and this time, for once, I’m not talking about the blog!
We’ve been having some issues with our neighbours and it has come to the point that we’ve decided that it is in out best interest to get out of here. When the police are advising you to get a landline in case you only have time to call 911 and to install shatter resistant glass on the windows, it is time to cut your losses and just leave. We love the community where we live and we will miss it a great deal, but after a whirl wind trip (involving moose, ice, and blowing snow…lots of it) we found ourselves a beautiful new place in the country.
Our soon to be new home. It has some lovely features that our current home does not have:
Bathtubs (three of them).
Closets (in EVERY room…including pantries in the THREE kitchens).
We feel that this house was just wanting for us. It did not show up on our search of REALLY cheap houses, but when we met with a realtor he pulled this one up for us. We’d gone to see a particularly sad looking little house with him, and we were back at good ol’ Tim Hortons. He said that in the price range we were looking at, we’d for sure to need to put a lot of work into a place and suggested that we look just above our price range (which was painfully low). We’d done this before and were prepared to work hard on our new home so weren’t really looking to go higher than the price we’d given him. Well, for 2000 dollars more he pulled up this listing and I was like, “well, that house is really pretty, isn’t it?”
The next morning another agent took us out to see the house and as we were driving down the highway Mike noticed a house in the distance and as a joke said, “Hey, how about something like that?” (we always point out house we can’t afford as we drive by…we like to dream big). But this time I was like, “Mike, that is the house.” He was shocked when the agent slowed down in front of it. He was convinced I was pulling he leg.
The house is gorgeous. What happened is that the owner took our a mortgage to do renovations to turn it into vacation rental properties, but was unable to rent it out as fully as he’d liked so he just gave up on paying the mortgage and the home was foreclosed. It had been taken care of (as he had a current license for parks and recreation as a vacation rental property). The mortgage had been insured so the bank got back it’s money and they just wanted the house GONE as they didn’t want to take care of it/heat it through a winter. Here’s a listing that was put out before the home was forclosed. We ended up paying much, much less for the place…NINETY THOUSAND dollars less. This house was indeed waiting for us. It didn’t show in our under 25 000 dollar listings and should have. The agent just happened upon it, when we’d told him that we were sure we’d gotten all the ones in our price range. Thank goodness he looked again! This house, while we are sad to be moving, feels “right”.
The children were very comfortable, both inside and outside the home. In other house we visited they were more likely to stick very close to us. Here they were picking out rooms and playing happily.
I fell in love with the upstairs “apartment” that I’ve already turned into an awesome homeschooling area for the kids. There’s a work area, a clean up area, a reading nook, bathroom, and enough bedrooms for all three kids and that’s just in on the upper floor. There’s room for Mike and I on the main floor and even a granny suite for guests (though my friend suggest I make it my “Katrina’s VIP executive suite” with no cat/child access!)
This move was quite sudden and unexpected so we will be crazily busy for the next little while, but I look forward to sharing a lot more when we get where we are going to!