Delaware and Maryland next. Anything in Maryland close enough for a commute was way out of our price range. Delaware looked good - and then we refined the search to exclude mobile homes. What little was left was nice (low taxes, too!) but most were on a slab. I need my house to dig into the earth. Need a good anchor. Sorry Delaware and Maryland!
So. It's out to the sticks in PA. One house - cute as could be - looked great on paper. We drove out to take a look at the neighborhood and there it was. Nice yard. However there were freight train tracks directly across the street and about 100 yards down to the end of the street was a HUGE sign. It said, 'Siren will sound one minute before explosion!' Explosion?! I think there might have been a quarry back in there. We've found some real gems, lemme tell ya. Most everything in our price range is grotesque. The near suburbs around Philly, the housing market is just crazy. Twins with no land for a quarter of a million dollars??? Four and five thousand dollars a year for property tax on top of it?? Forget that.
Gotta go further out. You know, Pennsylvania is a beautiful state once you get out of Philly. I grew up in the Rockies and that is a different type of beauty. It's wild and craggy and dry and huge. Here in PA it's rolling hills alternating with fields and woods. Thick woods. Everything is green and lush and round.
So - anyhoo. We went to see a house way the hell out there. All stone construction, 2 full baths, almost a half acre of land. What a friggin mess it is though. It's in our price range and hopefully what we are thinking of offering on it will be taken by the seller. It needs about $12,000 worth of work right off the bat. Taxes are real low - about $900.00 p/year. We filled the truck up with gas while we were out there - 18 cents less per gallon than the cheapest place around here. Car insurance would probably be cut in half.
Our house is going up next Monday. Saint Joseph is ready to be buried in the garden. We are decluttering like crazy - got the basement and garage cleared out this weekend and the girls winter clothes stored. I'm going to work on my clothes now. Then it's up early to swim practice, then library stuff and then a swim meet.
Grizzly Mama is tired! Wish us luck.