Our new house 🏑

As you may have heard if you follow me on social media: we bought a house!

We started our house-hunt at the beginning of the year and were prepared for it to take a loooong time. The housing market kinda exploded when the pandemic started. House prices have skyrocketed in the whole country – and in other countries as well from what I’ve heard. My town also has a huge influx of new residents right now.

A few years ago a company started building a massive battery factory here. Like 4000-6000 new jobs massive. They are set to begin production this winter and are currently recruiting people from all over. While it’s good for the local economy it also means an unprecedented number of people are now looking to move to our town.

In other words: the housing market is I N S A N E here at the moment.

The prices just keep going up and I’ve seen some downright crazy bidding wars. Every single house has been sold for almost double the starting price.

Markus and I talked a lot about the timing of our house purchase. The best would obviously have been to have bought a house 5 years ago, but we didn’t have the money then. And this craze won’t die down any time soon due to the factory so if we wait we’ll probably have to wait for years for prices to drop. If they ever do.

So we were worried we wouldn’t find a house at all. But then we got lucky!

Photo stolen from the real estate agent. It’s from April this year.

We found a property out in the countryside, in a village about 30 minutes outside of town. Brand new house, built in 2016. The surrounding area looked nice in the pictures. So we booked a showing.

The road to the village was long and winding but beautiful. Lots of open farmland and pretty lakes. And when we rolled up to the house itself it just looked perfect.

It required no renovations since it’s so new. Good size for the two of us. Good size yard too, not too big and not too small. A small detached garage. Closest neighbour about 50 meters away, which is an ok distance. (Wouldn’t have minded them a bit further away, but one has to be willing to compromise.)

After we had checked out the property we took a short walk through the village and that was it. We fell in love with the place.

Some of our neighbours

The asking price was fair considering the great shape of the house, so we ended up making an offer (the first offer) right then and there.

Seeing how nice and new the house was, and how pretty the village was, we didn’t have much hope of actually getting it. Like I said: the market is crazy and this property would surely sell for way above what it’s listed for.

And then…….. no other offers came in.

For over a week we waited and nothing happened?! When the real estate agent called to tell us that the sellers had accepted our offer we were like “are you sure?” 😳

I still can’t believe we got it for as “cheap” as we did and that nobody else bid. The only reason I can think of is the distance to town. For us it’s perfect, but I imagine if you have kids it’s not ideal to live so far away from schools and activities.

The house

It’s one storey. 3 small bedrooms, 2 bathrooms + utility room.

The kitchen and living room is one huge open space in the middle of the house. We’ve looked at plenty of houses of a similar size but most have been built with 2 storeys, sometimes 3, and I’ve always felt hesitant about that. I don’t like having lots of stairs and there’s no need for us to spread out over multiple floors when it’s just the two of us. One storey is ideal.

It’s unusual to have the front door on the gable, but I like it. In combination with the big open space kitchen/living room it makes the house feel like a longhouse.

I don’t know if you can tell from the photos, but the floor is concrete. We’re actually walking on the foundation of the house, polished smooth. It’s beautiful to look at but also very very hard. If you drop a glass on that it is guaranteed to shatter into a million pieces.

The floor is heated too, so it feels really nice to walk on now that it’s colder outside.

We also have a fireplace! It was on our list of nice-to-have-but-not-really-nessecary things, so it’s a huge bonus. πŸ”₯

The main heating system is geothermal heating. It’s way more eco-friendly and cleaner than electric heating or burning oil/wood. Very reliable too, which is good up here were we have such extreme variations in our climate.

The kitchen area. Still trying to get used to having drawers instead of cupboards. And I still don’t know where anything is. Every time I need something I have to open at least 3 drawers before I find it. Cooking takes forever, haha! πŸ˜…

And it’s not a TV, it’s the kitchen fan. Neither Markus nor I had ever seen a kitchen fan like that before. At the showing we stood staring at it for far too long going “what is it?” like a couple of Gollums πŸ˜‚

I’ll show more of the interior in some later post. Gotta take some nice photos at some point when it’s not a huge mess here. We have unpacked almost every single box since the move, but that doesn’t mean we’re organised. It just means all our things are shoved into random cupboards, closets, and corners instead of being in boxes…

One of my favourite things about this house is that we live right up against the forest! The backyard is a strip of grass and then it’s nothing but trees for miles and miles. πŸ’š

A friend suggested taking a long cable and hanging electric lanterns in the trees further in so it looks nice and haunted. I’m seriously considering it. πŸ‘»

We’ve lived here since August (moved in on the 4th) and so far I love the place.

The only remodelling we’re planning on doing soon is putting up a carport in front of the garage. And we have to do some landscaping in the yard. The lawn is all bumpy and full of rocks so it’s a nightmare to cut. But all that will have to wait until spring. No point starting outdoor projects when winter is upon us.

Now I just have to decide if I dare put up our hideous pink Christmas tree for Christmas. Or if I should wait at least a year before scaring our new neighbours? No? 😁

Comments

  1. December 9, 2021

    Hi Karin. Your new house is GORGEOUS. I love the big windows. Back when I was in high school we relocated to a different part of my state(I’m from Texas, USA) and the house my mom bought had/still has concrete floors. There were a lot of pluses about it, and I’d never lived in a house with concrete flooring(I grew up in a prefab/manufactured home) and it was definitely different.
    Your kitchen is to die for! This is exactly the kind of house(though bit smaller since it’s about to be just me and my 9 year old) and the land is gorgeous. You don’t get that kind of scenery around here so I’ll live vicariously through your photos.

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  2. January 1, 2022

    Your property looks amazing! I’m glad you were lucky in your house hunt. We feel super lucky with the house we found as well. For the price we were able to buy it for, it is huge.

    I love all the light coming in through the windows. I was unsure about the floors when you said they were concrete. But then you said they were heated, so that must be nice! I hate having cold feet in the winter.

    We had so many plans for projects we wanted to complete in the first year, but we completed a grand total of zero. I hope you have better luck getting started haha.

    I also had planned on posting a house tour once I got everything organzied, but here I am a year and a half later and still haven’t posted any tour pictures. Maybe this will be the year.

    Happy New Year and congrats on your house!

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