Picky House Hunting
I received an email recently from a “long lost” almost-relative, Rob. He had proposed marriage to my aunt Donna. She only declined because she was dying of Cystic Fibrosis and didn’t want to saddle him with that. My aunt is now long dead, as is Rob’s second (well, OK, FIRST) wife (also of CF). He’s recently remarried and he and his new wife bought a house. He mentioned in his email that they had 9 particular things that they’d wanted in a house, and this house had them all and then some.
I thought to myself at the time, Wow! 9 things that they knew they wanted in a house. How particular, how picky. Then, a little bit later in the day, or maybe it was the next day, I was looking through my filesystem and I came across the document that Carolyn and I created for our real estate agent about what we wanted in a house. We weren’t as specific as I inferred Rob was, but we were probably more exhaustive.
good office space
MBR, child room, guest room
good light, open floor plan
Close to (prefer walking distance) to campus
un-busy street (prefer cul-de-sac)
specific price range
nice, pretty, sizeable lot
no covenants/restrictions/homeowners assns
school district matters (to the extent it can in Altoona!)
w/in range of DSL (or at least cable)
new (thermopane) windows & good insulation
fireplace (prefer gas)
200A electrical service, lots of circuits
multiple heat zones
no swimming pool
That was only, what, 21 things? And the only things we compromised on were price (a little), and lot size — Somehow, we didn’t find a perfect house on 200 acres adjacent to campus for less than the price of a week’s supply of catfood. Crazy.
So, now I’m thinking, 9? Only 9 things!? What, was like “windows” optional? 😉