To help decide (and to totally distract me throughout the week), Captain Distracto keeps tabs on Lake Superior homes for sale and emails me listings. Until now we've done our best Goldilocks impressions: too small, too big, too expensive, too far. But Hubs found a house so perfect, it's making me go all crazy-eyed. I actually suggested buying it now, living off ramen noodles if we have to, carrying two mortgages until we're done in Ottawa and then selling the townhouse and moving.
The house: good price, fabulous location, lakefront (on Lake Superior), 1400 square feet, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, two car garage and cart port, work shop (hello painting studio!), guest house with its own (extra) bathroom, sauna, a dreamy open layout with spacious living area and sunny kitchen. It is a bit dated even though it's only 13 years old, but it has SO much potential. Imagine it with all white walls and trim, bright artwork, painted kitchen cabinets, updated tile and counters . . .
|The back, facing the lake.|
|The view. My word, the view. Rainbows not included.|
|Guest house with its own bathroom.|
|Two car garage with so much spray painting room!|
|The living room is huge with a fireplace, million dollar view, and great hardwood floors. Just hand me some paint!|
|Love this dining room! But I'm already dreaming of a new light fixture.|
|A kitchen I can finally paint! I am thinking pale turquoise cupboards with white counters and grey tile floor.|
I know when we're ready to move, we won't find something as perfect (or affordable) and I'll be disappointed. Before when we looked at homes, I was willing to make ridiculous concessions ("axe the guest bedroom!" "who needs an office!" "kitchens are overrated, we can live without one!") because I knew to buy a lakefront property we'd have to make sacrifices. But this home has everything we want and need and more, so I don't think I'll be able to be so chill about sacrifices from now on. Everyone think good thoughts so no one else buys this and it's available when we're ready . . .