- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
Oh, bees. The dilemma I’m dealing with right now.
Darling Husband and I have been pre-approved, and we’re starting to look at houses.
We started looking today in the Broadripple area of Indianapolis (Hoosier peeps will know it as the “Meridian/Kessler” neighborhood), and it’s packed with gorgeous, well kept historic homes. It’s that neighborhood you dream of living in when you’re a little girl.
It’s also painfully expensive. We found ONE house in our price range that we liked, and it’s amazing- exposed brick in the kitchen, a skylight in the living room, a beautiful enclosed porch, fenced in back yard, close to downtown Indy so there’s tons to do…. I absolutely freaking LOVE it.
BUT- it’s only 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, and is currently listed close to our maximum pre-approved amount. (A bit less, but not much. I’m not telling you exact prices b/c I’m afraid local bees might find it and steal it!) It’s also in the Indianapolis Public School system… (translation- we would be looking at chartered or private schools if we ever have kids)
Now, here’s the sticky part. There’s another home we like from the online listing, similar in age (both were pre-WWII) and also well kept, about the same commute from work in the opposite direction.
It’s about twice as far from downtown Indy than we currently are now, and it’s not nearly as stylish- but it has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (nearly 1000sq ft more), it’s in a great school district, and it’s listed at exactly $10,000 LESS than the one I’m in love with.
It seems like it shouldn’t even be an issue. More house + less money = win. But I can’t get over the location and STYLE the smaller house has.
Has anyone else been in this position? It doesn’t just feel like I’m torn between houses- it feels like I’m torn between lifestyles.