What a whirlwind weekend. If you follow me on Twitter you know that Benjamin and I did something very exciting yesterday — we bought a house! Well, technically we haven’t bought it yet; but we put an offer on a house, it was accepted, and we are schedule to close in May. We’re excited. And stunned. And in a little bit of shock.
How did this happen? Let’s back up a few weeks.
Around the beginning of the year Benjamin and I started looking at houses. We currently live in half of a two-family house in a happenin’ little area just a short T ride away from Boston. It’s very urban, and we’ve loved the convenience of being able to take the T/walk everywhere (well, I do; Benjamin still seems to drive everywhere… but that’s another topic entirely). Anyway, now that Owen is in the picture we felt ready to take the plunge and head away from the city in hopes of a bigger house with a bigger yard and better schools. The latter was kind of the driving force behind the move, though our cramped quarters and dealing with the crazy amounts of snow this winter with no garage added to the equation. We knew exactly what we wanted in a house… the only problem was being able to afford it in a city that has easy access to Boston via the commuter rail.
We scoured the listings and went out a few times with a realtor to see our top choices. It became very clear very quickly that we just couldn’t afford what we wanted. And we were being very picky. Since there’s really no immediate reason we need to move, we were prepared to sit and wait for the perfect house to come along, no matter how long it took (although we really didn’t want to spend another winter in the city without a garage!).
Little did we know, it wasn’t going to take very long.
This past Sunday morning, Benjamin saw this house listed. It had been on the market for 1 day. It had every. single. thing. we had on our “must have” list, and nearly all of the things on our “nice to have” list. It was in one of our top choice towns (great schools! cute/active town center! easy access to Boston!). And the best part? It was WALKING DISTANCE to the adorable town center, the commuter rail stop, and the elementary school. I didn’t actually know all of those things would be possible in the ‘burbs, but apparently they are. Not to mention the fact that the house is only a few years old, so it’s updated and beautiful and has space organized just as we need it. The ONLY problem… it was above our price range. Only just above our price range, though, so after a little argument (Benjamin saying we shouldn’t even see it, me saying I was willing to stretch us a little to have a house this perfect), we decided to see it.
It was even better in person than in the pictures (which is NOT always the case when house shopping — believe me!). It’s just… perfect for us. We were practically giddy when we left. We had to have it.
We stressed and giggled and imagined our lives there, and then called our realtor to put an offer together. After a long deliberation with the seller, they accepted (mere minutes before our offer was going to expire). We close in May.
Wow. That happened fast.