I live in L.A., my house is paid off, and all should be right with my world. But my partner and I want to move across town to be closer to our daughter, who just got married. We're just talking a move of 8 miles. But calculating in the traffic time, we have to budget an hour just to get there in a timely way. And at rush hour, we have to add 15 minutes to that. So in preparation for when the grandkids start to arrive, we want to move into what will be our very last house. This one has been great. It's in the hills, is private with a nice swimmable pool, and we've kept up all the house systems over the years. Someone will get a great house when we sell it... but not until after we buy our new house and move in.) But moving west will cost about 50% more than our house value. That's okay. We're ready for a change and will pay up for being closer in. Our main problem is that there is very little inventory in our very liberal price range, and what is there has been ruined with generic or simply wrong modernization. I wish I could find a fixer that would give us the chance to finish it the way we want it. But it seems like too many people have been watching HGTV and mimicking either their trendy or too beige and soulless palette. But I know our house is out there somewhere.Wish me luck. It's been six months of searching. I just hope we can find something before the end of the year.Vivienne
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