Several weeks ago, I shared with you the disappointment I felt when the first home we loved didn't work out. At that time, we really had no other house options we were excited about. There is a particular home Eric and I have always admired, and we knew it had been on the market briefly last summer, but that no one had bought it. We casually mentioned the house to our realtor to see if he knew whether the owners planned to sell it again. (Small town, you know!) After contacting them, our realtor told us the owners were agreeable to us seeing it. We toured the house twice in a week's time and made them an offer right away, which they accepted (with one slight counter).
This house was the first one we'd seen that met all 3 of our main criteria: within walking distance of the downtown area, 3 bedrooms on the same floor, and in our price range. The first two homes we'd seriously considered met the first two criteria, but were on the more expensive side; this last one, which I affectionately call "the white house" was just under our targeted budget. In addition, we like it more than the others we've seen. I admit being a sucker for old houses with all that cool woodwork and unique quirks, and this one is beautiful and in great shape.
The owners had until last Friday to consider our offer. It was so strange doing all the negotiating from a distance, since we were in Colorado. We had several phone calls to and from our realtor, and actually used the fax machine to send back our signed agreement!
Of course the big question for the white house owners was where they would move to. The answer: last weekend (while we were in CO), they found a house in town they really liked that had been on the market for just a few days, and they placed a winning bid on Saturday! It has been such a domino effect, because their new house is being emptied right away, which affects 3 other families: the white house owners, us, and my husband's successor who moves into our house in mid-June.
We are just amazed at how things are working out. We had a chance to meet the white house owners on Saturday, and it was so fun to walk through the home and see it through their eyes. They raised all of their kids there, and have done a great job maintaining and renovating the house, which was built in 1909.
What's really funny to me is that this house is about as close to campus as you can get. We can even see it from our current dining room! Eric's been joking that we can move by handing things down an assembly line, or using Nathan's wagon to haul boxes. It will be such a blessing to remain so close to our dear friends from the college!
I wanted to share a couple pix with you (kitchen and living room)--I'm so excited to make this house our home!