When my husband bought the home we live in now – a 1950s bungalow in Midway Hollow – he was a bachelor. He told me several times during our courtship that he bought the house thinking that he would sell it when he got married, because three bedrooms and ONE bathroom is kind of cozy.
Well, I like cozy. When we married, we decided that staying put made sense, but if we ever had kids, we would give the situation another gander.
Then we had our son, and between the fatigue of a newborn and the decision to go to one income, we decided we would wait until the kiddo was nearing school age before we made any decisions. Potty training with one bathroom was fun (she said, in the most sarcastic way possible in print), but we managed. But now that we are really staring down the barrel of elementary school (and three people trying to get ready at once in the morning), we realize we need to start actually making some decisions.
And then Candy and I began talking, and realized that there are probably a lot of us in this boat – trying to figure out the best options for education and real estate. On somewhat of a budget. Possibly even in a neighborhood where the march of gentrification is creeping toward your house, meaning a possible increase in value. Do we stay? Do we go? What are our schooling options? Where do we move, if we were to move? Should we renovate? If we do, who should we hire? How much should we do ourselves?
I hope you’ll join me in our joint adventure. And look out for more postings from me about all the pretty houses on the market in my wonderful neighborhood, as well as other important discussions about Dallas ISD and finding the right school in the right neighborhood.