Movin On Up (to the East Side)
Yes, we’ve said farewell to Tiny House 1.0 and are getting settled in to Tiny House 2.0. The past two months have been full of internet searches, crafting offers, loan estimates, contractors, and moving…therefore very little brewing, sadly.
Early in September, Matty and I started throwing the idea around of looking for a house to buy in Austin. Our rental house in Crestview was still (miraculously) affordable as rents go and in a prime location, but that area was out of our budget as first time homebuyers. So we searched north and waaaayyy south. After serious consideration, we came to the conclusion that we are just not South Austinites, but we could certainly be Eastsiders. Matter of fact, we started dating while we were both living with roommates in houses about 3 miles apart in “the 23.”
After a week or two searching through online listings, it was a Friday when we came upon a new listing we both loved enough to prompt us to call a realtor. When we got a call back we learned there was already an offer on the house, but we set up a time for Sunday to go see it anyway, thinking it would be a good idea to just start seeing places in person. We had scheduled a second appointment to see another house in the same area so as not to waste anyone’s time. But, we saw the first house and just “knew.” It didn’t help that the second house we looked at was the same floorplan on a busier street with fewer improvements for the same price. Our realtor could see the disappointment on our faces and asked if we wanted to go back and look at the first house again. We did. We still loved it. But at the same time we were both thinking, “Aren’t you supposed to shop around? No one buys the first house they look at, right?” So we went back home to think on it, but by the time we got there we had made up our minds. We called our realtor and asked if she could help us write up the offer. Keep in mind this was like 8 pm on a Sunday. She met us at her office and walked us through all the minutia involved in a real estate transaction and worked with us to draw up what we all felt like was a strong offer, including a cover letter we wrote about ourselves (weird) and what we loved about the house (which turned out to be really effective!). After a tense day or two of waiting, we heard our offer had been accepted!
[More photos of Tiny House 2.0 here]
The next month went by in a blur of numbers and paperwork. Not to mention a wedding/vacation in California we had forgotten about in our haste to just get an offer in. We ended up signing our amendments at the end of the option period on our flight from Austin to San Diego. Finally, October 11 arrived and we officially closed. Keys in hand. But…there were some projects we wanted to finish first (scraping popcorn ceilings, painting the garage, moving/building a fence to contain the dogs, etc). And as with every move, you have to rethink certain organization and storage solutions, which is why tons of our beer glassware is still sitting out on the counter [update: the glassware has a home now!] and our tv is sitting on an end table for now. The homebrew gear, however, is neatly tucked away on its shelves in the garage, tempting us to get to brewing again already! You can also see signs of permanent residence by the collection of beer stickers we are finally adhering to something, rather than leaving to sit in a drawer collecting dust.
What’s in a name?
Tiny House was a nickname Matty created on FourSquare when we first moved into the house in Crestview, due to our “largeness” in the confines of its modest square footage (900-something sqft, including the added-on laundry room). When we bought Tiny House 2.0 it came out ahead at 1064 sq ft, but we still think it’s small enough to keep our name.
We can’t wait to be settled and get back to creating some more Tiny House brews and food and get caught up on photos and blog posts that have been in a holding pattern over these past couple months.