I see and show hundreds of houses a year, across the style and price spectrum. A lot are pretty good, some are dogs. Then there are those rare houses that delight. I call them “Happy Houses.” When buyers see them, they’re just, well, happy. Happy Houses have something about them that strikes a chord — the light, the flow, the details and touches. They can be dramatic open plan with soaring ceilings or cozy, with nooks and crannies. There’s something about their feng shui that’s special.
Now, these Happy Houses aren’t always right for buyers. They can have a cozy quirkiness about them that isn’t always that functional, or the setting isn’t what the buyers are looking for. But they’re always a delight to show, especially if they’re different than what the buyers were expecting. These are houses that I know when I open the door the buyers are going to start smiling rather than sliding down the slope of critical disappointment.
I had this experience yesterday with one of the houses I’ve put in this short list group of Happy Houses, MLS 40734 on Woods Road. It wasn’t on our list to see, but I added it in after seeing the buyer’s response to something else. That “something else” was a large, very dramatic post and beam house at a much higher price point. As fabulous as that house was, it wasn’t snuggle up cozy. When the buyer and his daughter went into this house, they just started smiling. It has nooks and crannies and interesting spaces, but isn’t dark or claustrophobic. Likewise, MLS 41514 on Anderson Road always brings smiles. It’s a quirky house, to be sure, but the whole property has a hobbit feel to it that’s just fun to explore.
To see any of the individual houses, just click on a photo as it scrolls through. Or here’s a Sullivan County happy houses.