We bought our starter home in and up-and-coming near north neighborhood in 1995 with a 5-to-7-year plan in mind …
and we never left.
We watched from our front porch as our neighborhood exploded with growth [along with property values and taxes]. Houses to the left and the right and right next door were torn down and rebuilt into 4,500-square-foot multi-level million dollar homes. Our neighborhood school went from “I’m never, ever sending my child there” to one of the best and most desirable elementary schools in the city.
After the birth of our first child, our house felt exponentially smaller – what with all the ugly plastic baby paraphernalia overwhelming our modest home. So when child number two was still incubating, I conspired with our friend and contractor neighbor to custom build a first floor family room that made our cozy [read: small] home much more livable.
I hope you’ll join me in my home journey, share your own experiences and advice — and, perhaps, pick up some new ideas along the way …
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