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We had a pretty good weekend. Saturday night was game night (nothing unusual there…or was there?) with Chris and Pete. Good times, always.

On Saturday, Randy and I went about running errands in the gorgeous spring-like (finally) weather. He even managed to get me to go to the gym (the weather really must have put me in a good mood). That night, we had a wee birthday party for two of our friends, Mickey and Mark. Along with the cake, we had dinner and played a game we’d purchased earlier that day: Apples to Apples.

Then Sunday came and my goal was to do nothing except look at a few open-houses (as we continued our search to see what’s out there). And, boy oh boy, was there something out there! We both fell in love with a two-story condo that felt like a single family house. It was 1,800 square feet (HUGE) with 3 bedrooms (one would be an office, one a guest room, one a master bedroom), 2 bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, and another family room (or could be used as another bedroom or office or library). It was the top two floors so it had no neighbors above us or beside us, and it received lots of natural light. There was a deck out front and an enclosed one out back (ideally, it would be open…but you can’t have everything). There was also a large garage and big back yard (two things Randy likes).

The basement was enormous, clean, and dry…so great for storage. Oh, and from the master bedroom, you could see pieces of Boston’s skyline (the Back Bay Hancock and Prudential towers). Of course, they would likely disappear when the trees sprout leaves. but just being able to the city makes it feel closer to the city.

And although not in Cambridge or Somerville, it was still nearly the same distance to the subway as our current place. However, it was equidistant to TWO subway stations (Alewife and Davis) and there are bus lines at each end of the block that would take me directly to a subway station. In fact, one of those busses would drop me off at the door to my office. Compare this to my current commute where I have to walk 5-7 minutes just to get to the nearest bus (and then transfer to subway, etc…).

So, although we wouldn’t be any closer to the city than we are now, it would be easier to get to the city. Plus, it’s closer to transit, restaurants, markets, and even a movie theatre (all at the end of the street).

Anyway, the open house was swarming with people so I suspect a decision would need to be made fast. ARGH -decisions, decisions. Oh, and since it’s a two family, the lower level is available, too (1,300 square feet with 2 bedrooms, living room, dining room, brand-new kitchen, front and back decks). Anybody interested? It’d be great to have neighbors who are friends!

**The photo above is not the property for sale…it’s one from my village when I was a kid (though, I wouldn’t mind living there, either).



  1. Comment by Golden on March 16, 2009 12:06 pm

    Not in Cambridge or Somerville? Where the heck was it then that it was equidistant from Davis or Alewife? East Arlington? It sure is the time to buy, especially when you don’t have to worry about selling your current place for less than you bought it for!
    Good luck!

  2. Comment by Jeffrey on March 16, 2009 8:05 pm

    So, that picture is from your village? I’ll refrain from asking if your village is now missing anything, or anybody.

  3. Comment by Randy on March 16, 2009 9:35 pm

    Golden, Who are you kidding? If I sold my place now it woudl be for a loss.. Only idea is to rent it..

  4. Comment by Golden on March 17, 2009 12:22 pm

    Oh, oops. I had no idea you owned your current place! I thought you were renting.
    Sorry about that.

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