'I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.' L.M. Montgomery

'There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.' Irving Stone



Tuesday, September 29, 2015

House Hunting Success!

Seven grueling days of house hunting and nothing. Coming back to our camper late and exhausted each night. Driving miles and miles on back country roads. Disappointment was setting in. Only two more days to look before we had to go home. Looked like another trip to Tennessee was in the future. Would we ever find the right place amid steep driveways, out in the boonies, winding roads, houses on the edge of mountainsides?

YES we did! Yesterday, Monday, we decided to focus on the Greeneville area. It's at the southern end of the area we decided we wanted to live in. We'ed been shying away from there as Bossman wanted to have mountain views so we were staying in the more mountainous landscape. But he discovered in Greeneville the land was a little more level to sloping but the vista of the beautiful Smoky Mountains/Appalachians in the distance was spectacular and what he wanted all along.
Tim and Rick

We were waiting on our 'slow' realtor to call us with the schedule for the days viewings and decided to drive by the one in Greeneville. There were two men working in the yard. One had taken the for sale sign down so Boss asked him if it was sold. They ended up inviting us in and giving us the grand tour. It was the house they grew up in, their mom and dad had built the house in 1961 and both of them were gone now and they were selling the house as part of the estate. Tim and Rick were wonderful people! We know who slept in which room growing up, which trees in the yard were given as Mother's Day gifts and when, how Tim hit golf balls behind the house in the field that is now a golf course, which houses their aunt and uncles lived in.  All these wonderful intimate things about the house we would never had known with the realtor showing us the house!

After visiting for over an hour, seeing the latest fishing pictures (fishing is great in the area), being invited to church by one and invited to his house for a visit by the other (and given specific directions), exchanging phone numbers and telling us exactly what to bid on the house because Rick had decided that he wanted us to live in his moms house, we texted our errant realtor and told her to get the lead out we had a house to buy!



We LOVE it! Closing is October 30th. It's a 4 bedroom, 1,500 sq. ft., brick home on 1/2 an acre. Relatively flat too! Just a small hill at the front of the right side of the property that quickly levels out. Two wood burning fire places! Great half basement with a shower down there and a utility tub. The little sitting room has lovely old warm solid knotty pine paneling. I can just see me sitting in there with a fire burning and a book!

Only drawback is one bathroom and the kitchen is dated and dark paneled. But we can eventually re-do that. Right now all we need to do is paint the walls! The roof, windows and heating are only a couple of years old. The 'boys' did their momma proud and took good care of her and her home after their dad passed some years back. Boss wanted a garage really bad, but this just has a carport so he will be putting in an extra driveway to the left of the house where it is totally flat and a 2 car garage. But that will give him something to do with himself after he retires!

So last night to celebrate we got Dunkin Donuts and sat by the campfire and listened to Green Bay Football on the radio! Great end to a wonderful day. We have one day to relax and maybe do some sightseeing and don't you know it's raining! Looks like the all day kind of steady rain too. Guess the Scrabble board will be coming out!


Peggy Ann



15 comments:

  1. Good luck, I hope it all goes smoothly for you.

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  2. Congratulations! I knew you would find the perfect place.

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    1. Thanks, Audra. I think it is perfect, now to just get all the logistics of moving figured out!

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  3. It looks great, and I can understand him wanting a view of those mountains. I think you managed to find it incredibly quickly. Fingers crossed the legal bits all go well.

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    1. We looked at 40 houses in those 7 days though! Dizzying! Decided to just go cash so the no legal bits to deal with!

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  4. Great news! All the best with the move. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

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  5. It looks lovely! I love that it is one floor. And a nice view.

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    1. Me too, Candyce! I hate dragging a vacuum upstairs and we aren't getting any younger!

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  6. Congratulations! It looks like a lovely house -- and your later posts about those huge book warehouses. What could be better? And a view of the Smoky Mountains, too!

    Good luck to you and your spouse on the painting, kitchen remodeling and garage building.

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  7. I'm sure Tim and Rick really appreciate that you took the time to speak to them and learn the history of the house, which is why they chose you. The brothers now know that the person living there respects their parents' legacy, and that is a huge thing for someone going through a loss. Enjoy your new home!

    Eddy Clemmons @ No Mortgages Ltd

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