Thursday, May 17, 2007

Moving to Lakeway???

So a few weekends ago, we randomly went for a drive through two neighborhoods off of Lake Austin. We were on the hunt for some land...maybe with a trailer on it -- a weekend home, if you might say, near the lake. We immediately eliminated the first area, since it is too pricey for us, then headed to the second area. We picked up flyer after flyer, and found properties facing the lake for sale from $700,000 and up. Yeah, we're not rich...

The land hunt became a full-fledged house hunt. It's so strange how it all evolved..and it all happened so quickly...

Long story short, we looked at 7 houses. The first one we really liked was supposed to be on two lots, as the 1 week old flyer advertised..but our dreams were shot down when it was only 1 lot, and the septic was on the other lot that had already been bought by a neighbor..meaning an instant $20,000+ for improvements. Then the lot became really small...we nixed that one.

We ended up really liking one house. Right now, there are still people living in it. We toured it once, talked to the guy and had him show us around. Then we went back and toured it again with Sean's parents -- they've bought/deconstructed/reconstructed so many houses, so they know what to look for.

We put an offer on the house last week, counteroffered, then counteroffered the counteroffer. Our offer was accepted on May 12th. I dropped off the checks for the earnest money and option money on the 14th, and the ball is rolling. Inspection is tomorrow morning. Sean's going to go to it, since it will take a while, and I'm sure my boss would be pissed if I took any more time off.

Our main concern with the inspection is the A/C. It's a 2 story house, was set for 68 and didn't feel like 68 inside. Plus, they have window units in every bedroom. There's something wrong with that picture. But then again, the air filters look like they've never been changed since they were completely black. We'll have our inspector check it out to see what's going on with that.

Some details on the house...it was built in 2003, is 2 story with 1588 square feet and sits on a half acre lot. It's newer, but smaller than our current house..we can deal with the space issue and a downsize is in order!

Here are some pictures...




Nice and woodsy


Small dining area


Master bathroom


Living room...Sean's grandfather looked bored...


Kitchen...small kitchen, but we don't cook much. Fridge is included...score!


Bedroom upstairs..which would become our office...and I have grand visions of building a second story deck off of this room!!!


Back of house, small back deck -- I want to expand the deck


The backyard is sloped quite crazily...lower deck and terracing ideas!


View from the back deck

As we were putting the offer down on the house, we soon began to realize how we need to get out of the ex-urbs (thanks, Alyssa for the terminology!) of Leander. We're currently in a cookie cutter house, in a cookie cutter neighborhood. Our house looks like the house down the street, which looks like the house 2 doors down...yeah, you get it. A great first home, don't get me wrong. And it's a nice house...

We came home, 2 days in a row, to toys sprawled all over the entrance of our street, with the neighbors hanging out on their driveway in their lawnchairs, not giving a damn about picking up their kid's toys. Sean had already driven through, with toys in the street, some half hour before I got there. I managed to avoid running over 2 plastic fat baseball bats, a few balls, and a trike. I mean, come on people...the kids were not even playing..pick up your shit!!! I don't mind the kids, really, but the parents...I mean, I know we're on a cul-de-sac..but other people do live there! The two days in a row this happened...we were like..oh my god, we need to get the hell out of this baby-factory neighborhood as quickly as possible!!! You see, our neighbors down the road just had a baby, and have become instant friends with their neighbors who have 2 kids, and the unfriendly bible thumpers across the street. A ton of kids in the neighborhood..people either have them, are pregnant, or are trying to have them. Yeah. Seriously, not really the neighborhood that fits our lifestyle.

So we think it's a good idea...get away from ex-urbia and the children factory..get into a community with lake access (yeah!), hills and scenary, and holy hell, a half acre lot with a view! Yeah, it's time...hopefully the inspection goes well tomorrow and we take the house. We're on option time, which means that we have 6 more days to back out for any reason at all...let's cross our fingers so that we can get out of Leander!!!

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