We have finally moved!

By Tuesday, July 29, 2014 59 , , Permalink 0

After a year and a half of futile search we finally  moved into our favorite neighborhood, we were able to get a loan for our new house thanks to the new CMBS loan rates! Well, it is more like my favorite but I can honestly say my husband likes it too. We have finally found a house that truly works for us. This place is huge! The yard, oh my, we finally have a yard.

And we love it!

There is no more creepy old guys looming outside our window. It was 2 years of being watched and being followed. Hard to complain to the HOA board when your next door neighbor is not only the one looking into your windows but is also said board’s director.

Have I ever mentioned how much I hate HOAs?

Well, HOAs are high up in my hate list, right next to missing socks.

But thankfully all that is far, far in the past.

From PDX with Love - We finally moved!

Our new neighborhood is beautiful. Our next door neighbors are great (they even baked us banana blondies as a welcoming). Even though there aren’t a lot of kids there is so much fun to be had here. Our road is quite and we can ride our bikes, the boys prefer their scooters. Walks are tough on little legs since we are up a hill. And pushing anything between 35 to 50 pounds on a stroller, while going up hill, is not much of a fun ride (for me at least).

We also have a different kind of neighbors: deer.

Our Deer NeighborsAnd our view…oh man, we are in heaven!

We finally have a place we can call home. A place were we can go about our lives without being watched or criticized. We are at peace. We eat on our deck. We let the boys play outside all day.

Plus the sunsets here (not fully visible from our house) turn the skies the most amazing shades of pinks and purples.

A Bellingham Sunset

 

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59 Comments
  • susan
    July 29, 2014

    What a lovely home! I just love all of the trees, and the deer, you are so very lucky.

  • Holly
    July 29, 2014

    Your house is beautiful. Welcome home!

    • Sofia
      July 29, 2014

      Welcome home! Those two simple words made me smile, thanks! 🙂

  • Mary W.
    July 29, 2014

    I feel your pain. I hate HOA’s too and can’t wait to get out of here. Can’t do this or that without getting permission! Looking for a beautiful home like yours without and HOA. Enjoy!

    • Sofia
      July 29, 2014

      HOAs suck the life out of you. Hope you get to get rid of them soon 🙂

  • Shauna
    July 29, 2014

    Oh my goodness, what a great house… I love how serene the neighborhood feels in the photos, I can’t imagine how awesome it must be to live there. Thanks for sharing with us

    • Sofia
      July 29, 2014

      It has been a long time since we last felt at peace in our own house. We can do whatever we want. We can even eat our dinner on our deck with nothing but underwear on and nobody bats an eye. Definitely feels refreshing.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Touristmeetstraveler
    July 29, 2014

    What a beautiful looking home, congratulations to you!

  • Kelsey Apley
    July 29, 2014

    Congrats on your move, your home looks beautiful! How fun to get to see wildlife like that, and what a view!!

  • Mardesia @ Keeping Your Cents
    July 29, 2014

    What a beautiful home and neighborhood. We just moved as well, but unfortunately into a smaller home. Just means I get to declutter and destash.

    • Sofia
      July 29, 2014

      Downsizing is not bad. Even though we moved to a bigger place I decluttered and destashed as well. Makes you breathe easier, doesn’t it?

  • Tammi @ My Organized Chaos
    July 29, 2014

    Oh wow, love the new digs right down to the deer! Sounds like you are in a much better place now – congrats to you!!!

    • Sofia
      July 29, 2014

      Seeing the deer is simply amazing. We also have one bunny, squirrels galore, and woodpeckers! 🙂

  • Amber Edwards
    July 29, 2014

    I also hate HOA’s! That is the one thing I said our new house could NOT have!! And your new house is absolutely gorgeous in that neighborhood! Love it!

  • Inspiring Kitchen
    July 29, 2014

    Beautiful home. Wish you happiness.

  • Denise
    July 29, 2014

    Congrats on your new home, it looks like it is in a beautiful location.

  • Kat B.
    July 29, 2014

    That last picture is just breathtaking. I am glad you love your new home!

  • Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    July 29, 2014

    Congratulations. What a big deal. I love your new home and your new neighbors 🙂

  • Kelly Hutchinson
    July 29, 2014

    Congrats on your new home! I have never owned my own home and I would love to at some point. Yours is very attractive!

    • Sofia
      July 29, 2014

      We are actually renting, but it does feel like home. We are planning to stay here until the owners kick us out! 🙂

  • Jennifer
    July 29, 2014

    What a gorgeous neighborhood! I love all the trees and wildlife.

  • Dawn
    July 29, 2014

    Boy, did you ever pick a nice spot. It’s gorgeous there! And of course your husband likes it there, too. He’s with you, isn’t he? 😉

    • Sofia
      July 29, 2014

      He was immediately sold on the house as soon as he saw the wood-burning fireplace! But yeah, he does like the neighborhood 🙂

  • Linda Kinsman
    July 29, 2014

    Congratulations on your new home and new way of life. It is never okay to be watched and followed, no matter what board a person sits on so I’m glad you have moved away from the creepy people. 🙂

  • Chelley @ AisForAdelaide
    July 29, 2014

    Congratulations on the new place! Looks like the perfect gem!

