Thursday, April 12, 2007

daydreaming...

Recently I have been househunting, not for myself but for my parents who are reconsidering life up North.

It has been interesting. My parents took risks in the mid 70's to buy more than they could afford at the time and to give their kids dream house to grow up in Seattle. They sold it to build a house from the ground up - a lovely place with a grand ocean view in So Cal .

They lived in that for while and then decided to downsize. It has been interesting to watch that process, they moved from about 4500 square feet to 3200 in So. Cal. plus another 900 in Seattle. It has been amazing to me to watch them pack up, move, remodel and move again four or five times in the same time I have stayed put here in the 98105.

Now, they are thinking about it again. This time they are looking for more room than they currently have, while keeping to their desire for one story home with a view, very few steps to negotiate and large entertaining spaces. It has been fun to wander the internet typing in requirements and seeing what comes up within or near my zipcode where money is less of an object than it would be for me. For now, I can drive by houses I love and think would be perfect in hopes that a for sale sign will pop up and that they will love it.

4 comments:

jk said...

that is a very nice problem to have! Adding up the figures, they've only lost 400 sq feet so far. do they want to get back to the entire pre-move size, or just more than they have currently?

Mony said...

Do share. Vicarious shopping is really fun.

Mony said...

do they need a house-sitter in southern cal while waiting for it to sell?

nm said...

No. Sorry.

They are still there until they find the perfect house.

;)