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03 March 2012 @ 08:55 pm
1 year in the house  
It's been about a year since we moved in. (We moved in several waves and apparently I didn't document exactly when we first slept here.) And so far, very good. The house cracks that scared me at the start haven't gotten much bigger, if at all. Most of the work the builders were supposed to have done got done and G has mostly adapted to driving without cursing my name. (Though he's yet to have any real snow driving.)

It's stopped feeling like a hotel, and my own bad house keeping is starting to catch up with me. The neighbors have mostly taken to ignoring us, pretty much. It does feel like our little mini-mansion. I'm still loving the luxuriousness of the space and everything being modern and mostly flat and level. I feel very lucky to have found the house.

While the noise from 93 is still noticeable when outside, and the loud thing can be heard, it's much quieter than Somerville. I still miss the convenience of Somerville, but I don't miss 133 at all, really, other than where it was, I can't think of one thing I miss about that house. I'm loving having a pond I can go look at (it would have been even cooler to be able to see it from the house, but then we would have likely needed and had to experience claiming flood insurance. I'd rather have a dry basement), a marsh with bids and a nice walk to the store. I love having an attic and a music room and an exercise room and bathrooms that are to code and not claustrophobic. And I love having closet space and good kitchen. And a garage! And someday I hope to have a shop setup in my basement (pending getting an electrician in.)

My mom has already had the chance to enjoy the guest bedroom not at the top of a very narrow, steep and winding staircase with a guest bathroom all to herself. I assume my mother-in-law will get the same opportunity sometime.

So far no regrets and I feel so lucky that life allowed me to have the opportunity to find my dream house. Here's hoping only the normal house issues (like the microwave, which, while premature, is mostly something to expect about home ownership) in the future. We're keeping an eye on the foundation crack.

Next year I'll see if I can't get my lawn in shape, figure out how I want to do composting, maybe make an herb garden, get the shop in shape, get my music/craft/sewing room all set up, get a shower door in, get the broken marble replaced, get a whole house humidifier before next winter and get myself to do actual spring cleaning to keep the house nice for a long time to come. I also want to figure out a way to mount wheels on my kayak so I take it out more often in the summer.
Binkbinkbink on March 4th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
The Pond
I could see the lake from the guest room and often spent time in the morning enjoying the sparkles on the water.
Not exactly lakefront, but it is there and very pleasant.
A little nightnacht_musik on March 4th, 2012 06:12 am (UTC)
I'm glad you like your house and are settling into it as a home.
Johanna and I* have started looking to buy a house in the general Somerville area. House-buying is so complicated! I had no idea.

(* We, plus two other couples, are looking to buy a 3-family between us.)
Jeredjered on March 4th, 2012 07:07 am (UTC)
Ahh! It makes so much sense when you explain it that way... I think Johanna left out the "3-family" part and I was trying to figure out how it was going to work.

Not to scare you off, but house-buying is a dream compared to home-ownership ;-)
unintentionally intimidatingcoraline on March 4th, 2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
oh yeah -- sorry, that was implied :)
three units, but the intent of a lot of shared communal goods and support.

house-ownership is different, but i feel like we have at least some grasp of it having lived in the house we're in for 9 years and been involved in the upkeep and such. the uncertainty and balancing everyone's needs of looking for a property is really nerve-wracking though.
(Anonymous) on March 4th, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was hard enough to please both me and G and hit our budget and me and G mostly wanted the same things.

I'm sure you are using it already, but I cannot tell you how useful redfin.com's information was. If it weren't for them, I wouldn't have been at this open house, and the house went on the market and then off again in about 4 days. I didn't use them to buy, but they were absolutely amazing for looking.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on March 4th, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
This was me.
eub on March 5th, 2012 07:00 am (UTC)
Glad you are liking the house! Pond and marsh and a good walk to the store is a rare combination. (Can you hear pond sounds from the house, like frogs or waterfowl?)
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on March 5th, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
The house it self has pretty good sound insulation, which is good since G was worried the peepers would wake him. Outside you get some nature sounds, without being overwhelmed by them.