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Friday, January 06, 2006

Big Houses

Consumerism Commentary has a post today about large houses. After living in Seattle and the Bay Area for many years, when I first moved to TX with Andrew, I had to wrap my head around the idea of Big Houses.

Our neck of the woods used to be the boonies for many years -- where we are specifically is still about 15% boonies, though that is rapidly changing -- so almost all of the houses we looked at were built in the last 10 years. Which meant brick McMansions, the official house of Texas. I could have gotten used to it, but I really prefer something a little more homey, so we kept looking. Our agent even quickly surmised, "You won't even look at a place that doesn't have a large amount of mature trees, will you?" And it was true.

So we finally stumbled upon one of the rare older, more established neighborhoods and found a house that was still big by my standards -- 2100 sq ft, give or take -- but was about 1000 sq ft smaller than everything else we were looking at. It also had the advantage of being on an acre instead of piled up on top of its neighbors and being 50-75k cheaper than what we had been looking at. We snapped it up. [We had to outbid some lawyers for it, but that's another post some day.]

I love our house. The "smallness" occasionally causes problems -- there is very little pantry or storage area, so we have to be very creative, and we still are in discussion over which bedrooms will be used for what -- but, really, I love our house.

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