But, I’m very trying to like one of those normal styles I mentioned. It’s hard though. I seem to be drawn to the odd and the arty, and, the more a house looks like Frank Lloyd Wright even winked at it, the more I am drawn to the style. If you look back at the houses we have looked at, there really isn’t a lot that is common. I thought I wanted one of those red brick ramblers you see everywhere. But, they are very small, small closets, small everything. So, I’ve more started with the space needed, like worshop for Bob, garden space, not too many stairs to carry groceries up to the kitchen, etc. I like storage and closets so that’s important, but I can usually see potential that others might miss.
So, here’s our Sunday list of houses we viewed, and remember the numbers are the order in which we have viewed them from the beginning of our search several weeks ago:
#18 Lakeview Court in Stephens City, VA – No picture because the picture posted on this house was taken 10 years ago. That’s a tip-off for you. The house looked nothing like the picture, nor did the landscaping which had mostly died or been pulled out. Again we found many more beds in a 3 bedroom house and furniture was oddly stacked here and there. Status: Nope
Then we took Bob to view house #16 from the other day. He definitely saw possibilities, and frankly my second view wasn’t nearly as bad as the first. I think this might be a good house for us so I moved it to a higher level of consideration.
Status upgrade: Possible
#19 Barn House – Next we drove to a late entry on the viewing list. I confess it was curiosity more than anything. The house seemed huge yet listed 1 bedroom. I checked multiple sources and they all said it was just 1 bedroom. Then I read further, the house was built into a barn that was built in 1900. It was in a geographically desireable area. Our realtor was curious too, since it has been on the market for more than a year. Awesomeness! This house is calling to me. On so many levels.
Status: Calls to me
#20 & 21 – Over the river, through the woods, up the mountain – Next we visited several houses that were not built on paved roads. I don’t get it. They were nice houses, just not for us. And any time your ears pop on the way to a house, it’s trouble. Status: Nope & Nope
#22 Brown house on creek – This very strange house was long and low looking from the outside but once inside, it was all wonky, up steps, down steps, little rooms, littlier rooms, then it dawned on us, it’s a mobile home with additions built around it! It wins a prize for the ugliest house ever, more for being super duper brown. The garage shop and the creek was nice though. Status: Nope
So, it’s been two days since I got to see Barn House and I’m still all moonie. We’ll see. We’ve decided to sit tight. Poe house would still be the smartest choice. I do still have a house list, even some new ones today to look at. I’m trying to talk myself out of the Barn house. Think resale value, our realtor says. It’s just not that sensible. But is that what’s right for us?
It’s time to pray. Your prayers are welcome!