So long story short, we live in town. Cute house (small cape cod) with a big yard for the dogs. We have been pretty happy here since 2009 though we still miss Texas (badly)! We have great neighbors on our street, it is near everything, and it has been a pretty good place to call home.
My husband got a job in West Chester this past September so now his 2-5 minute commute (he came home each day for lunch to eat and let dogs out, spoiled much?) now is at least an hour each way. And NOW I have to go home and let dogs out. If any of you are local to the DE/PA area you know how much traffic is hell in this area.
But I do get to telecommute some (at least 2-3 days each week unless hell breaks loose like the past couple weeks) which is nice. So we decided to start looking to see what is out there for us closer to Mark’s work (probably into PA) but not so far away that I can’t still drive to Newark 2-3 times a week.
Anyone who says it is fun looking at houses is not actively looking at that time. Because guys, the market is hot. We had seven houses to look at the other week and four were under contract before we could see them. And finding a farmette is damn near impossible (Unless our budget was unlimited (spoiler: it is not!)). We are pre-approved without selling our current house which is awesome since we can’t sell it till we get OUT of it (See above, small cape cod with us, two dogs, and a cat, ummm nope).
So not only have we looked a few farms in our price range (one was taken off the market, we would have bought, one was too much house for us (4500 sq feet??) and one was not the right house and barn for us) so now we are also looking at just houses with an acre or more for us and the dogs. Because we might not find a farm we want before we retire (HA). (We are not that old, retirement is not nigh yet!)
We have seen some very nice houses and passed on them for one reason or another (my elderly dad is one reason as he has trouble with steps and one perfect house was great in the house but outside there were steps everywhere). Besides that one house was on the market two days and has a contract already. EGADS. I am not the type of person to jump on the very first house we see and I think most people DO just that. Which scares me. A LOT!
We went to an open house to a house we loved the first time we saw it and we could have had Remus there possibly but it was at the high end of our budget and also would need fencing, etc. (P.S. it has sold so no worries there).
There were at least 10 cars there for one open house at one time in the afternoon. And everyone of those 10 cars had about five kids with them. But if it had been right we would have made an offer but it wasn’t (Fencing alone would have cost a lot and it really wasn’t that much closer to Mark’s work even if it was in PA!).
I think part of my problem is I see a nice house that MIGHT work for us but then oh what if we make an offer and a PERFECT farmette goes on the market? So my dilemma (and i am asking you guys) would you wait for a perfect farmette where Remus could live as well as us? Or do I keep looking at houses (in a better area for my husband’s commute which is really the point, poor husband is a gem considering how he is willing to buy a farmette if I find one!). My husband also gets sidetracked and loses interest fast so it is is a delicate act to keep him engaged enough to LOOK at houses let alone SIGN ON ONE.
I am hoping we find the perfect place that we both will be happy at. It would be great to have Remus out back (I haul most places as it is so really the lack of the ring would not bother me at all, I just would like to go outside and see my horse and be able to interact with him daily).
Any other farm/house seeking adventures anyone wants to share?? Anyone know of a nice farmette in PA (Chester County from Landenberg to West Chester area) that I don’t have to sell organs to buy? Bueller? Bueller??