Monday, March 03, 2008

Honey, I'm Home

I know I am a blog slacker, and I don’t write enough. This time I haven’t been writing because I didn’t want to jinx my Really Big News.

No, I’m not pregnant. At least, I don’t think so. Hmmm…(counting back through the calendar…)

Well, anyway, the Really Big News is that the Blah Blah Family is moving! We are doubling our space and moving into a new house less than a mile from our current house. It is still a rental, because we have not yet saved the big bucket of cash we would need to put down as a down payment on a house in a decent area (median home price in Los Angeles is somewhere around $500,000*, but the average home price in our ZIP code is $850,383. Yeah, you read that right.). We’re getting there, but not quite yet. However, while this house will cost us more in rent, it will actually save us money in the fall because VIVA CAN GO TO THE LOCAL PUBLIC KINDERGARTEN FOR FREE!

Yes, there was much screaming and dancing for joy on that one. We’re sending her to one of the top ten public elementary schools in Los Angeles and putting most of what we spend on preschool each month in the bank. I can not even tell you how relieved I am. Here are some lovely photos:

The view of the house from the terraced back yard!

The capacious living room!
Our squeaky clean kitchen!

By the way, we move in less than two weeks. I see a garage sale in my future.

* I am pretty sure that buys you a chicken coop. The 834-square-foot house in which we currently live is valued at $603,500 on That’s actually less than when we moved in. Hey, maybe we brought down the property values!


Nerd Girl said...

Pretty, pretty! I am always amazed at the cost of houses at "home" compared to what we pay in MS. We visited friends in Oakland and were blown away by the fortune they were paying for about 700 square feet.

Yay for a great public school for Viva!

Los Angelista said...

Congratulations!!! The new place is GORGEOUS! Isn't it crazy how moving makes the school issue so much easier?

And yes, home prices....$500K buys a small fixer-upper. UGH!

Lisa Blah Blah said...

Thanks, ladies! We are really thrilled and can not WAIT to move!

Real estate out here is outrageous. The market is going through a correction, but can't prove that by me.

sploo said...

Congratulations, darling! Public school = challenge(free). Oh, heck, you know I can't do math.

Cee in SF said...

Fabtastic! Did I just steal that word from someone? Anyway, congrats on 1) new home 2) free school 3)more space!!

bridget in oregon said...

Yahoo for you!!! You new abode looks lovely. I'm so glad for you.

(BTW, we love our public school... I hope that it goes that way for you and Viva too!)

Lisa Blah Blah said...

Thank you thank you thank you for all your kind thoughts. (Good) public schools rock!