I haven’t been posting much about all the househunting we’re doing because it would be a bit tedious: all the visiting prospective homes, making offers, getting excited about the possibilities, being outbid, feeling disappointed, bidding again, getting hopes up again, being outbid again, walking away, going back for second and third and fourth visits, et cetera ad nauseum.

Suffice to say we’ve been at it since, what, early October? And we’ve been actively looking almost all that time. (On the bright side, the

Yesterday we went back to look at a place for a fourth visit, and made our first offer on it. Clearly, we’ve had some reservations about it, but after a lot of talking about what could happen there, I do think we’re ready for the work it would entail.

It’s believed to be the oldest house in the historic Germantown neighborhood of Nashville, which is an area expected to flourish in the next few years. Most of the older homes in Germantown have been restored and purchased by well-to-do urban professionals including music business people, government officials, and so on. There’s a huge loft project expected to open next year a few blocks over from this house, and when it opens, I’m expecting things to really take off in that area.

So we made a fairly decent offer on the place — still a bit on the low side for the seller, but good enough, I hope, to be acceptable — and we’re waiting to hear back.

If it’s accepted, we’re supposed to close at the end of this month. Then we’ll be spending April putting a better face on the house, painting the interiors, and basically making it liveable so we can sit and wait out the lofts before we decide whether to do major reconstruction on the place.

I don’t have my hopes up — we’ve been through too many ups and downs over the past few months for me to get excited before we know if our offer has been accepted — but I do want this to happen. I can see that it could turn into something really cool.

I don’t want to jinx it, but this might just be the one.

3 thoughts on “I don’t want to jinx it, but this might just be the one.

  • March 6, 2005 at 11:04 pm

    Hope this one works out. D. and I are also looking to buy something in the near future, but you know where we live… makes the heart bleed.

  • March 7, 2005 at 6:00 am

    Nashville’s real estate market is hot right now, but it’s nothing compared to the molten liquid fire market that is the area where you live. I can’t believe people are actually bidding over the asking price on certain properties around here, but at least it’s not de rigeur here even on the shackiest little piece of crap house the way it is out by you.

  • March 9, 2005 at 9:56 am

    Charming outhouses.


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