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Monday
May142012

Smoochable Rooms

So the last time The Candyman and I were looking at houses, this happened. I love that post, mostly because of the fact that is one of the VERY few times he’s commented on my blog (though he reads it almost every day).  He doesn’t say much, but when he does, it’s GOOD! Smile 

So we've fallen in love with a house. It was the first house we looked at. And we haven’t looked at a lot, but enough to use the first house as a point of measure. It’s SOOOOOOOOO cute. It’s so very us. The yard is huge and is a certified Nature Habitat. Cool, right? And Our House has nearly everything we want, love and need. And we’d pay the list price in a heart beat, only ALL the other houses in the neighborhood are selling for $35k-$60k less than the price of Our House. Not a good sign.

A little further research shows that there is to be an expansion of a main artery in Charlotte. While park land and privately owned institutional  land are “protected” from the project and completely buffer Our House, it won’t do much for property values in the long term.  All that, and someone put a cash offer on it the same day we looked at it.

Sigh.

I don’t think our house is Our House.

But it was sooooo cute. Lookie:

Property Photo

Property Photo

Property Photo

The yard is in full bloom now and it’s freakin’ incredible. There are a few things that aren’t perfect, but no house is, I know that much.

We tried not to have love at first sight. We tried to keep it all business. It’s hard though, when there are things you just adore about a house.  So we keep looking.

I owned my last house that The Candyman moved into with me a few months before he popped the question. We decided on the house we’re renting together, but it was a decision we had to make quickly after The Candyman has already looked at a gazillion properties here solo. We knew this house wasn’t a permanent home, though it’s been a good house for us thus far. It’s weird to be looking at houses together. This will be the first home we buy together. How weird is it that I’m doing this for the first time and I’m 41? My parents did this when they were practically teenagers, they were married so young! This is The Candyman’s first house and he’s like a little puppy he’s so excited.

This weekend when we looked at Our House as well as others, The Candyman was getting on my nerves a little. Each house we went into, he’d let the realtor wander off, then he’d grab me and smooch me in random rooms throughout the house. I didn’t want anything to distract me. I’m busy looking for lifting drywall tape, sloping floors, gapping windows and fireplace placement. Exhausted of his antics after the fourth or fifth grab and smooch, I pushed him off and said “WHAT are you doing? Look at the house! Pay attention!” And he smiled at me, all patience and kindness and said “I’m just checking to see if the room is ‘smoochable.’”

Smoochableness is an important house attribute.

Tell me you’re first house house hunting stories. I need to know that Our House is out there somewhere.

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Reader Comments (4)

My first house was cute as a button and ultimately too small for us (we are furniture-laden people). The first house I ever saw as a potential buyer was cute, cute, cute, but also near a highway expansion project. So no to that. We lived in cute house three years and then moved out. I loved that house but never LOVED it. New house (which is actually old, but new to me) I am more in love with. I love every scrap of flaking plaster and the place where I'm pretty sure paint is all that's holding the wall up. I have been known to walk from room to room singing love songs.

May 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterindependent clause

Over 30 years ago, the love of muh life and I got engaged in April with plans to get married the following April. But a month later, he calls me at work to tell me he bought a house! Had to jump on it real quick, it was a steal. Sooooo, I saw "our" house AFTER it was purchased. Looking back, I can't believe I was not upset, though he promised me the NEXT house I would be much more involved.
It was adorable, and charming, with all the original woodwork, 90+ years old.
Changed the wedding to October and off we went!
Smooch factor is critical btw, still practiced in our home today.

May 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMommaOfTheBride

I think I just fell a little bit in love with the Candyman. In a purely platonic, non-stalkery kind of way. :)

My husband and I will be looking for houses probably in 3-5 years. He owns the house we live in now, I moved in with him. You can totally tell that a bachelor picked this house. I'm doing my best to make it a home, but part of me is like, "Eh. It's just temporary." So, I'll be around 41 when we buy our first house together, too. :)

May 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristy W

I love the house. OMG!

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