Sunday, November 6, 2011

Twenty houses...

Well, we've been here in Chevy Chase, MD for about three days. In those days we have been in two states and one district.

Our first day here was full of excitement and thrills! The birth of a new life! Possibilities abounded!

We started by driving through Maryland, up towards Gaithersburg. There we giddily stopped at a house with a "For Rent" sign hanging on the lawn. As we got out of the car a small herd of deer paused from nibbling the grass to look up at us. It was as if the angels of house hunting had chosen that moment to smile down upon us and lift any worry away from our troubled souls. When the realtor arrived however, we were met with an unwelcome shock. The house simply would not do. It had not been updated since 1967. Wood paneling, harvest gold bathrooms, and a tiny kitchen were ice water in the face of our drunken joy. The deer mocked us and the angels looked upon us with pitying disdain.

Dejectedly we drove away. The rest of the day was spent touring Maryland, listening to the whining of children, and the complaints of commuting from my husband. I on the other hand was as delightful as always.

By the time night fell we collapsed back at the hotel and ordered room service, hopeful that the next day would bring us closer to our new home.

Saturday morning we woke up refreshed and ready for new adventures. We drove out to Great Falls, Virginia to see my pals Jenny and Matt and to see some properties in their area. Our visit with our old friends and their lovely children was fantastic. How is it that none of us have aged at all in fifteen years? We are amazing creatures I tell you.

Saturday afternoon brought us through nine houses. One of them was simply amazing. Huge, beautifully decorated, and landscaped with a pool. It was perfect in every way, except that it was about $500 over our maximum budgeted price. We walked around the house feeling like country bumpkins, pathetic hayseeds stunned that a house could possess five bathrooms. The house was really too much for us. Ultimately we walked away from it. It would make us feel inferior- miserable that my junk store finds which looked so cozy in my small house would look like trash in this elegant home.

We saw one other house which I quite loved. It was roomy enough for our family and friends without feeling too fussy for us. On the way home from Virginia I couldn't help but worry about the commute for David. Even on a Saturday afternoon the traffic was heavy, and seemed like another invitation for misery.

Sunday morning dawned with no vim or vigor. We felt exhausted, defeated, and more than a little cranky. The mood of the children ranged from to grumbling surliness to outright hostility. We saw many houses, none of which were quite right. In fact we were about to quit, to drive away and drown our sorrows in room service when we received a call from a craigslist posting and decided to try one last house. As we approached the neighborhood we started to perk up. Hmmmm. This neighborhood is nice! It must be completely out of our price range we thought.

"Don't get your hopes up!" we all warned each other. "It's probably too expensive for us."

People, we walked in and found a really great house. Not perfect in every way, mind you. There were no angels or talking pugs guiding our way, but it is a pretty great house. As David and I wandered the house we heard squeals of laughter coming from the backyard. There we saw the children playing with a neighbor child on the tree swing.

We are submitting an application to rent it. It's a little more than we budgeted for, but the short commute and great house make it worth it. Keep your fingers crossed for us dear internet, because if we have to start looking for houses again I'm pretty sure we'll need family counseling.


Cheryl said...

What great news! And a wonderfully funny, poignant post. I could almost see your tired tongue in your weary cheek.

Congratulations & may your application speed through the process, be accepted, and we can all sing & dance & rejoice on the 19th.

Anonymous said...

<3 <3 Hoping for a great outcome with this!! <3 <3 Hurray to the 21st house (I think that's what this would be..otherwise I mean "Hurray to the 20th house")! <3 Ms. TT

alice said...

Any house that turns grumpy grumps into gigglers deserves a chance, I hope you get it!

Karen said...

Sounds great, Sara! I hope it comes through. And remember, it IS just a rental, so if it turns out to not be the Dream House, that's OK too, right?

Gumbo Lily said...

Fingers crossed and great hopes for you and your family!

Jamie said...

Sounds like a winner...and we took two of our three children to the city to shop today. They were screaming all the way. What activity with the family won't result in counseling these days? Good luck.

It's Not Like a Cat said...

I don't know. No talking pigs? That's on OUR short list when it comes to finding a new home. Good luck to you!

Urban Interest said...

Good and a little bit funny article Sara! Nice to read.. Thanks.

Amanda said...

We also had this experience, more or less. We moved to the same area (Montgomery County) 7 years ago from across the country. This is a great place to raise kids, and you will love it, I hope. Potomac is beautiful.