We flew in to Omaha this weekend to look for a home to rent. We saw 4 places, it was supposed to be 6, but one was rented just before we got here and another cancelled the showing. SO, of the 4 we saw, 3 were the EXACT same floor plan. The builders out here went a little NUTS and you'll find that same house all over Omaha and the surrounding areas. The layout was a little awkward, but it would have worked.
One of the 4 places was different. I knew from the second I saw it online that I wanted it. It was the cheapest of the 4 places, and surprisingly the newest and nicest too. It's about 20 minutes out of downtown Omaha, in a 5 year old development. I told Ryan and his mom that this was our home, and this was where we'd be moving, but I just had to go see it to be sure.
It's a 4 level home with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and a GIGANTIC (unfenced) backyard.
On the main level you have the living room
tiny dining area, and back porch entry. The deck/porch is nice and big. Great for a grill and some chairs
The best part of all is the price. We are paying $400 LESS than the CHEAPEST rent we paid for an old tiny condo in Orange County. And we have a whole HOUSE. It's madness.
The worst part is the fact that now we have to do yard work, and the back lawn is BIG, like you need a riding mower big. And we have to do snow removal on the driveway and sidewalks. And our driveway is LONG, like 4-5 cars deep. AND since it's a house, it doesn't come with a washer/dryer...the owners took it with them. So we'll need to get a lawn mower (or a mowing service), a snow blower (because a shovel won't cut it), and a washer/dryer. That's a lot of stuff! Thank goodness for craigslist!!
So that's the place. We move in on January 28th!! Less than 3 weeks. Also, right now the weather is "nice", it's only 30-50 degrees with clear skies and no snow on the ground. The locals predict that because it's been so mild, there will probably be a huge storm in the next month or so. The perfect welcome home gift to us, from Nebraska.