  • Alyssa @ Arts and Crackers
    July 29, 2014

    Congrats! That looks like a gorgeous location! We just moved too, into a slightly bigger house on our military base, and it feels amazing; I bet you all are absolutely loving it!!

  • CrazyMom a/k/a Melanie
    July 29, 2014

    Congrats on your forever home.. It’s exciting … glad you didn’t jump into the first house you saw… and ohh I hate HOA’s… they are a waste … glad I’m not the only one..your new home and area looks beautiful.. I’m a bit jealous…:-)

    • Sofia
      July 29, 2014

      Well, we are renting the house but we would buy it on a heartbeat! But still, even though we are renting it, it feels like OUR home.

      And HOAs suck…a lot!

  • Angela S
    July 29, 2014

    Living in a neighborhood you love is great! How nice that you have nature right outside your door.

  • Meagan
    July 29, 2014

    Oh wow, what a beautiful home! I love all of the greenery! I would love having some deer as my neighbors!

  • Debra @A Frugal Friend
    July 29, 2014

    The house is simply lovely……and it looks so peaceful with the deer as neighbors!!

  • Sharon Phillips
    July 29, 2014

    You are very blessed. You have a beautiful home. You live in a beautiful neighborhood. I also love the sunsets. Gorgeous.

  • Nolie
    July 29, 2014

    Beautiful. Congratulations on finding your forever home. To many happy memories.

  • Pam
    July 29, 2014

    Congrats on your new home! I am glad you have found a neighborhood that you feel secure and are away from the HOA!

  • Kayla @ TheEclecticElement
    July 29, 2014

    Congratulations on finally finding the perfect house in a great neighborhood with nice neighbors, both human AND animal alike! It looks like such a gorgeous place 🙂

  • Emily @ Baby Dickey
    July 29, 2014

    Darn those missing socks!

    Wow, it looks BEAUTIFUL! Congrats on the new home 🙂

  • Danielle @ We Have It All
    July 29, 2014

    Wow, that’s such a beautiful place, congrats on your new home! And I LOVE your new neighbors!!

  • Tammileetips
    July 29, 2014

    Congrats on the move!! I also can’t stand HOAs, sounds like you guys will have many happy years in your new home!!

  • Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy
    July 29, 2014

    I hate HOA’s too. We have a lot of deer in our neighborhood along with a lot of other wildlife. It is nice that there is still space for them.

  • Marina @ Mommy Snippets
    July 29, 2014

    How nice and relaxing. Your new home sounds like such a serene space! I’m happy for you!

  • Michele
    July 30, 2014

    Aww–I love your new house and the surrounding area. Congratulations!!

  • Chubskulit Rose
    July 30, 2014

    Oh my, you found a great place. I love that you are near the woods. Big yard is always a big plus!

  • Toni
    July 30, 2014

    Congrats on your move. That is a gorgeous house and area!

  • Rebel Sweetheart
    July 30, 2014

    Congrats on your move! That sunset photo is beyond breathtaking!

  • Kelli A
    July 30, 2014

    GORGEOUS SCENERY!! Wow. That sky is beautiful and the deer.. Love it! I can see why it is your favorite place! So happy for you and your family!

  • Tammy S
    July 30, 2014

    Congratulations!! You have a beautiful home, Enjoy your peace and quite.

  • Amy D
    July 30, 2014

    Wow, this place looks so beautiful! God willing, I would love to move to a more country setting in the future. Congratulations!

  • Cinny
    July 30, 2014

    Love your new place! Congrats!

  • Mama to 5 BLessings
    July 30, 2014

    Congrats! Looks like a nice place and the neighborhood is beautiful with it’s luscious trees and wildlife!

  • Kristin Wheeler (@MamaLuvsBooks)
    July 30, 2014

    I love your new house and neighborhood! CONGRATS! Beautiful there!

  • Janel
    July 30, 2014

    I remember tons of deer in my yard growing up when we lived in Washington. Your neighborhood looks wonderful!

  • Sommer C.
    July 30, 2014

    Hey, nice house! 😉 I am so glad you like it and it worked out for everyone. Enjoy! 🙂

    • Sofia
      August 6, 2014

      Hehehe, it is a pretty cool house, huh?!

  • Kungphoo
    July 30, 2014

    What a nice home! Good Luck in there!! It is nice to have a yard and no creepy people lurking.. lol

  • Elena
    July 30, 2014

    I’ve never been fond of HOA properties. It’s so cool that you have a gorgeous place to call your own. The deer and sunsets rock too.

  • Brett
    July 30, 2014

    What a beautiful home. Congratulations!

  • Tingting R
    July 30, 2014

    I so love your house! It is closer to nature. Perfect ambiance to relax.

  • Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations
    July 31, 2014

    WOW, how gorgeous is your view. I’m glad you are happier in your new neighborhood.

  • April McGregor
    August 1, 2014

    What a quaint neighborhood and your house looks lovely.