I bought my dream house in Bangalore, finally
Yes, I must be the only home blogger around who takes a year off from blogging about doing up a home because she bought a home and got busy doing it up! :P
In all seriousness though, if you think buying a house is the big achievement, lemme break it to you guys: The real work starts after you're handed over the keys. I can do a separate post and talk about what goes into buying a house till cows come home, if you will, but really, I didn't expect that setting up a brand new house from scratch would be so much work and consume all of me pretty much for an entire year.
I moved into my new home near exactly a year ago, and even a year down the line, I'm still at it. In fact, I just got off the phone with a carpenter who'll be coming in tomorrow (and for the 6th time in the last one year) to drill another set of nails on which will hang some more paintings and art work, and a brand new swing! Oh yeah, I'm one of those people now.
I think there's a goldmine of content waiting to be unleashed just from the last year. I want to write about the process of buying a house, how i saved to be able to buy a house, the formalities and paperwork and research involved in the process of home buying, things you should know before, during and after buying a house, things that you'll need to do in the house once it's been bought, phew, you see!
A house will be most likely the biggest and most complex purchase of my life and it stands to reason that it took almost 2 years from the time I set my eyes on the house i did eventually buy to the time I feel "settled" in it.
Now some of you must be burning with questions like "How much did it cost", "How big is it", "Is it on loan", and trust me I do want to answer all of these questions. We'll definitely get into the commercials of it in another post, but for the time being, let's just say, it's a dream home. It's so close to what I'd envisioned for myself my dogs, and my future family and hustling for it did pay off. It's a 1680sqft apartment in a 1200-flat society in an area called Haralur. But the biggest and probably then the only draw of the house for me was its view!
Being a Cancerian, water and me have a special connection. I'd always felt most at home next to a water body, so it's no surprising that a home by one too always had a lot of appeal. I knew a sea facing house was out of the question (or the budget) being in a land-locked city, the next best alternative was to have a lake view! And man, is this some lake view?
I could write a 1000 words about this house, but for now, I'll just leave you all with this picture of the house taken during a recent sunset.
I think I did get very lucky.