THE TIME HAS COME.
That time, to which I am referring, is that KEN AND I ARE NOW “GROWN-UPS.”
DUN Da-Da DUUUUUNNNN!
Or, at least, we’re getting better at pretending.
And because we are now, you know, “ADULTS,” the time has come for us to find a house.
(My stomach just knotted up COMPLETELY typing that sentence. This does not bode well.)
Of course, this is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me in all my life minus several other very exciting things. But it is also the most money I have ever/will ever spend on something. The stakes are high, peeps.
We feel like the time is right. Ken has a job. Anne has a job. We’ve lived on pop-tarts and pasta long enough to have saved up a downpayment. Interest rates are still low (for the moment….cue the aching stomach). And we’re pretty entirely, completely, and utterly sick of listening through our apartment walls to the neighbors yell at their children (seriously, those poor kids).
HERE IS WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR (the MUST haves, non-negotiable):
- functional kitchen
- functional bathroom
- garage (attached, preferably)
HERE IS WHAT WE’D REALLY REALLY LIKE (in addition to the MUST haves):
- a 2-story house
- 3+ bedrooms
- 2+ bathrooms
- NO CATHEDRAL CEILINGS
- good school district (DO NOT GET YOUR HOPES UP YET MOM)
- some trees on or around yard
HERE’S WHAT OUR DREAM HOME HAS (aka, the things we would be over the moon about getting but know we probably won’t get in our first home):
- master suite
- 9′ ceilings
- a fireplace!
- walkout basement
- large kitchen with white cabinets
- 2nd floor laundry
- and while I’m dreaming, let’s just throw in an extra garage stall, a hot tub, and an extra $200k… ;)
Along with everyone else on the entire planet, we’d like a home that needs just cosmetic updating and not a complete overhaul. We also have not ruled out the possibility of building, though we have determined that we are not “new subdivision” type of people. Old subdivision, yes, but let’s not make it TOO bright and shiny and fresh. So if we built, we’d like to find our own lot.
We’ll be documenting this journey as much as is possible, so you’ll want to keep checking in! And to end, let’s just marvel over the copywriting skills of the realtor that wrote this house description (for a house that we considered for a hot second, no less):
“Spin the wheel of good fortune for a chance at this 5 bedroom, 2.5 bath home, where winnings are an every day occurrence. Expansive living room is graced with exposed high beams & wood burning fireplace that draws families to board games like marshmallows to a bed of chocolate & graham cracker. Newer carpet throughout melds with gleaming wood floors in bedrooms. Verdant lawn w/ potting shed & mature landscaping is graced w/ patio seating ideal for daily sun salutations & entertaining. Nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac road, this beautiful home is a trophy in which you can live.”
If that doesn’t make you want to buy that house, what does?