8.29.2012

Goodbye First House

As of tomorrow we will no longer own our small blue house on Rockwood Street- our first home.



Despite all the wisecracks I make about Milwaukie, we have loved our home and neighborhood.  I do love this house- but we need another bedroom and could use some extra square footage.  We put it on the market in early June & accepted an offer in mid July.  We sign it away tomorrow morning and have to vacate by 9/8.

We intentionally refrained from moving until we knew FOR CERTAIN this sale would be finalized.  After we were done patting ourselves on the back for our fiscal responsibility and conservative choices, we found the following to be true:
1) Portland's apartment vacancy is at an all time low of around 2%.
2) Little is available at the end of August since most people are moving into the school districts they need to be in on 9/5.
3) Apartment managers like leases - not month to month renters
4) Apartment managers shamelessly discriminate against dogs over 25 lbs.  I feel like that is constitutionally wrong, but can find no clause (yet) to back my claim.

One thing is for sure: by 9/8 we have to be out of this place.  Wait- one more thing is for sure: we don't know where we're going! Ha!  This is causing me mild heartburn.  We've got an offer out on a house we like, but our short term living situation is in God's hands (or my parents bonus room...just teasing mom!)

Being the cheapskates we are, we sold our house by owner to save some money.  As part of our marketing campaign, I published a site with pics of the houses & a few selling points (well, 25).  I've taken down the site, but couldn't bear to delete my sales pitch without getting a little more blog milage out of it.  So here was my attempt at selling my little milwaukie house.  Laugh if you'd like....it worked :)


This house is one classy little gem!  Let us count the reasons this house rocks:

1. CLOSE IN! We're talking 2 miles from the Sellwood Bridge, 4 miles to Clackamas Town Center, and about 8 minutes from downtown.  That's some terrific triangulation.
2. Gleaming floors, crisp white trim, vinyl windows, and all the 1925 bungalow-charm you could ask for.
3. New gas furnace & water heater: keeping you warm and your water too!
4. Koi & goldfish pond in the backyard with water feature & cement path over the pond.  We'll throw in the fish food if you promise to keep 'em fed!
5. Great backyard with new lawn & mature landscaping.  Roses, hostas, hydrangeas, jasmine, and daphne.
6. White picket fence with beautiful arbor: white grapes, green grapes, honeysuckle & wisteria! 
7. Giant trees in the backyard provide shade and privacy.
8. Wired tool shed- great storage/work room/possible man cave? Depends on the man I suppose.
9. Completely fenced back yard to keep in the dogs, goats, chickens or whatever else you decide to keep back there. 
10. Concrete planter boxes & patio - perfect for outdoor seating or maybe a hot tub? There used to be a hot tub on the corner patio, but believe me- you're glad we removed it.  It wasn't so...hot.
11. Newer refrigerator & dishwasher. The freezer is on the bottom of the fridge, which is convenient unless you eat more ice cream than food. Which I would not judge you for.
12.  Wildlife abounds- I've seen chickens and rabbits on our street. No giraffes or zebras though.
13. The Ardenwald Elementary school is 1/3 mile away and was completely rebuilt- it is a goregous building and the cornerstone of the neighborhood.
14. Water Tower Park is just down the street- quiet and friendly place for kids.
15. The Springwater corridor is half a mile away- accessible in two different spots for all your running/biking/walking needs. This is a great area for running/walking with strollers too- nice wide streets and low traffic.
16. The adorable Ledding Library and duck pond is about a mile away. They're very nice there, but they're serious about those late fees...
17. Providence Milwaukie Hospital is half a mile away- convenient for ER visits or giving birth in a hurry.  
18. While we're on the topic of proximity, the police & fire stations are less than half a mile away.  Hopefully you won't need their services, but it is nice to know they're there.
19. Original beat board in the laundry room and bath room.
20. Picture hanging molding.
21. Wine rack & custom cabinetry for wine glasses.
22. Dirt basement isn't so great for entertaining, but excellent for storing stuff!
23. You cannot beat the quiet, private feel of the back yard.
24. Adjoining dining room, living room, and kitchen makes for great entertaining.
25. Well-loved, well-cared for, and ready for YOU to make it your home!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

ITS BEAD BOARD NOT BEAT BOARD. i wanted to cry its so sad to move on, very funny thou. xxoo mom

Nina said...

Wishing you so many blessings as you and your precious family move ahead in what God has for you.

Ashley Ropp said...

You almost made me want to buy it!