Friday, May 1, 2009

For all of you who are wondering, I thought it was about time to update everyone on our house adventures. It all started about a month ago, when I rediscovered our real estate agent Alice on Facebook. We bought our current house about 10 years ago, and since then she’s moved out of the area and we’ve lost touch. I found her on facebook through a friend, and it turns out she still does real estate in this area with her co-worker Jill.

So I casually mentioned that we’ve been keeping our eye out for a house with a mother-in-law suite. See, our current house is 1300 square foot, which is not much for a family of five (that includes an 11-year-old who wears a men’s size 9 shoe!) When my parents visit, it gets even smaller. They have to sleep in the living room on the sofa bed (comfortable, but NO privacy.) They’ve often mentioned they would go in with us on a house that includes a separate in-law suite. That will make their visits much easier on all of us, and they can come more often.

So, while they were visiting over the Easter break, we went out looking. Just looking. Or so we thought. First, we put a bid on a house in Sunset Cove that was up for short sale. It was quite a deal, but at the last minute the owners renegotiated their lease. We loved the subdivision, though, and it’s still being built. After looking at everything else, we didn’t find exactly what we were looking for.

I went running the next day, and out of curiosity, I ran through Sunset Cove. It is exactly 2 miles from our house, off of Madeline between Clyde Morris and Williamson.) I had no idea how many lots were still empty. I called Jill, and we walked though the Monroe model. It was impressive. It has 5 bedrooms. Best of all, two of them are master bedrooms, and one is on the first floor. My parents would have the 1st floor master, and the rest of our family would have bedrooms upstairs. There’s also a loft on the second floor, which would make the perfect game room.

We found the ideal lot. It’s about halfway down the street, across from the nature trail, and it has a big tree in the backyard. Here in Florida, we don’t get very big lots, but the back of our yard leads into a common conservation area. During the summer, it will be swampy (but who plays outside in the dead of summer anyway?) and in the winter it’s dry and ready for play. I can already see the boys playing football, frisbee, and soccer in the back.

On Wednesday, we went to the office and signed a contract. It takes about 5-6 months to build, so we still have time to sell our house. That’s the scary part. We’re working really hard to repaint and de-clutter. Yes, I know we spent spring break painting the boys’ rooms. Jill says those “outrageous” colors can stay. But now we have to repaint the living/dining room. Not many people are going to appreciate our green and purple walls. We’re moving some furniture and stuff into storage (conveniently located at Chris’ parents’ house) and rebuilding our back shed. We hope to price our house reasonably enough to sell it by September. If you know of anyone in Port Orange who is looking for a 4bed, 2bath house, let me know!!!

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