She Says… This Place Will Be a Home

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.

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15 responses to “She Says… This Place Will Be a Home

  1. Congratulations! How exciting. Look forward to seeing pictures!

  2. Congratulations, Kate! How exciting! Best wishes for you guys!!

  3. That’s so exciting! I remember the feeling of happiness/panic I felt when we bought our house 🙂

    Owen is going to love having more space as he gets mobile!

  4. Congratulations! That is awesome. Living in San Francisco and making a teacher’s salary and a non-profit attorney salary I doubt we’ll ever be able to buy a house. I have house envy!!!!! Can’t wait to see pictures!

  5. Congrats! Buying our house this summer was awesome and stressful, but overall we made it through without too much extra stress and are really happy to have our own space and be done with apartment/roommate life. Will this mean a change in daycare? I always wondered how that worked in areas with long waiting lists when people moved or changed jobs.

  6. Yay! So exciting! Congratulations on all the big changes in the last year. It sounds like you truly found the perfect home 🙂

  7. congrats!!! deciding “to buy or not to buy” i firmly believe is THE SINGLE MOST STRESSFUL THING IN LIFE. you will be so happy! 🙂

  8. That is such wonderful news! You guys deserve it….and now, you can spend your evenings (and days) dreaming of decorating! HOW FUN!

    Congrats!

  9. I am jealous! We are house hunting right now (and the condo we currently live in is on the market), and we, too, are searching for that PERFECT house. We’ve been looking since the beginning of the year and have yet to find anything even close to what we want. 😦 It’s very frustrating!

    CONGRATULATIONS to you, Benjamin and Owen!

  10. Congrats – very exciting! Sounds like an awesome location too. I’m a little jealous. 🙂

  11. Congratulations, guys! I’ve always heard you KNOW the house is for you the moment you step into it….looks like you found your house.
    I’m very happy for you guys….and excited to see Owen’s pictures in the yard somewhere down the year 🙂

  12. Congrats, that is awesome!

  13. Congratulations to your family! Have fun decorating your new home! Please show us pics when you’re finished moving in 🙂

  14. What a blessing!! God had that house picked out just for your family! Congratulations!! =D

    XOXO

  15. I’m behind on commenting, lol. Congrats! We are currently awaiting word on our own offer on a house, so I am right there with you.

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