I purchased a Toyota Prius last year when my beloved Bimmer was rear-ended. The thing I love about my Prius is that the operating costs of the car would cut our monthly gasoline bill almost in half! It was probably one of the most gas-efficient vehicles on the market at the time.
Well, around five years ago I bought my current home for pretty much the same reasons. I figured that if I could save $100 – $150/month on utility bills, that could translate to $30,000 more that I could spend on a home! For example, if you got a loan today for $30,000 at 3.75% over 30 years, your payments would be around $139/mo. I even did a comparison on my previous home that was single-story and 40% smaller. You can read about it here.
For 2012, our average monthly utilities cost us $185.36. This includes gas, electricity, water and sewer/trash. Not bad for a family of 5 and approximately 2843 sf of living space. Especially considering I’m always telling my three kids to stop leaving the lights on upstairs!
Ofcourse, like the car guys say…..”your mileage may vary.” You can view 2012 utility bills here:
THE LOCATION: The other reason I bought this home was because of it’s location. Village Park drive is a horseshoe-shaped street that wraps around Village Park, a city pool and a nicely shaded playscape. It is the largest park in the neighborhood and has nice shady mature oaks and natural landscaping. It is used primarily for residents since it really leads to nowhere except to the homes that face it. This home’s location also allows the next owner to enjoy convenient walking proximity to the Village Elementary School without being too close, and having to deal with the view and noise of the school. We’ve spent many summers walking to the swimming pool just a stone’s throw away, or hanging out at the playscape as a family. The park is also a natural choice for community gatherings and there is a large enough field to play football, kickball, or just ride your bike around….and when it’s time for dinner, yes…all within earshot of a yelling parent.
THE BONUS ROOM: Another unique feature of this home is the bonus room above the garage with a separate entrance. This type of set-up is found in less than 5% of the homes in Georgetown Village and is ideal for the family who needs a separate temperature controlled living space complete with a full bathroom, walk-in closet, and beautiful Hickory wood floors. If you need to meet clients outside of the home, or just need to get away from the noisy kids to get work done, this space has your name written all over it. Or if you just need to splurge on a Home Theatre, this is the perfect spot to turn up the bass! In keeping with the rest of the home’s “green” character, the entire space, including the walls and ceiling of the garage below uses spray foam insulation and the water is supplied by a separate water heater found in the garage.
In the main home, there is virtually no wasted space. I challenge you to find a home with 2843 sf that has FIVE generously-sized bedrooms, a gameroom, study and 3 1/2 baths! Like the energy consumption, this home’s floorplan is very efficient. The master bedroom and kitchen with eat-in dining are all located on the first level. If you’re like most families, you’ll appreciate the lack of a rarely used formal dining room in lieu of a home office. On the second level, you have a gameroom with a large storage closet and three additional bedrooms. The fifth bedroom would be the bonus room mentioned earlier that is approximately 412 sf and brings the home’s total to 2843 sf.
The home is priced at $300,000 and has not officially hit the market. If this is within your price range, please call Edward at 512-761-6476 for a private showing. The home has been pre-inspected and professionally cleaned and carpet-cleaned.
Your Favorite HOMEboy,
See below for a timeline of updates to this post and additional pictures:
Feb 25 – Inspection Report (available upon request)
Feb 29 – HVAC Serviced
125 VP Roof Repair Invoice – All shingles professionally checked and secured; all pipes and seals painted to protect from UV exposure. Two year warranty.
Disclosure: Owner of home is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Texas