"Go green" and keep your dated kitchen!

Real Estate Agent with ADVANTAGE REAL ESTATE, serving Lincoln County 200509394

dated kitchen

I have been showing property all week to buyers who drive a Prius, use recycleable bags at the store and talk about renewable energy. Yet, when I showed them homes with a "dated" kitchen, they immediately grimaced and said, "Get me outta here, that kitchen is atrocious! Look at the Brady Bunch door pulls!  I would need to remodel it immediately!"   OK, the edges of the counters could be used to slice cheese, but that is no reason to abuse our landfills with perfectly useable building materials and working appliances.  I think granite counters are overrated, especially if you have ever broken a glass baking dish on one.  If you can make a spaghetti dinner in your kitchen, you are doing better than 3/4 of the rest of the world.

I agree that this kitchen is of another era, but that is not necessarily a negative. The rest of this home is incredibly spacious and comfortable with a big rock fireplace and other "dated" touches that would cost a fortune to duplicate today. Before you retreat from a great home with a dated kitchen, take a closer look at the rest of the house! This particular kitchen happens to be fully functional, clean, and walking distance to a beautiful stretch of uncrowded beach in the Bayshore area near Waldport, Oregon....what more could you want?

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Colin Call
RE/MAX Integrity - Eugene, OR
Principal Broker

Hi Barbara, What a nice take on our "Green" society. I love the hard surfaces in many of our new homes, but do not see anything wrong with laminate counters.  The mid Century dated has come full circle and is in demand once again.  Before you know it we'll be wearing bell bottoms again.

Sep 22, 2011 07:14 PM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

So let me understand this... This great green couple wants to dig up the Earth to get their granite counter tops, cut down more trees to getter new looking cabinets... This makes sense... NOT!

Sep 22, 2011 07:21 PM
Alan Adamo
Westline Real Estate - Huntington Beach, CA
Your Huntington Beach REALTOR®

Barbara, thanks for sharing this post. I think those are great Brady Bunch door pulls and cutting cheese on those razor edge counter tops could come in handy. :)

Sep 22, 2011 07:36 PM
Andrew Lamb
The Andrew Lamb Team - Vacaville, CA
Search Vacaville Homes For Sale - Vacaville CA Real Estate

Yet another example of how "green" is just a marketing tactic and not a lifestyle for most people. No need replacing all of that wood, as most cabinets constructed in the 70's were quite sturdy. It may be possible for them to use reclaimed wood to reface the cabinets. A lot cheaper too! Thanks for the post, Barbara.

Sep 22, 2011 07:44 PM
Valerie Baker
Exit Real Estate Professionals - Spokane, WA
Spokane Realtor

Barbara, I am SO with you on this one! I just made homemade pierogies and molasses cookies in a kitchen that looks a lot more worn than this one. They are just as yummy as if they had been made on granite!   I would like my kitchen to be a little more functional and a little prettier, but I am pretty much over the era of the "chef's kitchen" in every home! 

Sep 22, 2011 07:45 PM
Barbara Le Pine
ADVANTAGE REAL ESTATE, serving Lincoln County - Newport, OR
Your agent for the Central Oregon Coast!

Colin, You have inspired me to don a pair of bellbottoms and platforms to continue looking for my favorite retro kitchen and take photos, I think you are on to something!

Todd, You are correct, Sir! They looked at me like I was crazy to show them something so "unusable" as this kitchen. They turned on their leather sandaled heels and left the building in a cloud of patchouli before I could show them the nifty fireplace!

Thanks for your comments!

Sep 22, 2011 07:46 PM
Ronald DiLalla
Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824 - Anaheim, CA
No. Orange Cty Real Estate

Hi Barbara, some people can't seem to see the other benefits of a home and get stuck on one trifle negative.

Sep 22, 2011 07:59 PM
Cory Fitzsimmmons
ReThink Real Estate Group - Golden, CO
Realtor - Denver, CO ReThink real estate group

I've had this happen before too. Made me think of this quote: "expectations are only dissapointments" and "talk is cheap".  Thanks for the post Barbara.  I'll take the coast over granite countertops any day.

Sep 23, 2011 03:12 AM
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

Living in that proximity to that beautiful shoreline would go a long way for me in overcoming some obstacles in a cute home that fit most of my criteria!

Sep 23, 2011 10:59 AM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Hi Barbara, As Retro Kitchens go, this one doesn't really qualify as Retro in my minds eye. My idea of a retro kitchen would likely have a lot of steel trim edge in pastel or contrasting colors ( like Black, White , Red, Turquoise, Pink?? pale Green, etc. , and the stoves and other appliances of that day were are really awesome and are quit expensive to replicate. I think I share more of the opinion of your buyers on this one, LOL.

Sep 23, 2011 03:05 PM