- A good school system. Manchester is generally in the top 10 in the state and it certainly doesn’t hurt that AJ is teaching in the system so he’s grown to know a lot of the ins and outs of it.
- A town on the ocean. If you follow my Instagram feed you know half of my photos are of the ocean and our adventures there… our house is about a mile from Singing Beach.
- Easy commutes to our jobs and church. AJ can walk to work and when I worked full time my commute was six minutes. Church is only three miles away.
Would we do it again?
Absolutely. We moved in four years ago this month and since then NOTHING has popped up in our price range in a neighborhood like ours. We were so fortunate to get this house, even though by the end of the renovation process this house will look very different from the house we purchased. You can change the house but you can’t change the location.
About six months ago our house was reappraised… for $100,000 more than we bought it for, and this was before our front porch replaced the previous rotting entryway. This was another confirmation to us that we made a great decision with this home and doing as much of the work ourselves as we could. The fact is not lost on me how fortunate I am to have a handy husband.
Would I make this choice no matter what my resources were?
I think so… if there wasn’t anything right on the ocean. 🙂 If money were no object, though, I’d hire Boyd Builders (the amazingly talented team of brothers who built our porch) to do more projects and to build a 15 x 15 two story addition off the back of the house for a bigger room for Elle upstairs (then her nursery could be a small office) and to give us more living space downstairs that could double as a guest room.
Years ago it was common for kids to share rooms and there to be one bathroom in a house. Our house is 1600 square feet, small by some of your standards and incredibly large by others, and we certainly aren’t breaking new ground by living for years in a house with one bathroom and no extra space. My dad grew up with one bathroom with four siblings… AND he was just in Guatemala where he met a woman who had nine or 10 children in a single room hut and this woman still practiced hospitality by inviting the team he was with into her hut for fresh tortillas. We think we need so much more than we actually do to be happy and hospitable… hmmm… I see the makings of a future blog post on this topic. 🙂