It's all I've ever wanted so I can't for the life of me understand why I'm now changing my mind...
The house pictured above is currently listed for sale for only $50,000. Of course I immediately called Pete and asked him if we could buy it. It reminds me of my dream house that I set out to find in Leesburg, FL. Look at that rusty old roof and wooden porch swing! Sigh.
But, it's in a town with a population of 800 people.
Who's going to be Lucy's friend? And what kind of schools will she go to there? Where will we find jobs? Also, the realtor told me that the roof may look charming to me, but it leaks. Everywhere.
Not to mention there's no air conditioning.
And the electric and plumbing most likely need updating.
If we had the money, I'd dive right in and make it our home. Maybe in the future, but right now we can't afford to put our savings into a leaky home when we should really be saving for Lucy's college and possible unforeseen medical emergencies.
So I'm forcing myself to look at newer homes. For Lucy. It's amazing how much having a kid will change your outlook. Believe it or not, a leaky roof and no air conditioning wouldn't have bothered me before, but if I can help it, I'd like to have a good roof over Lucy's head. And I'd like her to be in a place where she can find opportunity.
One thing that Pete and I promised each other:
"Whenever we buy a house, we won't live in the suburbs."
Well, now that's the only place I really want to live! What is wrong with me?! I found an old home with wood floors and a front porch and a big back yard... but it's in a neighborhood that has a lot of history of burglary to residences. So when I looked at newer homes that were built to look like older homes and there's 0% crime history, I can't help but say that's more appealing.
Seriously, who wouldn't want to live here?
And please don't hate us because we don't want a fixer-upper right now...