|Photo: City of South Portland|
|Petey running on Willard Beach|
|Fisherman's Point - beautiful even in the winter!|
A walkable neighborhood was also high on our list. We hate having to get in the car to go places all the time. We wanted to walk to restaurants, shops and the beach. Luckily, our little SoPo neighborhood already had all that! Plus there is a great bus system that goes right through the area.
Small yard. I love the idea of a big garden with lots of vegetables that I can put up for the winter. But I think it's just the idea I like - I can't imagine actually doing it! So as long as we have a small, sunny place for a few tomato plants and some herbs, we don't need a big yard (and its associated maintenance).
So the house hunt began. With our 5 criteria, we started to look around. This was during the start of the recession and homes were incredibly hard to find. People either didn't realize their house had dropped in value - so they were overpriced. Or they decided to just stay in their house and wait for prices to improve.
And we started to realize that water views were really hard to find! So suddenly that went to the top of our list and everything else became much less important.
As far as the house was concerned, we weren't too worried about the shape it was in, after all, we love to renovate houses. So we quickly made an offer and in a few short weeks, we were homeowners of a cottage by the water!
Little did we know what we were in for :-)