Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Anosmia and the Perfect House

Just got back from the doctor. I need to wait a couple of weeks and then go to the Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist. He said if I felt concerned enough about it, I could go right away. I almost made an appointment right away, but then I decided to wait out the month of April first, just so I can be sure that it's not coming back on it's own. He agreed with me that it was probably the decongestant nasal spray that caused it.

So, we found the Perfect House. We liked it so much last night that if we could have bought it on the spot, we would have. Here is a picture.

It's about 20 minutes north of us. You have to drive through Valley Forge National Park to get to it. In fact, Adam would drive through the park every day to get to work. If you've seen Valley Forge, you know what a sacrifice that would be. :] As in, it's pretty much the most gorgeous National Park in the U.S.

Our enthusiam is tempered by the extra distance to Adam's work. Now it takes 15 minutes, and if we lived there it would take 30. I would still be stuck at home with no car, but without the option of buying Adam a bike to drive to work. We would have to change our pediatrician and doctor, which would be sad. We would be in a different ward, which really makes us sad. And I think our ward boundaries would be even more spread out and large, which I didn't think was possible. Church would be a little farther away, and the stake center would be a lot farther away, which makes it unlikely that I would want to drive all the way to participate in stake events, like playing again in the Messiah. We would be about ten minutes farther away from Adam's family, but that's all.

As for the house itself, it is virtually perfect for our needs. Three beds, a small living room and a family room, a utility room with washer/dryer, and even a floored-in attic with lots of space. Everything is newly done. There is a big back yard. It's near a park and a grocery store. The biggest downside to the inside is the size of the kitchen. It's pretty small, and once we add the fridge, we'll have to squish to get by it to go downstairs. It's a split level home with four levels, and it has about the same square footage as our apartment. Somehow, it seems much large than our apartment, though. It also only has one bathroom, which we could get used to again without too much problem.

We've been going through this housing search thinking that we probably wouldn't find anything, but now that we have, we're seriously considering trying to buy it. Of course, there's that whole credit crisis going on now that we'd have to deal with. And all of the upfront costs of buying a home. And it has such high taxes that we would really want to get the price down $10-15,000. It's only been on the market two months, so I don't know how desperate they are to sell.

Anyway, Katrina is sleeping. She woke up early, was super cranky, took an early nap, turned into a huge cranky-pants at the doctor, and is now sleeping again. Even though this will probably make bedtime a nightmare, I'm grateful for the break!


Amber said...

Good luck with the house decision! It is SUCH a good time to buy if you're going to be there for a while. And it looks like a cute house. We've loved having our own place. And Katrina will love a yard. Enjoy your time while she naps!
Just in case you haven't checked it out yet, this is the info about the tax credit if you buy this year. http://www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com/

J-Squared said...

What a cute little house! I hope you can work it out so you can get it. Bill and I really wish we could get a house, but now is just not the time. I agree with Amber, a yard is wonderful, and the $7000 tax credit or whatever it is, is very nice too.

Elise said...

Wow, that is a cute house. It is surprising that it isn't bigger than your apartment! I hope you get it. A word of caution, though--Everett's age from Katrina's age to when Ashley was born was the hardest time for me to be alone all day with Everett with no car. . .so I don't know. Just something to think about! But VERY cute, and what a sacrifice to drive through Valley Forge park. . .he he he.