Sandra recently moved back to the states after a three year stint in Cameroon, working with Chimpanzees at a rehabilitation center (how cool is that?! – no, seriously, it is actually the coolest thing!)
Though the chimps had a big place in Sandra’s heart, Jesse’s place was even bigger, so she headed back to Oregon. And, they decided to begin a search to buy a house together.
Jesse and Sandra were looking for a home where they could grow both a garden and a family. Their original idea was to find a house on a large (ish) plot of land. They knew their search would take them further out from the center of the city, and it was an exciting adventure to be introduced to neighborhoods they had not previously known.
Early in their search, Sandra and Jesse found a quirky old house on a huge lot, and got their offer accepted. There was much rejoicing until inspections revealed that this was not meant to be their home. But, we were all grateful to have found out about these issues early in the home buying process, so saving a lot of dollars and heartache.
The next home they fell in love with was so very different–love can take many forms!
Cute as a button, with an ample (but not huge) yard, this home sits in close-in SE Portland. It was not what this couple originally had eyes for, but they found it was perfect for them, and checked all their boxes.
A house can take you by surprise. They are so different on paper, or in photos, than they are in person. Sometimes when you walk in the door, you just know, this is the home for you, even if you never thought it could be.
Jesse and Sandra, congratulations on your wonderful home! Wishing you all kinds of great surprises.