No, my dear, Stu and Gloria are telling you I'm not cool.
Thanks for the vote of confidence. I could use it just now.
Well you've always been OK in my book for what that's worth.
I forgot to add one of the craziest parts of this puzzle... the owner of this house now lives next door. I know, it's just layer upon layer of weirdness, Supposedly she was older and needed a smaller house and from the front her current house looks like a small one story. However as the crow flies, it takes up her entire property, which is 7,000 some sq ft. It just sprawls. Between the two properties, an easement was created - by her - which when we first learned of it, it didn't seem so odd, people do that all the time, it's no big deal, you'd have to be a total ass to have an issue with your neighbor using your side yard anyway, right? It's just there because with all the additions her new house goes right up to her property line. So they keep talking about how the house we want(ed) to buy deserves a high price because it's on a lot and a half - which is true - but at the same time it's like she moved and took part of her yard with her! It's a VERY small thing, but it's part of the bigger picture of the crazy. So this lady would be our neighbor, if we bought the house. When I learned that, I thought, um, I don't know about that... but I pictured maybe some feeble little old lady who would die off soon - this was before we realized how HUGE the one story is - but she was there the day we did our second walk through and she was only like in her mid 40s, maybe low 50s, looked to be in very good health and good shape - very surprising.
So apparantly this lady's nuttiness is known far and wide. After our second walk through we were walking through the neighborhood and I started talking to a lady one street over about flooding in the area - it is a floor plain but the house we are looking at is WELL back from the river. My dad keeps harping at me about flooding though. SO I asked this lady since she lived there and wasn't trying to sell me anything what about flooding this far up and she said she had never had a problem. When I told her about the house we were looking at she said oh you need to be careful with that house, they split up the property and moved the property line, you don't really get the whole yard! It is NOT as weird as all that but it is strange and the whole neighborhood seems to know about it.
Oddly the owners new lot is bigger than the old lot and she did NOT pay a lot for her property... maybe we should throw that out there, LOL. But I am feeling now that even if they called us up today and said they would sell at our price, we'd say no after all. *sigh*
Househunting is NOT fun. This is the first house we have been in that I could really SEE myself living in AND was in a good school district. (We have been in some awesome houses that feed to some of the less desirable of the Pittsburgh city schools, there is the hope of getting into a magnet school but we don't want to count on that and we don't want to pay for private...) But really so far nothing is comparing to the house I am currently in. My house is so awesome!!! I just want to hug every past owner who didn't wreck or remuddle the inside yet made improvement such that this is really an old house you can live in as a modern person.