Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Quick Look At Our New Home


We are now living in our new home.  Of course, things are far from the way we want them to be, but we feel good about the progress being made.

We're in the middle of a 3-unit building


Thursday, we brought the motor home over to the condo to “unload”.  Basically, we only moved our clothes and personal items and left all the kitchen stuff.  Since we will continue to RV, we wanted it set up to travel a few days each month throughout the year.  It was amazing how much we had to move since we felt like we were leaving everything in the RV.



The condo is relatively new--built in 2006.  It has 1277 sq. ft. which seems huge compared to the 300 and 400 sq. ft. we have been living in for so long.  It has two bedrooms and two full baths, a living room, dining room, and kitchen.  There is a small laundry room and a one-car garage.  Through French doors off the dining room is a small patio.  A row of evergreens separates us from our backdoor neighbors on the next street.  There are only 31 units in the complex on three streets all of which are dead ends.  There is no thru traffic so it’s a very quiet neighborhood.


Peanut has been confused, but is adjusting.
One of the main selling points for us was its handicapped accessibility.   The condo is all on one level.  There’s not a step in sight.  There are not even steps at the doors leading outside, only weather stripping to step over.  We’re good to go when we have those hip and knee replacements.  All the doors are wide to allow passage of wheelchairs and walkers.  All the countertops are high, so there’s less bending over.  Of course, for my short legs, there’s no bending at all.  My back is lovin’ this.  The master bath has a shower only, no tub, with hand holds and seats.



With all these features geared toward an elderly population, you can guess what our neighbors are like.  That’s right--retirees.  And a very friendly group of retirees, too.  Sorta reminds me of an Escapee’s park.  Our next door neighbor brought over cucumbers from his garden this morning.  The lady across the street has already invited us to her home for “game days” this fall.


Our furniture was delivered on Friday.  We bought the bare essentials and will fill in as we have more time to shop.  Knoxville Wholesale Furniture had some pretty nice pieces for reasonable prices.  Still, it didn’t take long to run through $10K.  We’ve made numerous trips to Target, Walmart, Lowes, and various other stores for all that other stuff--bedding, dishes, cookware, trash cans, toilet brushes, alarm clocks, lamps, everything needed to set up housekeeping.

I'll get the bed in the guest bedroom made sometime this week.
The previous owner left her washer and dryer.  We were excited not to have that expense.  However, things didn’t work out quite like we expected and have decided to purchase new anyway.  Tomorrow afternoon we’re off to buy a washer, dryer, TV, a desk, and recliners.

View from the dining room and patio
It’s been a whirlwind of an adventure, but we love our new home even if we’re too tired to fully enjoy it yet.  Here are a few photos.  I’ll do more later.

That’s it for today.  Thanks for tagging along.

10 comments:

  1. Looks perfect! Will you keep the motorhome in the driveway, or store it somewhere? Perhaps you mentioned that before, but I don't remember. :)

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    1. We'll be storing the RV at Misty River RV Park about 10 miles from Maryville on the way to the Smokies. We usually stay at that campground when in the area and I actually worked there a few years ago. We know the owner and feel confident in leaving it there. We'd love to park it on the driveway, but the condo restrictions prohibit that.

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  2. What a beautiful looking home. I like the size too, its about perfect. I guess it does seem huge after being used to an RV. Have fun getting all setup and organized.

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    1. Thanks, Rick. We're going to enjoy it.

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  3. Looks great! And I'll bet it doesn't rock in the wind!

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    1. Mike, this thing doesn't rock at all. How will I know when the cat jumps on the table?

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  4. Nice Digs, man!!! Judy and I wish you many, many happy days in your new home. Again, Congrats!!!

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  5. We love your new home and the way you have furnished it. I know you guys will enjoy the extra living space and being in the middle section, your utilities will be much less. We are so very happy for you guys.

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  6. What a lovely home! Perfect in size, too. We're excited for you and wish you much joy in this new adventure!

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  7. congrats on your new home!!..enjoy the new place to hang your hats!!..looks like you are well on your way to decorating it just the way you want!!..

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