Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Staying put...

Hello, everyone.

Many of you have asked about the house situation, so I thought I would give you an update here. We are going to have to stay in our present home for the time being. The real estate market has taken a dive in the past year and a half, and it seems as if we cannot get the kind of sales price we need for this house. We are unwilling to lose money on the deal, no matter how beautiful the other property is.

This is not necessarily a bad thing! We are going to finish up some long-put-off projects in our current house and bide our time. If the Victorian house is still available when things turn around, we may re-visit the idea.

In the meantime, I will stay where I am and get my house finally, after 15 years, finished and customized to suit me! This house was built in 1963. We added on in 1998 and have re-done each room since then, except this last one (dining room/office space/seating area) that is now on the docket. I have never shown you this room because of the horrible nature of it-- tacky materials and finishes, poor space planning, inferior infrastructure. This is a pretty big project, involving changing the roofline, flooring system, windows, doorways, walls, ceilings, and building a new staircase. The carpenter (our friend/neighbor, Tom) came over today to take a look and work up an estimate. Hopefully work can start after the 4th of July weekend.

So, I am a tad disappointed, but not terribly. I really do love the house and garden I have labored so many years to create. Leaving here would have been hard to do emotionally and physically.
Thanks for all your inquiries and kind thoughts.
Until next time...


  1. Hi Anne,
    Sometimes a little disappointment leads us down a road to what we always wanted. I am a true believer in there being a reason for everything...I'm sure once your renovations are complete, the reasons for staying put will come to you.
    And perhpas in the future, the opportunity will present itself a third time to buy the home.
    I'm anxious to see what your plans are - you have such a warm and comfortable home now, so I'm sure whatever you do will be just as thoughtful.
    Have a glass of wine and dream of what your new/old home is going to be for you and your family.
    Have a lovely evening!

  2. Maybe you can stop at an Ikea for some of your projects :) Glad your ok with the choice. It will feel nice to finish up your house. Have a wonderful evening!

  3. Maybe this is for the best Anne your home and garden is lovely.
    You probably have an attachment to your home and don't even realize it until you moved. That happened to me sadly.

    I really wish the market here would crash!! Homes where i am are so over priced it's terrible!
    Have a great evening!
    Pamela xo

  4. hi anne,

    i'm with sarah above. plus in these hard economic times i think you are making a wise choice. we downsized right before the market turned bad and we still paid a price. sometimes simplifying is hard. it is rarely the easy road that is painted, at least in my experience. so for the time being, bloom where you are planted my friend.


  5. I have come to adore your current home so I'm happy you will staying a while longer. Just that photo at the top of this post tugs at my makes your home look like a retreat.

  6. Oh, I can see how you would be disappointed, but it is sensible not to sell if the market isn't great. In a years time, you may thing how glad you are you didn't buy that place. It will be interesting to see.

    In the meantime, I am looking forward to seeing your ding room redo.

  7. Anne: I hear you!
    I wondered how you could leave your
    lovely gardens, even for that sweet
    I think a lot of people are in the
    same boat....needing to work with
    what they've got....
    Sounds like it's going to be
    fantastic, when it's done!
    xx Suzanne

  8. Dear Anne,
    Well, I think that this is a case of que serra serra. It is not meant to be at this particular time. Your home is lovely, as is your garden and I'm sure that to stay is no bad thing.
    Enjoy your beautiful home and gatden and whatever will be, will be.
    We looked at the house we are in now and lost it to another buyer as we hadn't sold ours but, 18 months later, it came back on the market and we had sold ours by then, and we bought it and have been living in it for the last 24 years.
    Things often work out, but not in the way that you expect. XXXX

  9. What's meant to be will be. Glad to see you are dealing with things in the best way possible, working with what you have. We are all feeling the crunch of the poor housing market. I too would love to move, to find that dream property, but that won't be happening anytime soon in this crazy economy and market. Can't wait to see what kind of exciting changes are coming in your home. It would be sad to leave all the hard work we put into our homes and gardens behind huh. Take Care, Carrie

  10. I am so sorry I missed this post. Sounds like you have been going through some big changes. The process to come to decision of selling the house must have been difficult. I know how many memories are planted around the flower beds in the garden and in the house itself..
    In a way perhaps the rotten real estate market is a blessing in disguise? I can't picture you anywhere else than here.

    Hope the renovations go well.
    x Charlotta


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