Stop me if you've heard this before, but Tiersa and I bought a house.
Yeah, I know. I said the same thing a little more than a year ago, and then all of the sudden I said, umm, no we didn't. We decided against buying that house. It happens. That said, we do not expect to decide against buying this house, mainly because we like this place more.
Technically, I guess this new place is not a house. It is a townhouse. Being in the Bay Area, it certainly costs as much as a house. Fortunately, at over 1,800 square feet it's also certainly big enough to be a house, so we have that to ease our minds. (We found numerous stand-alone houses that were just over half the size for right around the same price.) However, since it shares a wall with a neighbor and has no backyard, it's a townhouse. We are nothing without our little labels.
Anyway, our new home-to-be (barring some unforeseen oddity) is in San Jose, within walking distance of HP Pavillion or Compaq Center or the San Jose Arena or whatever they're calling it these days. (You remember the Arena, right? They used to play hockey there.) It's also about a five-minute walk from our front door to the Caltrain platform, making it a great place from a commute standpoint. All commutes suck, but this one will suck less than, say, a daily commute to my job in Palo Alto from the house we almost bought last year in Tracy.
I really don't know diddly squat about architecture, but I will tell you that these townhomes remind me an awful lot of the row houses one would find in London or on the east coast. I don't have any decent pictures of our exact townhome, but you can get a pretty good feel for the place by visiting www.summerhillhomes.com, clicking on the link that says Georgetown, and then poking through the photo gallery. (Ours is plan 3 in the photo gallery and "The Princeton" in the floorplan section.)
We've actually enjoyed this particular community for over a year. Somewhere around the time we went to Europe last year, we stumbled upon this neighborhood and fell in love with the way these units looked. We happened to be in the neighborhood again (looking at a different property), and we spotted the for-sale sign in front of this townhouse within moments of it being posted. They accepted our offer about a week later, and that's where we are today.
Escrow closes on July 29, so I'm told there are still plenty of things that can go wrong. However, everything's looking promising as of right now. Because the couple who is selling the townhome is renting it back from us for a month, we hope to move in by the beginning of September. We will not miss our stinky neighbors downstairs, who have actually managed to become even stinkier in recent weeks. We will probably move out before their whole clan succumbs to lung cancer, although I wouldn't put money on it. Boy, were they ever pungent over the weekend. I think they'll smoke anything that smolders. Lawn clippings, cat hair, you name it. Put it in front of them, and they'll light it on fire and inhale the fumes.
So they won't be invited to the housewarming is what I'm saying.