New House

It’s funny how some things that ought to be celebrations can feel so distressing.

A week ago we bought a house in Ithaca, NY. We are extremely fortunate to be able to afford a home in this city. This is a place where lots of people want to live – and housing prices reflect this demand.

Yet, the events that unfolded between our purchase offer and closing caused some deep turmoil in me. This unrest blocked me from being grateful and joyful at this important event.

Only thanks to my supportive wife have I been able to step back from these feelings and begin to understand their origins. I realized that a profound sense of entitlement was at the root of my feelings. My habits over the past months also contributed to these emotions. These default routines have nurtured resentment and anxiety instead of gratitude and joy.

About the new house:

Our new house is less than a mile from downtown Ithaca and was built in the 1870s. It is very close to a recreation trail and an elementary school. It has a small yard and an enclosed front porch. The house has two floors, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms.

There will be a lot of opportunity for us to upgrade the home’s energy efficiency. The home has a gas furnace and water heater. There is a nominal amount of insulation in the attic. There may be some potential for solar, but its not clear at this point.

Previous owners added on the kitchen and laundry room. Many of the windows in the house are original. The bathrooms and bedrooms have been updated recently. The house has a mix of hardwood and bamboo flooring – there is no carpet.