We have a dream… We dream to one day own a home of our own. Don’t know if it’ll ever happen. But there are some things that we consider to be essential to a future home.
Those things include:
- Some elbow room… ideally, we’d like a place with at least an acre. My husband John would likely be happiest with a place with 10 acres or less. He thinks acres = work. (Not that he’s wrong!) I think – the more the merrier! More acres to explore, play in, let chickens be pastured in, have sheep, goats, cows… You know, stuff like that!
- Some outbuildings… a barn, a chicken coop, a greenhouse? So many wonderful to contemplate options!
- Some fencing… in our dreams – fenced and cross fenced, at least some!
- Water – of some sort… a creek, a pond, something like that.
- Woods… doesn’t every dream place have some woods? Some marketable timber? Places for teenage boys to roam!
- A house that’s not falling apart. Enough said.
- A house with enough bedrooms.
- A house with more than one toilet.
- A house with decent electrical.
- A house with decent plumbing.
- A house with some water pressure.
There are also some things we’d not expect to find in a house, but would like to implement – somehow, someway. They include:
- Solar energy
- Maybe wind energy, too!
- Rainwater collection system
…to name a few. There are so many cool things to be done anymore. Stuff we’d love to implement and have a part of our daily lives!
We are currently very fortunate to rent a place with half an acre – in a town with an urban growth boundary! Seriously – most houses are on micro lots – think R-24 – yes, folks, that’s 24 residential units on ONE acre. I could go on and on about how frightening it becomes and the things it does the average Joe trying to just survive – not to mention the horrifying aesthetics of the whole thing!
And while we’re so thankful for the house that we’re renting, there are some drawbacks. What, you ask, are the drawbacks about our house that we live in right now?
- While we love old houses, old can be a bad thing – particularly if it’s generally not up to code in – well – every way, shape, and form.
- The entire house needs to be rewired – the electrical is a fire waiting to happen.
- The entire house needs to be replumbed.
- There is virtually NO water pressure – ANYWHERE – on the property.
- There are original doors, windows, etc. Think circa 1946 – before energy conservation was a twinkle in anyone’s eye.
- The entire house pretty much lacks insulation.
- The heating system is original – oil heat (expensive!) – and entire regions of the house don’t get heat in the winter.
- No fencing. None. Okay – well, technically – a short ornamental fence at the street. (Think completely incapable of keeping anything contained!)
We talked many times about the fact that we’d happily buy the place. (We’d have to have a windfall of some sort first, of course!) What would we do if we did? Invite the fire department over to practice burning down a house! (They do that, you know – it’s good practice for them to know how to control the fire and make sure it’s out.) Then we’d put a new house on the front half of the property, fence the entire place, and do some major yard overhaul. (There’s an apple tree about as old as the hills that seriously needs to go away! The only thing it does well is bean you with the fruit that is wickedly awful tasting and never ripens! Oh, there’s that dead cedar tree, too…)
So – I admit it – I look.
At real estate web sites.
They’re so stinking addictive!
Such a waste of valuable time!
And they lead to discoveries like this!
Isn’t it pretty? 21 acres! In Tennessee! We love Tennessee! (Yes, we do live in Oregon – and yes, Tennessee is far, far away!)
AND – it has this!
A real live tea house! With a working fireplace! Isn’t it adorable?!
What more could one need in life?
Oh – yeah – $1,750,000.00. That would require more than a bit of a windfall, huh?
Plus – imagine all of the housework!
How far would you have to go to find the laundry room?
That’s a lot of lawn to mow… I can just see my husband giving me the raised eyebrow stern but quizzical look – you know, the one that asks, “What do you think I am? Superman?!” (Yes, actually, I do. J)
But I can dream, can’t I?