Most of the house was actually pretty livable. It was technically "move-in ready"; it had a new roof, new windows, updated kitchen and bathroom, plenty of office space and storage. Even the garage was pretty killer. The current owners converted the attached garage to a live-in area to allow someone to effectively live there adjacent to the house but have a sense of privacy. I didn't hate the house...but then again, I didn't like it either.
Here's the thing with me. I have the wherewithal to alllow my purchasing decisions to be based on vibe/gut feeling alone. If the item I'm purchasing speaks to me, i.e., in my head it screams "BUY ME!", then I go with that. This house didn't do it for me much to the dismay of my Wifey. I could settle in it and like enough to live there but it by no means is a house where I'm like "MAN THIS PLACE IS AWESOME!"
Given the logistics of our situation (baby on the way, sick of living in this small 2 bedroom condo with 3 people and a dog, and would like to live closer to our in-laws), I'm allowing the chance for me to settle. Maybe I could make it a cooler place. Or maybe I'll grow to like it. Or maybe I'll have buyer's remorse the whole time.
One thing's for sure, I know what I like...