Friday, July 10, 2009

More on the horse property

This evening Michael and I drove around the neighborhood where the horse property is located. We drove around and looked at some of the houses nearby, checked out local bike paths and where the light rail stop (to be finished in 2013) will be, and drove by the nice new shopping/city center that is in the neighborhood. We also drove to a park that is about a mile down the road — it has ball fields, a paved walking path, and a public outdoor horse arena.

All of these things were pretty encouraging. Some of the houses are hit or miss, but there aren't many sketchy homes in the neighborhood. Mostly they look pretty nice and well-kept, and there is a feeling of privacy (because of the large lots and how the houses are situated) that we like quite a bit. The bike routes and the park are a good thing because it makes Michael feel better about the move — he's big on cycling and on having a good place to walk the dogs. And the nearby city center, which includes a huge Whole Foods, is a big bonus as well.

We also talked a lot this evening about the house, and it's clear that although Michael has his reservations (mostly about moving to suburbia, even if it's an older neighborhood, and alsso increasing his drive to work), he's nearly as excited about the house as I am. We talked a long time about how we would decorate, upgrades we would like to do (both the cheap kind and the kind we couldn't afford for a while), and where we would shop.

I'm getting really quite excited. Michael still wants to drive up there early sometime next week, and then drive in to work to test the commute, but I think in the meantime we're also going to start talking to lenders to see what financing options are available to us. (We're not sure how the current economy, or the fact that we already own a house that we plan to rent out, will affect our chances of getting financing.)

I'm also going to take my mom over to see the house this weekend. Yes, even at 29 I still like to get Mom's opinion!

Wish us luck — on all counts, but especially on the last one. Mom can be a hard sell at times!



At July 11, 2009 at 5:59 PM, Blogger jane augenstein said...

Hope things work out for you on this property. Sounds like a nice place and there is nothing and I do mean nothing like having your horse in your back yard! I love the fact that I can look out the window and see Gilly and Pokey most any time I want to. If they see me in the sunroom door I always get a heehaw or a whinny....come feed us we are starving!!! LOL
~Jane and Gilly~

At July 16, 2009 at 6:13 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Oh I can imagine... That would be wonderful. Unfortunately, it's not in the cards for us quite yet. I'll post about why this evening.


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