That's right - against all the odds, we ended up with this spectacular home in the town of Gilbert. It fits us to a T, from the koi pond, the outdoor grill, the amazing kitchen, and the fireplace in the master bedroom. We love, love, love it!
There were multiple offers on the home, so we ended up bidding $1,000 over the asking price, and kept our fingers crossed that it was enough. The wait was pretty unbearable since we put it in on Tuesday, but the owner wouldn't be back in town to look at the bids until Thursday morning. Needless to say, I woke up around 5am feeling like a kid on Christmas morning, with that nervous anticipation at a level I hadn't felt in a very long time. We expected to hear by 11am or so, and finally by 1pm, we called our realtor to get an update. She had just gotten off the phone with the seller, and it seemed there was interest in our offer. We went out to Scottsdale to explore and get our minds off the wait and, at 3:40, got the very happy call that the house was ours!
To add icing to the cake, the woman who is selling us the house is going to rent it back from us until our moving date. That means we'll actually be earning money over the next two months and have someone taking care of the house until we move. We'll also be spending 2 extra weeks in the bay area now, which means more time to soak in the excellent weather before we move into the oven that is Arizona in the summer.
Finding our dream home, plus and overall very relaxing trip our here has made our impending move a much more happy prospect. We can actually see ourselves living here. And, with that house? Maybe we can live here for a good long while.