We are in our house!
We have approximately 2500 square feet. Most of the living space is on the upper floor - the living room, kitchen, and all the bedrooms and bathrooms. The master bedroom has its own bathroom - hooray! That seems kind of rare here in Connecticut because of all the old houses. This house was built I think in 1967 and is "newer," since a lot of homes were built about 100 years ago and a few even date back to the 1700s. The basement is really well-lit with a ton of windows so it doesn't feel like you're in a dungeon. The family room/play room/rec (wreck) room is downstairs, where ALL the toys reside! No more toys in my living room - hallelujah! Or in the bedrooms. There's also a very large storage room that includes the laundry area, and the garage is downstairs as well.
Our yard is huge - we have 3/4 of an acre. The side and the back property line are all trees - I stopped counting them when I hit 40 because I couldn't tell if I'd counted some of them already or not. Unfortunately, the groundcover growth under the trees gets really tall really fast and you can't play in it because of the bugs (ticks and slugs and tons of other things I've never seen). We're going to try to clear a lot of it out so we can string up the hammocks. There are bushes all around the house - azaleas, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, and some other kinds that I don't know.
We're on a corner in a really friendly neighborhood. Before we even moved in, we took a walk on a Sunday afternoon to check things out and some of the neighbors (who had already heard about us from the previous owners) came outside to meet us. We ended up talking with them for over an hour. They have a daughter who is between our oldest 2 girls, and they're already great friends. RG says that she is "fond of" MB. Too funny! And a number of other neighbors have come over to introduce themselves when they saw us outside.
We closed on Friday June 28 but continued to stay in our temporary place until Tuesday (July 2) when the moving company brought our belongings out of storage. So that was the date we actually moved into the house. We've of course been unpacking ever since and still have a long way to go. The thing that keeps going through my head is, "I can't believe we crammed all this stuff into 1000 square feet."
Don't worry. Pictures are coming. I have to do all the "before" shots for when I really start working on this place!