Marybeth commented: Call me crazy but does the outside style of this house remind you of your old house.... the one on the hill (with lots of yard/land to care for)?
The old house circa 2013, just before we moved and then the new (old) house today, just before we invade.
There are similarities and there will be more in the future. We loved our first rural Tennessee house but it was a lot of work and far far away from everything. We loved the front porch which signified Southern living for us. And we built gardens and fought the moles and voles...and lost often.
The new in-town home is a blank canvas, on a proper flat site, hopefully not full of plant eating critters.
We have BIG PLANS. And thankfully the years of saving have provided funds to put those plans into action.
This time I am using the 'yellow pages' as we like to call the internet. Landscapers will clear the weedy trees and trim the good ones. The minimal plantings in front of the porch will be dramatically expanded. Even tho we are getting older, we still love that feeling of digging in the dirt and planting a tree, for the future. Dave says we'll get a tree as large as we can afford for that front yard.
Mostly we are hoping to install a koi pond. One of the homes we visited and didn't buy had a koi pond that was just the size we'd like to have.
If you don't have a dream, how can you have a dream come true?