We bought a new house! We are elated and in love with our new home. The sellers accepted our full price offer this morning with no quibbles. It was a little higher than we wanted to pay, but the market is so competitive, and we fell in the love with the house, so it was a necessary indulgence. As our realtor, Kathy, pointed out, the interest rates are so low right now that since we want to spend at least the next ten years in this purchase, it's better to stretch if we can so we have room to grow later.
Boy, do we have room! This place is 2310 square feet, more than double our current home. It has 3 upstairs bedrooms with a master bath and a shared hall bath. There's a third bathroom on the main floor, between the kitchen/dining room and living room. The basement is fully finished with a large home theater room (projector/speakers/screen and stadium seating included), a second room with a cabinetry and sink, and a third room that could be an office, craft room, toy room, 4th bedroom, or whatever. So much space! There's a two car garage and a large fenced yard. The house is shaded by three large trees. You can see the tops of the mountains from the backyard, even better views from upstairs. The main floor and upper floor are all hardwood. The house was built in 1963 but has been thoroughly updated.
The location is ideal. It's everything we wanted in our new neighborhood. Well, I wish the nearest park was a few blocks closer, but it's still walking distance. We are close to our old neighborhood, but farther north where the better schools are. Ben's commute will be about the same, since the highway is close by.
Kathy scheduled everything so we close on May 23rd and take possession on Sunday morning, May 26th. With any luck we can have things moved in time to throw a backyard birthday party for Jack!