Remember when I recently wrote about the weird Open House that we found so baffling that Rolo took 100 pictures of the acrylic stair rails? Probably you do because I’ve written so infrequently that it was only about three posts ago. Anyway, as some of you might have guessed, we WERE actually in the market for a house at that time. In fact, we stood in the weird house that we did not buy discussing the offer we were going to put in on another house.
And Wednesday afternoon…we closed on that house!!!
This is a big deal! I mean, I know that buying a house is a big deal for anyone, but this is a doozy of a deal for us. Sergio and I were of that group of people that irritated old economists because we wouldn’t buy a house and contribute appropriately to the economy. The reason, of course, was student loans. We’re the absolute upper limit of old-ass millennials, basically.
When we moved to Alaska, our goal was to go there long enough to fix our untenable student loan situation, improve our credit, and then come back down-state and buy a house. If we could meet those goals, then Alaska would have delivered on the economic promise it offered.
AND IT WORKED!!! Even though the first two goals were met years ago, some part of us refused to believe that anyone would let us just buy a house. But they did. And now we have one! I still think it’s weird. It was also weird because it was an extremely easy process. Too easy.
Speaking of easy, let’s talk about the house search. It was like an episode of House Hunters. This is in part due to Sergio, who is a research fiend. It was also due to the fact that in order to keep Rosalind in the school she had just started, we were limited to a very tiny area, and therefore only a tiny amount of homes. The neighborhoods are established and older. The homes are in the style of New Mexico, all light stucco and flat roofs. Basically, the choices were pretty limited. On the Saturday we went out, we already knew there was an excellent contender that had mysteriously dropped into our price range because, as I mentioned, Sergio is a research fiend. We toured it privately the day before an open house. We saw an additional four houses that day on the off chance that we would be emotionally attached to something else. We stuck with our first inclination and put in an offer immediately. We accepted the counter-offer the next morning. Even the counter-offer came in under our expectation!!!
So before you see pictures, let me give you a heads up. All of the people in this neighborhood have held onto these homes for upwards of 30 years. This neighborhood is starting to turn over for the first time since it was built. The decor…well….
Our new house is in impeccable shape. I’ve never been congratulated by so many home inspectors, realtors, and title agents in my life for stealing a home so expertly from an elderly woman. Feels strange. The reason it didn’t sell at the original asking price? 1988.
I’m pretty sure it has remained decorated in much the same way since that year. It has been kept at museum quality, but it’s still 1988. To be fair, it WAS recently repainted and re-floored, but in the style of, you guessed it, 1988. Actually, she changed the dusty pink trim to dusty blue. Let’s give credit where credit is due.
So, guys? Just know that there is going to be a lot of pink, yellow, and blue pastel in these pictures. There is even a bubble curtain!
Without further ado, meet our new house! (I had to finally just steal some of these pictures from the realtor.com site because I never seemed to remember to take any whole room/outside pictures over the weekend. We’ve already changed four light fixtures and ripped up some carpet since I wrote this post!)
It turns out I haven’t taken a lot of pertinent photos of the rooms in the house, I guess. Made sure to get a shot of the bubble curtain before tossing it though! Stay tuned for lots more renovating photos. For example, this one, in which I have instant regrets about my eagerness for change!