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Archive for November, 2012

Our New House & Why We’re There

We finally bit the bullet and bought a house.  It was a commitment we made to the area and to establishing roots in the community.  When placing a bid on the house, we wrote a letter to the owners to explain why we wanted to buy a house.  It’s honest and sincere and I’d like to think it helped make our case in getting the house. It’s also a nice way for us to look into the future instead of just the past. People who’ve read the letter have suggested I post it for everyone to see. So, here it is… 

When we moved to Walnut Creek five years ago, we weren’t quite sure how long we’d stay.  Having spent six years in Seattle, we were ready for a new adventure, but we moved with heavy hearts.  Cherise’s father was terminally ill and we decided that Washington was too far away from him in the last years of his life. We picked Walnut Creek to be close to Lincoln (where Cherise’s parents lived) and San Francisco (where Sandy worked), which was appropriate given that’s where we had our wedding six years earlier. Moving with a two-year old is never easy, but family comes first for us and we were incredibly grateful for the extra time that our daughter Iris could spend with her grandfather.  In the years since we’ve lost Cherise’s father, we’ve continued to rent our house and think about where to go next.  But as it turns out, we’ve grown to love Walnut Creek.  We had our second daughter Robyn at the John Muir hospital in 2008. In 2009, Sandy’s elderly father moved here from New York City to be closer to his grandkids and now resides in a senior living community nearby where he is a frequent guest and willing babysitter.  With her frequent visits, Cherise’s mother has become an integral part of our lives and we can’t imagine what we’d do without her. It takes a village to raise a child and we’ve built a foundation for lives that we can be proud of and a setting that is ideal for our two daughters. We’ve made friends, found favorite restaurants, and enjoyed being a part of the local community.  A couple of months ago, we looked at each other and realized we couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.  That’s what spurred our decision to find a more permanent home.  Unfortunately, our search has consisted of a series of choices that didn’t match the love we have for the area. This is a very important decision for us and we hadn’t found anything that caught our imagination. But then we visited your listing.

The wonderful layout. The beautiful attention to detail.  For each of us, it didn’t feel like a house.  It felt like a home. Our daughters quickly identified there rooms and made plans for how they would arrange them. As we enter the next chapter of our lives as a family, we saw our futures each time we visited.  The walks to school and the local library. The piano lessons in the family room. The annual viewings of “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Christmas Eve (our family tradition) in the living room. The backyard barbecues. The trophies and awards.  The broken hearts and skinned knees. The good and the bad.  The highs and the lows.  That’s the difference between a house and a home and that’s what we’ve been looking for.  We love this place and hope it can be the site of many memories to come, as we’re sure it was for you.

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