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*opens the box*
I yet live, and have both news, and that lethargy about posting that's partly time, and partly "Oh God, I haven't posted anything in forever, and the longer I wait the more self-conscious I feel." So this is me nipping that in the bud, yo.

News! We are, thank the deity or lack thereof of your choice, moving.

Not far, not out of the city, but out of the crack-den* and over to the university area south of downtown, which is just... lovely and non-terrifying, and the same distance from work as our current house, while being 20 minutes closer to maeyan's mom. It also means that OMG people will actually be able to visit me at some point, without dealing with the sinkhole that is our current house.

Best of all, the new one is in the final stages of being completely refurbished, and is just an awesome home. One less bedroom than we have now, but the rooms themselves are huge, the garage is 2-car and attached and wasn't built in 1912 facing an alleyway, the AC is central and new, as are the furnace and hot water heater. It's got a fully covered back porch that's essentially an extra living-room, two full baths as opposed to our current one half bath, new carpet in all the rooms, big open kitchen space with a breakfast bar type counter.

Ain't bragging, I'm just thrilled. And lucky. It's an incredibly good place for an incredibly good price, and I'll cop to the fact that we almost didn't even look at it because I wasn't keen on it being in the middle of refurbishing and there were no interior pictures at all. Luckily both maeyan and our agent replied to my "I'm doubtful but I'm willing to see it if you guys want to" with "yes, let's" and the rest is put-in-an-offer-on-it-the-same-day-we-first-saw-it history.

Pictures:

From the front


It is, yes, as halfnorn says, a very American house. But it's made of brick, not wood, so perhaps someday she will come and sleep in it.

Ramp


The front porch is fully ramped, which will make firesweeper happy.

Living/family/dining room



From opposite POVs to give a (still kind of crappy) idea of how big it is. They knocked out a (non load-bearing) wall at some point to combine the living and dining rooms. That door you see to the left in picture 1 and ahead of you in picture 2 goes to the garage, and it's getting replaced before we close, because it's not fire-rated. (Dude, they accepted every additional repair request we gave them. Our real estate agent was shocked.)

Back porch from the inside


It'll have carpet before we close on the house, as well.

Back porch from the outside


And from the back.

Outbuildings


The two storage buildings are huge, water-tight, and the one on the right is fully wired with its own switchbox, about 6 internal outlets and two on the outside. Plus a roll-up door on the right side with a ramp for driving a riding mower in.

Hallway


Back inside, that's the hallway to the left when entering from the front door. Two bedrooms on the left, bath, linen closet and master bedroom on the right.

Front Bedrooms



One of those is the guest room, one is maeyan's.

Hall bath


It's... a bathroom.

Master bedroom


And the master, which is miiine. (Because maeyan has the master bedroom in our current house.) This one's actually taken standing inside the bedroom; what you're looking at is the master bath, with sink and closet visible, and the actual bath tucked away to the left where you can't see it. The whole thing closes off with pocket doors that are hiding in the walls in this picture.

We close a week from Thursday, good lord willing and the creeks don't rise, and someone is probably sighing at me for poking superstitious buttons, but now was the time when I actually had a good moment to organize pictures and post about it while not going crazy with other stuff!


* I am not kidding, being overdramatic, or profiling the area because of its racial make-up. There actually was a crack house two doors down from us. I also got very politely advised to head on to the next bus stop a block away because this one was the Ho Corner. By the ladies in question. That's on top of our own house, car, and garage being broken into on three separate occasions. So yeah.

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ladycat777

2010-08-30 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oooooo, that looks *fantastic* Here's fingers crossed and no-jinx-good-thoughts because I have heard tell of this crackden you live in, and the chance to get OUT of it, particularly into something as nice looking as this house, is wonderful news.

Also, hi!

mpoetess

2010-08-30 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hiiiii, you! *snuggles*

The only OMGWTFBBQ about it is the lawn, which is huuuuge, and we.... are not mowy people. Me to Maeyan: "Can't we just put in astroturf?"

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drax

2010-08-30 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

That would be me sighing


but EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!

<3 <3


mpoetess

2010-08-30 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yeee-es, well. There was a thing with a thing. So there. ♥

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dine

2010-08-30 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

omg, yay! it looks and sounds awesome - I'm tickled for you

mpoetess

2010-08-30 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

Merci! (Actually it sounds like CRUNCH CRUNCH CRUNCH WHAT I CAN'T HEAR YOU YOU'LL HAVE TO COME IN HERE because of all the plastic sheeting they put down to protect the carpet while they work.)

sarabi

2010-08-30 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

SHWEET!!1!

We are so excited for you both! And so looking forward to coming to visit you and *finally* meet the kids! Yay!

mpoetess

2010-08-30 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yaaay!

Well, snerk, you've met two of them; you just need to meet the other seven.

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media_junkie

2010-08-30 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

It looks great! Congratulations!

I got on the wrong side of some whores in Hoboken once so I know how disconcerting it can be to be viewed as competition. I wonder if it would be just as mortifying now that I'm an old lady or if it would be funny instead. Not that I want to have it happen, I'm just suddenly flashing back and curious. - MJ

mpoetess

2010-08-30 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Snerk - I am 100% sure they were not viewing me as competition. It was more "Oh honey, no, you don't want to be on this corner right now. Go over there where it's safe and no one gets confused."

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alexandriabrown

2010-08-30 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Congrats!

mpoetess

2010-08-30 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thankee!

byrne

2010-08-30 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

I have outbuilding lust. Just so you know.

mpoetess

2010-08-31 12:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Community property, dear wyfe. My outbuilding is your outbuilding.

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mpoetess

2010-08-31 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)

*spins*

gem225

2010-08-30 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

This is great news! Congratulations to you, and may you have an easy move. :-D

mpoetess

2010-08-31 12:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

soundingsea

2010-08-30 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wow, what a lovely new place. I'm particularly impressed by the storage buildings! Oh, how I long for such a thing!

mpoetess

2010-08-31 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)

They're amazing; our home inspector was guessing that the previous owner (before the rehabber bought it) had used the one for a wood-shop, with all the electrical outlets.

flaming_muse

2010-08-30 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

How wonderful!

mpoetess

2010-08-31 12:05 am (UTC) (Link)

The urge to PACK ALL THE THINGS is strong. Must resist.

entrenous88

2010-08-30 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Congratulations! Sounds like a terrific location, and looks as though you get a good amount of light. Yay for space and garages and wooooooohooooo, master bedroom! Which I think you should now call the mistress bedroom. So there.

I am blinking at the outbuildings, because they look like little guesthouses, but I'm sure soon enough you'll have plenty to store in them and will be pleased they're around.

mpoetess

2010-08-31 12:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Oooh, I like that. The mistress bedroom. Yes.

And oh ye gods and little fishes do we have stuff to store in the outbuildings.

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julia_here

2010-08-30 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ooooo, nifty new house! About my age, too, from the looks of it: midcentury modern all the way!

Congratulations!

Julia, will the cats get the garage?

mpoetess

2010-08-31 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)

I think we may give them the outbuilding with the electrical outlets. I'm sure they'll find something creative to do there.

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janedavitt

2010-08-31 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)

It looks gorgeous! Hope the move goes well ::hugs::

mpoetess

2010-08-31 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Thanks! The move will go... slowly, probably, which will save our sanity.

bunnyohare

2010-08-31 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Gosh you're so together! The new place looks great, and I'm sure you guys will turn it into a home in no time at all. Congrats!

mpoetess

2010-08-31 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Thanks! I... am sure we will fill it with stuff in no time at all, at least!

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