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Oh, Dear

April 21st, 2013 at 01:14 am

So after my little talk with DH of him showing me places we can't afford when something new comes up on the housing market, today he showed me something that we can afford...

It's further out than I want, it's painted an ugly color (dark brown with lemon yellow trim) and has awful panelling in the living room and bonus room, and slightly better panelling in a bedroom. But it is over 1700 square feet, has a wood stove, a propane stove, and electric, so you can choose what you want to heat with.

But...but it has a huge barn, a huge shop, a huge garage, a green house, cold frames, mature fruit trees, a garden, a large pond (as in swimming hole size, not something you make from the big box store, you can take a row boat out on it) and it is 20 acres. Half wooded, half pasture. And the land is beautiful. Utterly gorgeous. It's idyllic. I can't think of anything more I want in the land. And the property tax is under $2000 a year. Asking price? $305,000.


As DH says, a house is a house. We can paint. We can take off the panelling. We can find a pretty house anywhere. We can't find pretty land anywhere.

Maybe I just need him to stop showing me anything for a while.

The remodelers are supposed to be done today, but they haven't called to say so yet. Same old, same old, I suppose.

8 Responses to “Oh, Dear”

  1. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Hang in will know it when you see it!!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Interest rates are low, so that price is more affordable than it would have been even two years ago! I agree that the paint can be changed. I'd quickly paint over paneling until I was ready to remove and install drywall. It sounds wonderful!

  3. ThriftoRama Says:

    Oh geesh. Sounds pretty awesome. We were in a similar situation. We started casually looking at listings, planning to move in two years or so, and then we saw a house with a beautiful giant yard, and just about everything else on our wish list. We forgot about it, then decided to casually look at it a month later. Then two days later, hubby said "you know I wouldn't be opposed to moving there."

    Let's just say it's where I'm sitting right now, and although it didn't seem like the right time or the right move at the time, we don't regret it, and haven't seen anything we've liked half as much since.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Sounds wonderful! You can change the house to suit your tastes, but as you say, you can't really change the land. Is the price out of your range?

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Decisions, decisions, the others have posted, paint can be changed. Is it something you'd like to fix up and make your own?

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    CB--No, our affordable price range is up to $400,000, I've just always wanted it to be closer to the $250,000 range. But then, I was thinking 1 to 5 acres then.

    Rob--Well, I'd prefer not to, but with something this lovely otherwise, I'd probably be willing to. Did I mention that the walls that are not panelling are painted mint green? It's be like living in a giant cookie! LOL Well, and the one bedroom had an accent wall that was orange. I don't even...

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    This sounds like a very tempting place your hubby found Smile

  8. Looking Forward Says:

    That sounds really nice... Big Grin

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