We have been on the hunt for a house. There is a lot of Living Water staff around, and we have been asking everyone where is the safest place to live. Everyone keeps coming up with the same answer. And so even though we want so badly to live by the beach, we decided to check out the burbs first. We are not big suburb people, hence why at one point we bought our dream home -on an acre with only one neighbor in the quiet town of Fallbrook. But, since we don’t yet have Spanish down, we figured we should first go for the safer option. So we began our search this week. We have looked at about five different places for rent. All are in this small community known to be very safe, and let’s face it, that is more of a concern with a baby on the way. When everyone says things will change when you have kids, you sort of smile and nod, knowing of course they will. But how exactly? Well, we’d live anywhere normally, in any kind of house, and not think too much of it. But knowing I’ll be home with her often, and we are in an unfamiliar place, we are making different decisions already because of this baby girl.
So for fun, all along the way I took photos. I thought I would give you a real life, someone you know, house hunting experience! At the end, You need to comment and cast your vote, and see if you can guess which one we chose!! Unlike the real house hunters though, we are not going to list the name of the small town, nor the price. Sorry!
OPTION #A A Three Bedroom House.
A small house in the neighborhood I was telling you about. Newly built. About 1,000 square feet. Three bedrooms, two bath, small kitchen. Open kitchen/living room design. Small backyard with a small ‘shelter’ in the back for laundry with a sink. Pros: Smaller, easy to keep up, new, bedrooms are decent size with “closets” (an area for a closet, no doors or shelves though). On the end of a row of the same kind of houses, so only one attached neighbor. Cons: Comes with nothing-no a/c, stove, fridge, etc, and they are still building across the way- so many construction workers and a lot of noise- bathrooms are really tiny, no outdoor shaded area for sitting.
OPTION #B A TOWNHOUSE
In the same neighborhood, this townhouse is pretty cute. It’s two stories, with the kitchen, living room, bathroom and laundry room on the first floor. Second story has three tiny bedrooms, and one bath. Each bedroom has a built in closet. Pros: Great location, all the houses around it are built, it has as a decent size backyard with a covered area for sitting, laundry room is inside the house. Cons: Stairs. Concrete steep stairs. Teeny tiny kitchen. Bedrooms are very, very small.
Options #C. A Three Bedroom House.
In the same quiet neighborhood, at the end of the street. This house has three bedrooms, and three baths. The rooms are a nice size, and each comes with a built in closet. Everything is modern and updated. There is a porch out back with a shaded covering. There is also room to park behind the house, that is enclosed with a gate. This house does come fully furnished, even though it’s a bit more per month. Pros: The rooms are bigger, and have storage/closet space, it has an outdoor porch area that is shaded, it is safer and has secured area to park our imaginary car. It’s fully furnished, including a/c units and stove, fridge, etc. Cons: It comes furnished, so we are stuck with what they picked and it is a little more per month, and it is more secure but that also means a high wall with barbed wire.
SO…..which one do you think we picked?? Feel free to leave a comment and make your vote! Was it the lovely house in the suburbs A, the lovely town house in the suburbs B, or the lovely house in the suburbs C ?