Friday, October 9, 2009

Our home

It's been a while since my last real post. I've been a little busy. Mostly because,

we bought a house!

I didn't think I was going to say that for at least another 3 years! We had been looking at old properties, see previous blogs, because buying land, and then building a bespoke house is a pricey business. We had first thought of going this route because we had the land, but with that looking as if it is never going to happen, we went out to look at a house about a ten minute drive from here. We had driven past the houses before, but as we weren't looking at pre-built houses, had just dismissed them. The house was actually built in May last year. They have been trying to sell the last four on the cul-de-sac ever since. Now I'm not sure what the prices were like when they were new, but they are right down now. We looked at three houses. First (the one we bought), was really bright and airy, which is very hard to find around here. Most houses tend to be smaller, but this is 35 tsubos, which is the size that we had decided was "just right" for us, co-incidence? Ok, so the boxes it ticked:

  • lots of natural light

  • good size

  • open plan LDK (living, dining, kitchen)

  • sociable kitchen, i.e. not facing the wall/window, but into the house

  • four bedrooms, one downstairs that can be used as a playroom/guestroom/classroom

  • all south facing rooms

  • parking space

  • garden

  • big bath

  • balcony with a roof

  • lots of storage space (including a storage room)

Now these are the boxes it DIDN'T tick, but that we decided were outweighed by everything else:

  • BIG garden at the rear

  • underfloor storage

  • balcony running the length of the house

  • living room with at least 3 solid walls (no doors)

  • car port

Hmm, thought there were more than that! Nice surprise :) Another GREAT plus is that it is only a five minute walk to the primary school. This had been a big worry to me, as children often walk to and from school alone here, but from the land we were going to build on, it was a 1.5km walk, including a really busy big road :( I tell Y that I am going to take the children to school until they are ten anyway, but we will see. I definitely won't let them go alone at 6 years old, no matter how "safe" it is here. This is also a big plus if I eventually decide to teach primary school children.

So we looked at the house, considered the great location, quiet, and yet not isolated, other children around for ours to play with, and the price, and realised that we could buy it ourselves. MIL was reluctant to help out if we bought a used house. But Y called MIL to come and look at it herself. It was all a bit of a scramble, so we had little time to decide if we really wanted it, and to weigh up the pros and cons. There was another family interested, which didn't help, pressure wise. ARghhhh, so there I was trying to convince myself that if we didn't get it, it wouldn't be the end of the world, ha ha! MIL came, looked around, but the children were getting grizzly for their dinner, and it was getting late. So I decided to leave it in their hands and told Y that if he was sure, then I was sure.

Hours later, they managed to get a further discount of 800,000 yen (down to the MIL ;) ) and as they were desperate to sell, there was also 1,000,000 yen to spend on furniture at a designer store. So exciting! But so nervewracking too! They were sorting it all out all night and Y didn't get back until midnight, by which time, I'd gone to bed! Before this, I was sitting all alone at home excited, arghhhh! So frustrating!

One of their conditions was for a quick move, so we are moving in at the end of this month, and we have this apartment until 8th November. Plenty of time to move, but I want to get as much packed as possible. I'm soooooo glad that I de-cluttered. Must have been fate :)


  1. Congrats , Congrats!!!! SO it wasn't your main plan but this was too good to pass up, and if you are happy... go for it.. and you did!

    I can't wait to see your pictures of your furniture.. I bet you are excited... I am so excited for you!

  2. Congratulations! I think it looks FAB! And unfortunately you can never tick all the boxes BUT it sounds as if it has everything you really need.

    So soon to move in? That is going to be exciting and stressful all at once- good luck with it all.

    I hate packing up but love unpacking and finding a place for everything.

  3. April-Marie - Yes, so excited about the interior! Even the curtains :)) Am enjoying sorting it all out.

    Lulu - yes, I am not a big fan of packing either, but glad I de-cluttered, and I am having fun deciding where to put everything too. Hopefully I can start packing this Monday after the moving company drop some boxes off. We'll get them to move the big things, fridge, beds, a/cs, and then take the boxes over ourselves.