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We moved into this house 28 years ago today.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I can hardly believe it. That's more than a generation. We bought the house on May 30, 1985 and spent a month and a half after work and on weekends painting, recarpeting, getting rid of the avocado appliances and countertop. We thought we had done an amazing "remodel", but that was back before "remodel" meant something that required a home equity loan. And it's a good thing because styles have changed several times since we moved in. The "cool kitchen" of 1985 looks dreadful today. I am right now finally having the kitchen redone. It will look modern, but how will it look in 28 years? That avocado kitchen I ripped out 28 years ago was once The Look everyone wanted.

The longest I had ever lived in one place was 12 years while I was in school. Then after getting married at 19, the longest was 4 years and 2 months. 28 years seems so long looking ahead but so short looking back. My husband always wanted to move after retirement, but I just can't leave this place. It's a boring split level, but it fits me and I love it. And once a house is paid off, it looks a LOT better!

I wonder if I'll even be alive 28 years from now?
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  • MIRAGE727
    Positive waves, Nell!
    1737 days ago
    If you love a place and are comfortable there, it's good to stay!! We moved here 13 years ago - me kicking and screaming about "leaving town." Today, I wouldn't trade my little house for anything. As long as DH can mow, we're here to stay. I wish you lots of joy with your new kitchen!!
    1737 days ago
    On July 6,it was thirty years that we've been in our house. WOW!
    During that time, we have put on two additions - including a new kitchen and updates to the baths.
    There are a lot of memories in this house - and I don't want to leave it either.
    (Having no mortgage does add to its appeal.)

    1737 days ago
    Twenty-eight years sounds like forever! We just passed 13 years in the same house after two different military careers moving us all over the place every few years. We do want to relocate after final retirement, but our biggest obstacle is the amount of junk we either brought with us and stashed in the basement or have accumulated since we got the house. As for 28 years from now, I have no doubt you will still be around because you take good care of your health!
    1738 days ago
    Nell I agree if you like and are comfortable with where you live why move
    1738 days ago
    For long I only had furniture that could be demounted to a pile of wood...after I inherited the forte piano I got more stationary. My home is where my hat lies...
    1739 days ago
    That's so amazing to me, Nell. In my adult life, I've gained the apt nickname of "Gypsy." When I find myself regretting how often I've moved, I try to remind myself that I wouldn't be the person I am if I hadn't gone to the places I've been. Right now I'm setting records for myself -- almost 8 years in the same city, and the majority of that in the apartment I'm in now. No way to guess what the future will hold....
    1739 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I agree with TRAVLEGRRL. If you love WHERE you live that is 80% of the decision. We have 20 acres here (we do love our house) and we mow at LEAST 4.5 acres of it and I do the trim work with the push mower. All of a sudden this year I absolutely just HATE the mowing, except for the we are going to move to AZ and the number one thing on the top of our list of "must haves" is the AZ landscaping...beautiful landscaping gravel and cacti and NO maintenance!

    I also hope your reno is everything you ever dreamed of!
    1739 days ago
    Ha! I know what you mean about kitchen colors. We built our house 8 years ago and I resisted the stainless steel appliances, thinking they'd go the way of harvest gold. So I have "bisque" (the old "almond). Now I wish I had gone with them, they seem here to stay!

    We are getting ready to move on...we love the house but NOT the labor-intensive 10-acres. We are getting ready for the next stage, maybe a condo or small house. Good luck with your reno!
    1739 days ago
    So that is the anniversary ....
    I know how you feel about your home. I have been in mine since it was built in 1971 - with an avocado kitchen. We did a bit of a kitchen remodel in the '80's but it is due for the BIG one in the next couple of years. I've had both baths redone and I'm working on getting double pane windows. Floors need help, too, but one thing at a time! I hope your kitchen is all you've dreamed of and the work is finished AHEAD of schedule.
    1739 days ago
    We've lived in our house for 27 years and it needs "everything" done . . . but like you I'm pretty attached to the place!
    1739 days ago
    We moved into our house in 1986. But it was new at the time. I just replaced the family room carpet. It was so out dated. The rest of the house is original carpet and will be replaced eventually. I too, like my house and want to stay here as long as I can. It is 2 stories, may have a problem with stairs. I had avacado appliances in my first house!
    1739 days ago
    1739 days ago
    and unless the home is just to big for your needs why move

    congrats on the home
    1739 days ago
    Funny how you hate to leave somewhere that you can walk in the dark and never stub your toe. I was very content in my old house but having lived in this one for almost 11 years I would hate to move again. Told my family they will have to carry me out feet first lol.
    1739 days ago
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