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29 January 2011 @ 01:58 pm
[house hunting] Almost the one  
Brand new house, close to a pond with swimming, boating and ice skating, just out of the 100 year FEMA flood zone, with in walking distance of bank, groceries and restaurants, not much traffic noise, a shared drive plowed by the neighbor, the right size, asking with in our budget, huge attic, his/hers walk-in in closets, 2nd floor laundry, a front hall closet AND a mudroom from the garage, 4 steps from the garage to the kitchen, eat in kitchen, forced air, gas, AC.

The Mayor is the neighbor. Not sure if this is a plus or a minus.

Septic, which is a bit of a minus.

And the biggest minus, it's in North Reading, 31 minute commute for G.

The pond might also cause noise issues with peepers or smell issues if the swamp is too swampy. No way we can really tell that, other than I guess the Mayor wouldn't live there if it smelled bad. Also might be mosquito issue, but there's fishing in the pond, so that likely keeps their numbers down.

I'm taking G to see it tomorrow.
 
 
 
mathhobbitmathhobbit on January 29th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
Aww. I thought I was going to get to keep you!

Also, I think it would be awesome to have a mushroom from the garage, which was the first thing I read.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on January 29th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
You'll likely get to keep us longer. The chances on this are slim.
Nurghringrose on January 30th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
As for smell and mosquito... ask the neighbors.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on January 30th, 2011 12:24 am (UTC)
I just want to put these here for reference, someone who lives there said:

i've had my house there for several years. it is shallow and
tea-colored from the tannin in the oak trees. i swim in it, a lot of
people also fish and boat, and in the winter it's good for skating.

when it floods, people lose whatever's in their basement, unless like me
they've put in elaborate drainage systems ;)

i like it a lot.


to which I asked:

Do you know how high the flood waters rose in March? The house I'm
looking at is slightly up a hill. Someone who claimed to be the mayor
of N. Reading and the neighbor of the for sale house said he basement
didn't flood in March.

I assume it smells good. How are the bugs? G is also worried about
the noise of the spring peepers if you have any comment on that.

to which she said:


i think anything on burroughs should be fine. my house is on travelled
way, literally ten feet from the bank.

the bugs require bug spray if you are out in the evening. this is true
for all of north reading in my experience.

i like frogs, so i haven't been ever troubled by them :)
Shooting for the moonintuition_ist on January 30th, 2011 02:24 am (UTC)
if G is thinking of taking 93 to work, it'll be a lot more than 30 minutes. i've seen 93S in the morning. not for the faint of heart... I'm doing the reverse commute, and it's averaging about 30 minutes.

otoh, if you do buy there, i'll be able to have lunch w/ you. :)
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on January 30th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)
he doesn't commute at "normal" times