It's up for sale again, the second time since I sold it. It sold in 2010 and now it's up again just over 4 years later.
Why is it that no one can manage to live there for more than 4 years? Did some of my "critters" stay behind? Does my mother haunt the house?
They have done extensive renovations to the inside. Wood laminate flooring without. New counters and sink. Central air, which likely means they replaced the furnace as well as the hot water heater (didn't find out till after we agreed to the sale that the hot water heater was a bomb waiting to happen). New windows, new roof. Lovely landscaping, though the back yard looks very bare without my box elder there (they had to take it down, it was about to fall down).
The cottage used to be a 2-bedroom but the owner before my mother knocked out the wall between the second bedroom and the living room, making it L-shaped. One of the owners after me put the wall back in but didn't turn the area back into a bedroom. Instead they put in a built-in entertainment center where the wall is, completely tore out the old bathroom and the closet in that corner, and moved everything to the front wall in that old bedroom area. Personally I think they wasted the space. Why have a bathroom that big? They don't say anything about an extra room and the pics don't show it so I'm assuming that's what they did - just turned the entire thing into a huge bathroom. Stupid.
Wonder if they took out the fold-down stairs to the attic? That would also be stupid. The attic was great storage space....but if there are "critters" living up there (and we aren't talking racoons or squirrels) then I can understand it.
That house is calling to me. I have to put it out of my mind. As much as I'd like to move back there, it is financially impossible, and even if I could somehow scrape up the money to move us there, we're one bedroom short.
When mom was still alive and it was her house we were planning to tear down the garage and put up a two-storey addition. Then we found out she had cancer, and that all went out the window. The money I'd gotten out of my 401(k) after being put on disability went for her funeral. :(
Not only would I need the money to move us there, but I'd need the money to build an addition. Now, if I got a huge increase in my VA benefits with a nice size back pay, we could do that. However, I am quite a ways away from doing battle with them yet again for the increase I deserve.
I know why this house is calling to me, and it's tearing me up but right now there is just no way I can do anything about it.