There are a lot of cool original features; doors with glass paneling, crown molding, cast iron heater vents--the works. As good as it is, we of course want to fix it up and make it our own. The kitchen will be redone and we'll fix up one of the bedrooms (there are 7 listed) before we move in. The nice thing is that since we still have our current place, we won't have to sleep and wake up in a construction zone. Plus, there are enough rooms that we can simply shift our bedroom to one of the spares if we decide to re-do something.
Perhaps the biggest downside thus far is that I feel like a total douche when we've showed the place off to friends. The house is so big and nice that it seems like pure ostentation rather than something reasonable to own or live in. That should probably go away once we put in enough sweat equity, but for the moment we're THOSE people.
The awesome light fixture in the entry way.
Jennifer's at the back, and I'm at the front and it is a loooong way away!
Toasting our success and bragging to family in the second floor bathroom.
Here we are surveying the back of our property. Huzzah! The fence is YARDS away from us rather than feet.