Thursday, February 14, 2008
New House for Valentines Day
After looking at all the available property in our price range over the past several weeks, we decided that we liked the pink house, shown on the last blog entry, most of all. Since we were not successful in our previous offers, we decided that it was a good house and it was worth one more try. We increased our offer slightly, and they accepted. So, we are now in the process of doing all the things necessary to move in soon after the closing date of March 14.
Fortunately, we were able to save some money from the sale in our house in Maine to buy some furniture for the house here. This house is largely unfurnished, although it includes all the appliances. We took Daniel with us to inspect it today, and he found only minor problems which he says he can help us fix. I have enclosed photos below, including one of Daniel inspecting the roof.
The house has two bedrooms with bathrooms, one of which we will use as a den with a pullout sofa for guests, an open living-room, dining room area, a kitchen with lots of storage including a butlers' pantry, a laundry room, a large bodega (shed), a two car covered parking space, a small front garden, a nice yard in the back with a deep covered terrace and another terrace in the back of the yard for a BBQ area. The house is four years old and in good shape. As you can see from the, photos it's very Mexican (the sellers are Mexican) and we can add more Mexican touches as we live there for awhile.
The house is located in Upper Riberas del Pilar, about halfway between Ajijic and Chapala, about 5 minutes from each. It has city water, a septic system, and the property taxes are $133 per year, somewhat less than in Maine.
Happy Valentines Day. I told Pixie I was buying her a pink house in Mexico for Valentine's Day. HAHA.
Note: I have included a link to the monthly critical thinking column I am writing for the English-language magazine, El Ojo del Lago, or The Eye of the Lake. You can access the magazine online by clicking on the link at the top.