Sunday, May 29, 2005

Just Chillin

Ah, the weekend. Finally! We spent a good portion of yesterday house hunting. Out of all the houses that we saw, the only one that was within our price range was a two story, four bedroom, two bath house that sits on a third of an acre. Sounds great, right? We thought so too. We drove out to take a look wondering what must be wrong with the place. Usually, houses in our price range are tiny. The problem - it was severely damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. There were some pretty sketchy repairs made to it's foundation. Like, they just stuck a pipe under the house and pumped concrete under it until they got bored. Also, some large concrete pillars were put in place to act as retaining walls behind the house. For some reason, windows on the bottom floor had panes of glass that were about a third too small. There were large open gaps. The decks were crumbling. Basically, the house was barely inhabitable and would need to be totally gutted, and it was not cheap. For $350K less (LESS! - that's not a typo) than the cost of this house, our friends just bought a brand new, custom built, seven bedroom, three bath house on almost an acre in Utah. Unbelievable! This real estate bubble must pop and pop soon.

Today, we're going hiking. It's too depressing to look at what we can afford in California.

"Maybe, we could just live in here. It's close to the ice cream."


At 4:14 PM, Blogger Gama said...

I love house hunting.
Keep searching and you'll find the perfect one. Good Luck :-)

At 2:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just come back to Acton - maybe the buyers wouldn't even notice since they still haven't moved in. I think the cat has moved into the house in their place.

At 3:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, you know what you could get for that in alabama? then you could live here near your favorite cousin! love, the goss family

At 11:41 PM, Blogger J Fife said...

Gama - I also love house hunting. Having a glimpse into other people's lives is always intersting to me.

S&K - We'd love to come back to Acton, especially now that it must look like a rain forest!

Goss's - Alabama is probably great, but you just don't have enough mountains. So, come out and live near us. We could get a compound together.

At 1:56 PM, Anonymous Scott said...

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At 11:23 AM, Blogger J Fife said...

Scott - We could have our own city block? I don't want to know things like this! It dives me crazy. We are living in an overpriced nightmare.

At 10:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see, we could all move to Texas and live on an enormous ranch. I believe Fife was requesting near a river.

We could sell from our 'overpriced nightmare' and meet in the middle!

Miss and love you guys
Nicole and Jeremy

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