Finding Our Next Home

the pinesThree years ago I posted that I thought I’d found our next neighborhood. We weren’t ready to move then. And we still aren’t quite ready to move. But, I’ve kept my eye on this area. I have an alert set on (an MLS site available to the public) so that any time a property in this neighborhood comes on the market I know immediately. Trouble is, only two units have come on the market via the MLS and one via FSBO (for sale by owner). I got into all three and none of them came close to meeting the criteria we need for our next house.

I actually have a list of the criteria (of course):

  • 3+ bedrooms
  • 2+ bathrooms (preferably 3)
  • Work room
  • 2+ car garage
  • Office
  • Main floor master
  • Main floor laundry
  • Soaking tub
  • Patio/deck
  • Big enough to host family dinners

So, I was starting to think that maybe I shouldn’t have any expectations about this particular area, especially since there are only 16 units and the majority of them have floor plans similar to the ones I’d already seen. In fact, based on assessor data in the county database, I was pretty sure that only six of the 16 “might” meet our criteria and, of those, only four had preferable locations.

So, rather than give up, I sent letters to the six homeowners about two weeks ago. A week later I got a call from a lovely woman who said she was thinking of taking a year long, round the world tour in the spring of ’18 and would we be interested in renting. I said I wasn’t sure renting would work, but I’d love to see her place, if she didn’t mind showing it to me.

I saw it today and it meets every single one of our criteria. There’s even a small community pool just 50 feet from the back porch – something I’d dearly love, but didn’t list as a “has to have”. The property isn’t perfect. It needs updating. While nice, and reasonably big, it’s much more modest than our current home. And I’m not sure that Jay’s new truck will fit in the garage. (I’m not sure it’ll fit in most garages.) But I’m confident that we could be happy there, especially since I feel we’d do a lot to customize it and make it into something just right for us.

I’m so relieved! Not that we’re going to end up with this property, but that I know there are probably four of them that would fit the bill. So, it hasn’t been wasted energy or hopes. In fact, the woman even mentioned that she might just decide to stay in the South Seas after her tour – in which case she’d want to sell. 🙂

What a gal. She must be at least 80!

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