After doing the home inspection on Appleton, we decided to pass on that house. While we'll be sad about not having a pool, we decided that living in Normal Heights is way more our speed. Luke agreed with me that we have the rest of our lives to live in a quiet suburban neighborhood, and that we should take advantage of living in a hopping urban area while we can. Although, it's not the house on Felton that I linked earlier. It's a new one, on 36th! It's beautiful and cozy and cute all at the same time. I never thought we'd own a house like this.
It was over our price range, but they came down halfway and we are getting what I think is a pretty good deal on it. It's a little over a block from Adams Avenue, the street in Normal Heights with all of the cute little shops, antique stores, art studios, restaurants, coffee shops, even a comic store and a board games store! I'm so excited about this place. It might be at the top of our budget, but it needs literally no work for us to move in. At least, as far as we know. The home inspection could say something different, but it has a new roof and water heater. And -- it as a full studio in the backyard with a full bathroom and kitchen! It would be great to rent it to a friend so we could save a bit of money on our mortgage.
Today we went down and looked at it again just to make sure we were really happy with it before paying $500 for yet another home inspection. This weekend is also the Adams Avenue Street Fair, and we spent a couple hours walking up and down looking at things. I bought a comic book, a Hawaiian shaved ice drink, and we both got a t-shirt from a booth run by Luke's former coworker. All in all, it was a fun day.