Thursday, May 16, 2013

Our Home in San Antonio

With Chelsea and Thomas moving to San Antonio, where Thomas will be attending medical school, Bob and I decided to invest in a small home that they can rent from us.  Bob had meetings in The Woodlands, so we flew in to Houston a week in advance and drove over to San Antonio to spend a week house hunting.  We were hoping to find a real bargain out there, but unfortunately, from the time we first starting researching homes on line a couple of months ago until now, the housing market had a real surge and turned from a buyer's to a seller's market.  Nevertheless, we did find a little investment property which we think will work out well for all of us.

First I have to show you a picture of one of the first houses we found.  It was in a great neighborhood - and was one of the small homes on the block.  It was for sale by owner, and was quite overgrown with shrubbery.  At first glance it looked like it might have potential and we decided to return the next day with our realtor.  Well . . . we drove up to the house and made a phone call to see if we could get in, and as I got out of the car, I surveyed the home for curb appeal.  That's when the "all-seeing eye" appeared!  Check out the triangle above the front porch.  Our realtor didn't even get out of the car - she was so afraid to approach the house!  It did have a creepy feel to it, but curiosity got the best of me, and so we ventured inside.  The home belongs to an artist, and believe it or not, she had Christian paintings and artwork all around her home.  In fact, she had an art studio out back behind the garage.  It was a little strange, but we actually quite liked the house . . . however, not that much!

The next couple of days were a little stressful as we debated whether to get a newer or older home, one closer to the university or in a more rural area, bigger or smaller, inside the loop or out, one story or two, with amenities or not . . . You know, the typical house hunting dilemmas!  We liked this new home, but the rooms were small and the price tag big.

Then we found a bigger home that we really liked.  Apparently, we weren't the only ones, though, because two other offers besides ours were received the same night.  Guess who made the lowest offer?

"And then baby bear found a bed that was just right . . . "  Well, that's a little what the whole experience felt like.  In the end, we decided upon this little gem.  Built in 2010 with around 1700 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and an office on a small low maintenance lot, it should suit Chelsea and Thomas fine for a few years while they get through medical school.  Interestingly, we have since found out that the neighborhood is home to a couple of families we have church connections to, and is a popular area for LDS families.  Chelsea and Thomas will feel right at home and will even be able to enjoy the community pool which is just a couple of blocks down the street from the home.  Now, if Chelsea can just get a teaching job at the elementary school just a stone's throw away!

I must admit, it feels pretty good to have a home in Texas once again!

1 comment:

  1. Hey...we are going to be just west of San Antonio- in Bandera. Come find us when you visit the kids :)