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Here’s Your Chance to Give Rose Some Advice: The City or the Country?

May 8th, 2017 Sears Homes 17 comments

For months, I’ve been looking to buy a house - somewhere. It’s my hope to stay in the area (Hampton Roads) but get far away from Norfolk. I’ve been looking in Zuni, Windsor, Suffolk, Smithfield and areas nearby.

Thus far, I’ve not found anything that sent me.

Ever since Wayne’s suicide, I’ve consoled myself by saying that now - at the age of 57 - I can finally buy the place that I always dreamt of: A 2-3 acre “farmette” with a modest house in a beautiful place. As mentioned in a prior blog, I spent several weeks living on a 100+ acre peanut farm in Zuni, and it was too beautiful for words.

No matter how low I felt, sitting out in that field and watching the magnificent hawks make lazy circles in that sky was THE THING that made me so very happy. It filled my heart with so much joy. Listening to the wind whistling through the trees always made me smile. The sound of the train whistle in the distance took me to another happy place in memory. It was all so lovely.

It is the wide-open spaces and their intrinsic beauty that seems to feed my soul and nourish my spirit.

Beauty is what I crave the most.

So what’s the problem? I wonder how realistic this is. I’m a 57-year-old woman with occasional joint and back pain (minor at this point), and yet I want to live on a couple acres?

And then yesterday, I visited an open house and found this beauty. It’s on a 1/2 acre lot, but in a thoroughly modern subdivision from the early 1930s/40s. The house was custom-built by a doctor in 1948, and has been meticulously maintained by its current owner, who’s now moving out of Portsmouth. He’s as compulsive as me when it comes to house maintenance. That’s important.

And there’s this: I don’t plan to live alone again. If my current roommate goes bye-bye, I’ll rent a room to someone, because of financial considerations and also because I like the companionship. This house lends itself well to that potential. It has four bedrooms and four bathrooms (3.5 bathrooms to be precise.)

The mechanical systems are new, high-quality and well-done. Someone has put a lot of first-class materials into this home, and yet they’ve preserved the quality vintage aspects.

This house sends me. It fills my heart with great joy. And yet, it’s a small suburban lot. And yet, it has a view of the Elizabeth River. And yet, the neighbors are really close at hand. And yet, the back yard is an oasis. And yet the taxes are high. And yet, I spend most of my time inside, and the inside is so beautiful.

The pros and cons are endless.

I’d be grateful for opinions. I’m tired and worn out and frustrated and overwhelmed.

And the sad fact is, I have never bought a house by myself. This would be my first home purchase as a single woman.

Thanks in advance for thoughtful comments.

Rosemary

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To begin with, theres the bathroom. All original. Be still my heart. I love a pretty bathroom.

To begin with, there's the bathroom. All original. Be still my heart. I love a pretty bathroom.

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The floor-to-ceiling window in the living room does send me. Wow.

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A den, replete with stone fireplace, is also very 1950s and very beautiful.

A den, replete with stone fireplace, is also vintage and lovely.

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The large sunporch, which looks out toward the Elizabeth River, also took my breath away. Im a sap for a sunporch.

The large sunporch, which looks out toward the Elizabeth River, also took my breath away. I'm a sap for a sunporch.

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The backyard is an oasis as well.

The backyard is an oasis as well.

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Long view of the exterior.

Long view of the exterior.

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Everything about this house is truly beautiful.

Everything about this house is truly beautiful.

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