I don’t know how to make this announcement other than coming right out with it.
Mark and I have been talking about our home and lifestyle choices for quite a long while. Mark loves living out in the middle of nowhere, but I have never liked living in the country. Frankly, it was a major culture shock after living in Austin for almost 30 years, and I’ve never gotten used to it.
I realize there are many benefits to living outside city limits — lower taxes and peace and quiet being just two — but the benefits of living in the country, to me, pale in comparison to living within a short distance to shopping, friends, and walking trails. It’s the small things I miss. I miss being able to sit on my front porch and wave to passers-by. I miss being able to stroll out of my front door to walk my dogs through the neighborhood or to a nearby park. I miss mountain biking on nearby trails. I miss being within a 5 minute drive to a grocery store when I need one ingredient for a recipe. Plus, my commute from work to where our home will one day be? Literally 3 minutes.
But, I’m revealing too much too soon. Let me start at the beginning.
Three years ago, Mark and I bought an almost-one-acre lot in Nacogdoches. At the time our decision to move was not firmly set in stone — anything but! But, we realized it’s incredibly rare to find such a large, sweet parcel of land in a prime neighborhood, so we jumped on it. We bought it knowing we’d either move to it ourselves or build some small homes on it one day.
Like I said, the lot is almost one acre and centrally located at the corner of N. Pecan and Lakewood, in the heart of Nacogdoches. Once a horse pasture, it has never had a house on it, and it’s got lots of gorgeous trees, including two huge pines.
That is a small apartment complex you see above. We are planning to build our carriage-house style garage along our property line to mostly hide it from view.
There is an old shed in the back that we’re probably going to bulldoze. Many of the posts are rotting and the shed is starting to lean. It would probably cost more to shore it up than to build a new vintage-style shed.
What does this mean for us and our house? Well, call us crazy, but we are looking into moving our house the 30 miles into town and selling our 10 acres to finance the majority of the costs for the move. If the numbers don’t work out or if someone makes an offer we can’t refuse, we’ll sell our house and acreage, then build a new, “old” house on our lot.
Right now, we are focused on moving it. We both feel that we have put too much time, sweat equity, and money into our house to sell it for less than it’s worth. Luckily, the sale of our acreage should finance most of the cost to move the house. So for these reasons and the fact that our home is already 90% renovated plus we have room in the attic for future expansion, it makes sense to us to keep the house.
Moving the house will be a massive project. We must remove the entire roof and framing, take down the front porch, cut the house in half, and put it all back together again when the house is transplanted in town. Yes, it’s overwhelming and more-than-a-little-bit scary, but we do love our house, and would like to keep it if we can manage it.
We have chosen a very reputable house moving company, and are working with a local architect. If everything goes as planned, we will make our monumental major move by next summer, weather-permitting, of course. We are currently packing up the house, talking with utility companies, clearing our lot (taking out scraggly trees and brush — like a sad-looking pear tree and some bamboo, but leaving the pretty trees, of course), and trying to deal with the emotional stress of the move.
That being said, if you absolutely love our home and have been thinking of moving to East Texas, well, give us a call if you’re interested in our home and acreage.
Oh, and let me anticipate your next question. What does this mean for the blog? Honestly, not much . . . although I imagine I will be absent from it more than usual when we get closer to our move date.