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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Citizen Me: You Never Know

After we lost the house we had set our hearts on, it was difficult for me to find the heart to look for another place. I made it a point not to walk past the house -- especially on my way to pick up little Andrew from school. Occasionally I would glance through the papers to see if anything looked tempting and we did look at a  couple of places in the same neighbourhood. Nothing was quite right.

In the Spring of 1986 The Man put the house we owned in Norfolk on the market, but at that time the market was rather slow and the offers we had were derisive so they were turned down. At the same time I made myself walk down a street where I could see over the wall of the garden and the rear of the house that I had so wanted. Doing so pained me, but at the same time it was like a ghost had been lain to rest and I could get on with my life.

One day in September I met up with a woman, who like me, was going to school to pick up her little boy. She was terrible excited because she and her husband had just exchanged contracts on a house of their dreams. It was a house that they had hoped to buy and that had been sold out from under them and so they had found another. When the house was suddenly up for sale again, they were able to get it. I told her that I wish that would happen to me and told her the saga of our 'lost' house.

The very next day, I met up with her again and she said to me, "You know that house you told me about -- it's got a 'For Sale' sign up"! How amazing was that?

Sure enough, when I walked past the front of the house not twenty minutes later, there was indeed a 'For Sale' sign there for the world to see! When I called The Man with the news, he said "I think we are meant to have that house!"

The next day The Man knocked on the door, the owner remembered him, and the next day we went to view the place. They had done a lot of work on the house. First of all the problem of rot under the shower had been fixed. Upstairs there was now an en suite bathroom off the master bedroom and a new family bathroom. The upstairs had been carpeted and re-painted and what had been an elaborate bathroom downstairs had been made into a smaller shower room and utility room. In addition the back door was re-opened and the stairs leading down to the garden had been rebuilt.

The following day we made an offer and it was accepted. While the price had gone up, it was no more than the cost of the work they had put into it. When we got home from our offer being accepted, the dear ladies who were looking after our boys, told us we had had a phone call. We had had a new offer on our house in Norfolk -- and it was  one we were very happy to accept!

We moved into the house one week before Thanksgiving 1986 -- and what a celebration it was! We have lived there ever since.

30 comments:

  1. Buying one and selling another, it gets abpout as difficult as can be....sometimes the timing works out.

    Cranky Old Man

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    1. In this case timing turned out to be everything!

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  2. I just love a story with a happy ending. From the picture I must say it looks like a beautiful house.

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    1. The house has been perfect for us -- enough renovation to be interesting, but not so much as to be overwhelming!

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  3. Talk about meant to be! How awesome a story this is!!!
    I'm so happy you guys got the house of your dreams and have live there since. This is such an amazing story.

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    1. You know, Rubye, sometimes I have had the feeling that the house wanted us there from the moment I first walked in the door!

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  4. It was so meant to be! I really believe we end up with the houses we were meant to have. There is something almost mystical about it. That happened with our first house -- which we admired for several months before it actually went up for sale -- and where we lived happily for 29 years. It also happened with our present house that I read about in the website of our new community and felt was meant to be ours -- and it is! I'm so happy you have ended up in a house you felt so strongly was just right for you and your family -- and have made very much your own during all these years!

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  5. 'Mystical' is the word! But I also think that for me I had to relinquish the loss/ghost of what I had so badly wanted in order for the 'magic' to work!

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  6. Glad you got the house of your dreams! Even if it was a few years ago.

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    1. Yes, a few years ago! Practically the 'olden days'!

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  7. Hello Katherine:
    We are so relieved, and happy, that the story ended well. Sometimes in life one can so readily believe that certain things, no matter the obstacles which may stand in the way, are meant to be. This was certainly one.

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Jane and Lance. Life certainly can surprise you!

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  8. Oh, this is definitely a story with a happy ending! It is lovely to hear one and it's brightened up my morning!

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  9. It looks a lovely house in the photo--full of character. Glad it all turned out well.

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    1. Thank you! It is full of character and original fittings that were hidden away and re-discovered when we re-decorated and made the house our own...

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  10. How lovely to be able to have that house after all!
    I think you are right about a house wanting you too....it will overcome all obstacles to have you!

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    1. It still seems extraordinary to me even after all these years!

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  11. Wonderful story and what a beautiful home - a home is so much more than just a house.

    I'm a great believer that if things are meant to be they are meant to be and sometimes just need a helping hand. This is just one of those things ...

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    1. Thanks, Gaynor. It has indeed been a wonderful home for all of us.

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  12. I can testify that it is indeed a lovely house, and one well worth waiting for, Broad. :-) Just think, someone else had all the upheaval of the basic renovation and you reaped the benefit. As the others have said, some things are meant to be!

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    1. Thank you so much, Perpetua -- and I hope to see you there again some day soon! And definitely worth the wait!!

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  13. What a marvelous confluence of events! You were blessed that day, for sure!

    I know the feeling of not wanting to go by a place you wished for. We rent, but a few years back we went to look at an apartment and loved it. Unfortunately, for reasons I won't go into here - long story - we did not get to live there. However, I have to drive by it at least once every week. It still pains me a little, even though we love where we are now and probably wouldn't trade it for that place.

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    1. We were blessed, for sure.

      The trouble is when we find a place we love, we actually see ourselves living there so losing it 'does your head in' as my son Andy would say!

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  14. its a sturdy , handsome house for sure!

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  15. It's very pretty. I love the arched windows!

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  16. If that's a photo of your house, it's grand! I love a Bay Window and this house where we live is the first house in the UK I've lived in which hasn't got one.

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    1. Yes, that's our house. I love the bay window -- they add such a nice dimension to a room. Unfortunately, there was a time in the history of the house when its owners decided to 'modernise' and replaced all the sash widows with the ones here which only open at the top! We would love to replace them, however it's one expense we have put off for the foreseeable future...

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  17. It's a beautiful house Broad. A lovely place to make memories...Smiles - Astrid

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