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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

HOME?!


We are down to approximately 36 days until we have to move, we have narrowed it down to two homes, well maybe three but I'm a realist. I'll break it down and maybe some of you who read can help make a decision.

House number one: four bedrooms, split floor plan, two bathrooms, huge bonus room with its own air conditioning unit, a cute kitchen, nice sized dining room, huge fenced back yard big enough for our trampoline and a eventually a huge pool (above ground) with an outstanding back patio, the landscaping is really nice, it has a smaller fenced patio to keep the smaller kids in check, amazing flooring throughout, family room is average sized, its on the Southside of town which is supposedly the nicer side of town, it is about 8 miles from the new dealership, about 2 miles to the kids school, and 8-10 miles from a grocery store. I'm not a huge fan of the layout but it's hard to find many homes  with enough room for a large family, this house is about 300 sq feet larger than the home we are currently... that bonus room that I pictured below.







House number two: Four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, omgosh the master bathroom is absolutely amazing with an adorable clawfoot tub, nice family room, living room as they call it but it seems too narrow for a living area so I'm calling it bonus room or possibly bedroom number five, dining room, casita or guest house depending on which part of the US you live in, pool, lots of upgrades, large fenced yard with room for the trampoline and even our Murphy dog eventually, centrally located in town, about a mile from the new dealership and grocery stores, about 7 miles to the kids school, and seemingly in a quiet neighborhood. The house looks sort of weird aesthetically, it's about 300 sq feet larger as well... not including the casita/guest house.




Now, I'm sure you can tell that there is quite a difference in price, do you think it's worth it? If we get the house on the Southside (house number one) then we won't be quite as strapped for cash as the Central house (house number two.) The Southside home is far from most things including entertainment whereas the Central house has it's own entertainment (pool, yay!) and is actually in town. The pool makes Jason uncomfortable as he is afraid of the kids getting outside and falling in the pool, the kids aren't strong swimmers, in fact Jessa doesn't know how to swim. I like the pool home, but I do see his point. Both homes are great for entertaining, have ample parking, and are in pretty good neighborhoods.

Jason and I had looked at house on the Southside but not the one Centrally located; we're going on Saturday. We are also looking at an older built home on Saturday, it looks pretty dumpy from the pictures but the interior has been completely remodeled so I'm going to give it try. It's also a 4 bedroom home, pool, bonus room, etc. It's on the Northside, which I don't know much about. The neighborhood looks like it was established in the early 80's, so insulation may be a problem. Listen, people it's 125 degrees during peak summer months, having proper insulation is crucial for cutting cooling costs.In addition; a pool seems very much crucial... if we do not get an in ground pool we will be getting some sort of large, above ground, pool.

Also, I'd like to list some demographic information about Lake Havasu City.
* The city is approximately 44.44 squared miles
* Population is 53,000 persons
* 30% of the city's residents are aged over 65 years old
* Less than 5% are aged under 5 years old
* There are 5,348 business firms
* 25% of the business are owned by women
* 22% of homes in the city are rentals










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