Simple Joys: House Hunting

the source for this photo is an interesting read

We all need some little distractions and joys these days, so I want to start sharing a few of mine on the blog. The world feels very heavy and I've definitely cried on my way to and from work several times (heyyy essential workers). Whatever you need to keep you getting up and going, do it. 

Lately Harry and I have been dreaming about owning our own home, something I honestly was really against until the last couple of years. I grew up with two parents in the home industry (realtor and contractor) and knew how much of a pain home-ownership can be. I didn't want the responsibility of maintaining a yard or fixing a leaking sink - having a rental company do that for you was appealing! But fast forward to now and we've had some traumatic experiences with landlords and the sad empty feeling that there's really no point in doing any of your dream renovations to your home because your rent could be jacked up at the end of your year and you might have to leave it all anyway. There's so much uncertainty and knowing that "your house" isn't really yours is depressing. And for some reason now I'm excited about yard maintenance, so go figure. It's like one day you wake up and just suddenly like cauliflower or something. 

One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is peruse Zillow and check out houses in Portland and the surrounding area. We're still not sure what neighborhood we'd like to be in or could afford (maybe deep Gresham at this point) so I like to look at everything. I even like to check out really expensive homes just because I'm a nosy snoop. 

It's fun to think about what I like and don't like, what I'd change about places, what's too big of a job and what's manageable. I also especially like finding weird things in real estate photos and strange homes in general. Some people really think their particular taste is everyone's taste and it shows...

Some gems:

an onsite replica Hobbit house

a depressing marriage

open concept bathroom???

i hope he comes with the house

I'm not sure when we'll be able to afford a house but it's a fun goal to have and certainly a wonderful little dream to hold on to while we struggle through the pandemic era. 

What's keeping you going lately?

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