Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam,
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the skies are not cloudy all day.
Home on the Range, Dr. Brewster M. Higley
Looking for a place to live is exhausting and overwhelming… and P and I have barely started the process. We are on the cusp of the next newlywed phase: home-ownership. And although I don’t need roaming buffalo and frolicking hoofed animals, a backyard with a patch of grass to mow would be nice.
Don’t get me wrong – we love where we live right now! We are in an adorable renovated townhome in the heart of Palm Beach Gardens within walking distance to nearly every necessity, including a grocery store and a slew of upscale restaurants. But rent is high and multiple people have informed us that, for less money per month, we could own a home.
So I’ve taken to scouring Redfin each morning and every lunch break, looking to see what’s out there. I think I Google-mapped all of northern Palm Beach County from Tequesta to North Palm Beach. And even though Palm Beach Gardens is nice, my heart is firmly rooted in that little seaside town straddling Indiantown Road.
We all know Jupiter is an odd place. You can stand on Center Street, facing east, and on your left have multi-million dollar waterfront homes and, to your right, some of the poorest housing in the county. It makes looking for a house a guessing game. Is this a good neighborhood? Is it worth the price? What will the resale value be? Can we afford to live here?
P and I also have a slight difference of opinion on what makes a potential home “cool.” For instance, take this mid-century beach cottage on Loxahatchee Drive. Isn’t it cute? Look at the Mexican tile! The exposed beams! The glass encased sun porch / “Florida room!”
But P will probably say: “It’s so old! Look at the popcorn ceilings! The kitchen is so small! The bathroom doesn’t have a double sink! It’s impractical!” And usually he is right. It’s old. It might smell. We might kill each other cooking in that kitchen.
But I also lived in a tiny studio apartment on the intracoastal for three years so impractical is relative to me.
Do you have any tips or tricks for finding a humble abode in Jupiter? We’re on a serious budget. Any advice for prospective first-time home buyers? P and I would love to hear from you!
Jupiter might not be the American West sung about in Home on the Range, but at least there’s a good chance the skies won’t be cloudy all day.
*Photos of featured home taken from the listing on http://www.redfin.com.