So, we bought a house.
It’s been a whirlwind since my last update: we drove back to Toronto, finished packing/cleaning our house there, drove back to Moncton (one way trip!), settled into our temporary lodgings, started the house-hunting process, found the perfect spot on day 3, put an offer on it on day 4, finalized the purchase at the end of that week, and closed on it a week after that.
Yep, we bought and took possession of our new house in under two weeks.
It’s just a little house — 3 bedroom, 1 bath, 3 level split (plus basement) that was built in the mid 80s. It’s in great shape (unlike the other oh-my-god-teardowns we looked at), new roof, well insulated, and on the edge of Moncton proper meaning we’re on city water & sewer (yay!). We also have fiberop internet that weirdly comes bundled with free phone & TV. So I guess we have TV again.
The most significant change from our plans and our actual purchase is the amount of land we ended up getting. We were initially looking for 10+ acres (or at least 5+) outside of city limits, but ended up getting 2 acres just within city limits. This changes what we can do slightly — limit on # of chickens, no goats or other livestock — but it turns out 2 acres (gorgeous, south-facing, totally cleared and well-drained acres) is enough for pretty much everything else. It’s a good size, and is really just a lovely bit of land right on the Petitcodiac river.
What the house does have is a lovely 12′ x 20′ room that will be my combination office & studio. This is a huge bonus for me, of course, and I am really excited to get my studio set up so I can get back to work. It’s been really way too long since I’ve been able to do any printmaking, and I’m itching to get back to it. So many projects I want to work on!
Unfortunately we’re not going to move in to the house for a few weeks yet, as we’re doing some renovations. More on that soon.
That’s enough rambling for now. More updates soon (now that the initial chaos has finally settled a bit). Have a lovely Canada Day!