Yesterday was a successful day house hunting. I didn't think it would ever happen. We saw three houses yesterday, and all of them would work great for our family. I normally get sick to my stomach, after looking at houses, but this time, I didn't. I could actually see our family living in any of the houses. So, as I sort through things, feel free to tag along. I'd love some perspective.
The first house (2700 sq feet, finished). Our realtor found this house for us. It wasn't in any of our "designated" places that we were looking to buy. It is in a different school district; a school district that we had always heard "stay away from that district. It's terrible". So, we stayed away. However, this house came up, and since we were desperately at the end of our list of available houses, we decided to take a look.
It has a few drawbacks, though. I already mentioned the area. Not too sold on it. The schools are in the district I heard wasn't great, but now I'm hearing that they are just fine. Anyway, the elementary school is too far away for the kids to walk, so I'd have to drive them, which I find a huge bummer. The master bedroom is pretty small, as well as the adjoining master bathroom, which only has a shower and one sink, but neither of those things is a deal breaker, just not the greatest.
House number two (2543 sqft, finished). This house we have walked through before. The first time we walked through, we had just come from visiting a house that I fell in love with. Any other house just wasn't good enough. So, I didn't give it a chance. However, the house I loved isn't available for us to buy, so we have moved on. This house is also another "rancher" type house. It has beautiful tile in the entryway, and tile granite on the countertops in the kitchen. It also has five bedrooms, two of which are in the finished lower level. It has three full bathrooms, a laundry room (which is small, but fine) and another room that is a storage room. It has a three car garage also.
The Third House (1460 sqft finished, 2900 total). I'm seeing a theme, now, because this house is also a rancher. It has a nice open floor plan, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is very well kept up. The yard has planter boxes for gardens, and already had a huge space, filled with strawberry plants. It had a swingset for the kids, and nice thick grass. It was a corner lot, and even though it wasn't a huge lot, it was designed well. It was also near all new schools, which would be great for the kids. We liked the open, farm-like feel of the area, and that it's a close drive to Heath's work.
This house was also pretty far south, in a different city. Although it is minutes from Heath's work (as well as the second house) it would feel like we were starting new, in a different city and a different area than where we have lived these past two years. Then again, any of these houses is in a new area. Which ever one we pick, we will be starting new.
So, that is our dilemma. What do you think?