the great outdoors

The house we ended up buying was the 5th house we looked at.  We started our search by looking at/falling in love with one house (OH), then decided we should look at a few others before we put an offer in. We had a marathon day in the fall when we looked at OH (again) and 3 others. OH did not work out becuase it was way overpriced and the sellers would not budge.

 (Sidenote: it has been on the market for 3+ years and is still for sale. The sellers live in a brand new house next door so they are obviously not hurting for money. It is a ~140 year old home and while I loved that about it, most people probably scoff at the price because they could buy a brand new home for that without all the annoyances a 140 year old home offered.)

OH was on a 3/4 acre completely flat lot and while I appreciated that, it wasn’t until we saw the other 3 that I realized how important a yard was to me. We looked at a beautiful house in Cranberry that had a gorgeous updated kitchen, a huge deck, 2 car garage, huge master bedroom with huge master bath…and a horrible yard. It was tiny, half of it was covered by a tiny patio, the other 1/3 was covered in small trees. It ran into a creek. It was in a beautiful little neighborhood with a park not too far away, but the lack of any useable yard space just made me really sad.

We also saw a house nearby that was on an acre. And then we got there and found that the half acre in the back was nearly vertical.

The reason that I jumped when I saw the listing for our house was because it was listed as 2.58 acres. After talking to the previous owners, we found out it is actually 2.76 acres thanks to some sort of re-zoning.

 yard

Everything in pink is ours. More or less. I don’t know how far exactly we go over to the right, just that it includes all/most of those woods. Now all 2.76 acres aren’t exactly useable. The purple lines/arrows indicate a hill. It’s a decently steep hill that goes down to a busy-ish road. But there are enough trees there that you can’t just roll down the hill.  

The best part of our land is that we don’t really have neighbors! From the front yard/windows you can see the house directly across from us and one house to the right. There are two houses to the right of our property but thanks to those trees, you can’t see them! The trees aren’t even currently as full as they are in that aerial view and you still can’t see them. No neighbors behind us or to the left of the property, just roads!

After living in apartments for the past 8 years and being able to hear people on the other side of the walls, I could not be more ecstatic about all of our privacy!

Our future children are going to have it made, and although Daisy isn’t too sure of it right now, she will (hopefully) eventually learn to love it.

 daisy's domain

Keith put up a 100ft run for her, with a 20ft lead. That is maybe 1/3 of the yard? This is standing at the laundry room door looking toward the big road.

I couldn’t be happier. (But I also don’t have to cut the grass.)

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