And our hearts are set on this very cute little dutch colonial in Wykagyl, New Rochelle. House hunting has been a great adventure. Every house we walk through has the potential to be ours…and our lives will be different depending on which house we ultimately choose. Ed predicts that where-ever we purchase, we are likely to stay in the house much longer than we imagine. It’s been a big eye opener for me. I hadn’t spent time in Westchester, while Ed had, so the discovery that lawns and big houses and cute villages are a 45 minute car ride from Brooklyn was a shock. As a child in the Bronx, I always thought Yonkers sounded like an ugly place. Imagine my surprise to find stone houses, one of our favorite homes- a character filled colonial on a quiet street. We are fortunate to be looking at time when first time buyers have some advantage- and in the fall, a season when there appears to be less competition putting alternate bids on houses. And this has lead us to bid on this very solid house in a neighborhood that would have otherwise been unattainable. It has a great yard for the dogs to go “country crazy”. It has a cute little foyer and a large master bedroom. The closets are cedar. The kitchen is updated. And the small details are there. And there will be plenty of projects to keep us busy for every weekend of the winter. Now we just need to go through contract and close. I am surprisingly calm about the whole process. A year ago I would have said that I didn’t understand why people who married then moved to suburbia. I’d have said we’d stay in Brooklyn and raise kids in Cobble Hill. I’d have wanted to be close to my friends and the weekend access to Soho. But today, I feel 100% sure that it’s the right move. Our lives have changed and changed for the better.