Beyond that, if you're trying to find a lease-option property, see a blog I wrote on different ways to do so: http://www.trulia.com/blog/don_tepper/2010/03/how_you_can_find_and_buy_a_lease-option_rent-to-own_property
Keith is probably correct in his assumptions about the original development, but It's not just the schools that keep people in Albany. Another factor in the cities plan may have had the goal to create a large enough population base to be self supporting.
As an Albany native I would highly disagree with his blanket description of the houses themselves. The majority of the homes were built in the 1920's although there are a smattering of Victorians and some newer homes. I have been in many homes over the years of my friends, and truthfully i have watched some them be altered in perhaps not always the most desirable of ways.
However, originally, most of the houses had beautiful hardwood floors, fabulous fireplaces and Deco style ceramic tile. When I speak to current residents of Albany, they talk about their lovely homes with pride, and just try to get one to sell!!
Either Craftman style homes appeal to you or they don't, but they are called Craftsman homes for a reason. It's not just the schools that keep people in Albany.... more
The correct list price is the lower one. The listing agent on this property has apparently contacted Trulia to have them make these changes but I guess it has not been updated yet.
Seth, Great queston. From your details I do not get that you are planning on selling in the next couple of years. Landscaping is always a good investment. It increases the appeal of the property. It depends on why you want the wall. Is it necessary, as a retaining wall? Or is it merely decorative? If you plan of living there a number of years before selling. I see nothing wrong with adding a wall. It will hold its value.... more