Wednesday, July 25, 2007

woohoo! we're adults!

What, you guys didn't like me sticking that we bought a house right in the middle of a post? I thought it was rather sneaky. I can't just come right out and tell you stuff, no, I've got to make sure you're all paying close attention.

Yes, jparks and I have taken the big plunge and purchased a house here in Silicone Valley. It was as pain-free as something this painful can be, mainly because we bought from friends. Friends that were very nice and understanding when we proclaimed "we'll buy your house!" without actually having our finances lined up for such a transaction.

And, just so we are all on the same page, I have to disclose this bit of information: we didn't actually purchase a house-house; we purchased a townhouse. I know for some people (read as: people like me that have only lived in reasonably priced areas) buying a townhouse instead of a stand alone house is bizarre and slightly ridiculous. But, in this area, buying a townhouse is a necessary evil for first time purchasers like jparks and I.

So, do you want details? Maybe pictures? heh, well I don't really have those things. I can give you basic details but since we bought the place before it was listed that limited the "walk through with a camera and take pictures so we can decide if we want to sign away our lives" opportunities. Actually, we told our friends we would buy the place after seeing only the bottom floor, one time, many months ago. We are not insane, it was just too good of an opportunity to pass up.

What I can tell you is that it's a hair over 1400 square feet, 2 bedrooms, and 2.5 baths in Santa Clara. We have a 2 car tandem garage and the Sanders are leaving us all the stainless steel appliances we can shake a stick at. If you want to know what something like this costs, send me an email and I'll spill the beans. If you don't really care about the exact figure, I'll just say it was pricey, but we got a really good deal.

We are supposed to move into the new place in August and I plan on filling my time until then with interior decorating magazines, books, and websites. Or, I am more than willing to let someone step up to the challenge of decorating my house. Between jparks being colorblind and my inability to commit to anything out of fear that it won't work with the rest of our stuff, the decorating of a new place is a huge stress for me. Any takers?

Jparks and I are super excited about this big step into adulthood. Now whenever the cats start fighting I break them up and tell them that shortly they can each have their own room. We have started to run Lily up and down the stairs at our apartment complex to prepare her for a new life full of stairs. For the past few night I've had wonderful dreams about being able to watch tv uninterrupted by Mr. I-Don't-Want-To-Watch-But-Can-You-Tell-Me-What-Just-Happened. Oh my, I can't wait! Jparks can be on one floor of the house and I can be on another! Our marriage might just survive after all!


  1. Yay for you! It's taken me almost five years in this house to just say 'Screw it' and get rid of the bachelor pad furnishings and live a little less like savages. Five years and I'm finally painting and buying furniture ...

  2. Stupid Bay Area being too expensive! My cousin at home just bought a HUGE house, like nearly 3000 square feet, NEW! And what he paid would just bearly get us into a 40 year old run down condo here. Yet another reason why I NEED to move home. So anyhow I get why buying a townhouse is like buying a house, becasue it will cost much more than a regular house anywhere else would!

  3. Congrats on the new home! I think it's great news.

  4. Congrats! I love redecorating so I'd be happy to help. I'm also pretty handy at making curtains and cushions (did you notice the light blue/green cushions on the floor the other day at our casa? I made those :-)

  5. Did the sellers finance the purchase for you or did you have to get a mortgage? I hope the latter, so you and JParks don't take it in the shorts from PMI.