First off, here’s how I’m looking today at 18 1/2 weeks.  I don’t look too big, I think because my shirt was puffy so it didn’t show much:

Today I looked at another house.  This house is a definite possibility.  The main drawback of this house is its location.  It’s in the heart of Fuquay-Varina!  Way further out in the country than we had ever wanted to go.  Not that it’s in the country – it’s in the town of Fuquay.  But it’s far away from Raleigh.  It’s about 25 minutes from Cary.  About 10 minutes further away from civilization-as-we’ve-known-it than Holly Springs is.

On the other hand, the house is about 5 minutes from where I’m probably going to be working once I graduate.  It’s the town where Talan goes to school.  It’s also very close to Wake Tech (about 15 minutes) where Bryan is going to be teaching a couple of classes this summer and fall and probably after that, too, and there’s a good chance I might do my internship there next Spring.

The biggest factor involved here is price though: this house is affordable, and it is within our acceptable price range, whereas the house that was next to the playground is asking $20,000 more than this one, which puts it $20k outside of our price range, and therefore even if we liked that house better, we probably couldn’t afford it.

So here is the house!

House next door on the right

House next door to the left

Down the street to the left

Down the street to the right (I hate the way they went through and clear-cut all these neighborhoods. I miss the big tall pretty trees!!!!)

Right side of house

Left side of house

Really nice, big, flat backyard that needs a TON of help with grass and landscaping

View looking out from the patio

View looking to the right towards the neighbor's yard on that side

View looking to the left towards neighbor's yard that way

The small patio - we'd definitely want to improve upon this by expanding it or making it into a nice deck eventually

Here we are back to the front. Let's go on in.

The foyer is 2-stories tall. I'm standing in the kitchen taking this. The wide doorway on the right side of this picture goes to the living room.

Standing in the living room, here's the view of the stairs. Past the stairs you can see the doorway that leads to the kitchen and family room.

The flooring leading from the foyer into the kitchen

View from foyer looking towards kitchen and family room. The open door on the right of this picture leads into the 2-car garage

The half bath is located right off of the foyer, actually about where you'd expect the coat closet to be, interestingly

The coat closet - located approximately across from the door to the garage - it's on your left as you're walking from the foyer into the kitchen

The garage - it's definitely big enough for 2 cars but doesn't have a whole lot of extra room besides that - so not too much space for additional storage.

The kitchen

View from kitchen looking towards family room

In the kitchen looking into the family room, which is sunken down one step below the kitchen for some reason

Wood burning fireplace - maybe we could convert it to gas

The kitchen's really about the same size as our current kitchen, and the pantry is about the same size as well

Dining room

Looking from dining room into the living room - we're thinking we'd probably put my desk in there along with a couch that folds out into a bed for additional guest space

Top of the stairs, looking towards master bedroom

Laundry room - located immediately to the left at the top of the stairs

The closet in the laundry room

The master bedroom is probably about the same size as our current bedroom

master bathroom

Pretty good sized walk-in closet through the master bath

Standing in master bedroom looking down the hallway - the laundry room is the first door on the left, stairs on the right. Top of stairs on the right is a linen closet

Looking down at the foyer from outside

The linen closet at the top of the stairs

The guest bathroom

One of the bedrooms

Decent sized walk-in closet

Really really tall vaulted ceilings in these 3 bedrooms - no ceiling fans in any of the bedrooms

Second bedroom

This bedroom also has a nice sized walk-in closet

The third bedroom - this is the largest and would be Bryan's office plus a guest room

Decent sized closet but not a walk-in, but it's fine for the office/guest room

View of the vaulted ceilings

So here I'm standing in the pink bedroom. The bathroom is immediately to the left. The purple room is straight ahead on the right, and the blue room (office) is straight ahead. Obviously these are the stairs leading up to the attic.

Not much attic space due to all the vaulted ceilings - it's probably about the same amount of storage space as we have currently in the townhouse attic - enough to put the Christmas tree and some boxes of holiday decorations and stuff. Not much else though.

So there you have it.

What do you think?  Bryan and I are undecided.  The house is big.  We can afford it.  It has a lot of potential to be fixed up really nice with re-painting, new carpet and new flooring, better furnishings obviously, and lots of landscaping in the yard.

Our main hesitation is the location in Fuquay-Varina which is just so foreign to where we’ve been living in Raleigh.  Sooooo different.  It would be culture shock for sure.

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