I was showing homes to some friends of mine last month. Since this happened, we subsequently found them a fantastic home on Sally Drive in Lake Forest. I'm pleased to say we are closing next week!
Back to my favorite showing of last year. One of the homes they asked to see that day was only a 3 bedroom home. I asked what caught their eye and made them consider a 3 bedroom home on a tiny lot.
They said there were two things they found compelling; the view and the computer niche.
As we drove to the property we discussed what kind of computer niche we would find. We talked about an attic space that had been opened up off one of the bedrooms or an inside laundry room that had been converted with a stackable unit. We decided we were probably going to find a loft space at the top of the stairs outside the bedrooms.
The home was very nice as we walked inside, but we all came to a sudden stop in the kitchen. We stood there, shoulder-to-shoulder...speechless. You've all seen this model before; living room entry that leads to the kitchen. Off the kitchen is a combination dining room/family room that is really too small to call anything else. Most people end up putting stools against the breakfast bar and using it as a nice-sized family room...but I digress.
About 2/3 of the way into the room and dead-center was a chrome stripper pole. It went from floor to ceiling and the upper two feet of the pole was covered in fingerprints. Beyond the stripper pole and in the corner of the room was a large computer desk. The chair and desk were the only furniture in the entire room.
I'm not sure what they were thinking when they called putting a desk in a corner of a room (behind a stripper pole) a "niche".
I revisited this blog entry at the suggestion of a friend. I hope you enjoy this as much as she did. What do you think? Does a stripper pole delineate a room? What Surprises have you found when showing a home?