Our adventure begins

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Well, it was an ordeal, but Lincoln closed on the house yesterday.

Today, we began our new life by heading over to clean up some trash and secure the premises.

We pulled up to the house and got out of the car; within seconds a bubbly older lady peeked her head out of the house across the street, and with great hope in her voice, asked, “Did you buy that house?”

When Lincoln said, “Yes”, she screamed and bounded out of her house, arms raised in jubilation, ran across the street and threw her arms around him. Mind you, this is a total stranger.

“Welcome to the neighborhood!” she bubbled. She turned and threw her arms around me.

“Hello. Thanks!” I managed, even as she squeezed the air out of my lungs.

She introduced herself as “the neighborhood’s grandmother”, told us about her family, her dogs, her cats, the neighborhood, the neighbors, and kept telling us how lovely everyone was and what a great neighborhood we chose. She is a transplant from Oregon.

The future Icrontic office

The future Icrontic office

After exchanging phone numbers and details, we went in to start. As Lincoln opened the doors and we stepped in, we both just stood in the foyer, a bit overwhelmed. What felt like “the hard part” just one day ago now seemed trivially ancient. The hard part hadn’t even begun.

The patio

A small enclosed brick patio off the back door

We moved some of the major detritus out of the front three rooms, secured the back door, started cleaning off the patio, and re-installed the basement window (and iron grate that went over it). It was a beautiful, terribly unseasonably warm day, and I stood on the front porch basking in the sun, taking a break.

I absorbed the sounds of the neighborhood; I watched squirrels scamper about. I watched people walking back and forth, to and fro. I waved to joggers. I looked at other people’s homes.

Suddenly the feeling that this was home began to sink in. It’s going to take a lot of getting used to, but it’s already begun.

11 thoughts on “Our adventure begins

  1. It took a good 3 or 4 months before my house actually felt like my house, and not just somewhere new I was sleeping and living. It was also move-in ready.

    I don't know if the amount of work you guys are gonna pour into this place is going to quicken or delay the "this is home" feeling, but I am so jealous of all the potential that house has. I have a feeling it's going to feel like home as quickly as you pour your sweat and love into the place.
  2. Really cool read. I've always wanted to do this myself but have lacked the funds. I still have hopes of buying a beautiful Detroit monstrosity in the future. People like you give me hope. Keep working, you'll get there.
  3. That's my mother-in-law Lynne who welcomed you. We're glad to have you in the neighborhood. What a great house!
  4. I absolutely love that you did this and look forward to vicariously experiencing the renovations with you. I spent my childhood years in Detroit and have always longed to return, convinced of the potential for Detroit to 'come back'. The house is extraordinary - good luck on your adventure!
  5. Welcome to Woodbridge! So glad Lynne gave you a proper welcome. We're in the teal shingle-style on the block south of you. Hope to meet you soon.
  6. Congrats! I love that house! I would have offered on it myself if I wasn't in the middle of a renovation in a Corktown loft. It will be so much fun to watch that place come back to life!
  7. Welcome to Woodbridge! So glad Lynne gave you a proper welcome. We're in the teal shingle-style on the block south of you. Hope to meet you soon.
    Your house is beautiful. Thanks for the welcome!
    Congrats! I love that house! I would have offered on it myself if I wasn't in the middle of a renovation in a Corktown loft. It will be so much fun to watch that place come back to life!
    Thanks Pamela! It's gonna be so great when it's done :)

  8. I absolutely love that you did this and look forward to vicariously experiencing the renovations with you. I spent my childhood years in Detroit and have always longed to return, convinced of the potential for Detroit to 'come back'. The house is extraordinary - good luck on your adventure!
    Thank you!
  9. Don't worry, everything will work out alright. I live in Boston (soon to move to Detroit), and when I was younger I bought a 3-family for $250 K. I was scared, too, but it was the best thing I've ever done. You got a great deal, and you'll be helping to revive Detroit at the same time. Congratulations!

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