We decided to list the pros and cons of purchasing the manufactured house versus staying at our current home. There were a lot of pros for the manufactured home. We decided to think about it.
A week or two passed. I kept thinking about the land, how quiet it was. Charles was concerned about how shady a lot of the land was and how much money would need to be invested to make the place move-in ready, but maybe it was worth buying? It was over 30K cheaper than everything else we were seeing out there.
Our realtor called, letting us know there was a newer manufactured home for sale that she was representing. Would we be interested in checking it out, maybe tack on a couple other houses to view while we were at it?
The house our realtor was representing was nice. It had a spot for a garden, but it was right on the outskirts of town, so it was in a neighborhood, the neighboring houses in view at all times. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about ourselves, it’s that we need a lot of space between our neighbors. We like our neighbors. We just don’t like seeing into their windows, our views being their walls and roofs and neighboring yards and what they're cooking for dinner. It was a nice house, but it wasn’t what we were looking for.
There was a little cottage built in 1944 that was next on the list. It was on over an acre with a year-round spring on the property. It was also close enough to a creek for natural air conditioning without being so close we’d ever need to worry about flooding. The house was even smaller than where we currently lived, but it had a three-car garage. It was also much closer to work.
Thoughts of all the storage and space in the dated manufactured home came flooding back. It would be hard to compete with almost 2000 square feet of house on a large, quiet lot.
But it wouldn’t hurt to give the little 40s house a look...