When I made the House category on the blog, I was under the impression that Atchison would be our last house. I couldn’t believe our fortune in getting such a wonderful place, and I planned to never move again. Well, plans change, as they say, so here’s another post about another new house.
We have really struggled with whether to buy in this area over the last couple of years. We may have been able to afford something if we’d bought the second we arrived in town a little over two years ago. But, we couldn’t believe the prices and thought it had to be a bubble about to burst. We were wrong, and quickly we were priced out of Palo Alto. It’s not that we just had to stay in Palo Alto, but the kids liked their school, had made friends, and we were hesitant to move them again, so we decided to just keep renting. Finally, though, we’d had enough of our tiny rental house and of not being in the housing market and we revisited the idea.
A neighbor friend had told me that a friend of hers was about to sell her house and asked if we wanted to see it before it went on the market. We decided to just go look. We didn’t end up liking the house (or its proximity to the very loud train), but it got the ball rolling for us to look at other homes. Pretty quickly we saw an Eichler we liked and promptly got in a bidding war for it (of course). We got it, and started what would be a very difficult and stressful escrow. But it all worked out finally and we moved on April 30th. Here are pictures of the house and a couple from moving day.
Our realtor took these when we visited to show the boys who hadn’t seen it before we bid on it.
They were pretty happy.
Ezra was very concerned about his Sydney Opera House being transported in one piece. So he did it himself.
The rest went in the big truck.
We’re still trying to unpack all the boxes, so I’m not going to post any pictures of the inside. But here’s the album with the photos from the listing. Hopefully we’ll be in shipshape soon!