We are on the move, again! Say hello to our new home!
It's no secret that Chris and I have moved around a lot over the years - either for work purposes, as our family has outgrown our rentals (read: acquiring more pets) or if we've had landlord issues - and then we finally bought our own house in Johannesburg, at the beginning of this year. Sadly things change - as per life, these things happen - but the opportunity to start our own company, that would buy a franchise in Durban was too great a deal to miss out on.
We've been in a rental in Morningside since arriving here in early August but as previously mentioned in another blog, it's just too big for us - not the property size per say - which is about 1/4 the size of our property in Bramley but the actual house. It literally takes me a good part of a whole day to clean: Yes, no domestic worker or gardener for us - we fortunately (or is that unfortunately?) are both control freaks and find it hard to let go of anything, apart from ironing - that gets done at the local laundromat down the road!
All rentals we've stayed in aside - which have always served as a means to an end - has made us realise what we want and don't want in a property to buy. The house we bought in Johannesburg had last been sold in 1968 - so we are the third owners of that house, I know it may sound silly but knowing that the house has not changed hands often is what attracted us to it. It was a family home right up until we bought it - it had never been rented out - not to mention the 43m long driveway, sprawling front and back lawn, the century old Oak Tree in the front garden that I can hug without my hands touching, it even has all the keys to every single cupboard in the house.
See?! Super long driveway and one can even see the top of our massive Oak Tree peeking over on the left
It's now a rental to us and I have made peace with that. It's an investment for our future
Chris mentioned to me that a house had come onto the market a few weeks back in Glenmore, an area we both adore from an architectural point of view. In relative terms it's a new suburb - formed in and around the 1960's - think mid-century style, sleeker lines and newer types of materials used in construction as apposed to Morningside, Umbilo, Glenwood and Berea, which are as old as Durban itself.
Our current rental was built in the 1890's and most of the properties in Durban's older, central suburbs suffer terribly from Wood Borer - unless the owners have totally gutted their home and rebuilt - which is sad, as you lose the charm of these older homes but in some cases there's no other option.
Back to the Glenmore house that WAS on the market! So we went and had a look-see at this house - turns out it was master-built by the current owner's late husband in 1969 - 70, i.e. the house has never been on the market before now and has never been rented out - ticked a box. It is above road level, another box ticked. It is a corner plot, another big box ticked. It has a huge but shallow swimming pool, another box ticked. It has the classic garage under the house design, another box ticked. Does it need a bit of sprucing up, yes and is it in good condition? Absolutely! Bar replacing the oven and stove and a coat or two of paint, and freshening up the open plan en-suite - oh, and fencing in the property at the back - which just goes to show that Glenmore hasn't earned a reputation as being one of Durban's safest suburbs for no reason if an elderly lady could stay alone in the house without an enclosed back yard!
It also has one of the most well supported community watch forums in Durban - so I shall be baking treats to sell at the stall they have just around the corner every Friday afternoon - with all proceeds going to Blue Security who actively patrol the suburb and have been doing so since 1997.
So... one cheeky offer placed, a counter offer made, we counter offered that offer and boom! house sold to us!
See below for some photos of our new soon-to-be home, obviously the decor is not ours, but just to so proud of both myself and Chris that we've managed to not only start a company this year but have also managed to buy two houses - feeling very blessed and scared and excited and everything all rolled into one!
Our deposit has been paid, all lawyer's documents signed - just have to wait for transfer - which should take place in January.
So, do I have the energy for one more move? Yes!
Could I potentially have a mini-breakdown in the process? Maybe...? Let's see how it goes.
Just thought I'd share our good news with everyone reading.
Until next time,