Thursday, February 22, 2007

But it doesn't matter much

Dream house will have to remain in the realm of fantasy. Further inspections uncovered a rotten trove of unappetizing problems--soggy window casings, improperly installed stucco flashing, drainage issues, sewer issues, electrical issues, furnace issues, roof deck issues and even a nice big damp patch on the eighteen-foot ceiling of the living room. Apparently, the last inspection was done in late October of last year, before any significant rain visited the area. The property stager had the temerity to hide a large, discolored, efflorescing water stain on one of the landing walls with a gilt mirror; I only noticed because the picture hanger holding up the mirror had come halfway out of the wall--a result of the decay caused by the damp.

We are sad to let go of the vision we had of ourselves, and particularly of Olivia, in that house, in that yard, going to that elementary school. But we are glad we didn’t end up with an elderly 2800-square-foot Mediterranean albatross that might strain us to the breaking point.

I find that I mind losing this house a lot less than I would have thought. It seems, well, not exactly insignificant, but not really compelling, either. Maybe it’s partly the distraction of the nausea and everything it represents; maybe it’s the even larger distraction of Olivia. Maybe it’s the fact that I just can’t slow down enough to really consider the ramifications: Will it be another eight months of fruitless searching? If we fail to find a suitable place, how will we cope with two babies and a daytime nanny in our tiny house? (Yes, jumping the gun, but we are in a position in which we have to plan for the possibility that this one will really happen—that we’ll have a newborn come September.)

Speaking of which, appointment tomorrow. 10W2D. Not sure what to expect; hoping for a scan.


Blogger Anna said...

i'm so sorry the house fell through. That's a disappointment.

Can you ask for a scan tomorrow? Always good to see what's going on inside there! Best wishes!

9:28 PM  
Blogger Marie-Baguette said...

It is great that you had an expert who could find out all those problems before the closing. I am really sorry your dream house is not that dreamy, but I am sure you will find something. Reeal estate in California is very tough I know, but I am sure you will get lucky in the end. Bonne chance! Also let us know how your 10w appointment went and show us pictures!

5:36 AM  
Blogger HomeFireBlue said...

Oh, Bug, I'm so sorry about the house.

We found our house purely by chance (a 130 year old Victorian farmhouse) and have been dealing with the good (well made home with loads of charm), the bad (roof leaks, no insulation), and the ugly (city folk former owners who desecrated some of the gorgeous features - who paints over 100 year old heart pine beams???) ever since.

You'll find your home. Be patient! Good luck at the appt!

7:21 AM  
Blogger kristenL said...

hopefully you will find a much better house and then laugh and laugh how you almost bought that money pit.

congrats and good luck with your 10 w check up.

6:39 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Thinking of you, i hope everything's ok on all fronts.

5:21 AM  

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