Some of you may remember that we had no intention of moving back into our house after we had a fire in 2009. Unfortunately, health matters brought a screeching halt to our attempts to find a house to purchase (and the one on which we made an offer fell into a black hole of pre-foreclosure hell.) So, in March, we moved back into the rebuilt and somewhat reconfigured place Len's owned since before we met. Lucky for us, my winnings on Jeopardy! and a royalty check for Lucius Fox's appearance in The Dark Knight meant we didn't have to put our place up for sale to have the down-payment for a bigger home--a real luxury these days.
Trying to find the right house for both of us took a bit of time, and closing on it has taken longer than we expected. Escrow closed on August 20, but we discovered the previous occupants had left a mess behind. The clean-up crew has worked tirelessly, the painter moved in for a week, the electrician had plenty to fix, and, without folks breathing down our necks to move into our house, we could take a relaxed and organized approach toward getting our stuff to the new place. On Thursday, the movers will take our furniture to the new location. This is the back yard :
I'll finally have a big, eat-in kitchen with lots of counter space, a prep sink in the center island and a Viking cook-top with a grill. The house has three fireplaces, a pool house with a 3/4 bath, a summer kitchen with built-in grill, refrigerator and sink (and disposal!) The house has two enormous bathrooms with glass showers and separate whirlpool bath tubs, plus a small powder room off the laundry room. There are four bedrooms, a large living room, something described as a formal dining room (but too small for what I'd consider a formal dining room table), a family room, and what must have been another small bedroom that's been converted to an enormous walk-in closet. We're going to make the attached garage our library/workroom. And, oh yeah, there's a wine cellar.
If you know anyone who'd like to buy a cozy, completely renovated mid-century ranch house with a pool in Woodland Hills, California, walking distance to two Orange Line stops, one house away from the bike-path, a few blocks from Pierce College, and occupied for the past 24 years by famous comic book writer (and Wolverine and Swamp Thing creator) Len Wein, it will be on the market in a matter of weeks.
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