A transplanted Southern Californian living in North Dakota Idaho, with some insights on life with deaf dogs, a gluten free spouse, and the occasional mischievous garden gnome. Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy.





Monday, May 11, 2009

House Hunting Success

We returned from our house hunting expedition in Grand Forks exhausted but excited at the same time. After a whirlwind four days of house viewing, mortgage broker meetings, form signing, and Dairy Queen cakes with Alycia's parents we came back triumphantly to San Diego having bought a house in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Our real estate agent, Darren Thompson from Greenberg Realty did a fantastic job showing us every possible house that fit our criteria, and exhausting every option in finding us the perfect house. Darren was also a last minute replacement for our regular agent who wass on vacation for the time that we were out there, which made his steallr assistance all the more impressive.

Despite the fact that we reviewed houses that we had found online, and that had been on the market for months, we ended up snatching a house that was on the market for only four days. The irony of this was not lost on us as we fondly recounted the hours and hours of Internet research.
Here's a picture of our new house in Grand Forks. After a bit or research, I actually found that our house is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. It was built in 1915, and has some phenomenal craft work, built ins, and woodwork throughout the main floor. It's a three bedroom, one and a half bathroom house with a full length sun porch on the front of the house, and a very serviceable mudroom on the back porch.

The great part is that there is a ton of space in the yard for not only dogs to scamper around and conduct their doggie business, but also for me to plant some fruit trees and have an awesome garden. On the south side of the house are two garages, a double (newer) and a single which would be great for work space, some storage, or whatever uses I can think of for it.

At the very least it's nice to have a mental picture of our destination, and we don't have to busy ourselves anymore with the hassle of searching for a house. Now, we just have to think about the whole moving thing.....

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