The homeowners wouldn't fill the pool, so we kept looking. Good thing, because we found something else that's wonderful! The next door neighbors have horses, and it's literally 3 houses down from a petting farm!
It has gas hot water for heat. I don't rally know anything about this kind of heat... We had it in an apartment, and it was VERY good at heating, and we didn't get bloody noses all winter. But, heat was included there, so I don't know: is it very efficient? I KNOW it HAS to be more efficient than propane, but... I'm not sure if you can use a solar hot water heater(s) to bypass the gas and heat your house with it? THAT would be super cool!
It's also situated correctly, has the overhang on the front porch (south side) and everything, for passive solar. So that's too cool. And it's only got a crawl, no basement. It's a 3'8", concrete, lighted crawl. And the garage is heated. We will convert it for grandma. It's also a ranch, so no stairs and we could live in it easily when we're old/if we're "less-abled."
Edited by gabbyraja - 3/4/12 at 6:49pm