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the view from a (small) hill

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 by

Tuesday, April 13

This is the day we try to find a temporary place to live that doesn’t feel so temporary.  Let’s face it, we’re both terribly spoiled; we like our creature comforts, and we are creatures of habit, so a two-bedroom townhouse in a crush of other townhouses that all look the same isn’t going to cut it.

I’d set up several appointments to meet with property managers and look at potential rental houses.  Some of those came from Craigslist, some from other sites online.  Some had pictures, some didn’t, but mostly they were in the higher end of rental houses—or so I’d hoped.

The first place we saw pretty much ruined us for other houses.  It sat, bucolically, on a pretty little hill overlooking a horse farm and a perfect little pond.  The house wasn’t so little; it held more than 3,000 square feet of very comfortable living space, a LOT of that in the kitchen, and had a screened porch the cats would just love.

screened porch

The view from our temporary home in Chapel Hill

Security system?  Check.  Wi-Fi?  Check.  Desk space in the kitchen?  Check.  (There was even a Mac already sitting on the counter, which boded well even though we’d have to bring our own.)

As we left that house, tooling down the nicely paved curving road back into town, which met another nicely paved road perfect for cycling upon, we mused that it was going to be hard to beat that place.

It was.

We went on to look at a dozen other rental houses in the same price range, and saw the wreckage left behind by student renters (so many UNC jerseys on the wall in one place that I had the overwhelming desire to say something about Blue Devils) and young families with small children.

By the end of the next day we were calling Kevin, the property manager for the beautiful house on the pond, and nearly begging him not to let anyone else rent the place until we could get him our security deposit and first month’s rent.

The picture above is the porch Gus, George and Jack will be enjoying while we build A House Named Fred.

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One Response to “the view from a (small) hill”

  1. Lin says:

    Save me a seat on that porch…I’ll be there as soon as the boxes are unpacked. Maybe even before, to help unpack.

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