One of the things we discussed while in Karl’s office was which houses we were going to see that day. I think there were four or five on the list, with an extra one that he threw in that had just showed up on his list. We actually were heading to that one first.
Before I go on, let me just list a few things that were on our ‘wants’ list as we searched for our new home:
- a treehouse
- a great church….and hopefully close to us
- friendly neighbors
- adequate space
- a basement with room to finish and add a home theater
- 2-car garage
- space to plant a garden
If you have ever been to the Lynchburg area, you are familiar with all of the lush green trees; the windy roads with the country feel. It was a beautiful drive out into the country. As we arrived at our first destination along a tree-lined street with pretty brick houses (with southern porches and columns on some!), I was excited! We pulled into a long drive beside a tall brick house that not only had a garage but a second, free-standing garage, as well.
It was sitting on just under an acre. As we got out of the car, we could see a tractor in the field behind the house, as well as hay bails dotting the pasture. We walked towards the fence that separated ‘our’ yard from the pasture, and what did we see? A treehouse. But not just any treehouse! This was actually a separate structure and was probably about 8-10 feet in diameter. It had a wrap-around balcony, a fire pole, a swing, and a ladder leading up through the center. There were shuttered windows that open all the way to let in the sun and breeze but can be locked to keep out any intruders or critters. It was amazing!
We also noticed that there were 4 raised beds in the back yard….full of weeds, but just waiting for us to come clear them out and plant something! The rest of the yard was nicely landscaped, too.
Oh, and did I mention the picnic table?
After standing in the yard for quite some time, in a daze, we forced ourselves to actually move into the house. 🙂 It was great! Wood floors on the main floor, a basement just waiting to be finished, a sunroom, 4 bedrooms up top (with the 4th being extra-large to accommodate two growing boys), a beautiful master bedroom and bath, a cute kitchen (a little small, but hey, we could make it work!), a formal dining room (would be our library), and a large breakfast nook off the kitchen.
I don’t know how long we stayed, but it was tough to leave. We kept looking at each other, both of us thinking, “Is this for real? Did we just see everything we wanted in the FIRST house we looked at?!”
We went on to see the other homes that evening and the following two days. Some were nice, others were not going to fit our needs. Each day, we asked our realtor to take us by the first house, “Just one more time?” By Friday afternoon, we knew we were ready to place an offer, and did so. We still had houses to look at the next day, and also knew that if the owners did not accept our offer, we would need a backup in order to meet our goal.
You know the one, to have an accepted offer on a house before we left VA!