Greetings! You know I love to do drive bys of gorgeous old homes and lush neighborhoods. There is just something about those charming homes of yesteryear that just pull me right in! As we’ve been talking about the possibility in our family of moving to another area for my husband’s work, we’ve talked quite a bit about what kind of house we would choose next time. Since I am tired of moving, I would want to make sure I chose well so I could be settled somewhere for a long time to come.
I’m really considering the kind of life I would like to live for the next decade. Not just from the romantic side of me that loves beautiful things, but the practical side of me that wants to think and plan out what I am doing! I want to create margins of time and money in order life a balanced life. What kind of house we choose can affect so much of how we live our life.
I’ve always been smitten by the older houses, but am usually somewhat envious of people who buy quality new homes and don’t have to deal with all the fixing up and maintenance that we had do in our home. They can move in and start decorating instead of ripping down wallpaper and old plumbing pipes.
Even though I love the idea of restoring a home, it is expensive and time consuming. I wonder if an old house is the best use of our resources. But then, I’ve been reminded that newer homes are not maintenance free and the quality of many of the newer ones can necessitate more upkeep.
Ideally, I’d love to buy an older home and either be able to fix it up immediately upon purchase (inside and out) or buy one that has already been refurbished.
So, let’s discuss. I’d love your thoughts! Old house? New House? Refurbished old house? New house made to look old? Or how about a condo instead? Just wondering what you all like and what your experiences are. I haven’t lived in a new home since I was 7 years old so I’d love to know your experiences with new homes and for those of you old house lovers, I’d like to know why you choose them!
Some related links:
If you want to see some fun photo galleries of some of the best places to buy older homes, visit This Old House.
See my article on Curb Appeal mid-morning over at Blissfully Domestic today! Say hello while you are there!
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Photos: Melissa Michaels