Thank God! After driving through many neighborhoods and touring many homes for sale, we’ve finally found one that meets our qualifications! It’s in the Woodstock neighborhood which is just east of Westmoreland where we live right now. Because it is further east the neighborhood is not as “gentrified” yet and the houses are a little more reasonably priced.
We are pleased that the house is within easy walking distance of a small shopping district–two blocks to the library, a little more to the grocery store and hardware and a few restaurants. It has three large bedrooms, a bowling alley for a living room, a nice size dining room plus an eat-in kitchen, and a partially finished basement complete with dark paneling, orange and brown shag carpet, and an orange laminate wet bar! We’re not sure what we’re going to do with all that space. We will certainly have room for many out-of-town guests. (So book that plane ticket, Wendy!)
Hopefully the inspections and everything will go well and we’ll be able to close the deal rather painlessly (except for the pain in our wallet).