Dream on …

Spoiler alert: this is a cautionary tale with a less-than-happy ending.

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We fell in love with a house in the middle of South Austin … the perfect location for us …

Designed by a University of Texas professor, it had exposed ductwork, vaulted ceilings, and amazing architectural details …

Honestly, it looked like a photo shoot for a West Elm catalog …

The kitchen was fantastic … I could actually reach the top shelf in every cabinet …

It did have some quirks though. Like the laundry in the dining room …

The master bedroom with room for only a bed …

And the shower ceiling that was a mere 3 inches taller than the top of Don’s head …

Plus, it had no garage and far less space than our current home (by 500 square feet).

But oh, the views of the adjacent greenbelt …

Such a cool house. And we qualified for a mortgage. But the price … the price … the price …

In the final analysis, it was too little house for too much money. So we walked away from happily ever after …

The End

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And the moral of this tale of woe? Never, ever look at a house above your “price point” …

23 thoughts on “Dream on …

  1. I disagree about the price point thing. Every house you look at can help clarify what it is you’re looking for. What’s a deal breaker and what is not.

    But of course, you have to be prepared to be both rational and disappointed. This place had to-die-for views, elegance, nice flow and storage…. good luck going forward.

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  2. I don’t envy your immersion in the house-hunting process (or Jude’s either). Choosing a new home is such an emotional decision, complicated by the very real parameters of money and suitability. This looks like a beauty, but fingers crossed that another, more affordable option will surface soon.

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  3. So sorry, I remember the heartbreak of house hunting…imagining a life in one & then having it snatched away (Over one loss, I cried, “But I had a baby in that house!”). Wishing you luck in the quest for home.

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  4. It is such a tough thing this leaving a home and finding a new one – such an odd and out of kilter thing to do, and never made easy by the many vagaries; one seems to learn new things that can happen each and every time. I really hope that things line up for the leaving and the beginning again and that you find a house of happy soon.

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  5. What can be frustrating is selling your home before you find another but sometimes, you need to sell before you can buy… may this all work out time wise for you so that happy comes simultaneously if possible. We lived in limbo land when we sold our home because we were moving so very far away and that is a tough place to reside in but it all worked out so if you and Don find yourself in limbo land, know that it will work out as it is supposed to and that happy is just around the bend…

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  6. I have been away from blogging for a while and didn’t know that you had planned to move to Austin…I went back through your posts, Liz, and enjoyed them very much. Thank you for sharing your beautiful life. xo And good luck finding a big enough house – laundry in dining room would not work for me either x

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