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Something more Formal

July 10, 2012

So far, I’ve been posting about my new home from my phone, which means – Photo, some text, post!  But today, I thought I’d actually WRITE  A POST about how this happened.

But then again, I’m not sure how this happened?

How?

We had committed pretty heavily to the idea that we were going to be apartment dwellers.  There was no need for a house with its yards and upkeep and all of that to distract from what we wanted to do.  But then, one day, that flipped, and an apartment wasn’t enough for us to do what we wanted to do.

At first, Jason thought we’d buy a super low price house and fix it up from scratch. I say “Jason thought” because there was no way I thought I’d be up for that task. Right now, painting seems an endless pursuit of some sort of state of “finished”, and I kinda grew up in a house that was never finished. While I’m all behind reclaiming, I’m not necessarily the best one to do it.

After a first house showing of a very little house in a place that I wasn’t sure I wanted to live, we decided to get a buyer’s agent.  My friend Kristen was also looking for a house and said that she was very happy with Jaime Druck. Muppets and indian food aside, Jaime made this really super easy for us–I couldn’t have been happier with her! Jaime caught on quickly to the fact that we wanted a hard, honest opinion, and she remembered what we liked and didn’t like. She urged us to push on areas where we were perhaps too confined, but also recognized elements that we did not want to budge.   That is very helpful when you’re in an emotional place in response to a house.

We also Laughed a LOT.

I was significantly less happy with the process for getting the loan squared away, but in the end, it all came together.

Where?

Yes, we bought a house in Riverwest. I was rather set on Bayview, but after being stiffed out of a house there (thank god, really) I began to open up to the idea of living on the East Side again.  Jason had been less than subtle in his hinting that he would love to live there again. I was less sure. I’d lived on the East Side for some time, and I had this real sense that going back to that part of town was me trying to be someone I’m not.  Or settling for something based on a trend rather than a real desire. Perhaps its lame, but I like having a parking space.

When we went to see this house, it was sort of a whim? The photos were beautiful, and where it was placed was basically the border between Riverwest and the East Side. Something about being on that edge of the trendy East Side and the edge of the Artists’ Community seemed to …fit? What’s more, it’s a victorian house, something I have always been interested in, but updated.  That combination of old and new seemed to fit us too. Not only could we be a steward of the past moving into the future, but we wouldn’t be tired and poor in the process. We could grow into this house, but it wasn’t too big for us. It offers opportunity to change and explore our interests, but also a solid foundation and structure that might curb us from the more whimsical things.

It’s also across the street from an Alterra, which Jason loves.

Basically, this house felt like home when we walked in.

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