I would say that condition is different from dated. I have seen alot of homes that are in great condition and have been extremely well maintained for the age of the house. Paint and decorating can do wonders to a house and make it look good, but sometimes can hide the actual condition the house is in.
Actually I would say that if I saw a house listed as "mint condition" I would say that it is probably an older home that has been very well maintained, you just need to look past the decor.
Patrick - sounds like all that scene needed was Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra crooning in the background!
(crooming.....I am dating myself using that word!)
So, to sum things up Patrick - that was a "Mint Condtion 60's House" - stuck in a time warp !
The entire house was in pristine condition everything including the mechanics looked brand new. It was actually very cool looking. Made me want a martini (shaken not stirred).
So we both agree, "mint" is in the eye of the beholder...............(still imagining that piink, orange and shag carpeting you mentioned........I actually had yellow shag w/w in my bedroom in my first home (circa 1976) !!!
What may be old and dated to some may be classic and retro to others. I have seen plenty of homes listed as "mint condition" that have that royal blue carpet. A few months ago there was a house near me that was listed as "mint condition" and was a living museum to the 60's. Lots of pink, orange and shag carpet and in perfect condition. Groovy Baby!!!
Is a home in top condition if its 20 year old kitchen still sparkles, everything works perfectly and the royal blue w/w capreting in the living room looks like no one has walked on it?
Or....to be in top conditon .. does that kitchen have to be new, with granite.... and the carpeting removed to show lovely hardwood floors instead?
See Linda - you started a big discussion here! (well, just a discussion between Patrick and me!)
"Mint" condition is in the eye of the beholder...............the agent is usually the one who will rate the home as being in mint condition... in their comments on the mls... or in a brochure or in an ad .....or online.
Now - someone might consider a house to be in mint condition if it has had a lot of upgrades and improvements - giving it a new and fresh look inside.
Others may rate a home as being in mint condition simply if it has been meticulously kept and maintained, shows well and is sparkling inside.......but not necessarily with newer upgrades
I, personally, wouldn't use the adjective "mint" unless there were upgrades, improvements, AND, overall, it shows well (just because there might be a newer kitchen doesn't mean it shows well)...as
I tend to use my adjectives sparingly!