I took this picture two months ago when I first saw the house. Before I took Hal to see it and the kids and then my parents. Before we discussed purchasing as an option. Before any of it. A man in a suit knocked on the door with a photocopy of local listings and this house was on it. I read the address and thought, "holy shit. Is this our house?"
The house has three bedrooms and an office, 2100 square feet and is very similar to the house we're currently renting. It's completely original (circa 1928) down to the built-in vanities in the bedrooms and hallway with high ceilings, stained glass and Morrocon light fixtures. It has boxes for a vegetable garden in a small but manageable backyard and a front patio with room for a great fountain, maybe a little table...
The buyer officially accepted our offer yesterday but because the property is a short listing we have a ways to go. We're trying to expedite the process and have already booked our three home inspections (house, fireplace, sewer) for the end of this week. I'm trying not to get too excited because I watch a lot of House Hunters/Property Virgins/Selling LA/Selling New York/Holmes Inspection and I know these next few months are going to be very... involved.
But from the beginning, every step down this road of potential purchasing has felt right. And although we looked at several houses, this was the only one in our price range with enough space for us to comfortably settle in the city we love in a neighborhood that has always felt like home. Every sign has pointed to this house, including Archer who years ago told us he wished we lived on the very street this house resides. THE VERY STREET!
I realize that with short sales, there is risk. That this is by no means a done deal. That a lot can happen in the next few months but I'm trying not to think about anything but the now. And in THIS moment, we're as close as we've ever come to owning a home, somewhere I never in a million years thought we'd be.
For that, for this, for everything this last year has brought us, we are humbled and so SO grateful. Beyond beyond beyond.