Actually there are not many search options available when it comes to the housing market here in the sprawling metropolis of Birchy Head, NL.
Here are our current choices:
1. Live in the upstairs of the store. The previous owners did it about 30 years ago. The apartment would have to be completely gutted out and renovated to make it liveable again.
-The space is already there and it's ours.
-Would be the least expensive of our options right now.
-We would be working and living in the same building, never getting a break, and that, to me, means heading in the direction of insanity.
So I believe it's safe to say Jamie and I have decided that living in the store would be the LAST option we would take.
Let's look at the houses for sale:
1. Jack's house next door to the store.
-Next door to the store = convenient hop, skip, and a jump over the little brook away.
-Old house = lots of charming potential
-Nice lawn for Sarah to run around on.
-Price not bad.
-I LOVE IT!
-Seller keeps putting us off because his granddaughter is thinking of buying the house as a summer home.
-Next door to the store = people assuming that because you live next door they can call you at all hours to accomodate them and the fact that they forgot to buy milk during the 12 hours we are open during the day.
-Old house = LOTS of renovations and potential for things to start falling apart.
-Renovations means lots of additional cost on top of the mortgage.
House #2: House in the beach.
Haven't even looked at it because Jamie doesn't like it.
Cons: It's old, it's run-down.
House #3: Old School house
I actually attended this school. Beautifully re-done if my memory serves me correct although it's been a long time since I was inside.
Cons: Way too EXPENSIVE!
House #4: The teachers house
Went to look at this one on the weekend.
-Jamie LOVES it!
-Beautifully landscaped with a nice lawn, trees, patio, firepit out back, small basketball court, wooden swing set, and a shed with a loft/balcony for sitting out on warm summer nights.
-Newly renovated kitchen
-Partially finished basement
-More than we wanted to spend (tho' it seems to be the going rate of houses here now, unfortunately).
-Typical "newfie" house (some of you know what I mean): 3 bedroom bungalow, small bathroom, small closets, front door, big picture living-room window on the left side with the bedrooms down the hall on the right.
House #5: No house at all
Wait to find a piece of land although I feel we've exhausted all efforts to find anything. That is, with the exception of living halfway up the mountainside behind my parents house.
And there you have our options. We are currently leaning toward choice #4. Wish us luck.