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Old 05-13-2011, 05:47 AM
 
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Also, you have to keep in mind that the house is quite old. While the older houses were built well, you do have to wonder whether the renovations are only skin deep. Has all the plumbing been updated? What about electric systems? Sewage pipes? I currently own a house that was built in the mid 50s, and all these systems are beginning to cause some trouble. Nothing major, but an on-going expense. Personally, I would find this house overpriced. Maybe that is why I am having trouble purchasing a place in this town
I actually have an appointment to see this house this weekend. You gave me some good questions to ask
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Old 05-13-2011, 07:21 AM
 
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I actually have an appointment to see this house this weekend. You gave me some good questions to ask
Glad to hear that, and good luck to you! Also, check the foundation, in and out of the house. I come from a construction family, and they firmly believe that as a house approaches the 100 year-old mark, the foundation begins to crack/sag etc. We are actually seeing a few houses as well, in the 700K range. Hope for the best!
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Old 05-13-2011, 10:48 AM
 
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Personally, I think some of the renovations in Westfield look ridiculous.

They take a 1920's home and then expand every which way they can trying to keep up with the styles of the current times (big kitchen, big master suite, etc). Makes no sense.

And they end up with an ugly, blocky-looking house that lost its charm, on a smaller lot (because they built out).
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:45 AM
 
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Personally, I think some of the renovations in Westfield look ridiculous.

They take a 1920's home and then expand every which way they can trying to keep up with the styles of the current times (big kitchen, big master suite, etc). Makes no sense.

And they end up with an ugly, blocky-looking house that lost its charm, on a smaller lot (because they built out).
I agree, but some of the teardowns are even worse.
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Old 05-13-2011, 01:15 PM
 
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Its not really possible to maintain the old charm, and to meet the current expectations of the buyers. The new houses look like the typical boxes springing up across NJ. I wish they would restore the older houses to their former beauty without over-expanding.
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Old 05-13-2011, 01:36 PM
 
Location: West Orange, NJ
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Its not really possible to maintain the old charm, and to meet the current expectations of the buyers. The new houses look like the typical boxes springing up across NJ. I wish they would restore the older houses to their former beauty without over-expanding.
i live in a tudor that i just bought a year ago. eventually i'll replace the roof and paint the original wood siding, no reason to change the charm at all!
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Old 05-13-2011, 03:35 PM
 
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If the prices in westfield seem high, check out Cranford
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Old 05-15-2011, 02:09 PM
 
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Saw that house on Saturday. NO WHERE NEAR WORTH THE PRICE. Seller is delusional
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Old 05-15-2011, 02:48 PM
 
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Saw that house on Saturday. NO WHERE NEAR WORTH THE PRICE. Seller is delusional
Come on, it's Westfield.

Looked like some good photography though.
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Old 05-15-2011, 04:17 PM
 
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Come on, it's Westfield.

Looked like some good photography though.
the picture are great, but like many others, misleading. The kitchen is basically the galley kitchen and I am being generous. The "other half" of the kitchen is on the other side of the family room (the food pantry and a 2nd sink), and it doesn't match the "true" kitchen.

I have shopped a lot in Westfield, there are much much better homes for the money
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