I had completely updated it when I bought it in 2005. No major complaints. But also, no major connection.
It looked identical to everyone else's homes, not only in our neighborhood, but in the majority of the Phoenix metropolitan area. This house was not inspiring other than that it provided a comfortable albeit expensive solution while raising the twins and doing what we did -- work. A lot.
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So, the truth is that while we had a great feeling about this little spot in the mountains, there was a lot to overcome.
To begin with, we were one of 5 offers on the property and we figured there were investors in the mix with deeper pockets than us. But, when our offer was accepted we felt the thrill of real possibility.
We weren't exactly sure how we would make this place livable - it was a mess inside and out, it was tiny (at 1,100 square feet), and with original windows from 1924 it was charming.... but drafty!
It was clear that there was a long list of work, time, and investment required. Because we were still living and working in Phoenix (100 miles away) we knew progress would be slow and limited to weekend DIY projects.
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