Another mobile home came up for sale on Friday. It's a bit of a fixer - the dishwasher is toast, the laminate flooring in the front room is damaged, it needs baseboards and moulding for every single wall (they put in new flooring and drywalled the ceiling but never installed the trim). But it's on a corner lot so it feels less crowded AND I would actually have quite a bit of dirt to work with, plus an unused strip on my neighbor's lot that I might be able to use (with their permission). We have submitted a full-price offer with a request for $1500 to be credited to us for repairs after close of escrow, and the offer was accepted today. I was pricing trim, flooring and dishwashers at Home Depot today and we'll be able to do all of those repairs within that budget (plus billing for the time we put into it). If anything major turns up in the inspection, of course we will amend the offer.
This one comes with a share as well - no space rent, only HOA dues. We had originally hoped that we might be able to pull off buying both the mobile AND the Silverado house, but Dan's mother has actually agreed to loan us $20k toward purchasing the mobile and we will pay the remainder in cash, which means we will not have enough left to purchase the Silverado house. BUT we'll have that loan paid off in 15 months and then our only monthly housing expenses will be HOA fees and the electric bill. We'll have our initial cash outlay saved up again in less than 4 years if we stick to a firm budget.
The mobile is actually pretty cute and has a nice layout. It's 144o sf, with a large living room, a formal dining room (we'll use it as the office), a decent sized kitchen with room for a small dining table, and two full bathrooms (the master has TWO sinks, I'm in heaven). The master bedroom is 14' x 11.5', which is palatial compared to every house we have ever lived in. You can't see it in the picture above, but the laminate countertop has the cutest blue & white retro "ethnic" pattern on it. I'm already scheming how I'm going to re-tool the kitchen on the ultra-cheap. The cabinets over the cooktop are coming OUT.
Those valances and blinds are OUT OF THERE. I'm a curtains kind of lady. The built-in will be painted and turned into the entertainment center. Eventually we will replace the windows with more energy-efficient windows that will open to allow a cross breeze - this room was the warmest in the house by far, as it has a somewhat western exposure. This room is even bigger than the picture shows. It's great.
This is the formal dining room, which will be our office/workshop. If you look closely, you can see the rough edges of the flooring and the ceilings, where they didn't install any trim. The green room is the master bedroom, which will pretty much be left as is. The master bath needs a makeover badly, but I'm the girl for the job. Those sliding glass doors open out onto the covered front porch, which is shady and nice. I foresee hot summer evenings spent out there.
So there it is. It's not what I dreamed of when I was growing up, but few of us get everything that we want. I can't have a house in the country because of what D does for a living. If we buy a regular house-house, we will never be able to afford things like extracurricular lessons for the boys or time off of work for D so we can go on long backpacking trips. This is a compromise I can live with, so we can have other things that we want.