Y'all thought I was dead, didn't ya?
So, not to jinx anything (knock on wood and all that) but it looks like
we are set to close next week. We have been working towards purchasing
this house for over a year.
A bit of back story: We've been looking to "upgrade" for a couple of
years now. We knew our price range, we had a pretty good idea of what
we wanted, but there was just nothing that fit the bill. We *love* our
teensy little community. I got to thinking about an acquaintance who
mentioned they were going to be retiring eventually. They have this
gorgeous old house, that oddly enough I would see ever time I pulled out
of our driveway- it was 2 blocks away at the end of the "T". I called
him and one other acquaintance who also had a home a couple of blocks
away the same day, explained our situation, and asked them to let me
know if they were ever interested in selling. Well, we got a call back
saying yes, they were planning on retiring in the next year or two
anyways so why not come over and take a look at the house to see if its
anything we might be interested in.
Lets just say its about as close to love at first sight as you can get.
Both my wife and I (and the boys) *loved* it. The boys took a while to
warm up to it but warm up they did! We worked out a deal giving them
time to get retired and figure out what they wanted to do with life and
also giving us time to sell our home and get our ducks in a row.
The best laid plans...
Didn't have any luck getting our house sold. Through a series of small
miracles, we have been able to liquidate some assets (er... sawdust some
timber?) and find renters for our house. So in the last 3 weeks, We've
moved out, moved in, spent a week at Scout camp, unpacked, hauled more
stuff, cleaned the old house, still working on a few other items over
there that need attention, got the renters moved in, hauled more stuff,
etc etc etc...
I'm pooped. School starts in a week and a half.
Anyways, without further ado- here's This Old House.
Some random specs:
Started being built 1897/98, and finished in 1903. Has had a very
interesting and storied life, of which I hope to chronicle here. Sits
on 1.3 acres, has a wicked awesome 30x60 shop and lots of space and one
of the best parts- LOTS AND LOTS of BIG trees!
Wish us luck in getting all the i's dotted and t's crossed next week!