On Saturday, Nick and I drove 45 miles southwest of State College to search for our new home. We explored communities of townhouses and neighborhoods with For Sale signs. And we considered the pros and cons of buying vs. renting.
- Pros: Build equity and take advantage of tax incentives.
- Cons: Possibly leave the area in 2-3 years and have difficulty reselling.
- Pros: Freedom to move in 2-3 years.
- Cons: No pets allowed.
Fortunately, we were impressed enough with Parkway Acres in Duncansville that the decision became much easier. It’s a quaint community of townhouses nestled between I-99 (en route to my office) and Rt. 22 (en route to Nick’s sales territory). The homes are brand new — never been lived in — and most of the tenants are young professionals. And it has luxuries we’ve not yet had in our young married lives.
A garage for one car, two bikes, a pair of skis, and several bins of camping equipment. A large kitchen with ample counter space and a dishwasher. A master bedroom with a walk-in closet and double sinks in the bathroom. A washer and dryer on the second floor. A patio for a grill and a wrought iron table. Yes, please!
We’ve already mentally decorated the downstairs. We’ve browsed bedroom suits and media units and have a list of DIY projects that involve Nick’s new tools. We’re sending our security deposit today and planning to move next month!
We’re going to give this commuting thing a shot and re-evaluate after a year. Any of you out there have a commute longer than 45 minutes? Suggestions for making it more bearable?