Being that Erin and I have been mortgage-holders for almost 5 months now, I thought a reflection post would be in order. So far, the home buying experiment is a rampant success. Our house still looks a little like we just moved in, but we are slowly hanging things on the wall and deciding on the best configuration for each room. We really had 3 priorities when buying the house:
- Good space for the kiddos. We have an excellent back yard, complete with a little swing set, and the kids love it. Their rooms are a tad smaller than our previous residence, but it’s not too big of a deal. Since the rooms are upstairs along with their bathroom, it’s really like they have their own wing in the house.
- Smaller=good. This house is about 150 sq ft smaller than our old house, but we like that. It’s a little cramped, but it keeps us from holding onto stuff we don’t need. When we were house hunting, we saw a couple of houses that we significantly larger, but this is the house that charmed our socks off.
- Location, Location, Location. I know location is always important for everyone, but our house is exactly where we wanted to be. The casa sits a stones throw from the entrance to the Cain Center which has a great park, softball fields, disc golf course, and jogging track When I’m there, I feel really connected to the community. There are always people out running or walking their dogs and it’s great to be a part of that. Emma rides her bike there, and Erin goes walking a couple days every week. Since we’ve moved into the new house, I definitely feel more bonded with Athens.