Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Half-Finished Home

The other day, I found myself searching real estate listings in our area. Why, you might wonder, would I torture myself in this way, when we are marginally employed, have no money in savings, and struggle to make the minimum payments on our credit card bills? Because I was curious, and our dishwasher is broken, and I have big dreams of living in a tiny house on a bunch of land. You understand. 

I decided to search for houses one county over, since it's a bit more rural and cheaper than Wilmington. I narrowed down my search by lot size, which helped a bit. Then, I decided to search the word "cabin." Two seconds later, I was scrolling through our dream house. 

Luxury cabin!

Now, "house" might be pushing it, but only slightly. The home is half built, but completely livable - the second floor is unfinished, and has the potential to be two more bedrooms + another bathroom. The downstairs has a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living room, as well as heat and AC. Nathan and I are DIY folk, so we'd actually enjoy finishing the house - especially if we could live in it while we worked (which, I admit, seems like one of those "famous last words" situations. Good thing this is all a fantasy!).

Not bad.

I like to call this "potential." 

This is where I would drink my morning coffee.

The best part of the house it that it sits on 10.5 acres of land. TEN POINT FIVE. 3.5 are cleared, the other seven are covered in hardwood forest. That is plenty of room to keep a flock of chickens and a few goats, and plant a huge garden that actually gets enough sunlight. And do you want to know how much the owner was asking for this half finished house and all this land? DO YOU? Let me tell you. 

$139,900. 

Negotiable. 

I KNOW. 

As soon as I read the listing, I sent it to Nathan, and immediately started dreaming of the view from my home office, how serene it would be to write books and essays while tucked away in the country, how I would take breaks from my work to wander the land and care for the animals. We could be actual homesteaders, instead of just pretending in our rental house. I was almost ready to start packing, might have even gone up to the attic to check on our cardboard box situation, when Nathan responded, saying he liked the house and it looked like a great deal, but we have no money, remember? 

Oh, yeah. Money. Cue my deep and profound depression. 

On the bright side, at least I know the kind of place I'd like to buy when we're in a position to own something, and it's good to know that Nathan is on board. For now, I'll be saving my pennies and trying to stay away from real estate websites, all while dreaming about the half finished home that's waiting for us somewhere (far) in the future. 

14 comments:

  1. Aw, you're breaking my heart! I don't have such a specific idea of what kind of home I'd like to buy, but yeah: renting gets old. Sigh!

    Keep dreaming, friend :-) The cabin is absolutely lovely.

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  2. Cute! I say buy it anyway and get a million goats and sell their artisan goat cheese to pay off the mortgage. I'll come work for free on goat care and making the goat cheese and then both our dreams can come true!

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  3. That house looks awesome. I totally know how you feel -- CW and I are moving into a rental, but we keep tossing around ideas for when we finally buy: garden possibilities, chickens, design ideas, etc. We won't be looking to buy for a while, though, at least until certain work issues become clearer. So for now, it's just a "Someday" conversation.

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    1. Our first step it to get actual jobs. Then we can start thinking for real about buying a house. One thing at a time...

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  4. Oh god, I feel you. This house is AMAZING! I'd take it in a flash ( but no, I don't have any money either. At all)

    It's so great to find a like-minded soul who would understand the beauty of taking one something half finished in the middle of nowhere. People can keep their glossy magazine style new builds. I want something half finished that I can work on, preferably for months.

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    1. We definitely like to put our own stamp on things, so a half finished house would be perfect.

      Also I checked out your blog and I love that you're considering cosmology! The universe is so interesting it literally frightens me if I think about it for too long.

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  5. It's perfect! Maybe it'll still have a role in your life, as inspiration for a saving-for-a-house goal.

    I actually just finished my own round of searching for words like "cabin" and "cottage" on Craigslist -- I'm moving to the triangle area in August. Sadly, all of the best stuff seems to be for sale, rather than for rent. Maybe in a few years I'll have the tinyhouse of my dreams, but until then, there's always cabinporn.com (safe for work!)

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    1. I checked out your blog before I checked out cabinporn.com, just to be on the safe side, and I love both sites! Thanks for passing them along. :)

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  6. Awww, that place *does* look like it has potential--but as someone in the middle of an on-going it's-already-been-2-years remodel...it's not worth it. Well, maybe it is. That place will be gorgeous when it's finished though!

    I hope you guys can invest in a dream sometime soon--the more goats and chickens, the better!

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    1. I think the fact that the downstairs is mostly finished and totally liveable would make it work for me. I would need at least a tiny finished space in order to feel centered and at home.

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  7. That does look like the perfect place for you guys! It sucks when your income doesn't match up with your dreams :( But keep saving and you'll get there someday!

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  8. To me that sounds insanely cheap even for unfinished/partially finished. How expensive are houses normally around you?

    Maybe you can magically get money and this will still be on the market.

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  9. Forgive this West coast girl...but why is it not on the ground??

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