Dateline: 22 February 2017
After my recent 9-part series about building our dream home here in Upland, and mentioning in the end that we might like to retire to a home in the rural Village of Moravia (6 miles from where we are now), I decided to look online to see if there were any possible retirement-home-in-town candidates for us.
I was surprised to see the house above was for sale. I've always liked that house and it's location. It is a Craftsman-style home built in 1900. The woman who lived there for the last 50 years recently died.
I have never in my life looked at a house that was for sale by a real estate agent, but this house intrigued me. I contacted the real estate company and we viewed the property a couple days later.
Marlene and I liked the house. You can See Lots of Pictures Here.
The location is excellent... it is next to the town library. There are three churches on the street. The post office is at the end of the street. And the local undertaker is practically across the street!
The lot is kind of narrow but it's deep in the back, with a creek in the way back. There is room for a garden. And a very sizable old carriage barn at the end of the driveway...
The house has been well maintained, but it would need a lot of work. A new kitchen, two new bathrooms, new windows, a new heating system, insulation in the attic. It is a classy old house that hasn't been messed up with vinyl siding, or divided into apartments. A diamond in the rough, you might say.
To give you an idea of just how interested we were in this property, Marlene and I actually went to the local bank to see about a loan. If you have read this blog for long, you know that is totally out of character for me.
Our idea was to buy the house and gradually fix it up, then move in when we were older and ready to move to town. Our thinking was that it might be better to put our savings into a tangible piece of property than to keep it in the bank.
We were going to make an offer on the house (quite a bit less than the asking price). But as each day passed, and we thought more about it, we changed our mind.
And that's the story of our retirement home in town.
It was fun to consider.