If somebody would have asked me 6 months ago if I could have predicted where we're at right now, I would have said OH HELL NO. Six months ago our youngest daughter, Freya June, arrived, nicely rounding us out to a family of four.
We were all peacefully (ha) living in our pretty-darn-close-to-dream-home in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. (Okay, it was MY near-dream-home--but Brian had made peace, and we were both comfortable.) Until...
Brian was offered a job at a digital marketing agency up in Bellingham, an hour and a half north of Seattle and where I grew up (read: grandparents). We hemmed and hawed, drove up to look at some (disappointing) real estate, hemmed and hawed some more...and then decided to jump ship and try it out. What the hell, moving with a 3-year old, a new baby, a Redbone Coonhound and two cats--right in the middle of the holiday season--didn't sound THAT bad. Plus, Bellingham is a really nice town, and you can jump on a boat and visit whales so easily. Done.
Fast forward a mere four months. After refreshing Redfin like it was my job, one afternoon I clicked on a new listing and just about fell off my chair. I knew in a single second that this would be our new home in Bellingham.
And today we found out--for sure for sure--that it is!
The thing is, it's totally exactly what we were looking for, and not at all what we were looking for, all wrapped up into one gorgeous hot mess of a shingled green shag carpeted mid-century house. We're SO INTO IT, and yet--there are downsides, like... wait we moved here (primarily) for the kids, and there's virtually no yard? (Are we terrible parents for even considering it?) And... we moved from the city with a draw of more space, yet our house is only 48 square feet larger than our Seattle home? (And even that measurement is sort of a lie.) But, on the upside, the house was literally the house we drew up and imagined in our heads--the house we were starting to compile through a collection of inspiration photos. Our wish list included tall angular exposed beam ceilings, huge windows, an open floor plan, bedrooms on the same floor, and big trees--a woodsy Pacific Northwest vibe. Of course a view would be nice, but that seemed unattainable, and to us the house itself was way more important.
And then we found it--and it had an unobstructed 180 degree view of the ocean. Of SEA CREATURES.
So here we go--for better or for worse--we just bought a house, untouched since the 60's, on the side of a very steep hill, with no yard, and lots of raccoons so our coonhound can perfect her bay.
So after some serious kid-proofing, our new goal is to get super creative, carve out our life in Bellingham, and make this house perfect for the kids, the animals--and the ones who pay the bills. Hope you join us in our treehouse adventure!