This week I moved into my very first home! I have spent the past 7 years going from apartment to townhome to condo to apartment. This past January I had a reality check when I realized all of the money that I was throwing away on rent. After crunching some numbers, I decided it was time to settle down and buy!
I wanted to stay in Northern Virginia, but quickly realized that if I wanted to stay within a reasonable commuting distance to my work in DC I was going to have to sell a kidney on the black market just to be able to afford the home. After much consternation and contemplation, I decided to hop the border and check out Maryland.
I found this really cute Cape Cod style home one block away from a metro station. Score! It was a flip, so it was completely renovated and move in ready. Double Score! And to make it even more amazing, it was right in my price range! Home run! Every house I saw after this one did not even come close in comparison, and I knew that this was the one.
The house has FIVE (5!) bedrooms, which is a lot more space than I have ever had in any of my apartments/condos/town homes. I am going to turn one of the rooms into a craft room, and another into a reading room/ library. It also has a great backyard, which is great for my dog Brody who has never had a yard of his very own.
I am looking forward to taking on the challenges of home ownership (famous last words?). I can't wait to start projects and add my own vintage touches to make this house feel like my very own home.
Now, I just have to find the energy to finish unpacking......