Saturday, September 01, 2007

Yes, I changed my mind again...

I know I've been a little flip-flopping with the blog lately. I hid it for awhile as kind of a test run. My long term plan is to, in a few years, start my own business, and it does sometimes concern me that this blog comes up so high when my name is googled. Not that I really share my deep dark secrets, but just the fact it exists might seem unprofessional to some. But, I've decided ... I don't care. That time is a long way off, and frankly, I enjoy the outlet to write too much.

I've also been going through one of the busiest times ever, with work going 14-16 hours a day, on top of looking for houses. And I wasn't sure, after I started writing about my house search, how much I really wanted to document my naivete.

But I had a big week, guys:

1) The crazy project I was on suddenly ended.
2) I decided to make an offer on a house.

Woooo! Because 100K in student debt isn't enough, I figured I'd just tack on a couple hundred more on top. It's a fixer-upper in Columbia Heights, and quite a few people already think I'm crazy, but let me tell you, if all goes well (my big hurdle right now is the inspection) and I become the owner of this little unpolished gem, it is going to be SPECTACULAR when I finish. This is the kind of project I never realized I've always dreamed about. I'll have a ton of space (2 bed, 1.5 bath), a huge yard (for DC), a FRONT PORCH, and a fireplace, all of which needs some love. I also just found out that the owner who got foreclosed on paid $150 more than my reasonable offering price. Assuming the market swings up in the next five years, and that CH continues to build up, it's going to be a great investment.

I can't get too excited yet though, until we deal with all the offer/contract issues. The worst part is actually leaving U Street. I know I won't be that far away, but it's not really night-walkable anymore, so I see a lot of metro/cabbing in my future. And a bike. And honestly, CH just doesn't have a the character that U Street does, filling as it is with chain stores. U Street may be gentrifying, but it's doing it with little shops and boutiques that have so much more personality than...Ross Dress for Less. Ah well. I can't afford U Street, so that just ain't an option until I make my millions.

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