But, it happens that a few months ago we found a house that we didn't feel we could pass up. It is an old house built in 1905. It has squeaky fir floors, an old coal cellar (soon to be my root cellar!), large trees, a big backyard and a view of the mountains. A home that seemed just right for us.
Our new neighborhood is very alive with people out walking and socializing. We haven't even moved in yet and already we have invites for dinner, housewarming gifts from neighbors, and several new friends. We will still be walking or biking distance to most of our favorite places. In fact, we will be walking distance to the cohousing community, so it should be easy to maintain many of our friendships.We won't be moving in for another few weeks yet. We are in the process of taking down wallpaper (there is wallpaper from floor to ceiling in almost every room!), painting walls, and a few other projects. Totally overwhelming to try to do these tasks in a healthy and green way. Fortunately we found a woman who takes down wallpaper with just water, and I am amazed at how accessible low and no VOC paint now is!
I hope to be blogging about our attempts to develop community outside of cohousing and our attempts to green a 100 year old house.