We have been looking on and off at houses, mostly the last three years, when I found a cash only house which was 12 acres with a pond. My parents would love a project house (a farm would be ideal) and we would have paid our mortgage to them. Any way that fell through, and I look every so often now.
I found one this weekend. I drove by, and came home. "I think I might have found our house." We all drove by to take a look, and called the realtor on the sign. There were so many things about this house that were wonderful and ideal. But in the end it just was not right for us. One of it's biggest flaws is that it is in an industrial area so there are no neighbors for our kids to play with.
I did find myself wondering, if I am a minimalist why am I looking at a bigger house?
I think the answer is while we enjoy our house, it does not quite work for us. So I will keep looking.
This weekend I am planning on attending a co-housing meeting. I will be very curious to see how it goes. I have been interested in the idea for a while, and clearly we are wanting something different than what we have. I look forward to checking it out.