Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Torn Between Two Houses

  Oh, my heart aches sometimes.....  All my life I wanted 
an old house to nurture and dress up.  I ' ve dreamed of it
since I was a little girl.
I found one in 2008 and when home prices went down
we could finally afford this OLD 1907 home to fix up
for our retirement home.  It was a dream come true!
I truly love the house! 
But buying it may not have been such a good idea.

1.  It took all our money to buy it and repair it! 
No money left for fun or for travel.

2.  I'm still working a five hour drive away! 
So, I have only spent twelve days in the house in 2011.

3.  Our sons can't visit us.  One lives 250 miles away and
the other son lives 500 miles away! 
How our heart aches ...

         4.  To keep the house, we have to pay to keep the
utilities on and taxes and yard upkeep, etc.

But...we love the house.  We absolutely love it!

I don't know what we are going to do.  Twelve days is not 
very much time to spend in your dream home.
It's just not practical.

And how can I ever sell my beloved blue cottage?
Can't keep both houses.   Oh my heart is torn.... 
What would you do?


  1. Oh, I would do what is practical. We had a little old house that we had really enjoyed. But the upkeep was getting bad and there was going to be a lot of money needed to do some major stuff. We had already spent a lot of money. We decided to sell it and downsize to the condo and we have not regretted it. However, if a person loves repairing old stuff and has the time and money that is another matter. This home you describe seems to be all together in the wrong location. I would sell it, yup, I would! You want a simpler life, not a more complicated one.....

  2. I love old houses as well -- it would be a hard choice given the circumstances.

  3. That would be such a hard decision to make! I pray that God sends you the answer even if it is not the one you think you want. Beautiful home though!!!

  4. I am right there with you my friend. My Old Historic House took all my money to buy and fix up, now I am forced to take early retirement and there is not enough to pay the bills. i have opened the house for tours and parties, but then the utility bills get ya. HELP. and you TOO! Richard from My Old Historic House.

  5. I understand..
    I bought my Grandparents house as second home. I have not been in 2 months because can u beleive the water line broke at both houses the same month? the money to repair the 2 wiped out my savings. So I understand. hold on to your dream as long as u can. The answer will come

  6. Wow, that is a predicament. I guess it would depend on how much longer you have until retirement. Could you rent it out until you are able to love there full time?

    1. (Smile) I know you meant to write "live" instead of "love", but you picked the right word!

  7. I love old houses too. I guess you need to follow your heart and do what you must. We had to sell one of our homes too a few years ago.