It was an uneventful December weeknight on the couch. I was scrolling through the usual suspects: Facebook, Amazon, Instagram, Redfin. I noticed a too-good-to-be-true house in NW Portland, handed my phone to Thor and remarked, “Let’s move here.” It was a simple joke that lead to a full-scale offer on the home 48 hours later. (Spoiler alert: we didn’t get that house.)
Suddenly, after living in the same condo for a decade, we were ready to buy a new home, and when we do things, we don’t mess around. Within days, we looked at three more homes and had an offer accepted on a different home of our dreams. Merry Xmas to the Deacons.
Knowing full well that there were some external repairs that would take up to two months to complete, we loosely began preparations, but our closing date kept changing, and changing, and changing. What was the hold up?
A $70k retaining wall on the back end of the property, two confusing sewer lines, and an unmotivated seller who lived in Dubai. But we were patient. If we’re going to live in the house until we die, we could wait a few more weeks.
Today we finally took possession – and the wall is just about finished. It’s so big that I guarantee you’ll be seeing a lot of Game of Thrones inspired photos of me pacing The Wall in the coming winter months.
A third sewer line will be added next week, so until then we mostly just have to go visit the house and try to figure out which switches turn on what, and decide on some interior paint colors. After living in a condo for ten years, I suppose we should probably buy a rake…or something.
Why this house? This 105 year-old house at 1000 feet elevation in the west hills of Portland?
After feeling like California is creeping in all around us, something about the house retains the old Portland feeling. It’s quiet and nestled in the hills, but still conveniently located. We aren’t having kids and this house will provide the space for our mid-life crisis hobbies: Thor gets dibs on the basement, and I get dibs on the 500 sqft detached garage (look forward to #15 – Design and build my own gym).
People keep lecturing us about all the work that will need to be done. Yeah, people, we get it. But other than the lack of ample bathrooms, the house is well-maintained and move-in ready.
And finally – let’s give a big shoutout to our realtor, who kept up on this deal everyday for more than four months of retaining-wall-water-tank-sewer-line-electrical-panel-new-extension-date-updates.
So friends, get ready to enjoy a bottle of wine (or Taco Bell more like) on our new patio once the summer rolls in.