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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

A World with NO Stairs!

My sister has been wanting to move for about 3 years now. She's not sure where she wants to go, and she hasn't sold her house yet. Every once in awhile we start talking about it and I start looking at various sites to see what's out there in the way of available real estate these days.

I would probably move too, if the opportunity presented itself. We bought the house we are in now in a rush and, you know, hindsight and all, I would have probably chosen a different neighborhood if I had it to do over again. I would also NEVER get a 2 story house again. I despise my stairs. Some days I realize I should be grateful for them, they force me to get some form of exercise. But stairs are evil. They collect dirt like no other part of the house. They hide tiny little Legos in their shadows, to be used as weapons for unsuspecting climbers who are in a hurry. When the climber is impaled with the hidden Lego, the stairs laugh menacingly, then toss the climber backwards about three steps, leaving them writhing in pain with
a Lego in their foot and a bruised butt or a twisted knee. Stairs are evil. They mock me daily, saying things like, "C'mon, haul that fat butt up the stairs one more time today. Betchya can't do it without running out of breath. Oh, by the way, now that you are downstairs, you should know you left the phone up here and it will be ringing any minute now. Just so ya know." Did the stairs just laugh out loud at me? They're evil, I tell ya...Eeevvviiiillll!! (Say that like Mermaid Man from SpongeBob.)

Anyway...back to my sister. She's still looking. So I started looking to see what's out there. There's a lot out there! I love looking at houses. I like to see how other people decorate their homes. I like to make myself feel like crud for having no decorating skills. Every once in awhile I find one that makes me feel better about myself, which from a homemaking point of view, is pretty sad. 'Cause if it makes me feel better about my skills? Ummm...dang.

So I came across http://www.scottsdalefineproperties.com/. First thing I thought was, "WOW! Pretty high end stuff!" Then I started looking around the site. They DO specialize in high end stuff. Did you see all of the awards they win? That's a pretty big accomplishement in this kind of housing market! I was about to leave when I saw the link Dream Home Finder. So I checked it out. Why not see how the other half lives? I love the way they have the MLS set up, using a maps system so you know in exactly which area of town you are looking. I really dig that the pictures come up right there on the MLS. It was a really cool and functional way to look at houses.

When the abundance of the universe kicks in and sends a couple million my way (which it will, because I am good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!), or I find some treasure under a rock, these would be a few of the homes I would consider:

I could sooo live here!

I could not keep up with the cleaning, but I love this house!

Okay, I would not consider this one...even with the tennis courts. What is with that green marble tub?

Reality check - kids screaming. Enough dreaming...gotta go kick some stair butt and get my housework done today. I am grateful for my house. It keeps us safe and warm, and it hasn't been foreclosed on. And it has GOT to be easier to clean than those mansions. Althooouughhh, I'm thinkin' if I could afford one of those huge homes, maybe I could hire a housekeeper. Then he/she could deal with the stairs. And the boys bathroom. Ahhhh, now there's a dream worth having!

10 Comments:

Kristi said...

12,000 square foot home? That would be a freakin nightmare! For 9 million bucks, it better come with a maid AND a butler, AND a personal masseuse. I have to say, that I love to look at houses too, and then I have a reality check. I can literally vacuum my whole house from one plug. It is AWESOME...all 1490 square feet of it. I am with you...I HATE stairs, probably because I despise exercising, but I live on a nice small ranch style home. I do have one step in the front of the house, and that is exhausting sometimes. heh heh. :)

I am Boymom said...

Yeah - I laugh too when I start thinking about keeping up such big homes...and with kids no less! Pluss, I have a hard time spending that kind of money on ANYTHING! I can only handle about 2000 sq ft and do it with any kind of regularity. Actually, I'm lying. I really hate housework and my housecleaning skills leave a lot to be desired, but you can at least walk through the house most days and most of the toilet seats are clean, at least at one point during the day. AAUUGGHH!!!

Dawn said...

I hear you on the stairs...I hate them too. Those houses are gorgeous. So BIG. I would feel like I was living in a hotel. I'm constantly saying "Where's...?" here in my small house. I just know I would spend have the day trying to locate my kids in a house that size. lol!

Bandanamom said...

We've always lived in a smaller place and I find that I feel more comfortable that way. We once house sat for someone with a large home in Arcadia and I was constantly yelling to try to find my kid and my husband - they were never anywhere to be found.

We thought about buying larger a few times over the years but I always felt so darn comfortable here. I love the neighborhood, love being close to downtown, etc.

But I get what you are saying about looking at those homes. It's hard not to be envious when you go in a home like that. It's easy to start imaging how great that would be.

Except I always start getting anxious worrying about how much debt those people are in who live in large homes, and how I would keep it clean even with a maid.

I try to focus on my wee little mortgage and then I feel content.

Choppzs said...

If I had a 2 story house, I would sooo invest in stairs like those!

But lucky for me, I don't. And I am glad. Because like you, I hated it when I would step on legos, or toys that you just couldn't quite see in those corners. Plus I hated trying to sweep the dust bunnies out of the corners.

Drowsey Monkey said...

omg ... I'm with you on the stairs. Well, I mean I hate them to. I trip easily, stairs are just an accident waiting for me to happen.

Those homes! Wowser. If only, eh?

Tanner said...

What is that delicious chocolate looking thing on Kristi's comment? I personally like stairs, because it forces a form of exercise that I normally wouldn't do.That way I can eat a piece of whatever that is on Kristi's comment.HA!

I am Boymom said...

LOL! Kristi does have a delicious looking choclate item as her avatar! I think about how great it would taste everytime I look at it! The stairs can be a good thing, and some days I remember that, but sometimes after the 91st trip, I start to forget.

Kristi said...

Tanner you are so funny! Good for you for liking stairs...somebody has to like them. I prefer to sit in my one story stairless home and dream of eating this chocolate cake. :) In the meantime peanut m&m's help pass the time.

Queen of Chaos said...

SWEET stairs!!

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