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Sorry about your Mom.

...had this brilliant idea to move and downsize and save a big wad of cash. But in reality we moved to this community for the school system, not for the homes. The older homes here date back to the 60s and 70s and I just don't like that style of home. At all.

When DH & I house-hunted in a top school district, the only houses in our price range were (1) smaller than our previous house, which was 1400 sq ft, or (2) split levels. He refused to downsize. He also refused to buy a split level. I don't like split levels myself, but he really hates them with the heat of 1000 suns. I felt good schools were a higher priority than our personal comfort and aesthetics, so wanted to move anyway. We were at an impasse. Luckily a 1700 sq ft rambler came on the market. It needed work, which brought it into our price range, so we bought it (and did the work a little at a time over the years, as finances permitted).

Now that our children are grown and thriving professionally, we're obnoxiously self-congratulatory about what a good move it was despite the house itself having had a lot of drawbacks.

All of which is to say that if downsizing to a 60s or 70s house would save you a wad of cash, keep that option on the table. Visit every smaller house in your school district that comes onto the market. You might eventually find one that you don't mind too much.
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