Saturday, August 13, 2011

Real Estate

So here is the promised post about real estate.  For those who didn't read my last post, the brief story is that on our anniversary, Keith and I went to look at a house.  We love looking at houses.  Old houses, to be more specific.  We have looked at numerous older homes over the past 2 years or so, and never totally fallen in love with one... until now.

I think we must have looked at 5 or 6 character type homes here in our hometown.  Some were nice, some weren't great.  Most of them had some issues, and only two of them were actually big enough for our family.  Not to mention, since we're looking to up-size a bit, it would be significantly more expensive than our house.  That is a big deterrent to us, as we are not looking to get into any more debt.  We're pretty firm on that.

So we had planned on waiting a few more years before we looked seriously again.  Until we saw the ad for this house.

The house is an old brick house, in a neighboring community.  It was built in 1906, and very little has been changed in the house since then.  It needs a lot of love and attention to bring it back to it's beautiful old self.  I'm talking major work.  New kitchen, bathroom, finishing the hardwood floors, doors, and trim, most of the electrical, a new furnace, etc.  Yes, that is A LOT!

So last weekend we took a trip to visit one of Keith's co-workers.  She lives just over an hour away from us, and in the past five years, she has been doing exactly what we might be doing... restoring a 100 year old brick house.  She invited us to come and take a look and see what she had done.  The house was remarkably similar on the inside, to the one we looked at, so we had a good idea of what we might be dealing with.  She has done an amazing job!  And, of course, it's got us dreaming :)

We both just really fell in love with the house, and so now we think and pray, wondering what's the right decision.  It's been hard.  Thinking about things like possibly changing schools, moving to a different community (a small village).  The village doesn't have a lot of conveniences that I am used to, and we'd have to drive back to our current town just to buy groceries.  The village has a gas station, a post office, a convenience store, and an arena.  Oh, and it's own fire hall.  Not sure what else there is.


Anyway, we will continue to think and pray, and see where God leads.

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12 comments:

Jennifer said...

I pray you feel God's call directing you in the direction to take! It sounds like this is something you have both thought and prayed about for a long time. I hope you find the house of your dreams!

Sheila said...

Is this house in a small community just north of your current city, that starts with an R? You should go for it, would make for a fun adventure especially if it's not going to put you into anymore debt. Live it up, spread your wings and fly up out of ?th street.

Stacey said...

Yup, that's the place :) Thanks for the encouragement!!

Lindsey said...

It looks gorgeous! You should totally go for it! I LOVE old houses like that. There is this one old house in Teulon that I love, I always want to drive by it and look at it when I am there! I am sad there is nothing around here like that to buy!

Stacey said...

We were surprised to find that house out here too. There really isn't anything else like it that I've seen. Though I have heard that a little farther away there are more similar houses.

Tara said...

wow! gorgeous house... good luck w/your decision. we have an old character home that needed renos when we moved in. we've just tackled it room by room and that makes it much more managable.

Stacey said...

Hi Tara! I think I should send your mom an email and ask her some questions :) I thought of her right away when we started considering this house. If you have any tips, I'd love to hear them too.

Sheila said...

Seeing as you're into old homes, I want to give you the heads up on a house. Don't know if you would consider moving to Morden, but my Grandma is listing her house next week, she lives in the 200 block of Nelson St., her house is about 100 years old, was moved into Morden way back when from Nelsonville, and it sits on a stone basement. Everything has been redone in the house though, nothing original left except for the stone basement. Large double lot, large double garage, sunroom, 2nd floor is a wide open rec-room. Central air, new furnace. If this is something you'd be interested in, you could let me know, and maybe get you to look at it before the realtor lists it. I think she wants $135.

Carole Hiebert said...

Wow - that house looks pretty amazing!!! Can only imagine the potential on the inside!! I totally understand the conflict you would be feeling, though, starting up in a new community/schools and more driving to get to W; but very cool opportunities, too!

God will direct! Looking forward to hearing about how he leads!!

Kristin said...

Wow! What a gorgeous house! I love it (and see LOTS of potential!). We'd love to move too, but with the market as it has been, we haven't looked to seriously yet... Happy dreaming! ~Kristin (from Windy Poplars, but now from Kristin's Veranda)

Tara said...

My mom is the reno queen of old houses... she would definitely have a ton of information/tips! I wouldn't have nearly as much knowledge... we've hired tradespeople to do the bulk of the work (electrical, plumbing, etc) since the biggest thing is we don't have the time with farming. Our biggest thing we've learned though is to not try to do everything at once... to do what you can, when you can.

Jobina said...

it's beautiful! That would be a lot of work but if you look at it long term it would be fantastic! Big decision to move out of your current city though I'm sure. Praying for you!