Back side. Not to be confused with backside. Which I hear is a quaint little euphemism for a RUMPUS! Yes, I'm about to show you my back side of our proposed Pony House. A picture I took from the side street, showing a corner of the garage, and the rear of the house.
Hick went by the title company with some legal papers, and they said closing might be in two weeks. So it will be a while before you get interior pictures. A baseline, if you will, to compare with the final result. In the meantime, here are some details.
Pony House was listed for $29,900. Hick got it for $23,500. It has three bedrooms, one bathroom, kitchen, living room, utility room, and a converted back porch. It's 1100 square feet, built in 1920. The house has steel siding, which will need power-washing and paint, plus decorative window shutters, but is basically in good shape. Except for the wall at the back of the house, which has some damage at the bottom, and will require rebuilding. Hick thinks he will replace the siding with a similar style of vinyl siding, but might be able to find steel to match it.
The roof was replaced within the past two years. Hick can see fresh lumber through the ceiling into the attic, in one area where the ceiling needs drywall. The detached garage has wood siding, in rough shape, but it has electric, and allegedly contains drywall that goes with the house. The realtor didn't have a key to it when she showed Hick.
This was taken from the side street. The garage is sound, but needs some cosmetic work. The back side of the house has a door. It's the converted back porch area. There is an alley that runs beside the garage, just out of frame to the left. So no neighbor to worry about there. None across the street, either, because Pony House sits on a street that is a V with the street where you see the reddish house. That street just happens to run down beside MY OLD $17,000 HOUSE! Past the tree, you can see the top of a brick building that used to be a school, but is now converted to senior apartments. So the neighborhood is fairly quiet, I would assume.
Pony House is located over in Sis-Town. It's about a half mile from the main post office, where The Pony will eventually work again. WE HOPE! My sister and the ex-ex-mayor live between 1-2 miles away, in a newer neighborhood, and a fancier house.
You can't find a much cheaper place to live than Sis-Town and Backroads. You can't find a much cheaper house to live in than one bought by Hick and Val.