As I sit in my airport hotel reflecting on my house hunting trip to Italy I feel tired both physically and emotionally. I drove 21 hours, saw 13 houses all in 5 days. There were so many highs and lows. The obvious low being the house I loved on the internet and loved in person BUT the house was essentially on a cliff (despite me telling the estate agent I wanted at least 2 hectares of arable land), the realization that this house was not for us was crushing.
There were a few little highs but there was always a negative that could not be overcome - lovely house but the area seems depressed/run down.
The ultimate high took a long time to come but it did in the form of house number 13, this house has no website and the only way I learned about it was when I was sent a Word document with a few pictures from one of the many estate agents I was working with. It looked good so I decided to see it - it was amazing but not perfect. This trip has taught me that as I grow older no house will be perfect because perfect to me is not perfect to someone else. Here are the highlights:
So I am left pondering the question posed by my husband - is this the dream house? Does a dream house have to be ‘perfect’ or could it be 75% perfect but with a way to make it 100% perfect? The conclusion I come to is that CAN it be 100% perfect and I believe in this case it is my dream house. The things you cannot change (the location and land) are perfect and the the things that are not perfect (the house/outbuilding) can be changed. Time to book our return as a family in 3 weeks….stay tuned