History

Out of the blue, a previous owner of our property, Ann, stopped by the day after Thanksgiving. She shared stories of her time at the farm, and took in how the place has changed in the many years since she lived here. Her family owned our barn and lived in our neighbor’s farmhouse.  She followed up her visit with a letter to our neighbor, Chuck, and included photos of the farm from when she lived here. So very cool.

sold!

We don’t feel particularly patient, but I suppose we have been.  Today was a very (very) long time coming, but worth the wait.  The farmhouse is sold, a huge milestone in our project. Essentially, all of our renovation money has been tied up in that house, so since we bought it and the barn back in April, we’ve been doing (delicate) demo, and waitingwaitingwaiting.

But today was our closing, and the farmhouse is officially sold. 

Not only is it sold, but it’s sold to really rad people.  Who will be our future-neighbors. And we can’t be more excited.

It’s a bizarre dynamic, selling to people who will be your neighbors. 

Most real estate transactions are:

“Hi, nice to meet you, sign here, thanks for buying our house, good luck and we’ll probably never see you again.”

Ours was more:

“You like our house?  Cool, cause we love it too.  ps. We’ll be living next door, in (six/seven/eight) months, when construction is done.  How do you feel about dogs / composting / split-rail fences?  Sure, you can borrow our tractor / chainsaw / driveway.  See you next weekend!”

We’ve been in touch with them a lot leading up to closing, and we think we’re off to a great start.  We’re pretty pumped about it.

So, the farmhouse is officially sold. 

And all that’s left to do is……… everything.

Timing.

So, in an ideal world, Billy and I would have working on our little project voraciously for the last six months. But things didn’t really work out that way.

We bought the farmhouse and the barn together, as they are adjacent properties (though subdivided), and the previous owners didn’t want to sell them separately. When we did that, we basically tied up all of our renovation money in the house. So we had to sell the house before we could (afford to) start work on the barn. We listed it in May, and had a ton of interest right away (it’s an awesome house). Problem was, everyone who was interested had their own houses to sell. Contingent offers don’t move quickly. So we had to stay patient.

Fortunately, our real estate agent is a rockstar, and our patience has paid off! We have accepted an offer from a pretty great family who we think will be sweet neighbors. And we have a closing date…… so the countdown is on to 11/30.