for an RV or extra parking that leads out to a side street. The yard is irrigated, so the new owners can inexpensively water the yard.
PROS: I like the renovation. The floors, new carpeting, new paint inside and out, lovely remodeled bathrooms, egress windows all indicate the effort to make every part of the house as light as possible. The side yard is charming and completely private. The new owners will love the shop, and the extra parking area will be useful for a second vehicle or for an RV.
CONS: The lot is 50 feet deep and 110 feet wide, so the family room on the back is five feet from the fence. I think some vines or bushes along the fence could easily make the view from the family room attractive.