Part 1. Why do we move?
· We enjoy the flexibility of renting. We always like living an adventurous life. We wanted to sell our house last year. Back then our plan is to wait until it’s time to move to Europe, so we don’t need to move twice. This April, I got the opportunity to work in Luxemburg, but we did not end up going due to COVID. We figured there will be other chances post pandemic. Not being tied down to a house will make things easier.
· Our house is too big for us. We always have one bedroom and one bathroom completely empty. When there is empty space, people tend to fill it with things. Being minimalists, we fill it with thoughts and meditations instead. The empty room become my aerial yoga room. It just seems quite wasteful, especially after I started doing yoga with my dear neighbor Rebekka on the grass by the lake. Nature is just more inspiring~
· We dislike the responsibilities of homeowners. Since we bought the house brand new, we were lucky that there has been limited issues with the house. The washer was clogged once, a few light bulbs went out, and the garbage disposal got stuck a few times. Nothing major, but who knows what will happen as the house ages. Our HOA was also quite annoying with very strict rules and of course the HOA dues.
· We are in Seattle city proper, and I dislike the politics of the Seattle city council.
· So why did we buy in the first place? We moved to Seattle in June 2012 and really love the city. We know we will stay for a while. By late 2012, the city’s housing market was booming again after the housing bubble burst. It was the time to buy. After shopping for a few months, we bought this house being constructed in March 2013 and moved in on Halloween 2013. The decision to buy back then was driven by the market boom, our love for the city, together with the notion of “Owning a house is a big life milestone”. After completing the milestone, we feel it is highly overrated. I don’t need to own a house to feel like home. My home is wherever my baobei is. It is not even a good financial decision for us, contrary to what mass media suggested. What fits for most people does not seem to be a good fit for us for this period of life.
Part 2- what I loved about our house
· The neighbors and friends – over the years, I have made so many great friends with our neighbors. Doing yoga together, having a clothes exchange train, playing board games in the back porch, holiday party, sharing harvests from the p-patch, so many fun memories I will miss so much. While a lot of the other things I love about the house can be found in the apartment I am renting, I definitely can’t take the neighbors with me. I wish I could!
· The memories we have made – good thing the sweet memories are not tied to the house, we have them safely packed and are taking them with us for sure.
· The convenient location – we are only a few minutes from the light rail. Prior to the pandemic, the light rail runs every 5 minutes at its highest frequency – quite impressive public transportation for the US. I use it to go everywhere. It’s perfect since we only have one car. We were within walking distance to the cute Columbia city downtown, groceries stores and lake Washington.
· The neighborhood shops and restaurants – Joy Palace (IMO the best dim sum in Seattle), Kauai Family Restaurant (IMO the best Hawaiian place in mainland US), Seattle Super Market (close by with every Asian grocery I need), McPherson’s (produce that’s incredibly good and cheap).
· 9 ft. ceilings, open floor plan and big windows – I have never lived in a place that does not have 9ft ceilings. I did not even know that ceilings can be shorter until we were house shopping. After seeing the difference, I can’t take it for granted anymore. I really like a space that’s bright and open. Our entire downstairs is one big open space. I like how we can cook together or just talking to each other when one person is cooking and the other is in the living room. I like how the sun shined into our rooms during the day. It’s magical!
· The modern look – I like how our house looked, although I prefer the kitchen to be of a lighter color and the countertop to be white like we have in our current apartment.
· 2 ensuite bathrooms – I like ensuite bathroom. Only one is enough though 😛
· Minimal work required – the house was new, and there is not too much yardwork required.