Thanks very much for the good wishes -- they worked! The seller accepted my offer!
If all goes as planned, in September I will be the proud owner of a fixer-upper in Mid-Century Modern mode. The biggest selling point for me is that it's on .65 acres (three lots!) in the city, in a neighborhood of nice homes on large lots, and mostly a blank slate where I can unleash my inner gardener.
My friend who offered to help me put in a pond is already talking about a "pond complex," now that there's space for one.
I will also be unleashing my inner painter, my inner drywall patcher, my inner kitchen renovator . . .
My decorating style, if you can call it that, will continue to be "country eclectic," which basically means if I like something rustic, I buy it and hope for the best.
Lots to do and all of it sounding like fun right now.
This counts as a "before" shot now. Home Sweet Home, pretty soon.