When we were house hunting, this house came up on our list several times, but we were always deterred by the "landscaping" and amount of work the yard would need to make the house look unhaunted. But we fell completely in love with the interior of the house, the neighborhood and the easy access to Old Town Alexandria, the beltway and the District. It had everything we wanted in a house: three bedrooms, two bathrooms, old/original charm (the original hardwood floors, great brick fireplace), a yard, parking for both cars and STORAGE. We scored with both an attic and a garage.
We've been in the house for 12 days now and this past weekend we spent HOURS working on the yard, cutting down trees, clearing out weeds and vines and garbage, removing dead bushes and making the house look occupied.
|Standing on the front step, these dead bushes lined the front of the house.|
|Standing across the street, you can hardly see the house. Not very inviting. PS: not our cars.|
|The yard was full of these scrappy, messy trees. When we cut one down a HUGE flood of earwigs came pouring out. NOT. COOL.|
|Clearly the yard needs a lot of TLC.|
|No more dead bushes!|
|You can see our house! Again, not my car.|
|So much better!|
|I would love to plant hydrangeas along here.|