Interesting things are afoot here at the Soggy Bottom Ranch. Well, there's at least the potential of interesting things afoot. We went on a scouting expedition this past weekend, to see what kind of houses might be in our target price range.
Most were... meh. But one wasn't. One caught our attention. It had 3.6 acres, mostly wooded. The house is quirky for sure. It was an older ranch that's been expanded, which always seems to lead to weird floor plans. But it's divided up into the right kinds of spaces for us. Including a basement and an attached garage, neither of which is common for what we're looking at.
It's not a nicer house than the one we live in, but it could turn out to be a better house. Especially at 60% of the cost of our current one.
So we're thinking of making a conditional offer on it. Basically a contract that says if we can sell our current house in 3 months (or 4 or 6 or whatever the offer specifies), we will buy your house. Given how long he's been on the market, we figure it's worth a shot. And we feel good about our chances here all things considered.
And of course I'm already in full game plan mode. Wood stove here, potting area and crude outdoor kitchen there, future solar panel siting, gardens, edible landscaping, who goes in which room, etc., etc. And in the unfinished areas, there's room for anything we'd ever need to do or store, plus room for a friend to set up a little studio, her husband to work on his motorcycle, and in emergency circumstances, for us to take in extra people.
It's got a big laundry room-slash-pantry area. It's got skylights for natural light in the kitchen. It's got a natural spring on the property. It's got enough deadfall to make a few years' worth of firewood. It's got an area that's practically a root cellar without lifting a finger. I could go on...
Now all we have to do is just SELL THIS HOUSE!
Patience is a virtue. Right?